Discuss the information below with your children to widen their understanding.
The streets around you can be full of exciting adventures and people. It is essential that you know who or what is safe.
Who is a stranger?
A stranger is simply somebody you don't know There are good and bad strangers. They can be male or female and of any age.Learn this to remember how to keep safe from strangers!
S afer strangers
A safer stranger is a person who helps people when they are at work and they are often wearing a uniform If you have a problem and you don't have family or friends nearby then you should speak to one of these safer strangers so that they can help you. Some examples of these safer strangers are:
- Fire Officers
- Ambulance staff
- Shop assistants
- Traffic wardens
- Police Officers or Police Community Support Officers
T rusted adults
A trusted adult is someone who you know really well this could be a:
- Family member
- Friend or their parents
- Sports coach/ activities teacher
- Child minder
R un and tell a trusted adult
If a stranger approaches you then you should run and tell a trusted adult. This could be at home, a family member’s address or a safer building.
A void areas you don't know
You should never play in areas you don't know. Make sure you know where you are and how to get back to your house, school or safer building.
N ever take things from a stranger or get in a car with a stranger
You should never take things from strangers because you don't know that they are safe. The stranger may be lying or trying to trick you. If a stranger asks you to go somewhere with them then don't do this . They may pretend to be a friend of your parents or a relative. Don't get in a stranger's car! You should run to a safer building or a trusted adult.
G o home or to a safer building
A safer building is a place which is well known and easily identifiable. If you are in trouble then you should go to one of these safer buildings if they are nearby. Look out for signs which can help you identify one of these safer buildings. Some examples of these buildings are:
- Post Offices
- Doctors' surgeries
- Shops & Supermarkets
- Leisure centers
- Police Stations
If you are approached by a stranger then you should run home or to a safer building.
E njoy playtime in groups
When playing outside you should make sure you play with other children too. You shouldn't play outside on your own as this can be dangerous . Make sure you tell somebody where you are if you do go out.
R eport to the police
Call the police. In an emergency dial 999, in a non-emergency dial 101
What is abuse?
There are four main types of abuse:
This is when someone hurts a child on purpose. This can include hitting, shaking, making you ill or using an object such as a belt to hurt you
This often happens in many different ways and can change how you feel about yourself and your friendships with others. Examples are: being made to feel unhappy, being bullied, being made to feel frightened, seeing or hearing another member of your family being hurt.
This is when a child is not looked after properly. You need safety at home, proper shelter/ clothing and to be clean, any medicine you need, protection from danger.
If you feel that you are being abused please tell an adult who you trust. This could be a parent, friend, or a teacher. It is extremely important to tell someone. You can ring the police on 101 or if its an emergency ring 999. Call ChildLine on 0800111.