Wokingham Borough Council’s Prevention and Youth Justice Service is teaming up with Thames Valley Police to deliver a series of workshops next week (8 to 12 November), raising awareness of knife crime.
The Wokingham Prevention and Youth Justice Service works with children and young people aged 10 to 17 who are at risk of, or have been involved with, offending behaviour. It supports them to make better choices and be the best they can be.
As part of the council’s commitment to reducing knife crime and serious youth violence, next week the team will be supporting Thames Valley Police with ‘Operation Sceptre’, a nationwide campaign which aims to raise awareness about the dangers of knife crime and provide young people with more positive alternatives to crime.
Workshops will be delivered across borough secondary schools, to students in Year 9 and Year 10.
Cllr Graham Howe, executive member for children’s services, said: “Knife crime is a very serious problem with potentially devastating consequences.
“Working with young people to divert them away from knife crime has to be a priority and this partnership work with Thames Valley Police to work with our young people in schools is a very positive step towards that.
“Young people can be very influenced by their peers and others around them, so by delivering these workshops to whole year groups, we hope to influence entire cohorts in a positive way.
“I would encourage parents and carers to have follow up conversations with their children after the workshops, so that they can understand what they are learning and how they can support them.”
The Wokingham Prevention and Youth Justice Service would like to encourage parents and carers to start a discussion with their children about how to stay safe and keep away from weapons.
As a parent or guardian, you can do this by:
- Speaking with your child about the dangers of carrying knives.
- Showing an interest in their safety concerns if they tell you they are scared when in the community.
- Talking to them about their friends and if they are worried about them carrying knives.
- Putting together a plan about what they should do if they are worried about their safety (who to talk to, places they should avoid, friends that could encourage them into negative behaviours).
If you have concerns about the safety and well-being of your child, you can contact the multi-agency safeguarding hub (MASH) on 0118 908 8002. If you feel they are in immediate danger, please dial 999.
If you want to know whether your child’s school is part of the programme or you need support on this subject, please find out more on our webpage, email us, or call us on 0118 974 6900.
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