As part of antisocial behaviour awareness week, we are highlighting examples of our work to tackle ASB in our county.
Today, we are showcasing what we do in schools across the County to engage and enlist the support of the younger generation. We couldn’t sum it up better than the children themselves, who told us what they learned following our input:
“I learnt not to hurt people or be a criminal and that anything can be a weapon.”
“I learnt all about what anti-social behaviour means to everyone in my community.”
“I learnt how to be safe and protect others in my neighbourhood.”
The topic of antisocial behaviour is included in the Lincolnshire Police Mini Police curriculum delivered in primary schools, and the multi-agency led secondary ‘Stay Safe’ sessions.
We are currently working with 120 Primary schools, 50 mainstream secondary schools and 13 other educational establishments across the county.
The Mini Police program, since 2018, has been written around the pedagogy of Pupil Voice and covers elements of policing where children can have the most impact on their peers and communities.
The Stay Safe team, since 2015, have been successfully providing preventative education in schools as part of a multi-agency approach. Our partners include; We Are With You (Substance Misuse Service), Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership, Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, Lincolnshire County Council and the Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children's Board.
Sgt Mel Standbrook, of the Crime Prevention and Safer Lincolnshire Partnerships, explained what the ‘Stay Safe’ sessions achieved. She said, “The aim is to improve personal safety by making pupils aware of the consequences of their actions on themselves, their families, and the community. During the pandemic we adapted our workshops to include online lessons, both student and teacher led, to complement our face to face deliveries, to challenge those barriers to learning we found ourselves in. This was a great leap for the team when looking at areas of impact.”
Sgt Standbrook reported that the ‘Stay Safe’ days, and the mini police initiative were welcomed by the school community. She said, “Both programs receive excellent feedback from pupils and teachers alike, because it offers a great deal of reflection and free speech between the young people and the facilitator, allowing them to identify the risks and steps they need to take.”
Ultimately, our work in schools aims to win over young minds, in order to keep them, and their communities safe.
In this academic year:
- 2043 students have undertaken independent learning on ASB
- 1531 students took part in teacher led modules
- We were face to face with 4390 students
- We engaged 7964 students in total
Here is a selection of comments received from school staff:
"We just wanted to pass on our thanks to you and the rest of the team for today's Stay Safe Partnership day. We had lots of positive feedback from our students and look forward to doing it again next year." Aegir Specialist Academy
"Yesterday was a great success and I have had some great feedback from teachers and pupils alike." Barnes Wallis
"I just wanted to let you know how much the girls enjoyed the presentations given on Tuesday. Several staff have commented on how well the presenters came across. Please would you pass on my thanks to everyone who made the day so successful." KGGS
"The Stay Safe day was brilliant, the students were really engaged and thoroughly enjoyed it. A big thanks to you and the presenters, it all went very smoothly. Looking forward to the next one." Boston High School
"We have had another very successful stay safe day with year 8. Thank you to everyone who supported the day and helped with the organisation." Gainsborough Academy
Here is a selection of comments from the children we have engaged:
"I liked this one, it was explained well and fun, will help me in the future."
"It was very interesting to learn about ASB."
"I think the lesson was very useful and helpful."
"There was a lot of information and it as a good interaction with class and interesting."
"Lots of good information about the law."
"I learnt a lot of new things."
"It was enjoyable, I will remember this."
"Absolutely loved this session very interactive with open speech."
"The information was straight forward and useful and I enjoyed it."
For more information
You can find out more about our partnership work here: Safer Lincolnshire Partnership website
For more information about types of ASB, and which agency can help, visit our website: reporting and advice section
If you are a member of school staff interested in our Stay Safe programme, please contact Stay Safe Co-ordinator, Kathryn Smith: Kathryn.Smith@lincolnshire.gov.uk or alternatively Melanie.Standbrook@lincs.pnn.police.uk
20 Jul 21 9:25 AM