People in South Tyneside are being advised of a Christmas countdown of a different kind in a bid to keep people safe over the festive period.
The Safeguarding Adults Board and Local Safeguarding Children Board are running a 12 Days of Christmas campaign throughout the festive season, which features key messages ranging from recognising the signs of abuse and neglect in children or adults to advice on buying safe presents.
Councillor Tracey Dixon, Lead Member for Independence and Wellbeing, said: "Christmas is a time of celebration but it's important to remember that it can also be difficult for some people.
"By offering practical advice on everything from loneliness to support with mental health and learning disabilities, we aim to make sure people always know who to call for help and support."
Councillor Moira Smith, Lead Member for Children, Young People and Families, added: "Sadly, the festive period is a time when young people are more at risk of abuse and exploitation. For this reason we felt it important to highlight the signs of risk or neglect and remind people how to report concerns."
To find out more about the campaign, and see the advice on offer, visit www.southtyneside.gov.uk/twelvesafedays