Telling children that every stranger is a
potential threat just creates fear
Unfortunately we are still
telling our children about
Roughly 1 in 100 children will experience an attempted abduction by a non-family adult during the course of his or her childhood. Unfortunately, our approach to keeping children safe from this threat is still stuck in the 1970s.
The ‘Stranger Danger’ approach – telling children not to go with, talk to, or take things from strangers – just doesn’t work. It’s not always clear who is a stranger, and who isn’t. And often, children are at more risk from people they know than people they don’t know.
Our Safe, Not Scared programme is under development. We are creating new resources – for teachers and parents – that will give children:
The Safe, Not Scared programme has received generous support from:
The Worshipful Company of Leathersellers
People’s Postcode Lottery