Safeguarding & Support
Hopefully you will never need to contact some of these organisations, but we’d rather you know where to find help if necessary. Some of these are more useful for interns or for mentors but we thought we’d let you in on all of them anyway. If there are more organisations you think we should include in this list, do let us know.
If you find yourself in need of a bit of help, there’s no shame in asking for it. This website has a tool that will help you find a BACP accredited therapist in your area.
If money is more of an issue the Free Psychotherapy Network has a list of free and low-cost counselling services across the UK.
Sexual harassment & discrimination
We really hope that your journalism experience doesn’t include any of this, but given latest news we cannot pretend that our industry is 100% safe from this. Remember that you have a legal right under the Sex Discrimination Act not to be sexually harassed whilst at work.
The Citizens Advice Bureau explains what constitutes harassment in the workplace.
The Second Source
The Second Source was created by a group of female journalists to tackle harassment in the media. It seeks to promote awareness of the problem, inform people of their rights, and work with organisations to create change. With the knowledge that much harassment relates to insecure work in an industry that remains male-dominated, it also acts as an alternative professional network for young women.
SupportLine also has a list suggestions on how to cope after a sexual assault or rape, how to cope with difficult feelings and a long list of services for both men and women who have been assaulted or raped.
A resource from the Met Police giving advice and guidance on how to deal with sexual assault or rape, even if you don’t want to report it.
Equality Advisory Support Service (EASS)
Discrimination is not just gender based. If you have experienced discrimination, you can get help from the EASS discrimination helpline.
We really hope that your time as an intern in London or hosting someone is an incredible learning experience. However, we understand that sometimes things don’t work out like we would want them to.
If at any point your internship plans shift, your personal life gets complicated, health problems get in the way or your hosting situation isn’t right, please get in touch with Press Pad UK as soon as you can.
We are here to support mentors and mentees through the summer and help as much as we can. We will not contact your mentor about your situation unless you agree for us to do so.
So if anything goes wrong please contact :
We will do our best to help sort out the situation.