A pilot project to keep children safe has been launched in Stafford Borough.
The Safer Schools Initiative will be rolled out to a handful of primary and secondary schools in Stafford and Stone. The scheme – which is the first of its kind in the county – will complement the Personal Social Health Education (PSHE) studies that are part of the national curriculum.
Information on a number of workshops has already been sent to the five schools who have all volunteered to take part in the pilot.
Agencies from across the area have come together to run the workshops aimed at preventing and tackling issues such as child sexual exploitation, substance misuse and cyber bullying.
And if successful the Stafford Borough Safer Communities Partnership are looking to roll the initiative out to other schools after Christmas.
The Borough and County Councils, Police, Fire Service, Staffordshire Women’s Aid, and Chase Against Hate Crime have all teamed up to deliver the scheme. The work will also help schools comply with their Ofsted requirements to have measures in place to keep children safe.
Councillor Jeremy Pert, Cabinet Member for Communities at the Borough Council, said: “This is a first in the county and demonstrates how we are leading, and delivering, for our communities.
“This is all about our key agencies working together with schools to continue to keep our children safe. We don’t want to scare children – we want to protect them. We want to give them the appropriate and consistent advice so they can help themselves, and their friends, keep safe.”
He added: “We are pleased that these five schools have put themselves forward to be part of the pilot and it is great to hear that others have already been in contact with the ‘Partnership’ to be involved in the future.”
Inspector Giles Parsons, South Staffordshire Policing Team Commander, said:
‘The Safer Schools initiative in the Stafford Borough area is an excellent example of partnership working. It will improve how we work with schools across the borough, ensuring all partners work together to support schools in making them even safer. It will help ensure children in the area are supported and educated to keep them safe whether in or out of school.’
The five schools involved are Alleynes Academy and Walton Priory Middle in Stone, Doxey Primary, Stafford Manor High, Stafford Grammar .
More details about the ‘Partnership’ at www.staffordbc.gov.uk/CommunitySafety