Healthy relationships

If you are concerned about the welfare of a child contact the Southampton Children's Resources Service on 023 8083 3004.

Call 999 if you are concerned that a child is in immediate danger.

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If you are in a relationship with someone, you should feel loved, safe, respected and free to be yourself. There are different forms of abuse, but if your relationship leaves you feeling scared, intimidated or controlled then you are in an abusive relationship. Abuse is not normal and never ok.

Many young people experience warm, respectful, caring and fulfilling relationships. Sadly, some children need safeguarding since the relationships they are involved in are abusive in some way, or they are being exploited by the other person.

Find further information about healthy and unhealthy relationships, signs of an unhealthy relationship and what to do if your partner makes you feel scared or unsafe on the Childline website.