Help and advice for children and young people

If you’re unhappy or worried about something that’s happening to you, it's important to tell an adult you trust. Talk to a parent, grandparent, an aunt or uncle, your teacher or your sports coach.

Are you being hurt or in danger?

  • Call the police on 999 if you are in immediate danger.
  • If someone is hurting you or placing you in danger, you can call ChildLine for free on 0800 1111. They are open 24 hours a day. They won’t tell anyone that you’ve called or emailed. They’ll listen to you and try and help you work out what to do.


  • Sometimes it can feel like you're carrying around a Huge Bag of Worries. We've got a book of the same name which might help you work out how to deal with yours. Call our helpline free on 08000 28 22 33 or email us to get a copy, free of charge.


  • If you think you're being bullied, you can call Childline for free on 0800 1111 for support and advice.
  • respectme is Scotland's anti-bullying service. Have a look at their website if you are being bullied or would like some advice.

Staying safe online

  • Think U Know has great resources and advice about how to stay safe online.

The law and your rights

  • If you need help knowing the law, the Scottish Child Law Centre has a free helpline. Call free on 0800 328 8970 (from a landline) or 0300 330 1421 (from a mobile). 
  • Every child in Scotland has rights and the Children's Commissioner can help you understand yours. Visit the website or call the free helpline on 0800 019 1179.

Living in care or leaving care?

  • If you are in care, or leaving care, Who Cares Scotland can provide you with information about your rights and support available to you. Visit the website or phone 0141 226 4441.

Housing or homelessness

  • If you are worried about becoming homeless or have housing problems, Shelter Scotland can help you. Phone to speak to an advisor on 0808 800 4444 or email an advisor.