Clown Craze - Information for Parents
Unfortunately Hampshire is starting to see incidents reported linked to the international clown craze. We are not alone and most police forces have been called to incidents where pranksters dress as "creepy clowns" to deliberately scare people.
Please be assured that Hampshire Constabulary is taking any reports of incidents seriously and all information is collated centrally. If you have an incident which requires a response or you have information to share, normal reporting systems will apply, call 999 for an emergency or 101 for all other circumstances.
In order to respond to this current craze our Neighbourhood Police Teams have also been asked to increase their patrol activities in the vicinity of schools to provide reassurance. We would, however, also like to ask parents to remain vigilant in the areas where children walk to and from school.
As a school we are want to ensure that young people understand, that we will fully support the police who proactively deal with any offences, relating to people dressed as clowns, who are deliberately seeking to cause harassment, alarm or distress to the communities.
While we do not want to stop people from enjoying themselves, it is important that while having fun, they remember to act in a responsible manner and understand that they could be prosecuted if a criminal offence is committed.
Parent info is an online resource produced by the Government and Police to support parents and guardians with regards to social media related issues. We strongly encourage you to spend sometime going through the various sections on the website.'
If you wish to discuss a related matter with the school please contact the School Main Reception on Tel. no. 02392 364399.
Autumn Staying Safe
As the nights begin to draw in and the mornings are increasing dark, please can I ask that you speak with your child/children about staying safe when they are out and about in the community. It would be appreciated if you could go through with them the following points;
1. Agree the routes they are going to use going to key places, e.g. school and make sure they know them so they don’t get lost.
2. Whenever possible, they should travel with another person or meet up with them along the way.
3. If alone, they should stick to well-lit paths and pavements and make sure someone knows where they are going and their route
4. If they change their plans whilst out they must inform someone
5. Use their mobile phone to let people know when they have safely arrived somewhere or that they are leaving a place
6. If they see anything suspicious or are worried about someone following them they must find a responsible adult and tell them immediately.
7. If they are using a scooter or a bike, they must check they are in full working order and it is recommended that they wear a helmet when travelling by bike.
The NSPCC has some excellent guides for parents on this issue. It can be found at the following web address http://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/staying-safe-away-from-home/undefined/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/staying-safe-away-from-home/
It can also be accessed by typing in ‘staying safe away from home’ in the search box on the NSPCC website.
Reporting concerns about the safety of a child
From time to time parents, carers or neighbours may become concerned about the safety of a child who attends Portchester Community School
If you are concerned that a child is not safe
If you are concerned that a child may not be safe, please contact the school on 02392 364399 and ask to speak to one of the two Safeguarding Leads.
If you think a child might be being abused
If you have serious concerns because you think that a child might be being abused (physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse or neglect) you should contact the Children’s Services Department at Hampshire County Council:
* During office hours (8.30am to 5.00pm) you should contact Children’s Services either by phone on 0300 555 1384 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
* At all other times you should contact the Out of Hours Service: 0300 555 1373
For all emergency situations please call 999.
There has been an increase in police activity in the areas mentioned and our Neighbourhood Teams will be carrying high visibility reassurance patrols in these area Incidents such as these can have an impact upon the wider community and can only echo the comments contained within the release.
Should a person be a victim of this crime, our advice is to report it immediately to police.