Safer Schools and Young People Partnership community projects

The Safer Schools and Young People Partnership (SSYPP) works on a number of projects to engage with young people in the community.

E-Safety Officers Programme

The SSYPP holds the e-safety programme throughout the year. It is a peer led initiative based within a school setting where we invite the schools to come to us bringing two teachers and two students for primary or five students and two adults from high schools. It is an informative day where we give young people up to date online safety advice and have a range of activities we do throughout the day. We give them information they can use as the e-safety officer that they can take back and spread around their peers to help. Our aim is to assist schools in delivering a whole school approach  that empowers young people with the relevant up to date information on using the internet and while doing so keeping safe.

While the children are doing their e-safety, the adults do their Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) training which is presented by our officers to give them useful resources and keep them up to date on what children are doing online.

Junior Safety Officers Scheme

The Junior Safety Officers Scheme is where schools can get involved in nominating two Year 6 pupils to be the junior safety officers (JSO). They have a monthly bulletin which is sent out by the Safer Schools Partnership and when they sign up they get a pack which contains two JSO badges, a sign for the bulletin board, a folder full of information and competitions they can run in their school and a work book which they fill up with all their ideas, activities, achievements and competitions throughout the year. Their job as junior safety officer is to tell everybody in school and the local community about how to stay safe on the road, and how to keep themselves and their property safe and secure. Alongside this the young person has a ‘buddy’. This is an adult friend whose job is to support the young person in any way they can.

Work experience

The Safer Schools Partnership runs a work experience placement on the first week of July every year. We have a range of events that happen during that week to give the young people an insight into the police force. Visits can include going to the force control room, forensics, the dog unit, tactical training centre and the Museum of Policing, alongside fun activities throughout the week and getting to meet and talk to members of staff from different departments.

Cop Stars

This is a programme based on a Lancashire scheme. Year 6 pupils of Lacey Green produced pictures used on a set of nine cards. The cards will be used in conjunction with schools presentations given by PCSOs each month which runs throughout the year.

The project encourages Year 6 pupils to get to know their local police officers and PCSOs, and improve their confidence in policing. It encourages safety, community activity involvement, caring for local areas and engaging with their neighbourhood policing team. The pupils earn a card for their involvement in constructive activities such as helping with a community clean-up day or learning about road safety, anti-social behaviour or/and roles of the police.

TWISTA: Together We Inspire – Striving To Achieve

This is a 12-week programme where we work with partner agencies introducing new ways of thinking and personal decision making to improve attitudes, behaviour and self-esteem. The aim of this programme is to help, support and encourage young people on their path towards adulthood. TWISTA works to build close connections with people in the community, within schools, with mentors and peers.

The projects are aimed to give support and advice about safety and welfare and to provide information that can help young people make better decisions for their future. It provides advice and helps to improve interpersonal relationships. It increases self-esteem, confidence and interpersonal skills.

Prevent and Channel

Channel is an initiative though the Prevent strand of the national counter terrorism strategy (CONTEST). The strategy addresses all forms of terrorism and focuses work to prevent radicalisation on the following key objectives:

  • Challenging ideology that supports terrorism.
  • Supporting sectors and institutions where there is a risk of radicalisation.
  • Protecting vulnerable individuals.

The aim is to identify and support individuals vulnerable to messages of violent extremism as an early intervention approach.

Addiction: Evolve

Evolve are now working in partnership with drug watch, and together they provide a unique holistic and specialist service delivering presentations tackling issues related to legal highs, particularly volatile substance abuse.

This service aims to prevent or reduce use of legal highs, especially volatile substance abuse in young people and adults. To do this they encourage a healthy lifestyle, protecting them from harm, increasing their life skills and enabling positive contributions to society. This service enables young people and adults to consider issues relating to legal highs volatile substance abuse and possible impacts on health, achievement, exclusion crime, families, and communities.

Drugwatch Trust – Insight

The Insight initiative helps communities to understand the issues surrounding substance misuse – at home, in our educational establishments and in the workplace – so that existing or potential problems can be tackled positively and sensitively. Prevention is key, available through training and awareness sessions for pupils/staff/governors/primary caregivers and communities.

LGBT Plus

LGBTQ Youth North West – A regional organisation that offers a wide variety of services for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people including youth groups and peer mentoring. Work is done extensively within schools delivering LGBTQ awareness workshops to students as well as support and training to teachers and other youth professionals.

Crimebeat

Cheshire Crimebeat is a registered charity which exists to provide encouragement, mainly in the form of financial grants, for the young people of Cheshire between the ages of five to 25 years of age to get involved with crime prevention, community safety or citizenship projects in their communities. The charity is supported by both the High Sheriff of Cheshire and Cheshire Constabulary.

Cheshire Crimebeat’s charitable objectives include:

  • Helping young people enjoy a safer and increased quality of life through the prevention of crime
  • Improving the education of the whole population, but particularly young people, in all matters relating to crime and to alcohol, drug and other solvent abuse to prevent people from falling victim to such issues

Since being founded, Cheshire Crimebeat has consistently delivered projects that place Cheshire’s young people at the heart of efforts to improve local quality of life. These youngsters have played an active role in finding positive alternatives to crime and disorder, raising social and environmental awareness and reducing risks to health and safety, whilst all the time encouraging respect between different sections of the community.

Projects to date have included tackling underage drinking, drugs, vandalism, graffiti and more recently, text bullying and cyber-crime. More than 250,000 young people have been involved in the projects across the whole of Cheshire.

For more information or to apply for funding, go to the Cheshire Crimbeat website.

North West Cyber Safety Programme

The North West Cyber Safety Programme is a regional initiative run by the charity Youth Fed to support teachers, parents, carers and youth workers to keep young people safe online.

The charity works in partnership with police, local universities, schools and youth groups to highlight young people’s online safety, digital literacy and online behaviour.

For more information, visit the Youth Fed website.