Useful contacts


  • Become Charity - the charity for children in care and young care leavers
  • ChildLine - a free and confidential counselling service for anyone aged under 19 in the UK
  • Children in Care Council - brings care leavers together and gets their views about the service
  • Citizens' Advice - provides free confidential advice about personal and consumer issues
  • Essex Police (non-emergency line) - 101
  • Knife Crimes - the first and most complete resource on knife crime in the UK
  • LGBT Foundation - provides support to people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans
  • Rees Foundation - offers help and advice to care experienced individuals
  • Rethink Essex Advocacy - helps people when decisions are being made about their health and social care
  • The Care Leavers Foundation - can provide modest grants to care leavers aged 18 to 29
  • The Mix - a support service for young people in the UK
  • Essex Youth Service - helps young people in Essex get the most out of school, work and life

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