Hate crime and safe use of social media
As part of our excellent relationship with schools in Northumberland, we have been working with students on a variety of topics, including hate crime and the safe use of social media.
This has taken the form of assemblies, class sessions and all day workshops in some areas.
Some Northumberland middle school students were particularly pleased to take part in a closed online chatroom where they were able to work with representatives from the police and Northumberland County Council in a safe and familiar environment.
We have also offered and run parents' sessions in relation to social media use and any parent requiring more information is welcome to contact community safety on the numbers shown below.
Northumberland schools deliver drug education to pupils of all ages as part of the PSHE curriculum. One of the key messages delivered to young people through drug education lessons is that it is only a small minority of young people that choose to misuse substances.
When it comes to information about drug use, many young people would choose to talk to their parents/carers as well as their teachers. For this reason, and so you can support the work being done in schools, we have listed below links and resources for you to look at, so that you feel confident when it comes to talking to your child about drugs and alcohol.
Remember that the resources are not just for young people and if you have concerns about drug or alcohol use by someone else, support is available.
It is important to remember that most young people in Northumberland DON’T misuse drugs.
However, for a minority drug use can disrupt their lives and become a problem. There may also be concerns as they can be exposed to risky lifestyles and influences.
Young people under the influence of any substance (including alcohol) are vulnerable to physical and sexual assault as well as becoming a victim of other crimes. When purchasing substances illegally, young people could be coming into contact with inappropriate adults, and are then vulnerable to exploitation.
Our priority is therefore to make sure they are aware of the risks so they can make educated choices in relation to drugs and alcohol, especially if they feel pressured by others around them.
What do I do if I think my child might be taking drugs or drinking alcohol?
You can contact the organisations mentioned directly above; they are trained to know what to look out for and will be able to talk through your concerns. The contact links are listed below:
You can also discuss your concerns with school. Your child’s teachers know them well and will be happy to talk to you further. They may also have noticed something that has worried them and working with them is a positive step.
If you wish to discuss anything in this newsletter further, or would like to talk about any other community safety issue, please feel free to contact your local community safety officer on the number shown.
We will continue to update our site with community issues. If you would like to speak to us about any issues in your area, please contact us:
Northumberland County Council:
- Telephone: 0345 600 6400
- In person: Public Protection, County Hall, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 2EF
Judith Davis, community safety officer: