West Yorkshire Police Party Animals Campaign - Staying Safe at Christmas

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The West Yorkshire Police, The Leeds Safeguarding Children Board, The Police and Crime Commissioner and partners across West Yorkshire are launching a new campaign this December.

The campaign is to warn young people to be wary if they are invited to parties or gatherings where persons present could try pressuring them into sexual acts.

As many young people will be off school for the Christmas holidays there may be more house parties on offer, but teens are being advised of the dangers out there and that a ‘party’ at a house they don’t know may not be what it seems.

The new campaign has been produced by the West Yorkshire Police and Leeds Safeguarding Children Board in consultation with young people across the county and is being supported by partners including the Police and Crime Commissioner, and Kirklees, Bradford, Wakefield and Calderdale Safeguarding Children Boards.

Assistant Chief Constable Russ Foster of West Yorkshire Police, said young people should be aware of the need to question people’s motives.

He said: "My message to parents or guardians of teenage children is that we’re not suggesting that these young people shouldn’t be allowed to go out and have fun with friends, but we want them to question why someone would offer free things?   What do they want in return? 

"Our message to young people is - "Quite simply if someone that you don’t really know very well is inviting you to a party, offering free lifts, alcohol, drugs, etc, then it’s probably too good to be true.

If you have any doubts, don’t know the person whose party it is or have never been to the house before (particularly if it’s in an area you don’t know) then don’t go!"

The campaign leaflet and poster is available to download here

Further information and additional resources are also available on the West Yorkshire Police Website here


Published: 15/12/2015
Audience: headteachers, named persons for child protection and safeguarding
Contact: Jill Hudson

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