Please find details below of people, organisations and charities that can help and assist.

If you feel that you or someone is in immediate danger, please call the police on 999.

MASH Devon, 0345 155 1071,

MASH Torbay, 01803 208100,

The Multi-agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) is the central resource for the whole of Devon receiving all safeguarding and child protection enquiries. It is staffed with professionals from a range of agencies including police, health, mental health, education, social care, housing, probation, early years, youth offending, fire, and domestic abuse services.

Where appropriate, the MASH team is able to immediately trigger a response, the emphasis being on interventions to the child or young person and their family to prevent harm.

Devon LADO, Jane Parmenter, 01392 384964 

Torbay LADO, Ivan Sullivan, 01803 208541

Every local authority has a Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) who is responsible for co-ordinating the response to concerns that an adult who works with children may have caused them or could cause them harm.

The Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) works within Children’s Services and gives advice and guidance to employers, organisations and other individuals who have concerns about the behaviour of an adult who works with children and young people.

Devon Youth Offending Service (YOS)

01271 388150, North & West Devon,

01392 384978 for Central & South Devon,

This service is available to young people aged from 10 to 17. Usually, the police contact Devon YOS when someone has committed an offence, and they work with young people who are given a court order. However, family members and friends can contact YOS if they are worried about a young person’s behaviour and they will always try to help where they can.

Torbay Youth Offending Team (YOT)

01803 208400,

Torbay YOT are a team of professionals from Children’s Services, Education, Police, Probation and Primary Care Trust, working together to prevent children and young people from offending/re-offending and promoting safe communities. YOT get involved when a young person age 10-18 years is identified as being ‘at risk’ of offending or when a young person is arrested by the Police and charged with an offence.


Kooth, from XenZone, is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop.


Tel: 0800 11 11

When you call,  you’ll get through to a counsellor, they’re there to listen and support you with anything you’d like to talk about. Or you can have a 1-2-1 counsellor chat online. No problem is too big or too small.

UK Youth

National Youth Agency (NYA)

Federation for Detached Youth Work

VOYC Devon

01392 250976,

VOYC Devon is a well-respected specialist infrastructure network for voluntary and community sector groups that work with and for children and young people. A diverse and rapidly growing network of local and national children and young people’s organisations. VOYC Devon provide practical support and training to enable our groups to deliver their missions more effectively. .


0808 800 5000,

Contact the NSPCC for help, advice and support if you’re worried about a child or even if you’re unsure.