Your Safety Plan

1. Tell someone you trust

This could be a teacher, youth worker, social worker or a parent. They will be able to support you with the decisions you make.


2. Agree a code word

If you are in danger, and use the word, the person you trust can support you.

3. Find some safe havens

These are places where you can go if you are concerned about your safety. Think about places at school, college or a friend' house where you would be safe.


4. Stick with your friends

You are at less risk if you stay in a group.

5. Change your route.

Be unpredictable. It will be harder to pursue you if you vary your routine.

6. Know the triggers

If you know what triggers someone's abusive behaviour, you might be able to escape a situation before it escalates.

7. Be streetwise

Stick to busy areas when you’re out and about. If you’re waiting for a lift or public transport think well-lit areas. Be sure to keep the people you trust in the know about where you are.

8. Learn how to reverse call

You should always have credit and battery on your phone. If you're out of credit use 0800-REVERSE (0800 738 3773) from any phone. Whoever you call will be able to pick up the charges for the call.


9. Get a new phone number

It will make it harder for someone to contact and abuse you


10. Change your privacy settings

Makes sure your Facebook and other social networks you use are on lockdown. Don’t get tagged in photos, status updates or places with your friends as this could reveal where you are. Always have a passcode on your phone.

11. Block and report nasty messages.

If someone starts sending you abusive messages online, block and report them. You can report threatening and abusive messages to the police.



Remember: Phone 999 in an emergency.

NSPCC Safety Plan - Click the icon. 

This is a more detailed safety plan; it contains lots of advice and tips, as well as a space for you to create your own plan.

This information is up to date as of 28th March 2019 and will not be updated soon