Empowering the citizens of the future

Hundreds of year six pupils from South Northamptonshire and Daventry took part in a series of interactive challenges and workshops designed to shape them in to the citizens of the future.

Published: Friday, 23rd November 2018

The Daventry District and South Northants Community Safety Partnership delivered a series of workshops over the two days at at this years ‘Young Citizen Scheme’ which took place on 21 – 22 November at the Yardley Chase Cadet Training Centre in Horton, based on important issues including: cyber safety; how to react and prevent crimes; safety around vehicles and understanding hate crime.

The workshops were delivered by representatives from Northants Police, Northants Fire and Rescue, Northants County Council, and DHL.

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.”

Kate Bailey, a Crime Prevention Officer with Northamptonshire Police, delivered 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 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. She said: “We had a really 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.”

The event finale was a powerful presentation by the ‘Voice (Children and Young People) Group’ – a pioneering support service for victims and witnesses of crime.