We are committed to supporting young people in Dorset. If you have any questions or need advice please contact us here.
COVID-19 has changed the ‘norm’ for everyone. With much of our lives now online, it is important to protect ourselves from the different risks that come from spending more of our time in a digital environment.
Luckily, online programmes have given opportunities for education to continue throughout COVID, but this also means that you are more vulnerable to online risks than before.
It is so important, if you are worried about something, or see or experience something online that concerns you, speak to someone you trust as soon as possible. Don’t suffer in silence.
If you need help with bullying please speak up!
- Bullying is behaviour that hurts someone else.
- Cyber bullying is bullying that takes place online.
Unfortunately, with the majority of learning now being online, bullying can follow people wherever they go, via social networks, gaming and mobile phone.
When should I report bullying to the police?
Many incidents of bullying are not actually crimes, and therefore the best people to deal with them are parents, teachers or other responsible adults.
Police need to become involved in incidents of bullying when there is any:
- violence involved
- harassment and intimidation over a period of time
- anything involving hate crimes
Further advice and support is available from the Safe Schools and Communities Team. You can contact them online here.
Information and advice about cyberbullying can be found on the Internet Matters website here
A person consents if he or she agrees by choice, and has the freedom and capacity to make that choice.
Consent is key – without it, any sexual act becomes a criminal offence. If someone is incapable of consenting (for example if they are too drunk or asleep), it is still sexual violence.
Sex with someone who doesn’t want to is rape.
It does not make a difference whether the people know each other or not, or what relationship they have. Rape and sexual assault do not have to involve physical force – threatening violence, or having sex with someone who is incapable of consenting (for example because they’re drunk or asleep) is rape.
You & Co is Victim Support’s youth programme that helps young people cope with the impact and effects of crime. You do not have to report the crime to the police to get support. Click here for more information.
There’s a person attached to every body, respect both.
Healthy relationships are all about respecting each other. You should feel loved, safe and free to be yourself.
Relationships can be confusing and it can be difficult to understand what is and isn’t normal behaviour.
But disrespectful and unacceptable behaviour can come in many forms. It isn’t limited to just physical behaviour; it can also go way beyond that. For example, it’s not OK for someone to try and pressure you into sending a nude pic, or to expect the same things to happen that they’ve seen in a porn film. If someone makes you do something you don’t want to, makes you feel scared, intimidated or tries controlling you, it’s not acceptable and is never OK.
If you need to pass information or report a crime anonymously you can do so here. It is 100% anonymous - you don't need to give any of your details.
The court process can sometimes be difficult to understand, but there are lots of ways you can get support to help you find out what will happen and when.