If someone is hurting you or your friends, it is not your fault. You are not alone, there are people who can help you and stop you feeling scared or hurt.
You may be frightened of the person hurting you or your friends but there are things you can do to get help and make it better.
- tell someone you trust that you’re being hurt or know someone who is being hurt. Your friends, teachers, parents/carers, grandparents or other members of your family may be able to help;
- let people help to make things better by stopping the person from hurting you or your friends.
- feel embarrassed or alone;
- feel that it is your fault or that you are to blame for someone hurting you;
- keep it secret that someone is hurting you or your friends;
- feel afraid – people are here to help you.
Things You Should Know If Someone is Hurting You or Your Friends
- we believe in keeping you safe;
- everyone in this school will help you to feel safe;
- it is not your fault;
- whoever is hurting you or your friends is to blame;
- you have the right to be safe;
- you do not have to keep it a secret if you are being hurt;
- you do not have to deal with it on your own;
- tell someone you can trust about what is happening;
- your form tutor, year leader, a teacher, parent/carer or family member may be able to help you.