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Advice for Students and Parents.

Following recent reports of incidents near local academies, please would you take a few minutes to read this very important advice. 

  • Where possible students should walk home with someone else.
  • If approached by someone in a vehicle, e.g to ask directions, they should stay well back from the vehicle. 
  • There is absolutely no requirement to speak to anyone in a car or otherwise if they do not want to.
  • If sensing any danger students should always run and find help rather than wait to see what happens. 
  • Going into a nearby shop, cafe, even an office block to ask for help are all acceptable ways to avoid danger if they are ever spooked by the behaviour of a motorist or passer by. 
  • Avoid wearing head phones or head sets that could effect your ability to hear people or vehicles approaching.
  • Report any suspicious circumstances to the police and / or BBA

Of course such instances are rare but they do happen occasionally, and it’s important to look after ourselves and each other, by being alert to risks and knowing how we might handle them if they were to arise.

If you feel that you are in danger phone 999, which is free from any any phone. 

 

Police advice:

To help keep you and your property safe and secure, try to follow these basic guidelines:

  • Be sure your parents always know where you are and how to contact you

  • If possible, go out accompanied by friends and return home with them

  • If you do go out alone, arrange transport to and from where you are going – with a relative, friends or cab – and confirm arrangements for your return journey before you set off

  • If your arranged transport from a concert or other event fails to arrive and you can see that you will be left on your own, speak to the organisers and ask to use their telephone to make other arrangements. Ask to stay until transport arrives

  • Don’'t accept a lift from someone you’ve only just met

  • Try to find casual jobs, such as babysitting, through family or friends, and be careful about answering advertisements. Try to go with a parent or friend on the first day

  • When babysitting, always make sure you have a contact number for the child’s parents so you can reach them if you need to. If anyone comes to the house don’t let them in. Ask telephone callers to ring back – don’t tell them you are alone. It helps to keep a list of emergency numbers in case of problems

  • When working a paper round, if strangers invite you into their homes or offer you a lift, politely refuse and move on quickly

  • Wherever you are, be aware of how to make an emergency telephone call and the quickest way out.