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Advice organisations

We understand that taking part in this research might have led to some difficult times in your life being brought up, which you might want advice and support about. This leaflet lists some services which you may find useful. You can also contact a member of the CIRV team or any other agencies you are working with as part of the CIRV programme.

Not all of these are free phone numbers, and some may cost extra to call on some landlines and mobile phones. Even if you can’t make phone calls, you can still contact some of these services in other ways, like chatting to someone online or emailing them.

Call 999 if you are in an emergency. For non-urgent calls where you still want to speak to the police, please call 101.

Aim Online

The CIRV programme offers different kinds of support for young people looking to leave gangs.

  • Call 07539 183975 (phone lines open 24/7)
  • Visit the CIRV website to find out more about how the CIRV programme can support you at


Childline is a free counselling service for children and young people 18 or under that provides advice and support.


The Samaritans run a free and confidential helpline that supports people of all ages to talk through their problems.

  • Call 116 123 (phone lines open 24/7)
  • Email (24-hour response time)

Victim Support

Victim Support provides confidential support and information through a free helpline to anyone in England and Wales that has been affected by crime, regardless of whether the crime has been reported or how long ago it took place.

Runaway Helpline

Runaway Helpline is a free and confidential helpline for children and young people who are thinking about running away or have run away from home.

Hope Again

If you are a young person and someone you know has passed away, Hope Again provides a free helpline.

Talk to Frank

Talk to Frank offers advice about drugs and alcohol.

Young Minds

Young Minds helps young people to get the best possible mental health support and have the resilience to overcome life’s difficulties.

NatCen Social Research

If you would like to talk to someone at NatCen Social Research about the research, please contact us by sending an email to or calling 0808 168 8519. Our number is free to call.