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Dorset services

Useful links

Useful links

Useful links and other places to find, and direct towards, support.

Children and young people:


If you're a child or young person who needs help urgently, please call Childline on 0800 1111.

Where's Your Head At?

The site provides helpful information and advice about young people's mental health and emotional well-being. 

Coram Children’s Legal Centre

Coram Children’s Legal Centre promote children's rights in the UK and worldwide. They provide free legal information, advice and representation to children, young people, their families, carers and professionals.

Citizens Advice 

Citizens Advice provide information on children and young people’s rights.

The Office of the Children’s Commissioner

The Office of the Children’s Commissioner promotes the rights, views and interests of children in policies or decisions affecting their lives. They represent children who are vulnerable or who find it hard to make their views known and have an advice service and helpline for children in care or receiving social care services. You can reach them by calling 0800 528 0731 between 9am-5pm.

The Mix

The Mix provides information and support for 13-25 year olds via their website and helpline.

Dorset for You

Dorset for You offers a list of local sources of advice and guidance 

Parents and carers:

Find out what to do if you are worried about a child or young person.

Family Lives

Family Lives offers support around all aspects of family life including child development, issues with schools and parenting/relationships, family breakdown, aggression in the home, bullying, risky teenage behaviour and mental health concerns of both parents and their children. 

They provide a confidential helpline 0808 800 2222 as well as live online chat, forums and online parenting courses.

Incredible Years

Incredible Years have resources and articles for parents on a range of topics.

Young Minds 

Young Minds aims to improve the emotional well-being and mental health of children and young people. They provide information for professionals, parents and young people through their Parents' Helpline, online resources, training and development, outreach work and publications.

Dependency and alcohol:


Addaction provides treatment help and advice about alcohol and drugs for young people and adults. Call 0207 2515860.


Adfam provides information and advice for families of alcohol and drug users. The website has a list of local family support services.

Talk about Alcohol

Talk About Alcohol is a website that provides information and resources about alcohol for young people.

Talk to Frank

Talk to Frank offers friendly and confidential drugs advice.

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