We provide advice and support to young people aged 8–18. We have services across Torquay, Paignton and Brixham.
We can help with a range of issues, from drug and alcohol use to battles with depression. Maybe you want to understand your rights, or you have a disability and looking for a social group to hang out with in the week.
We want you to get help when you need it, so you can make the decisions best for you.
What would you like help with?
- Emotional health and well-being
- Drug and alcohol use
- Sexual exploitation
- Knowing your rights
- Going missing or returning home
- Sexual abuse
- Youth group for those with disabilities
CheckPoint, as part of the Torbay 0-19 Partnership, is working with Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust and Action for Children to promote the health, development and well-being of children, young people and families in Torbay.
Emotional health and well-being
Sometimes the pressures of life, family, growing up, relationships or losing someone can become too much. Abuse, bullying, isolation can make you feel low, nervous, stressed, angry. These feelings may be hard to talk about with people close to you. This is when you might feel like talking to someone at CheckPoint.
We will help you think and feel differently, encouraging you to make the changes that are best for you. This could be through one-to-one counselling, talking things through and listening to what you say.
We’ll find out what’s important in your life. We’ll set goals to work towards. We might look at techniques for stopping bad thoughts and focusing on the good. Or we could help you understand and overcome your fears.
Checkpoint emotional health and well-being
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We have drop in sessions in Torbay, where you can come along without an appointment and chat to someone. If you would like to talk, please get in touch.
We can also talk to parents or carers if you’d like us to. We can show them how to understand your behaviours and how to help you.
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Drug and alcohol use
If you are affected by drug and alcohol use – yours or someone else’s – we can support you, keep you safe. We won’t force you to give up. We are here to help you reduce how much you’re using, understand the side effects, and make the changes you want in your life.
If you want to talk, please get in touch. We will try see you within five days at a place best for you. You can come alone or with someone and we can discuss whether you’d like more regular appointments.
Sexual exploitation is someone taking advantage of you sexually, for their own benefit. Through threats, bribes, violence, humiliation, or by telling you that they love you, they will get you to do sexual things for their own or other people’s enjoyment. If this has happened to you, it’s not your fault. We will listen and help you move forwards.
We work with you and your families to improve understanding of sexual exploitation, grooming and abusive relationships. We support you to develop your own methods for staying strong and safe.
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In Devon, we work one-to-one with young people who have been sexually exploited. We help you make sense of what has happened so you can recover and look forward to the future.
For information on how to access our child sexual exploitation services, call us on 01803 200100.
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Knowing your rights
If you are cared for by Torbay Children’s Services or on a child protection plan, and are aged 8-18, you have the right to an advocate. This is someone who will support you and make sure your voice is heard when decisions are being made that affect your life.
If you’re worried about being hurt or abused, treated unfairly because of race, religion, sexuality, gender, language or disability, needing extra support for your health or want to get the most out of school or college – an advocate can help.
We also offer independent visitors for cared for children. This is an adult you can talk to, trust and build a friendship with. They will try new activities with you and take you places you want to go. They are not paid to be there - different to a social worker or foster carer. They'll listen and support you to be the person you want to be.
If you’d like to talk about getting an advocate or an Independent Visitor, please get in touch.
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Checkpoint missing services
If you're thinking of running away, are currently missing, or being forced to leave home, we can help. We work to understand your situation so you don't feel like running away is the answer. Phone us on 01803 290330 or read our advice for young people thinking of running away from home.
If you were missing but have returned home, you’re entitled to a return home interview. This is your chance to have your voice heard and discuss the reasons you went missing. We will then work out how best to support you.
Sexual abuse can happen to anyone. It can be carried out by someone in your family, people you barely know or someone you think of as a friend. People who have been abused often feel guilty or ashamed. Some people have difficulties controlling their thoughts or feelings. Others want to block it out altogether. However you feel, you’re not alone.
We can help you identify the abuse that is happening to you, help you deal with your situation and support you in your emotional and physical well-being. If you would like to talk, please get in touch.
Phoenix Youth Group
The Phoenix group is for young people living with learning disabilities, physical disabilities or who are socially isolated. The group offers a safe place to get together and socialise.
Phoenix meet once a fortnight to do various fun activities such as bowling, crazy golf and playing games. The group also offers young people the opportunity to share their views on issues locally and nationally to help make changes and fill gaps in services.
If interested, get in touch and ask to speak to the Phoenix Coordinator.
there will be fun, teamwork, laughs, and the chance to meet new people
Get in touch
If you would like to make an appointment to speak to a CheckPoint worker, call us on 01803 290330 and we will find the right person to speak to you. Our office is open from 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday.
We will work with you to understand your thoughts and feelings. Encouraging you to make the changes that are best for you. We won’t judge and what you tell us stays with us. Unless you or another child is at risk.
If we think we can help you, we will. If not, we will find someone who can.
If you'd like to know more about CheckPoint, you can call or email us.