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This page lists a wide range of help, advice and guidance for professionals from national and local services.

Accident Prevention and Child Safety

90% of the most serious preventable accidents to the under-fives fall into five main areas:

  • Threats to breathing – choking, strangulation or suffocation
  • Falls
  • Poisoning
  • Burns and scalds
  • Drowning

For more information and resources visit Child Accident Prevention Trust

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES)

The term Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) is used to describe a wide range of stressful or traumatic experiences that children can be exposed to whilst growing up. ACEs range from experiences that directly harm a child (such as suffering physical, verbal or sexual abuse, and physical or emotional neglect) to those that affect the environment in which a child grows up (including parental separation, domestic violence, mental illness, alcohol abuse, drug use or incarceration).

Abuse and Relationships

Oldham Council Domestic Violence and Abuse - Oldham has a team of specialist Independent Domestic Violence Advisors in addition to a specialist Officer who deals with cases of so called honour based violence (including forced marriage and FGM). The team can offer emotional and practical support to victims and survivors.

Women's Aid is a charity that aims is to end domestic violence/abuse against women and children. It provides wide range of services and runs the national 24 hour 7 days a week confidential domestic abuse helpline - 0808 2000 247

Men's Advice Line is a charity that offers help and support for male victims of domestic violence. They run a men’s helpline which opens Monday to Friday 9 am-5pm - 0808 901 0327

Galop run the national lesbian, gay bisexual and Trans domestic violence helpline, see website for opening times. Helpline- 0800 999 5428

CC - Domestic Abuse (LGBT) Poster v3 (2).pdf

Respect offers a free phone confidential helpline offering advise information and support to help individuals to stop being violent and abusive to their partner - 0808 802 4040

Relate Offers advice, relationship counselling, workshops, mediation, consultations and support face to face, by phone and through the website. Helpline – 0808 808 4994

St Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) is a specialist service for anyone who has been raped or sexually assaulted. They aim to provide a one stop shop service, providing the following under one roof: medical care and forensic examination following assault and rape and in some locations, sexual health services. Medical services are free of charge and provided to women, men, young people and children.

Drugs and/or alcohol abuse

Turning Point is a locally commissioned social enterprise that provides integrated drug and alcohol services, detox and rehab day and residential services, supported accommodation for substance misuse and support for people referred by the criminal justice system.

Positive Steps is a local charity that provide young people's substance misuse education and support.

Drink Aware is a UK wide alcohol education charity who’s website is packed with research and information on all aspects of alcohol related issues.

ADFAM is the national charity working to improve life for families affected by drugs or alcohol.

NHS Information regarding drug addiction, options and treatment.

Mental health

Healthy Minds service is for people over the age of 16 years, who are registered with a GP in Oldham. They offer support and treatment for those who are experiencing symptoms such as difficulty sleeping, low mood / depression, stress, worry or anxiety, feelings of hopelessness or panic attacks.

Healthy Young Minds (formerly CAMHS)  offers specialist services to children and young people who are experiencing mental health and emotional wellbeing difficulties. They help children and young people up to the age of 18 years and provide support to their families/carers.

Tameside, Oldham and Glossop MIND is a local charity that provides local mental health services in prevention, early intervention and primary care; alongside empowering individuals and our communities to live well.

Samaritans is a 24 hour national helpline that provides emotional support to anyone in emotional distress, struggling to cope or at risk of suicide - Call 116 123

Other issues affecting children and young people include:


What do Gillick Competency and Fraser Guidelines refer to? - NSPCC website

Madrassahs and supplementary schools

Safeguarding children - Madrassahs and Supplementary schools 

Promoting the health and well-being of looked-after children

Promoting the health and well-being of looked-after children: Statutory guidance for local authorities, clinical commissioning groups and NHS England

Working with Men

Engaging with men in social care: a good practice guide


Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
T: 0161 770 7777

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