Archives for June 2013

Don’t be a target!

You may not realise it, but there is a risk that your things will be stolen from you if you do not take care when you are out and about.

There are a number of things you can do to stay safe, such as following the tactics below:

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Are they using you?

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Most people that we come into contact with in our day-to-day life our genuine, but sometimes you can come across people who might try to take advantage of you and may persuade or force you to do things you don’t want to do.

It could be a friend, or a group of friends, or someone you think of as a boyfriend or girlfriend, or it could be someone you have chatted to online.

Knowing the signs that can lead to someone taking advantage of you can help to keep you safe.

Signs:

  • This person might try to give you money, drugs, alcohol or gifts in return for something they want.
  • They may flatter you, give you lots of attention and make you feel special but then ask you to do things which don’t seem right.
  • They might start to make promises they can’t keep and try to control you, threaten you or become violent if you don’t do what they want.
  • They might try to take you away from your family and friends.
  • They may pressure you to have sex with them or someone else, do something sexual to them or look at images or films that make you feel uncomfortable.

If you are worried that this is happening to you or a friend talk to an adult you can trust as soon as possible.

If you are in immediate danger or need urgent help then call then police on 999.

If you could see yourself, would you see rape?

Forcing or pressurising someone to have sex, or take part in a sexual activity that they don’t feel comfortable with is totally unacceptable.

Sexual abuse or assault includes touching someone in a sexual way that makes them feel uncomfortable or frightened (this can be through clothes or not), forcing them to watch other people doing sexual acts or pressuring them to send naked pictures of themselves.

Pressurising someone to have sex when they don’t want to is rape – can you see it?

What should I do if this has happened to me?

You have the right to feel happy and safe and it is important that you feel able to talk to someone about how you are feeling to get the help, support and advice you need.

If you can talk to someone you can trust – this might be a friend, family member, teacher or youth worker.

You can also contact:
ChildLine on 0800 1111 or www.childline.org.uk
National Freephone Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999

Remember that if you have been sexually assaulted you can speak to the police by calling 101. Lancashire Police have specially trained officers who can help and support you.

If you ever feel in immediate danger always dial 999.

*TV advert courtesy of the Home Office.

This is Abuse – Ryan and Jade

This is Abuse campaign

Words Can Hurt

There’s more information, help and advice about bullying on the ChildLine website.

It doesn’t matter why you’re being bullied, the way it makes you feel on the inside is just the same. You can contact ChildLine anytime for free on 0800 1111 and visit www.childline.org.uk.

First 2 A Million

Have you ever done something you regret? Ever shared something and wished you hadn’t? Would you know what to do and where to turn if you did?

Find out what it’s like when things spiral out of control with CEOP’s film – First to a Million.

The only difference is you are the one in control! You get to choose what path they take, but you need to be ready for the consequences.

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Talk to FRANK

Check out this very strange party, courtesy of the Home Office and Talk to FRANK.

The Effects Of Booze

Alcohol has a much greater effect on a young person’s body than an adult and drinking too much in one session can be dangerous as your body finds it difficult to process a lot of alcohol at once.

Alcohol acts as a ‘disinhibitor’ which means that you feel more confident and do things you would not do if you were sober.

This might be saying things you later regret, getting into trouble, committing a crime, fighting or putting yourself at more risk of having an accident.

 

Booze and your health

Drinking too much alcohol can have a serious effect on your health.

Alcohol has almost as many calories as pure fat and dehydrates the body. Drinking can therefore cause weight gain and can make the skin look pale and grey.

Alcohol can be poisonous, if you drink too much in a short space of time.

If blood alcohol levels get too high it can cause your brain to stop controlling your vital functions, and in the worst cases can mean that you stop breathing, fall into a coma or choke on your own vomit.

Regularly drinking alcohol can also increase your chances of liver damage. There have been significantly more people in their twenties being diagnosed with liver damage because of extensive drinking in their teens.

Cadet News Coming Soon

Lancashire Police hosts the first ever cadet conference

In July, police cadets from across the Country headed to Lancashire for the first ever National Volunteer Police Cadet Conference.

Over 20 forces from across the Country visited Lancashire Police Headquarters, along with members of their police cadet groups.

During the conferences the cadets got involved in activities such as team building exercises, talks about success and leadership and activities like jujitsu and physical training.

Chief Constable Steve Finnigan said: “We’re really pleased to welcome cadets from 20 forces here to Lancashire, and it’s a great honour for us to be chosen to host the first ever national conference.

“The Constabulary hopes the schemes will help us to better understand and build relationships with young people across Lancashire, provide a different kind of policing presence in towns and villages and encourage a greater sense of social responsibility.

“Volunteer Police Cadet schemes offer benefits for all – for the individual young person, for the local community and for the Constabulary. They are a win-win opportunity at a time when financial constraints can limit developmental work of this kind.”

Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw said: “I am delighted the National Cadet Conference is being held in Lancashire for the first time.

“We hope dozens of youngsters will sign up to the Volunteer Cadet schemes we are launching across Lancashire.

“The Cadets play a vital role in engaging young people with the police service, as well as learning new skills and gaining valuable experience.

“Here in Lancashire we recognise the value of volunteers of all ages to the Constabulary and have recently launched our Citizens in policing drive to encourage more residents to sign up and give their time and skills to help their communities”.

Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer of Devon and Cornwall Police is the Association of Chief Police Officers lead for the National Volunteer Police Cadets (VPC) programme, he said: “I pass on my sincere thanks to the Chief Constable and the Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire for hosting this event. I am excited and optimistic about the opportunities that lie ahead. The move to a national VPC model is timely, as it promotes a more sustainable future for cadet units in these difficult financial times.

“For me, success will see young people, from all sections of our communities become proud members of the extended police family aspiring to make their communities safer. The VPC provides a valuable insight into policing and is the visible representation of our commitment to supporting young people”.

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