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Be Safe

Checked: 18-04-2024 by Vicky Ryan Next Review: 17-04-2026


Be Safe is a small multi-disciplinary team that works with children and young people who have engaged in problematic (PSB) or harmful sexual behaviour (HSB), their parents/carers and those supporting them.

Children and young people who display harmful sexual behaviour often need help themselves and may have experienced harm themselves. Be Safe is part of Specialist CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service), and offers direct assessment and therapeutic intervention (‘treatment’) services to children, young people and their families, as well as advice, training and consultation to a broad range of professionals.

The Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP) website provides full details of the service offered and contains up to date leaflets, referral forms and other documents.

Be Safe is available in Bristol & South Gloucestershire

Be Safe offer services to children and young people who have displayed problematic or harmful sexual behaviour who are: 

  • in Bristol, aged 4 – 17 years
  • in South Gloucestershire, aged 7 – 11 years
  • on a commissioned basis from these areas and other localities (fees, where applicable, are available on request and through the website)

For the child or young person to access services:

  • they must have an allocated Children’s Social Care (CSC) Worker or Early Help worker who remains allocated throughout Be Safe’s involvement, unless agreed with the Be Safe Clinical Team Manager or other senior clinician.
  • the problematic or harmful sexual behaviour must have been investigated by CSC and/or the police, and any safeguarding concerns must be being addressed and police investigations or prosecution finished. Any exceptions to this must be agreed with the Be Safe Clinical Team Manager or other senior clinician.


A child or young person can be referred by any professional working with them, but consent is needed from the child/young person’s parent/carer and child/ young person if they have the capacity to understand and agree.


The service encourage you to discuss your concerns with Be Safe before completing the referral form. Please contact the Be Safe team on: 0117 3408700 or via the team’s email on: and someone will get back to you.


The referral form is available on the AWP website: Be Safe service :: Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (


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