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Being a teenager

Being a teenager is an exciting and special time. Everything starts changing and family life can feel mixed up.

There's lots to deal with, body changes and body image, exams, peer pressure, sex and relationships.

You might want to know stuff but don't want to ask you parents or your mates.

Maybe you'd like to talk to someone.

Whatever it is - information and advice is out there to help and support you.

Information and advice for teenagers

Am I normal?

BBC Article looks at the 5 biggest issues teenagers need support with

The Mix

Essential support for under 25's

Mind Hub

Hub is for young people created by young people


a free, private and confidential service where you can talk about anything

Ditch the Label

Global Youth Charity supporting people aged 12-25 through some of the biggest challenges in their lives. From bullying and mental health to identity and relationships. 


Mental Health

NHS Advice for teenagers and young adults

Mental health advice for young people, including tips on preparing for exams

Young Minds

Mental health support for young people

Students Against Depression

advice, information and guidance to those affected by low mood, depression and suicidal thinking

Calm Harm

Calm Harm is an award-winning app developed for teenage mental health charity stem4 

Peer Support

Anna Freud peer support programme supporting mental health and well being

Drugs and Alcohol

Talk to Frank

up to date information and advice on drugs

Drugs Meter

Anonymous, personalised feedback on your drugs use

Alcohol and the Law

It is important to be aware of guidelines, facts and the law about alcohol in the UK

Talk about Alcohol

Know the score on drinking 

National Gambling Helpline is available 24/7 for anyone who needs support. The service is completely confidential and you can get in touch on 0808 8020 133 or via live chat to speak to a trained professional who can offer advice on how to tackle the problem.

Online Safety

Child Net

making the internet a safe place for children and young people

Think u know

advice about staying safe when you're on a phone, tablet or computer

Safer Internet

safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe online

Sex and Relationships


free confidential sexual health and wellbeing advice service

NHS Contraception

NHS free contraception advice and support


digital sex ed resource for young people by young people

Sexual Exploitation

safeguarding and child sexual exploitation advice


BISH is a guide to sex and relationships for anyone 14 plus

Harmful sexual behaviour

awareness campaign of consent and staying safe

Teenage Pregnancy

NHS advice on what to do if you think you are pregnant

Sexwise unplanned pregnancy

Information on options for an unplanned pregnancy. This information is for anyone who may get pregnant including women, trans men and non-binary people.

Being a Young Carer

Young carers are young people aged five to 18 who look after a family member who is ill, disabled, is experiencing mental ill health, or is affected by alcohol and/or substance misuse.

The Children and Families Act 2014 and the Care Act 2014 gave young carers improved rights to an assessment of their needs.

If you or your parents request it, a social worker from your local council must visit to carry out a young carer's assessment.

A young carer's assessment can determine whether it's appropriate for you to care for someone else, and takes into account whether you want to be a carer.

The social worker must also look at your education, training, leisure opportunities and views about your future.

As part of the assessment, the social worker must ask about your wishes and involve you, your parents and anyone else you or your parents want to be involved.

Getting an assessment is the best way to find out what's available in your situation.

Contact Sandwell Council on 0121 569 2200 to talk to a social worker.

Sandwell Young Carers

Sandwell Young Carers provides guidance and support to children and young people (aged 5-18) whose health, education and social lives have been affected as a result of caring for a dependent family member.

Sandwell Advocacy for Young Carers

Sandwell Advocacy provides independent advocacy throughout Sandwell, promoting rights, voice and empowerment. Advocacy works to protect children and young people from harm and abuse and ensures their rights are safeguarded.

Barnardo's Young Carers

emotional support, drop in centres, trips and activities for young carers.

Being a young carer

NHS advice on being a young carer, your rights and who can support you.

Carers Allowance

A benefit available to young carers 16 and over who are working.

NHS Carers Assessment

If you care for someone, you can have an assessment to see what might help make your life easier. 

Know your Rights as a young carer

Young carers and young adult carers in England have the right to information and to an assessment of the support they need from the council.

Other Support Services

Legal Advice


National Youth Advocacy Service supports children and young people with their rights

Youth Justice Legal Centre

YJLC provide comprehensive and up-to-date legal knowledge and expertise on children’s rights in the criminal justice system

Just for kids law

provides up to date advice on youth justice law

Other Support Services


help and support for vulnerable young people who are homeless or sofa surfing

The Hideout

safe space online to help children and young people to understand domestic abuse, and how to take positive action if it's happening to you.

Coram Voice

advice and support for young people leaving care.


safeguarding app for young people to report anything from bullying to a mental health concern

Carers Trust

supporting young carers


Youth website for CRUSE Bereavement Care to help young people cope with grief and the loss of a loved one


advice and resources to help young people deal with all forms of bullying 

Act Early

an initiative designed to provide practical help and guidance to the public in order to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism

Advice for parents and carers

Teenagers can be challenging even for the calmest parents. It can seem like home becomes a battle ground between you, the adult, and your child who is going through the natural process of becoming an adult.

Your child still needs your love and support. Your relationship will naturally evolve from essential care giver to a more mentoring and enabling role where you can accept they may think and behave differently from you.

Parenting teenagers

RELATE advice on dealing with teenage issues as a parent

You and your teen

Family Lives has lots of advice for parents and carers of teenagers

Body Image

Advice on discussing body image with your teenager

NHS Advice

Advice on coping with teenage behaviour

Teenage Behaviour

advice on managing teenager's challenging behaviour

Parenting support

NSPCC support for parents of teenage children


tips on coping with teenage behaviour


tips on talking to teenagers about alcohol and drinking responsibly

Should my child drink alcohol?

NHS advice for parents on under age drinking

Underage Drinking

Family Lives advice on under age drinking

Parent Zone

Online safety advice for parents

Talking about sexual behaviour

Advice for parents on healthy and unhealthy sexual behaviour in children and teenagers, including what to do if you're worried

Sex and Relationships

Advice on talking to children and young people, supporting them and keeping them safe

Teenage Pregnancy

Advice for parents on teenage pregnancy

The importance of communicating with teenagers

The key to building a positive relationship and sorting out any communication difficulties with your teenager is to keep the channels of communication open

#AskThe Awkward

Asking The Awkward helps you to prepare for regular conversations with your teenager about online relationships and related topics