guidance for parents in Dorset

Information for Parents and Carers

Adolescence is a time when young people begin to learn about the world; this involves trying out new experiences some of which may be risky or dangerous.  Learning how to deal with risks and making choices that may or may not turn out badly is an essential part of growing up.

Most young people will not get involved in any of the risky behaviours detailed here.  Most can experiment without it causing too many problems, but sometimes things can go wrong.  This website aims to give you information about some of the risks that your child is exposed to so that you can support them if they run into difficulties.  

Young people have told us that they prefer to talk to their parents/carers about what’s going on in their lives so arming yourself with the knowledge about the risks they encounter should help you to support them. To find out how to read the signs of the various risky behaviours, click on the links on the left hand side or use the drop down menu.




Bullying & Cyber Safety

Truancy & Antisocial behaviour

Subtance Use and Smoking Alcohol
Sexual Health & Teenage Pregnancy Self Harm
Eating Disorders Obesity