Half term safety check for parents

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When the schools close for half term next week, parents are reminded to check on where their children are going and who with.

The Safer New Forest Partnership asks parents of older children to find out what they will be doing to stop youngsters putting themselves in danger, causing distress to others or damaging the environment.

Cllr Jill Cleary, New Forest District Council portfolio holder for Housing and Communities, said: “Please check out their plans for the day and if they are going out in the evening. We would also ask parents to talk to their children about the dangers of playing in or near flood water and ask them to think about the consequences of any possible antisocial behaviour.

“Alcohol can be a problem and young people can take it from home to share with friends without parents’ knowledge – so we suggest keeping any alcohol in a safe place and checking if any has gone missing.

“The New Forest has also experienced problems with fire-setting in rural areas and we hope parents will support us in spelling out the dangers of such irresponsible behaviour.”

Children can also be the victims of others’ antisocial behaviour and Hampshire police will respond to any reports made to the 101 phone line. In an emergency, always dial 999.

Find out what’s on for young people in the New Forest this half term and also tips for young people to stay safe online on the council’s youth website www.inq.org.uk