Last Updated on 9th December 2021
Our Safeguarding Team have been made aware of several isolated reports of pranksters dressing up as 17th-century ‘plague doctors’ which has scared some children.
What is a Plague Doctor?
A plague doctor is a historical figure that dates back to the bubonic plague. They wore a black cloak and a crow like bird mask, the imagery associated with them is often associated with death and disease, which can be unsettling.
Social and news media can draw significant attention to events like these and it’s important that you have the facts during times were there may be uncertainty and heightened concern.
The images of this character may well be unsettling for children and some adults. At this point, we have been unable to substantiate any serious incidents connected to these events.
What we know so far:
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