It is essential that young people in East Cambs feel safe and are safe. On this page you will find tops on how to stay safe, how you can raise any concerns about safety or crime, and how you can be part of the Community
'Eyes and Ears' campaign.
East Cambridgeshire District Council is part of the East Cambridgeshire Community Safety Partnership, which means that the Council works closely with other agencies such as the Police, Housing Associations, Fire Service and others, to make sure that where you live is as safe as possible.
As part of this partnership, the Council has developed the 'Community Eyes and Ears' campaign. The campaign was designed to raise awareness of any issues there are in our communities, as well as practical ways to raise concerns anyone (including young people) may have.
CEOP, part of the National Crime Agency, have launched their new website for 11-18 year olds. The website offers advice and articles, and signposts clear ways young people can access help and support across seven key categories; Relationships, Socialising online, Nudes, Sex and sexual content online, Sexual abuse, Support and Online safety.
Find out how to stay safe online.
Discover the 'Help To Get Online Section' in the directory.
It is very important to enjoy water safely and not put yourself at risk. The Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) have a range of information on water safety on their website.
The RLSS also hold an annual drowning prevention week, visit their website to find out more.
Healthy Schools is a network and support service for our local area and contains lots of great information, links and advice on many different topics, including safety. It outlines current projects, school campaigns and lists many different organisations which can help you.
What are 'County Lines'?
County Lines is a term which is used to describe a type of criminal exploitation, where gangs persuade or force children and young people to store and/or transport drugs and money around the country. They often use dedicated mobile phone numbers or 'deal lines' and this is where the term County Lines comes from.
If you are worried about involvement in County Lines, whether it be for yourself, or someone you know, please do report it.
You can contact the Police on 101 to make a report or report a crime online. If you are ever in immediate danger, call 999. If you do not wish to contact the Police directly, you can also report a crime by contacting Crimestoppers.
Carrying a knife is relatively rare in East Cambridgeshire, but it is still a topic that young people should be aware of.
You may feel pressured to carry a knife, your friends may tell you that you need to for protection, but actually, this may put you and your friends at extra risk. It is illegal to carry a weapon, and by doing so you may not just put yourself at extra risk of harm, but be in danger of being prosecuted if you are found to be carrying one.
Visit the Ben Kinsella Trust website which has lots of information and resources for young people and parents, to educate you on knife crime.
Bullying can take many different forms, and it can happen anywhere. At home, at school, outside and online. Bullying can be very hurtful, not just physically, but it can have a real impact on your health emotionally too.
Types of bullying include:
- Physical bullying - hitting, pushing, slapping for example
- Verbal bullying - this could be name calling, or threatening someone
- Social bullying - this could be intimidating or humiliating someone, ignoring or isolating someone
- Cyber bullying - this type of bullying takes place online, commonly through messages, social media or emails. Visit our Cyberbullying pages for more information.
It is really important to talk to someone if bullying is an issue for you. There are some really good websites that go into more detail about bullying, and how you can report it.
What is hate crime?
Hate crime is the term used to describe an incident or crime against someone based on a part of their identity. The law recognises five types of categories of hate crime on the basis of:
- Sexual orientation
- Transgender identity
If you have experienced or witnessed a hate crime contact Call Hate Out. This is a confidential 24 hour support service for young people under 18.
Do you know how to report a crime?
If you are the victim of a crime, see a crime happen, or are just worried about crime, you need to know what to do to report your concerns.
You can contact the Police on 101 to make a report or report a crime online. If you are ever in immediate danger, call 999.
To report a fire that is in progress, call 999. Arson is where someone deliberately sets fire to something. It is very important to report arson to the Police, as it can risk lives. If you have any information regarding arson, please contact the police on 101.
The Fearless website is really useful if you want to report a crime anonymously, or to search for information about different types of crime.
The Cambridgeshire County Council website has lots of information about road safety, and travelling to school.
'Safe Places' can help people if they are feeling scared, vulnerable or unsafe when out and about. A website and app has been developed to help people find their nearest registered safe place, and the app will direct the user to it via a map.
If you have a business, shop, or club and would like to register as a safe place, please go to the website and sign up:
A map of currently registered safe places in East Cambridgeshire can be viewed using the link below:
E-scooters and e-bikes
Using e-scooters in public places is illegal. Please visit the Police e-scooters advice page to learn about the laws surrounding these.
If you are 14 or older, you can use an e-bike) as long as it meets certain criteria) anywhere that you can use a push bike. Find out more on the GOV.UK website.