On this page are various materials to help showcase some important messages to our children.
‘Stranger danger’ initiatives began in the early 1970s and have long been criticised for failing to keep children safe whilst creating a climate of fear and suspicion. National charity Action Against Abduction has developed a child safety education programme called ‘Clever Never Goes’ to replace the out-dated ‘stranger danger’ approach to educating children.
Piloted in eight Hampshire schools with over 300 children, the programme was officially launched in June 2018 with full support of Hampshire Constabulary, Hampshire County Council and all 4 Local Safeguarding Children’s Boards.
Whilst child abduction is relatively uncommon, it’s important that children can recognise the potential signs of danger. Teaching children simply to avoid strangers doesn’t work as most strangers will help rather than harm children and that it is often people known to children that pose the greatest threat.
Clever Never Goes aims to give children practical safety skills which they can use as they get older and become more independent. It’s about safety – but it’s also about building children’s abilities to engage with the outside world, and giving parents the confidence to let them.
Please take time to talk to your children and remind them of the green cross code and about crossing roads safely. More information can be found on;