Safer Schools Partnership
PC John Bolderstone
King’s Lynn Academy is part of the Safer Schools Partnership. Since February 2012 we have had a Police Constable, PC John Bolderstone working alongside school staff.
We see this as a fantastic way forward for KLA and are delighted to be part of this national scheme; government ministers have openly stated that they would like every school to be part of this initiative.
All Safer Schools Partnerships (SSPs) aim to ensure:
– The safety of pupils, staff and the school site and surrounding area;
– Help for young people to deal with situations that may put them at risk of becoming victims of crime, bullying or intimidation, and to provide support to those who do;
– Focused enforcement to demonstrate that those that do offend cannot do so without facing consequences;
– Early identification, support and where necessary challenge of pupils involved in or at risk of offending;
– Improved standards of pupil behaviour and attendance, and less need for exclusions;
– More positive relations between young people and the police and between young people and the wider community;
– Effective approaches to issues beyond the school site that negatively impact on pupil safety and behaviour.
SSPs help keep pupils safe, reduce the risk of young people getting drawn into crime or antisocial or extremist behaviour, improve the safety of the school site and surrounding area, build positive relationships between pupils and the police, promote shared values and improve community relations generally within the school and wider community. Through an SSP, pupils who engage in anti-social behaviour or crime can be dealt with quickly and appropriately to prevent unnecessary criminalisation, and pupils who feel threatened by such behaviour or crime can be supported. However, where behaviour fails to improve, or the behaviour is very serious then tougher enforcement measures may need to be used.
An SSP is a positive way for all schools to demonstrate their commitment to promoting a safe climate of learning and to preventing crime. Ideally, they should be part of a wider strategy for keeping children and young people safe. They can help deliver the five Every Child Matters outcomes and the local Children’s Plan.
Over the course of your child’s schooling at Kings Lynn Academy the Safer Schools Partnership will deliver regular inputs into assemblies and lessons on Diploma days.
Resources for parents and students on safe use of social media can be found here:
Within the Norfolk Constabulary website, Safer Schools Partnerships have their own pages which we encourage you to visit.
The pages detail our aim’s, the key messages delivered by our team and the list of Officers alongside the schools they are aligned to.
Within the ‘key messages’ section you will see a document under the description of each message. These documents are letters, tailored to each presentation, and have been designed for parents to inform them of the input’s their children will experience.
The link to the web page is : http://www.norfolk.police.uk/advice/child-protection/safer-schools-partnerships
If you have any queries about this then please get in touch or speak to your SSP Officer.