Our safe zones are part of the Greater Manchester crisis care pathway for children and young people. The aim of this is to make sure young people receive the RIGHT help, at the RIGHT time, by the RIGHT person, in the RIGHT place, 100 per cent of the time.
This will dramatically improve their overall experience, along with those who care for them, and help to keep them out of hospital.
The safe zones provided by national charity The Children's Society, which will work in partnership with local charities Bolton Lads and Girls Club, Manchester Youth Zone and 42nd Street.
They will be run by experienced staff from the above charities, who will provide you with appropriate support and advice. In addition, support will also be provided to parents and carers to help with your mental health.
To begin with, if you're aged 13 to 18 years, you'll be referred to us by the rapid response teams. However, the long term goal is that you will simply be able to drop in.
The safe zones are in four locations across Greater Manchester and will support the rapid response teams. These will provide short-term interventions, including tailor-made sessions which meet your needs and practical sessions to get to know you. Activities will encourage talking and participation.