CHILDREN and young people in West Lancashire must be protected during time spent at home during the coronavirus pandemic, according to Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw.
As the pandemic goes on and the summer holidays are about to begin, young people will continue to spend more time online and within their family homes.
Mr Grunshaw said: “Children and young people can be particularly vulnerable at the moment and we need to make sure that we do all we can to support them if they are affected by any type of crime.
“Lancashire Police continue to work hard to tackle crime across Lancashire so if you are affected or if you a worried about a young person's safety please report it.
“Young people who have experienced abuse online, witnessed or experienced abuse in their own home or have been victim of any other type of crime can access specialist support from Nest Lancashire. From speaking to people who have used the service, I know first-hand the positive impact it can have on a young person's life and their family and I would encourage anyone who needs support to get in touch.”
Young people aged 8 to 18 affected by crime, bullying or harassment can contact Nest Lancashire on 0300 111 0323 or by texting NEST and their number to 60777. Online safety and support resources can be found at thinkuknow.co.uk and nspcc.org.uk.