Newham develops a Youth Safety Schools Offer to improve youth safety in the borough

The Youth Safety Schools Offer (YSS) aims to establish a whole system approach to youth safety in the borough. The Youth Safety team, in partnership with the Police, is offering a range of workshops and training for children and young people across Newham’s schools and colleges.

Attending school is a very important factor in protecting children against exploitation. This is why Newham Council wants to work together with schools and colleges to ensure regular attendance at mainstream provision, as staff are most likely to identify the signs and risk factors of exploitation.

YSS has been developed by Newham’s Youth Safety Board (YSB) and incorporates a range of resources to help fundamentally improve the way the borough and schools work together to improve youth safety.

The recently launched Ben Kinsella Exhibition is a part of YSS. It uses interactive modes of education to inform young people on the dangers and consequences of knife-crime and teaches them how to effectively communicate the problem.

Another available resource is the Peer Champion Taskforce offer - an 8-week workshop package delivering sessions on social media, identity, fake news, COVID-19 myths, conspiracy theories and hate crime.

Primary to Secondary transitions offer is also included and provides a 6-week programme of group and individual mentoring sessions for children and young people as well as discussion forums for parents and training for teaching staff.

Schools and colleges can express interest by completing this form and returning to: [email protected] and [email protected]

Published: 06 Oct 2021