As part of ongoing work with partners in the community to help keep young people safe, an innovative training day was held at Canterbury Christ Church University on Monday (25 Feb) for 30 local sixth formers from Dover and Folkestone.
The day included a range of activities to raise awareness of issues affecting young people, including identifying risky behaviour and preventing abuse. The day led the way with a focus on peer training, using research and expert training to help provide older pupils with skills and knowledge to help support and teach younger pupils.
The Preventing and Reducing Risky Behaviour Training Day featured a speech from Sir Ian Johnston, including his career as Chief Constable of the British Transport Police and Director of Security and Resilience at the London Olympics. There was also an overview of crime science and students had the chance to visit a digital forensics lab.
The day was organised by Dover District Council and Professor Robin Bryant in partnership with Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU), working with Folkestone and Hythe District Council, and with funding from Dover District and Folkestone and Hythe Community Safety Partnerships.
Students attended the training day from Dover Christ Church Academy and Folkestone School For Girls. Following the success of the day, the young people will receive ongoing support from CCCU as they support young pupils. Organisers are also working to extend the training to other schools locally.
This also follows news that Dover District Council is working with the Dover District Community Safety Partnership to organise a Youth Conference for pupils in the Dover District in March.
Posted on 28 February 2019