New bid to help chil­dren stay safe around strangers

The Oban Times - - News -

A LEAFLET is be­ing is­sued to par­ents and car­ers in the High­lands ex­plain­ing how chil­dren can stay safe when ap­proached by strangers.

‘Stranger Smart’, a joint ini­tia­tive by High­land coun­cil and Po­lice Scot­land, sets out a pro­to­col for how schools and po­lice will deal with re­ports of young­sters be­ing ap­proached.

The leaflet will also in­clude in­for­ma­tion about how to keep safe and what to do if a stranger ap­pears.

Ju­lian Innes, Po­lice Scot­land’s chief su­per­in­ten­dent for the High­lands and Is­lands, said: ‘Keep­ing chil­dren and young peo­ple safe is at the heart of what we do in the High­lands. Stranger Smart sends out three key mes­sages: that while in­ci­dents in­volv­ing sus­pi­cious peo­ple are rare, it is im­por­tant we all work to­gether and quickly to make sure that we get it right, that Po­lice Scot­land are no­ti­fied at the ear­li­est op­por­tu­nity when an in­ci­dent oc­curs and that it’s ev­ery­one’s re­spon­si­bil­ity to keep chil­dren and young peo­ple safe.’

A YouTube video, high­light­ing the key points for chil­dren, is also avail­able at https:// youtu.be/ HFCOKEv_4m4

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