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Hertfordshire County Council


Children and young people 

We can help you if:

  • you are being mistreated or abused

  • you think another child or young person is being mistreated or abused

  • you need advice, or you just need to talk to someone.

Call us on 0300 123 4043.


If someone is in immediate danger, call 999.

Get help to report abuse or complain

National Youth Advocacy Service can help you get your voice heard. They're completely independent from the council.


What is abuse?

Read the NSPCC's types of child abuse and how to spot the signs.

Read more about Child sexual exploitation in Hertfordshire.


Bullying UK has good advice on what you can do if you're being bullied.

They're completely confidential and cover everything from cyberbulliyng to abusive relationships.

Call Bullying UK on 0808 800 2222.


Parents and carers

Guidance for choosing a private tutor or after-school activity provider.

Child protection conferences: what they're really like. A short video for families who may be going through the child protection process.

Domestic violence and abuse

Take a look at Herts Sunflower if someone you know is being abused. It includes where to get help and how to stay safe.

Keeping young people safe online

The NSPCC have teamed up with O2 to provide online safety advice, including how to start a conversation around using the internet safely.

The NSPCC has provided advice on sexting - how to talk to your child about sexting and what can be done to protect them.

If you are bereaved

The death of a child is tragic and we don’t usually expect a child to die before their parents. Talking and thinking about a child’s death is a sensitive and painful subject.

The Lullaby Trust provides information and support for families and anyone affected by the death of a child. 

Child death review processes

Our 2 local leaflets for parents, families and carers help explain why the death of every child under the age of 18 needs to be reviewed by professionals from a number of different organisations: