A NEW programme launched for parents to understand the risks young people face in modern society.

Children’s charity Barnardo’s has created the DICE parenting support programme, aimed at helping parents understand the digital dangers that young people face, from grooming on the internet to child sexual exploitation and child criminal exploitation.

It consists of four two and half hour sessions and focuses on their child’s needs during the pre-teen and teenage years of development.

Marianne Wadsworth, the DICE co-ordinator, warned online grooming and other online threats can have "devastating" consequences for families.

Hilary Gornall and Jo Taylor from Eastburn Junior and Infant school were interested in rolling out DICE to year five parents to empower them.

Hilary said: "I can see it working for our parents in our school and other local schools.

“We live in a multicultural society - we have children from all communities and we want everyone to feel they are able to support their children whatever their background.”

For more info, see the DICE website.