Most town and city centres are vibrant, exciting ‘destination venues’ where children and young people regularly go to enjoy themselves. They have lots of different places you can visit ~ whether you have an interest in fashion, shopping, music, eating out, going to the cinema or theatre. There’s usually something for everyone! To make sure you have a great time and keep safe while you’re out and about, here are some safety tips.
- Make sure you have enough money to get home or to the place you are staying. Put your bus or taxi fare in a safe place so you know it’s there when you need it. If you’re out late, check where the nearest taxi rank is or keep a note of a reliable taxi service to contact in case of emergency.
- If you are catching the bus, make sure you know the bus times and where the bus stop is. Give yourself plenty of time to get there.
- Try to travel with friends and let someone know the time you expect to be back.
Licensed Premises and Alcohol
Some licensed premises (for example pubs, restaurants, theatre, off licences) allow unaccompanied children and young people under the age of 18, at certain times. If you visit a premises where alcohol is on sale, the staff are trained to ask young people for ‘proof of age’. Don’t be offended if they ask for your ID, they are doing it to keep you safe and make sure you, or they don’t break the law by selling you alcohol. If you wish to obtain a recognised type of ID card, look for one with the ‘PASS’ logo on (for example the Citizencard). You can download an application from for a Citizencard from www.noidnosale.com.
For more information:
- take a look at www.drinkaware on the internet
In case of emergency
- Always let a responsible adult know where you are going, who you are with and leave a phone number with them.
- Make sure your mobile phone has the contact details of your parent or carer, so that they can be easily contacted in case of emergency. If you add ICE (in case of emergency) next to their name in your phone book, the emergency services know to contact them if necessary.
- If you think you, or any of your friends, are in danger, contact the police on 999 and ask for help.