Advice for Students and Parents.
Following reports of incidents near local academies and information shared by Avon and Somerset police 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.
- THINK! Road Safety and take care when crossing the road STOP- LOOK - LISTEN - THINK.
- Avon and Somerset Police have warned that Castle Park and the Eastville Park Areas are seeing a rise in anti-social behaviour and drug incidents. The growing amount of incidents taking place at the parks are linked to the exploitation of young people by other young people. To keep safe in these areas keep your mobile phones on so parents and carers can contact you and return home by a set curfew. If you are concerned about the actions of other young people or adults call the police on 999.
- Report any suspicious circumstances to the police.
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.
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.