Safer Schools Partnerships
All Safer School Partnerships (SSPs) aim to ensure:
- Safety of pupils, staff and the school site and surrounding area/community
- 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.
- Focused enforcement to demonstrate that those that do offend cannot do so without facing consequences.
- Early identification, support and where necessary challenge of 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, the Police and the wider community.
- Effective approaches to issues beyond the school site that negatively impact on pupil safety and behaviour.
SSPs help keep pupils safe, reduce the risk of young people getting drawn into crime, antisocial or extremist behaviour. It improves the safety of the school site and surrounding area, building positive relationships between pupils and police. It also promotes shared values and improves relations generally within the school and the wider community.
Through an SSP pupils who engage in anti-social behaviour or crime can be dealt with quickly and appropriately to prevent unnecessary criminalisation. It also enables pupils who feel threatened by such behaviour or crime to gain support.
However, where behaviour fails to improve, or the behaviour is very serious then tougher enforcement measures may need to be used; this can often run alongside sanctions set out by the school.
An SSP is a positive way for all schools to demonstrate their commitment to promoting a safe climate of learning and to prevent crime.
Over the course of the year a Safer Schools Officer will deliver the following key messages to the students in assemblies and lessons:
Great Yarmouth Hate Crime Project
The Great Yarmouth Hate Crime Project has been set up to give students an opportunity to engage with their peers and increase awareness and knowledge of hate crime as well as give practical advice on what everyone can do about it.
Police and East Coast College have been working together, which has resulted in a suite of materials free for use by educational facilities. These materials have been designed by young people for young people. The project is for age 11+ and educational facilities should check the material prior to delivery to ensure it is age appropriate.
College students, Great Yarmouth Police Cadets, civilian staff and police officers that have taken part in the training have provided positive feedback including:
- "It’s a very frightening subject and hugely important to understand outside your bubble."
- "The trainers created a relaxed and open environment where we could ask questions and discuss the issues being addressed in a safe and informative way."
- "The interactive training covered a lot of areas that I knew only a small amount about from previous Prevent training, so my knowledge was increased significantly."
- "What was really good about the training was learning the difference between hate incidents and Hate Crimes. And also, that the way in which people may perceive comments or acts and the innocent use of language could easily be misinterpreted."
- "We need to be talking about this. We should be doing this in schools."
- "Overall, a very good course and got me thinking."
We would also encourage educational facilities to deliver this training and become a third party hate crime reporting centre. This will benefit students and increase police and partners ability to monitor community tension.
The resource pack is available from the 'Downloads' section of this page. If you require any further information or materials, please contact either Natalie Lake or Emily Clarke on [email protected] / firstname.lastname@example.org.
Key messages delivered by the Safer Schools Partnership
Internet Safety - Year 7
An internet safety presentation designed to help students keep themselves safe from sexual abuse and exploitation online. This is done by developing skills in identifying and avoiding risk, learning how best to protect themselves and their friends, and knowing how to get support and report abuse if they do encounter difficulties.
Healthy Relationship/teen abuse - Year 8
A presentation designed for younger students that aims to give the students greater understanding of relationship abuse. It looks at key facts around relationship abuse and dispels some myths around who suffers as a result. It promotes discussion between the students highlighting the wider impact of domestic abuse and how the Police deal with these types of situations. It includes where appropriate an input on ‘Honour Based Abuse’ that promotes awareness among the pupils.
Sexting - Year 8
This presentation explains exactly what sexting is and why it happens. It engages the students by challenging them to identify who can end up seeing the images / videos. It highlights where they could end up should they decide to ‘sext’ and the legal implications. It covers how it can not only affect them in the present but equally for the future, such as employment and travelling. The presentation informs young people who can help / provide advice should they get into difficulties.
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) - Year 9
This presentation helps students to understand what exactly CSE is. It gives examples of situations that could lead to potential CSE concerns and in turn identifies who is at risk and why. It explains why they are potentially vulnerable when it comes to CSE and provides advice on how to stay safe and where to go for help.
Healthy Relationships (Murdered by my boyfriend) - Year 10/11
An input that involves a series of video clips designed to educate the students on harassment and domestic abuse. It also promotes discussion between the students highlighting the wider impact of domestic abuse and how the police deal with these types of situations. Designed specifically for older students, it gives a more ‘warts and all’ approach to relationship abuse and encourages them to identify any concerns they may have within their own relationships.
Halloween, Bonfire Night & Anti-Social Behaviour - all year groups
Assemblies that address the need for students to understand the importance of remaining respectful and safe whilst on half term holidays. The Halloween/Bonfire night presentation also covers the clear health and safety risk associated with the misuse of fireworks.