We provide advice and support to young people aged 8–17. We are based in Torquay, but we have services across Torbay, Paignton and Brixham.
We can help with a range of issues, from drug and alcohol use to battles with depression. Maybe you're in care and want someone to talk to, 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.
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’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.
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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. In Torbay, we work with families, parents and carers, supporting them to reduce risk of exploitation.
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 looked after 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 to help look after your rights, so you have a say in decisions 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.
If you’d like to talk about getting an advocate or an Independent Visitor - someone to talk to and build a friendship with - please get in touch.
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.
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.