The Safeguarding Children’s Board has today launched an awareness campaign around knowing where your children are.
This is not a campaign that threatens the family events that we all cherish on the Island, that seeks to stop children and young people having fun, or that impinges on their rights.
We simply want to protect all children and young people from harm – and central to this is knowing that they are in a safe environment at an appropriate time.
The Safeguarding Children’s Board is committed to working with the community and understands that there will be times when children and young people are out later than normal, enjoying family events. We fully support this as it is important that family values and events are promoted and celebrated.
Where the Board does have concerns is when children and young people are in and around licensed premises well into the night, and sometimes into the early hours of the morning. In such circumstances, Police Officers may well enquire as to why children and young people are out so late and where there are concerns, they will be encouraged to return home.
These are isolated events, but we as a community have an obligation to protect all of our children and young people. The Safeguarding Children’s Board is not a parent or a guardian – but in the interest of your children’s safety, we would ask that you know where your children are at all times and support the agencies that seek to protect our children and young people.
16 June 2015