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Parents warned to advise children ahead of school proms

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Parents warned to advise children ahead of school proms

Published at 6:00am 14th June 2017.

With prom just around the corner for Surrey and Hampshire school pupils...a warning has been issued.

The Safer North Hampshire team are urging parents to make sure their children are safe for their celebration.

A school prom is a formal duty to celebrate an important date at school such as end of secondary school, or after completing school exams in Year 11 (aged 15-16) and in Year 13 (aged 17-18). 

The team has issued a list of advice:

- Know where your children are going, how they are getting there and how they are getting home

- Ensure those going to prom know to remain with their friend, and never to leave a drunken friend alone

- Parents and older family members should be aware that it's illegal to buy alcohol on behalf of an individual under 18. 

 - Talk with your child about drinking and drugs and make sure he or she knows the potential consequences. 

Ken Muschamp, Chairman of the Partnership, said:"Just know who you're with - know where your friends are. Make sure your parents know where you are.

"Make sure your parents, if required, are able to come and get you.

"A phone call, or whatever, I need picking up from XYZ."

"As parents we cannot think because they're 17 or 18 now we don't need to worry about them - of course you do.

"You still need to sorry, because if you've got an 18 year old and they've finished school and gone out to have a drink or whatever.

"They need to know that you have spoken to them."

The team has also issued advice for parents hiring vehicles to take young people to a Prom. 

They're urged to make sure if booking a car, that the company holds an appropriate license. 

Vehicles hired with eight or less passengers seats should be licensed as a Private Hire Vehicle with the local council. 

Caroline Ryan, Community Safety Manager of Safer North Hampshire said: “We encourage everyone to have fun on Prom night, but we want to ensure that they do so safely, without endangering themselves or others.”


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