Children and young people

Children and young people

There are a number of services that support children and young people with issues such as mental and sexual health and drug and alcohol abuse.

Unity Sexual Health

Unity Sexual Health is the service providing young people’s sexual health services in Bristol to those aged under 20 years.  

They also give education and training about sexual health and wellbeing for all supporting partner organisations working with young people.


Brook provides free and confidential sexual health and wellbeing services for nearly 250,000 young people UK-wide, each year.

They also provide sex and relationships education (SRE) for professionals working with young people.

Off the Record

Off the Record provide free and confidential mental health support and information to young people aged 11 to 25 in Bristol.

They run various services and projects across Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

The service has been designed with the help of young people and is delivered by a team of friendly staff and volunteers.

Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS)

Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) provide child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) across Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

These are community teams that help children and young people with emotional, behavioural and mental health difficulties.

CAMHS has specialist teams to help with

  • learning disabilities
  • self-harm
  • substance and alcohol misuse
  • sexual behaviour (Be Safe)
  • eating disorders and supporting children in care (Thinking Allowed)


Barnardo's is one of the UK's leading children's charities. They work directly with 240,000 children, young people and families every year.

They run over 960 vital services across the UK, including:

  • counselling for children who have been abused
  • fostering and adoption services
  • vocational training
  • disability inclusion groups

Bristol Drugs Project (BDP)

Bristol Drugs Project offer free and confidential support to young people who are concerned about their own or someone else’s substance misuse.  

The service work with young people:

  • from 9 years, where there is a parent or sibling with a substance misuse problem
  • from the age of 11, where there is a risk around their own use of substances including alcohol, cannabis and ketamine
  • up to the age of 25 if they have learning difficulties.

BDP are based in a range of locations across the city including secondary schools and post 16 services.  They can also meet young people at other community venues.

Children in a Place of Safety (CHIPS)

CHIPS provide accommodation and care services to give trafficked children the support they need as they move from harm to safety.


Childline is here to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. Whether it’s something big or small, their trained counsellors are here to support you.

Childline is free, confidential and available any time, day or night. You can talk to us on the phone, by email or through 1-2-1 counsellor chat. Whatever feels best for you. 

Bristol City Council, Children and Young People's Services 

Our Children and Young People's Services work with children and young people up to 17 years old and their families.

If you want to contact a social worker for children and young people, contact the office nearest to the child's home.

  • Ridingleaze House, Lawrence Weston (north)
    Telephone: 0117 903 8700 
  • Symes House, Hartcliffe (south)
    Telephone: 0117 353 2200 
  • Welsman, St Paul's (East/Central)
    Telephone: 0117 903 6500 
  • Disabled Children Team (covers all Bristol)
    Telephone: 0117 903 8250 
  • Emergency Duty Team, emergencies outside office hours
    Telephone: 01454 615165 

or email:


Kooth is an online support tool for young people aged 11 to 18.

It includes:

  • access to chat with counsellors
  • forums for young people
  • an online journal