We would like to invite you to our annual Stay Safe Information Evening to be held in the School 6th Form Centre on Tuesday 13th November from 7.00pm until 8.30pm.

The evening aims to help parents gain better understanding of the issues and dangers facing young people, answer questions, address concerns and provide practical advice and support on how to keep your child safe.

Following a brief introduction, you will be able to attend two of the following sessions:

Staying Safe Online

Presenter:Julie Wilsdon – DEC IT Advisor

More so than ever, young people communicate, share and view content and game online. The risk this poses is very real and can have long reaching consequences. This session aims to highlight some of these risks, answer questions and offer useful, practical information for parents who wish to minimise that risk.

Alcohol and Substance Misuse

Presenter:Kirsty Morphet – Motiv8

Underage drinking and substance misuse poses a serious health risk for young people and can affect everyone around them. This session will include information about different drugs, their symptoms and what to look out for. It will also offer advice and guidance for parents who are concerned that their children may be drinking alcohol or misusing drugs.

Keeping Young People Safe

Presenters:Grainne Burns - Child Protection & Safeguarding Officer

DC Stuart McLean – LAC & Young Persons Coordinator

This session will highlight some of the potential dangers and risks young people may find themselves exposed to and offers a range of valuable advice and guidance on how parents can look out for tell-tale signs and respond appropriately.

Emotional Health and Wellbeing

Presenter: Leanne Newbold – Head of Early Intervention Team IOM Youth Service

Statistics reflect that as many as 1 in 5 young people are, or will be, affected by issues relating to emotional health and wellbeing. This session will address some of the factors that might lead to this and offer support and guidance to parents who might be concerned that their child is at risk.

All presenters bring a wealth of knowledge and experience in their particular area and will be happy to discuss any particular concerns, answer questions and offer support and guidance.