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Staying safe - On the street

Everybody should feel safe and happy on the street, whether you are hanging out, or going somewhere. Some places, times of day and people can make the street feel less safe, or could be a risk to your safety and wellbeing.

There are some simple ways of avoiding some of the risks to your safety and wellbeing on the street:

  • Tell someone where you are going, and when they can expect you back. Maybe send a text to let them know you got there.
  • Be seen – Try not to use unlit streets and pathways, and isolated bus stops. If other people are around, this can prevent you appearing alone and possibly a target for theft or harassment.
  • Look and listen for any risks before they get too close to you – this counts for cars as well as people. Also try not to use MP3 players or phones too much when you are on your own as you might not hear what's going on around you.
  • Make sure your mobile phone is charged, and you have enough credit to text or call someone in an emergency.
  • Trust your feelings – if you think a place feels or looks unsafe, back away, go to somewhere you feel safe and call someone to meet you.

European countries did some research with 11 – 16 year olds about problems on the journey to and from school. The young people helped the researchers think about the risks and ways of preventing these problems happening.

The researchers have put these ideas into a leaflet with advice, hints and tips for young people, and some advice to the adults who care for them.

 View or download the Street life safety leaflet here

With financial support from the "DAPHNE"
Programme of the European Union

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