Keep­ing young­sters safe from crime

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - City Beat -

The Safer Schools and Young Per­son’s Team in Peter­bor­ough has been run­ning for the past 10 years and con­sists of po­lice of­fi­cers and Po­lice Com­mu­nity Sup­port Of­fi­cers (PCSOs) work­ing with Peter­bor­ough sec­ondary schools and Peter­bor­ough Re­gional Col­lege (PRC) to pre­vent young peo­ple be­com­ing vic­tims or of­fend­ers of crime.

The team sit within the Pre­ven­tion and En­force­ment team in the Safer Peter­bor­ough Part­ner­ship. There are lots of safer schools part­ner­ships across the coun­try and the work is about safe­guard­ing our young peo­ple in the city – not about schools be­ing un­safe places.

The pri­or­i­ties and aims of our Safer Schools Part­ner­ship are:

The safety of pupils, staff and the school site and sur­round­ing area.

Help for young peo­ple to deal with sit­u­a­tions that may put them at risk of be­com­ing vic­tims of crime, bul­ly­ing or in­tim­i­da­tion, and to pro­vide sup­port to those who do be­come vic­tims.

Fo­cused en­force­ment to demon­strate that those who do of­fend can­not do so with­out fac­ing con­se­quences.

Early iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, sup­port and, where nec­es­sary, to chal­lenge pupils in­volved in or at risk of of­fend­ing.

Im­proved stan­dards of pupil be­hav­iour and at­ten­dance, and less need for ex­clu­sions.

More pos­i­tive re­la­tions be­tween young peo­ple and the po­lice and be­tween young peo­ple and the wider com­mu­nity.

Ef­fec­tive ap­proaches to is­sues be­yond the school site that neg­a­tively im­pact on pupil safety and be­hav­iour.

We are cur­rently pro­mot­ing the work around child sex­ual ex­ploita­tion pre­ven­tion (CSE) and work with schools to safe­guard young­sters and also look to ed­u­cate them of the dan­gers sur­round­ing CSE.

We sup­ported the Peter­bor­ough Lo­cal Safe­guard­ing Chil­dren Board (LSCB) with their pro­mo­tion of the theatre pro­duc­tion ‘Chelsea’s Choice’ per­formed by Al­terEgo that was shown to Year 9 across the city and was a re­ally pow­er­ful pro­duc­tion that brought the mes­sage to young peo­ple in the city.

We are cur­rently pro­mot­ing the new film from Le­ices­ter­shire po­lice; 15-year- old school­girl, Kayleigh Hay- wood, was groomed on­line in Novem­ber 2015 and 13 days later was raped and mur­dered by her groomer’s nextdoor neigh­bour.

Since crim­i­nal pro­ceed­ings con­cluded Le­ices­ter­shire Po­lice has been show­ing the film in tight­ly­con­trolled screen­ings to part­ners and col­leagues in the safe­guard­ing arena, both lo­cally and na­tion­ally.

To date, they have shown the film to more than 35,000 chil­dren in groups of no more than 30 at a time.

It en­abled of­fi­cers to dis­cuss with chil­dren the is­sues the film raises about on­line safety, but it has, to date, led to 35 dis­clo­sures which are cur­rently be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.

The film was re­leased on­line at 9am on Tues­day, Jan­uary 3, 2017. The full ver­sion of the film, along with a signed ver­sion, an au­dio-de­scribed ver­sion and ver­sions of the film trans­lated into five lan­guages - Pol­ish, Hindi, Gua­jarati, Urdu and Pun­jabi – is avail­able to the pub­lic on Le­ices­ter­shire Po­lice’s YouTube chan­nel https://www.youtube.com/user/le­ic­spo­lice and we have also shared it across our own so­cial me­dia chan­nels.

We would rec­om­mend hav­ing a look and think­ing about how you could use it to ed­u­cate those close to you.

Peter­bor­ough schools have been re­ally keen to use the film to safe­guard young peo­ple in our city.

Any­one look­ing for sup­port around the is­sues can call Child­line on 0800 1111 or the ‘Thinku­know’ web­site to re­port abuse on­line as well as their lo­cal Safer Schools Of­fi­cer in their school or to po­lice di­rectly on 101.

Kayleigh Hay­wood

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