Last term the Woodlands Safeguarding Team met with Linda, our local CSO, to talk about how to stay safe in the local community. The children discussed the concerns they have especially when allowed out alone. Concerns included strangers, getting lost, bullying, running into gangs, exposure to alcohol and drugs and grooming. Not all topics were covered in the assembly but will be discussed in the next meetings.
The Woodlands Safeguarding Team decided to research and deliver an assembly to share information on ‘how to stay safe when outside the home’.
Ellie-May spoke about what you should let your parent/carer know when out alone
- Say where you are going?
- Agree a time to come home
- What friends you will be with
- Always let your parents/carer know if anything changes
Taylor explained that when out alone you may need to know
- Your full name
- Your Address
- The phone number for an adult/carer
Here is an example of a Safe Place ID card
Leo shared that “you need to make sure your mobile phone is fully charged. You can even have a GPS App on it so a parent/carer can see where you are”.
Jamie spoke how children were worried about what to do if they were lost.
- You can phone home for help
- If you have no phone go to a safe place e.g. Shop, police station, community centre
- If there is no safe place then go to an adult with a child and tell them:
- You are lost and ask them to phone your parent or carer.
Savannah, Bryan, Lauren, Mackenzie, Keira and Ashton spoke about strangers.
- A stranger is not always someone that you’ve never met e.g. seen them out and about before
- A stranger is not always a scary angry person
- A stranger can be someone that seems kind and friendly
- A stranger can be a man or a women
Lauren explained not to be afraid to say ‘NO’ to a stranger. Yell ‘Help’ or ‘I don’t know you’ to get someone’s attention.
Ashton informed everyone that the One-Stop shop in Woodside is a local safe place in our area.
Locations advertise they are a Safe Place by displaying a sticker.
The Safe Place Scheme is designed to support the needs of adults with Learning Disabilities, but is appropriate for anyone who may become vulnerable whilst out and about.
Here is some more information about the Safe Place Scheme and how it works.