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Safeguarding: Out of Hours Contacts

If you need to talk to someone urgently please find some useful contacts below.

Please call 999 immediately if there is a severe concern for someone’s health and wellbeing.

Lancashire County Council: Keeping Children Safe • Call 0300 123 6720 or out of hours 0300 123 6722.

PAPYRUS: If YOU are having thoughts of suicide or are concerned for someone else who might be you can contact HOPELINEUK for confidential support.

Call: 0800 068 4141 • Text: 07860039967 • Email: pat@papyrus-uk.org

Opening hours: 9am to midnight every day of the year (Weekends and Bank Holidays included)


Text the YoungMinds Crisis Messenger for free 24/7 support across the UK if you are experiencing a mental health crisis.

• If you need urgent help, text YM to 85258. • All texts are answered by trained volunteers, with support from experienced clinical supervisors.

• Texts are free from EE, O2, Vodafone, 3, Virgin Mobile, BT Mobile, GiffGaff, Tesco Mobile and Telecom Plus.

Support Services

There are many more support services you can access if you have concerns about your child. Below are a list of just a few of these;

CAMHS (ELCAS) : Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. This is accessed via the NHS but in most cases you will need a referral from your GP to access them. More information can be found here.

There are also numerous charities that offer information about mental health and offer support for those who may need it.

Kooth: Online mental health resource for young people: www.kooth.com

Mind: The largest mental health charity in the uk: www.mind.co.uk

The Mental Health Foundation: The UK’s leading charity for everyone’s mental health: www.mentalhealth.org.uk

Young Minds: Charity specifically focusing on young people: www.youngminds.org.uk

ReThink: Charity looking at support but also stigma around mental illness: www.rethink.org

Samaritans: 24 hour helpline from specially trained volunteers: www.samaritans.org