North Yorkshire Police runs a text service in Ryedale, Selby and York, aimed at parents and carers of teenage children.
Called Be Informed, the service is designed to inform parents and carers, via text message, of any anti-social behaviour incidents in the local neighbourhood that officers are attending. If their children are out at the time, parents and carers can then use this text as a trigger to contact their children, check their whereabouts, make sure they are ok and reassure themselves that they are not involved in the incident.
The scheme is running in the Ryedale, Selby and York areas, with plans to share wider across the region.
In Selby, the scheme covers Barlby, Brayton, Eggborough, Selby Town, Sherburn and Tadcaster.
In Ryedale, the scheme covers Malton, Norton, Pickering, Helmsley and Kirkbymoorside.
In York, the scheme covers all areas linked to the City of York council wards, if you feel your child frequents more than one area of the city, please make sure that you add these areas when you are subscribing.
The name/s of the area or areas your child frequents
We will confirm by email once we have added you to the scheme.
You may withdraw your consent to the service at any time by emailing us to request to unsubscribe from the messaging service.
Speaking about the scheme, Police Community Support Officer Danny Stannard of York North Neighbourhood Policing Team, who developed the idea, said:
We all know how quickly children grow up and before you know it, they are soon teenagers, looking for their own space and independence.
We know parents and carers want the best for their children and do everything they can to make sure any slip in behaviour doesn’t end up having serious consequences on their child’s future. But sometimes, keeping up with kids and knowing where they are and what they are getting up to can be challenging, even in this day and age of mobile phones and social media.
That’s why we have launched ‘Be Informed‘, a text service delivered through our Community Messaging platform. We want to work alongside parents in making sure their children stay safe, don’t get involved in any incident of ASB and don’t end up with a criminal record.
If our officers attend an incident of anti-social behaviour in the York or Selby area, we’ll send out a text to those who live nearby and are registered with the service. Parents and carers will receive an update on the incident, sent straight to their phone. They can then use this information to make contact with their child, to find out where they are and be reassured that they are ok.
It’s really easy to sign up for the service and it will provide parents and carers with peace of mind about the whereabouts of their children.