15 Days Without a Head is a work of fiction, but many young people live with problems similar to those faced by Laurence and Jay in the story. The organisations listed below are available to offer confidential advice to anybody seeking help for themselves, friends, or family members. Life may have been a lot easier for Laurence, had he known about them.


Helpline telephone numbers are given for the UK area, but there will almost certainly be similar support services within other countries. Your school or local library may also be able to provide information on help available.



The Childline website offers advice on a wide range of issues facing young people. You can call Childline at any time on 0800 1111 to speak to a counsellor. Calls are free and confidential.



NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children)

Includes downloadable guides offering advice to parents with children ‘home-alone’.

To contact their helpline call 0808 800 5000 or text: 88858.

Email: help@nspcc.org.uk



NACOA (National Association for Children of Alcoholics)

Provides information, advice and support for anyone affected by their parent's drinking. Contact their free confidential helpline on 0800 358 3456

Email: helpline@Nacoa.org.uk




Rehab 4 Addiction was founded to assist those affected by substance misuse and their loved ones. Offers a range of services to help direct visitors to the most effective treatments. This includes alcohol rehab, drug rehab, detox services, intervention, aftercare and outpatient counselling. Contact their helpline on 0800 140 4690 (UK) or +44 345 222 3508 (international)

Email: info@rehab4addiction.co.uk



Rehab Spot

Rehab Spot helps those struggling with addiction and their families find the information, support, and resources needed to get help. This page provides advice on recognising the symptoms of alcoholism.



Action on Addiction

One in three people suffer from addiction. It can break up families, damage communities and destroy lives. Action on Addiction is a charity working to support families and children affected by addiction, as well as promoting research, prevention and professional education.

Telephone 0300 330 o659

Email: action@actiononaddiction.org.uk



The Who Cares? Trust

There will always be a need for some children to be cared for away from their birth families. The Who Cares? Trust is a voice for children in care … designed to improve the day to day experience of children and young people in care – and their future lives.

Contact The Who Cares? Trust on 0207 251 3117 or email: mailbox@thewhocarestrust.org.uk



The information on this page is offered in good faith and was correct at the time of going to press. Dave Cousins and Oxford University Press take no responsibility for the content of websites or consequences of contacting these organisations.