Simon Hayes, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire:
Safe4me is an electronically accessible education resource programme which has been designed by teachers, developed by the user for the user, to ensure it is fit for purpose and aligns with curriculum in a format that enables teachers to use the programme resources in the classroom. The programme responds, in part, to the Commissioner’s challenge to the constabulary to develop a youth strategy at a time when the police have to change the way they work in schools. PCSOs will continue to build relationships with schools and pupils as an important part of their neighbourhood policing responsibilities.
The Safe4me concept arose from evidence gathered from an extensive review of the way in which officers were engaging with schools and delivering safety prevention education in the classroom. The seven-month review involved consultation with education experts, police officers and PCSO’s from local Safer Neighbourhood Teams, and took guidance from The National PSHE Association in London.
Through Safe4me, Hampshire Constabulary can now provide schools with credible, timely and relevant information relating to prevention and safety to assist teachers in their delivery of Personal Development and Citizenship education, specific to law, prevention and safety. This partnership approach will enable officers to focus their time in schools to problem solving, reducing crime and offending, and addressing safeguarding and vulnerability
Simon Hayes commented on the programme saying: “One of the priorities in my Police and Crime Plan is to improve frontline policing to deter criminals and keep communities safe. This is only possible by ensuring that police efforts are used in the most effective way. So, in the future, the constabulary will be working in partnership with schools and teachers to develop resources, which align with their curriculum in a format that supports delivery in the classroom that they can access and use themselves.
“I am looking forward to working closely with schools and colleges to improve outcomes for young people, in line with my commitments to the Youth Commission and the Be Part of the Solution campaign.”
Safe4me is an evidence-based and innovative approach that sets out to increase probability of better outcomes for young people; responding to concerns and issues raised in the review, by aligning with education and linking in with partner services. Safe4me will provide a centralised more consistent and effective service to schools, young people and their families.
Click here for the Safe4Me Primary School link to their website.