WCHG Youth Involvement Team

Emergency Housing

If you are under 16 you are seen as vulnerable under the Children’s Act and you may be able to get a place in an emergency refuge whilst your situation is assessed. To get into an emergency refuge you need to contact Social Services. Alternatively you could contact Childline on 0800 1111 or go to the police.

If you are 16 or over, ShelterLine 0808 800 4444 has access to a database of hostel vacancies nationwide and will try to connect you with a relevant service. You could also contact social services or ring the police if you feel you are at immediate risk. Alternatively try and find a trusted friend or family member to stay with overnight, if safe to do so.

Young People’s Support Foundation

The Young People’s Support Foundation (YPSF) helps young people in Manchester to live independently. If you’re aged 14 to 25 and homeless, worried about being homeless, or just need some impartial advice on what you can do next, we can help.

We provide advice and support to all young people, wherever you are from or what your background is. We won’t turn you away if you have a history of offending, if you have problems with substance abuse, or if are worried that you are not entitled to help and support whatever the reason may be.

We’re completely impartial and will never judge you. If we can’t help you, we will help you to find the support you need.

The help and support we offer is free and confidential.


Further information

To find out more about how we can help, call us at City Centre Project on 0161 228 7654 or if you live in Wythenshawe contact Signpost on 0161 436 5432.

Find out more at the Young People’s Support Foundation website


Online resources

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Bullying Online – UK’s leading anti-bullying charity and includes case studies and advice for you, your parents and your school.

Beatbullying – Aims to reduce and prevent bullying with case studies, games and the Beatbullying Surgery.

Childline – Free helpline for children and young people in the UK. Call them on 0800 1111 to talk about any problem including bullying, racism, safe surfing, or eating disorders. Counsellors are always there to help you sort it out.

Get Connected-  Provides a free, confidential helpline that gives young people in difficult situations the support and information they need to decide what to do. It could be anything from just talking to someone or finding somewhere safe to stay for the night. 0808 808 4994

Kidscape – Aims to equip vulnerable children with practical, non-threatening knowledge and skills in how to keep themselves safe and reduce the likelihood of future harm.

Young Minds – provides information and advice on mental health issues for children, young people and their families.

Rethink – Works to help everyone affected by severe mental illness recover a better quality of life.

Brook – Provides free, confidential sexual health advice and services for under 25s.

Frank – Online site providing upfront advice and information for young people about drugs. Includes an A-Z of drugs, confidential helpline and reports.

Self-Harm – Key information resource for young self-harmers, their friends, families and professionals who work with them.