Keeping youngsters safe from crime
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.