For most young people the summer holidays are the highlight of the year, but for some it can mean an increased risk of harm and neglect without meals or time spent in school.
The Fearless campaign, which is run by CrimeStoppers, is encouraging young people to look out for one another. Anyone who has concerns about their peers is encouraged to be fearless and come forward 100% anonymously.
The campaign advises young people to look out for signs that their friends could be in distress. These include a friend avoiding going home, looking unclean or having unexplained injuries and bruises.
Anyone, including other parents, can give information anonymously through the Fearless website. There’s no requests for personal details and if these are given they won’t be put on record, there’s also a helpful guide that explains what sort of information can be reported.
It is important to remind young people that this is not a replacement for the emergency services and that 999 should always be called if there is a need for immediate action.