Learn who you should go to if you are lost or need help
Learn who you should go to if you are lost or need help.
Most of the time children who are lost should stay where they are to give people minding them a chance to find them before they leave to get help. This is especially true in a bigger place such as a shopping centre, a circus, a park, a zoo or a busy footpath.
Sit everyone in a circle to start with and ask Ladybirds what they think they should do if they get lost? It is recommended that children go through the following steps before leaving to get help if they are separated from their minders/parents:
2. Stand tall and strong if it is safe to stay where you are. Otherwise, go to the nearest place that is safe. For example, if you are in the middle of the street, go to the footpath and stand tall and strong there.
3. Look around for their minders/parents.
4. If you cannot see the adults you came with, then ‘SHOUT’ out the names you use to call them i.e. Mum, Dad, Coccinella.
5. If you are lost in a shop, go to the checkout/information desk and the staff will make an announcement. It is very important not to leave the shop.
Notes for Leaders
• To help them keep upright and calm, younger children should make their bodies strong and still like “the trunk of a tree.” Get the Ladybirds to practice this
• Most of the time when children think they are lost, the grown-ups with them are actually close by and just taking a minute to stop and look is enough to find them again
• You can SHOUT anywhere, even in a library or restaurant
Tell the Ladybirds about the Missing Children Hotline Number which is the same number across the EU – 116 000.