A night out in the city is often a part of growing up and can be an exciting experience as young people gain their independence.
While our beautiful city has a reputation for being friendly and safe, at night time the CBD undergoes changes and areas that are relatively safe during the day become more uncertain after dark.
Constable Care Child Safety Foundation’s educational walking tours City After Dark equip young people with knowledge of the risks involved to help them stay safe and avoid becoming vulnerable.
The three-hour tours, run in conjunction with WA Police, are offered to secondary and tertiary students. Led by a WA Police officer, the tours are a popular excursion for high school students from Year 9 upwards and focus on how the city changes at night, once office workers leave the city.
In this age of the mobile device, distraction through smartphone and headphone use is a safety concern, so the importance of observation and awareness of surroundings is one of the key issues highlighted.
Other areas of focus, which are linked to the WA curriculum, include:
Transport – including train station safety, catching taxis and Ubers and carpark safety;
Interacting with strangers and how to defuse or avoid potential conflict; and
ATM access and handling cards and cash safely in public.
Students are given examples of how the city can be dangerous at night and what actions may mitigate the risks. Surveys of participants show that safety knowledge increases significantly after a City After Dark tour. Previous participants describe the program as engaging and informative. Here’s what some of them had to say:
“It was entertaining, the organisers were friendly and knowledgeable”
“I enjoyed being able to learn new things about the City and also how to keep myself safe”
“I thought the tour was pitched well for the age of the participants. Thank you for running it.”
Thanks to a grant from WA Police, the City After Dark tours are currently free for high schools until the end of the year. Other bookings are $450 plus GST for groups of 30.
For more information or to book a unique tour, call the CCCSF Events and Community Relations Coordinator on 9272 0011 or email email@example.com
More information can be found at cccsf.org.au/programs/city-after-dark/