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Teens out of home

Young caucasian slackliner boy doing slackline near the sea on day.All young people can be vulnerable and it’s natural to worry about your child’s safety, especially as they become more independent and start going out without you.

You can help your child by teaching them some common-sense tips to keep them safe.

  • Stay alert and take headphones out, so they can hear what's going on around them.
  • Walk on busy, well-lit streets and avoid taking short cuts through alleyways or parks, especially at night.
  • Tell them to cross the road or go to a place with lots of people around, like a shop if they think someone is following them.
  • Tell them to keep valuables out of sight but if someone does try to take something to let them, rather than fight back.
  • Encourage your child to speak up if they are being bullied or feel they might be in danger.
  • Tell your child not to carry weapons because they are more likely to be used against them, and it's illegal. They can carry a personal alarm to warn off suspicious strangers.

Take a look at our ‘safety with others’ page for more information on helping your teen stay safe from dangerous adults.

Families who might need further support

Each teen is different, and the general recommendations that are available to keep older children safe should be tailored to fit your young person’s skills and abilities.

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