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Staying safe when out by myself or with my friends

Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are safe places to live, but it is important that you know and understand where and when you might be in danger, and take steps to stay safe...…

staying safe when out Tell your parents/carers where you are going if you leave the house.
staying safe when out Tell someone you trust if someone is making you feel uncomfortable.
staying safe when out Stay with your friends even if you fall out (unless they are hurting you).
staying safe when out Shout loudly if someone is asking you to do something you are not happy about.
staying safe when out Never take shortcuts. Always stick to routes selected by parents and carers and stay on main roads where you can.
car image Never accept a ride from strangers... and if you are offered a lift from someone you know, consider how well you really know them and if they are safe.
mobile phone image Make sure your mobile phone is charged, and you have enough credit to text or call someone in an emergency or know where you can access wifi or ask for help.

Trust your feelings

If you think a place or person feels or looks unsafe, back away, go to somewhere you feel safe, tell someone or call someone to meet you.

Devon and Cornwall Police also have lots of advice about staying safe on their website

Fearless is the dedicated youth service of the independent charity Crimestoppers. It is a site where you can access non-judgemental information and advice about crime and criminality. They provide you with a safe place to give information about crime - 100% anonymously.

Sea safety +

You’re 500 times more likely to drown on a non-lifeguarded beach so we always recommend that you choose a lifeguarded beach and swim between the red and yellow flags, where the lifeguards can see you. But we know that young people will go to swim and jump where there are not adults around to help or keep you safe.

The RNLI have these tips for staying safe:

Water is unpredictable, youth messages poster


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