Hundreds of year six pupils from South Northamptonshire and Daventry took part in a series of interactive challenges and workshops designed to help shape them into the ‘citizens of the future.'
The two days of sessions were held this week (on November 21 and 22) as part of this year’s Young Citizen Scheme, which took place at the Yardley Chase Cadet Training Centre in Horton.
The Daventry District and South Northants Community Safety Partnership delivered a series of workshops on important issues including: cyber safety; how to react to and help prevent crimes; safety around vehicles and understanding hate crime.
The workshops were delivered by representatives from Northamptonshire Police, Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service, Northamptonshire County Council and DHL.
Kate Bailey, a Crime Prevention Officer with Northamptonshire Police, led a workshop called Streetwise, in which a fellow officer pretended to be a thief who enters the room and steals a mobile phone.
She said: “The children then have to give a description of the thief and the officer rushes off to catch them. We have had a really good two days and reached hundreds of children with our safety messages. Our presentation was firstly about teaching young people to be aware of their surroundings and, if they witness a theft, to call 999 or 101. We also teach them not to put themselves in the path of danger by running after thieves themselves and to make sure property is security marked.”
Community Safety Officer Liz Armstrong, from Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service, led workshops alongside colleague Jo Gouldson. Liz said: “We had a good two days and all the children were very well behaved. The whole event is about being a good citizen, guiding them through their transition from primary to secondary and making sure they stay safe.”
Cllr Karen Cooper, South Northamptonshire Council’s portfolio holder for wellbeing, said: “I would like to thank all the partners involved in yet another successful event. This event, now in its sixth year, provides a great opportunity for partnership agencies to engage with a large number of young people and help them develop greater confidence, self-awareness and responsibility.”
Community Safety Partnership Manager Kevin Fagan said: “The Young Citizen scheme is a great opportunity for children to meet representatives from the agencies which make up the Partnership and engage with them in a positive way. We always have great feedback from the children who attend, and hopefully they go away having taken on board some important messages about responsibility and staying safe.”
Victims and witnesses
The event finale was a presentation by the ‘Voice (Children and Young People) Group’ – a pioneering support service for victims and witnesses of crime.
The Daventry District and South Northamptonshire Community Safety Partnership is made up of eight statutory partners who work together to reduce and tackle crime and disorder, making our communities safer.
- South Northants Council
- Daventry District Council
- Northamptonshire Police
- Northamptonshire County Council
- Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service
- NHS Nene Clinical Commissioning Group
- BeNCH Community Rehabilitation Company
- Office of the Police Crime Commissioner