Keeping our community safe is our collective responsibility, and there are lots of effective strategies that we can use to keep our tamariki safe.
Discuss whānau safety procedures with your tamariki and appropriate strategies and actions for dealing with a situation if they feel unsafe or uncomfortable.
Review your arrangements for getting to and from school. If tamariki are walking/scooting/biking independently then take common-sense steps to ensure they are safe. These include getting to and from school with a friend or group of friends, knowing trusted people or places along the route to/from school where help can be sought and walking to/from at the busiest times and the busiest routes.
In the past we have received the following advice for whānau from the police:
We encourage whānau to have discussions with their tamariki about keeping safe.
Have sensible whanau safety guidelines.
Have discussions around behaviours and actions that are inappropriate or that make them feel uncomfortable, rather than concentrating on the types of people that could harm them.
Encourage tamariki to take action when they feel unsafe or uncomfortable.
Make it easy for your tamariki to talk to you and tell you about anything that is bothering them.
It is important to respond to such incidents in a measured way.
Our best response as a community is the sharing of information and a heightened awareness of the need to work together to look after our tamariki.