How to stay safe from harm, plus money and work advice

Latest Government advice

From July 24, you will have to wear a face covering in public spaces including supermarkets, indoor shopping centres, train and bus stations, banks and post offices. They must also be worn in takeaway shops unless you are sitting down to eat. There may be a fine of up to £100 for people who refuse, unless they have an exemption. This includeds children under 11, people with disabilities or health conditions that make it difficult for them to wear one.

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Government advice written for young people by young people

This is the government's advice rewritten by NHS England Youth Forum and #iwill Ambassadors. They hope this new official guidance has:

  • more detail and clearer language
  • information on what to do if you are unsafe at home
  • advice about travelling and outdoor exercise
  • information on how to access health care and sexual & mental health
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This advice will change over time. Keep checking back.

Safe from harm

Does coronavirus lockdown make you more at risk of abuse? Are you stuck at home with someone you can usually get a break from?

If you, or someone else is in danger right now, call the police on 999 and tell them what's happening.

- NSPCC’s phone line is also free on 0808 800 5000. You can also contact them on the NSPCC website. - Women and girls experiencing abuse can call National Domestic Abuse Helpline 24/7 for help on 0808 2000 247. - We also have info on this website on violence against women and girls if you’re confused.

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Avoid risks

Only go outside to shop for food or to exercise. Not only for your health, but to stay out of trouble.

  • If people are pushing you into taking risks, if you’re under pressure to break the law, if you're being threatened or you’ve been hurt, call Lambeth's Community Early Help on 020 7926 9079, 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. They can give advice.
  • If you’ve been arrested, charged or you’re in custody you can call Juvenis for help on 07590 670090 or email If you think you’ve been victimised by the police, ask for the name and badge number of the police officer. Find out more about Juvenis
  • Lambeth Victim Support can help if you’ve been a victim of crime. Call 0808 168 9291. Find out more about Lambeth Victim Support.

- If you’re worried about anyone who may be involved in terrorism, you can call 020 7926 7025 or email If you’re not sure how to spot the signs of terrorism then the Let’s Talk About website may help

Your views

Listen to the podcast mini-series 'Burning the Village'. Young people tell their own story of growing up in London and dealing with knife crime, food poverty, zero hour contracts and more. Listen to episode one, two and three, then comment on SoundCloud or email to give your views.


Work and money

Opportunity Lambeth
Lost your job or had hours reduced? Help is available from Opportunity Lambeth! You can now use free Rapid Response employment services: * Employment support tailored to your individual need
* Help with updating your CV, jobsearch and applications
* Access to live employment opportunities
* Help with ‘virtual’ interview skills and preparation Register by calling 020 7926 0500, online or email

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If you're worried about money, maybe you're not getting paid because of the lockdown, this is another good starting place.

The Lambeth Larder helps connect people to emergency food and other support. They have a list of organisations in Lambeth supplying cheap or free food and meals.

Coronavirus and money: An expert financial guide from MyBnk - The Mix have teamed up with MyBnk to answer questions about money, work, housing and more