Victoria Police Letter to School Communities

Parents/Carers of Students (Years 7 to 12)
Victoria Police Letter to School Communities  
We have received information from Victoria Police about ‘pop-up’ parties and social gatherings occurring in Melbourne’s Eastern and South Eastern suburbs. The Police have requested that schools warn their school community about these parties as they can be unsafe for the young people attending. These parties are organised via social media and are being hosted in private homes, abandoned buildings and public halls, often at short notice.
Victoria Police acknowledges that many young people are also attending safe parties. However, they have made a number of recommendations to ensure young people can safely attend local gatherings:
Victorian Police Advice for Parents:
·       Talk to your children and be mindful of where they are;
·       Be vigilant around monitoring all of your child’s social media accounts (consider there may be multiple accounts) and look online at any events your child wants to attend;
·       Investigate any party your child is attending, and be satisfied with where your child is and who they are with. If a party location is unknown one or two weeks prior to a party date, this may be of concern;
·       Underage alcohol drinking and drug use can increase risk taking.
If you have any information that may assist police, phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Ms Merran O'Connor, Director of Student Wellbeing