Lincolnshire Police back child safety campaign

Lincolnshire Police news.
Lincolnshire Police news.
  • Accidental injuries are a leading cause of death and disability among children under 15. Lincolnshire has a higher rate of hospital admissions due to accidental injuries than the England average and the highest in the East Midlands region (Public Health England).
  • One in four 12-15s who play online games do so against someone they’ve not met in person, as do one in ten 8-11s. (Ofcom, 2015)
  • In Lincolnshire from 2011–2015 within children aged 0-15 years there were: 3 fatals, 116 serious injury collisions. Out of those statistics 49 were female and 70 were male. The main causes were: ‘failed to look’, ‘in a hurry’, ‘loss of control’ (as in a passenger in a vehicle) and ‘masked by a stationary or parked vehicle’.

Lincolnshire Police are supporting a campaign this week to promote child safety.

Online safety, summer safety and road safety are being highlighted for young people as part of a campaign organised by the Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) in June.

To coincide with National Child Safety Week from June 6 to 12 the LSCB and partners are working together to raise awareness of these issues.

The LSCB chose the three themes based on local statistics, national profiles and to coincide with the time of year. Lincolnshire schools are being encouraged to get involved by planning events which raise awareness of key messages to children and parents.

Chris Cook, chairman of the LSCB, said: “The campaign is about children, young people and parents being able to embrace technology and enjoy being out and about during the summer, whilst staying safe and secure. It’s important that children, young people, parents and professionals know what they can do to be safe both online and in the real world.

“The LSCB works closely with agencies across the county to protect children and young people. We hope that this campaign will further help children, young people and parents stay safe whilst enjoying all that summer has to offer, both on-line and out and about.”

If you think a child is suffering or likely to suffer significant harm call the Children Services Customer Service Centre on 01522 782111. Always call 999 in an emergency.