Our Prevention through Education Team supports schools and community groups in the Northumbria Police area.

Our goal

Our goal is to help keep young people safe and prevent them from becoming victims and perpetrators of crime by delivering tailored, interactive learning sessions whilst also building a positive relationship with police.

What We Do

How we work with you

Our team can provide face-to-face deliveries in schools to children and young people, and you will find resources hosted on this webpage that can be downloaded for staff to use with their students or for parents to use for home learning.

Our lessons are designed and delivered by our award-winning Safeguarding Community Advisers. They have extensive teaching and learning experience and their work has been praised nationally by NWG and Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Constabulary.

Some of our sessions can be delivered at the SafetyWorks! centre in Benwell, Newcastle. The centre is an experiential learning hub, where young people engage with a range of interactive safety scenarios in true-to-life settings, helping them learn how to manage risks and live safely.

Our Safeguarding Schools Coordinator is the first point of contact for teachers or other professionals. They will work with you to understand your needs. We also have contacts with other departments within Northumbria Police that can offer various specialisms, so please feel free to get in touch with any enquiries and we'll do our best to help.

Our areas of focus

The lessons we deliver link into the PHSE curriculum so that you and your young people get maximum benefit from the input. These customised sessions cover a range of topics including:

  • Criminal Exploitation
  • Sexual Exploitation
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Mental Health
  • Harmful Practices (Drugs and Alcohol)

Find out more about the lessons our Prevention Through Education Team deliver in the next section, Our Lessons.

Our Lessons

How the police help

An online interactive tool aimed at supporting young children to recognise how the police can help them and how to seek help from other emergency services. This session is aimed at children aged 4-6 years.

Delivery: To be delivered by school staff, or used for home teaching

Download document: How the Police Help 

PSHE link: KS1 Keeping Safe

Risky behaviours

A workbook that provides a range of activities aimed to support young children understand risks as they begin to take part in interests and hobbies more independently from parents and carers.  The activities allow for the child to think about their own experiences and any potential risks associated with their activities.

Delivery: Suitable for class delivery by school staff, and home learning

Download printable: Risky behaviours workbook Year 3&4 here (PDF) 

Download printable: Risky behaviours workbook Year 5&6 here (PDF) 

PSHE Link: KS2 Keeping Safe       

Self-esteem

A PowerPoint-based lesson designed to allow students to reflect on positive images they have of themselves. The lesson will help them to embrace difference and build resilience to social influences. It also addresses how to support one another against bullying, including online bullying. The lesson is aimed at students aged 9-12 yrs.

Delivery: Suitable for class delivery by school staff, and home learning

Download the following three documents:

Self-esteem PowerPoint

Self-esteem lesson plan

Self-esteem extra activities

PSHE Link: KS2 Mental Health, Friendships, Respecting Self and Others

 

Sexual exploitation

A programme of lessons designed to help students understand different aspects of sexual exploitation, how to recognise the signs, and how to seek help. Topics include positive relationships, vulnerability, consent, grooming, online exploitation, sexual health, and support through the Criminal Justice System. Lessons are aimed at students aged 12yrs+. Lessons can be tailored to help meet your needs. Please contact our School Coordinators here to discuss your requirements.

Delivery: Group sessions delivered by Northumbria Police Safeguarding Community Advisers

PSHE Link: KS2 Safe Relationships, Respecting Self and Others

KS3/4- Self Concept, Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco, Managing Risk and Personal Safety, Sexual Health, Relationships

KS5- Relationships, Media Literacy and Digital Resilience

Harmful practices

Interactive learning highlighting the effects and consequences of drug use through the use of drunk/drug goggles and drug replicas. The lesson focuses on the dangers of new psychoactive substances (NPS) but can be amended to support concerns around particular drug use. Contact us for further information regarding your specific requirements. Aimed at students aged 12yrs+

Delivery: Face to face by Northumbria Police Safeguarding Community Advisers

PSHE Link: KS3/4 Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco

Criminal exploitation/ County Lines

A range of lessons covering topics such as County Lines, organised crime, gangs, and knife crime. The aim of the sessions is to help students understand vulnerability, describe how criminal exploitation occurs, and how to recognise that someone may be being exploited for criminal purposes. Sources of support are discussed, too. Please contact us to discuss your specific requirements. Aimed at students 12+ yrs

Delivery: Group delivery by Northumbria Police Safeguarding Community Advisers

A presentation outlining a basic awareness of County Lines is available here for home learning for students to work through prior to further detailed delivery.                        Download: County Lines KS3+

Further information on how to recognise the signs of County Lines exploitation can be downloaded here: County Lines Parent/ Carer leaflet

 

PSHE Link: KS 3&4- Financial Choices, Social Influences, Bullying Abuse & Discrimination,

KS5 Managing Risk and Personal Safety

Personal choices

Peer pressure: An interactive scenario-based lesson looking at peer pressure and the consequences of crime. This lesson helps students understand where pressures from peers and family members to participate in criminal and unsafe situations come from and how to recognise such behaviours, whilst emphasising that young people have a choice. Lesson aimed at students aged 10-12 yrs.

Delivery: Group delivery by Northumbria Police Safeguarding Community Advisers at SafetyWorks!

PSHE link: KS2 Families and Close Positive Relationships, Safe Relationships, Shared Responsibilities, Friendships

 

Bullying: A delivery for Year 3/4 pupils to examine how bullying can take place and the effects of bullying. The lesson has been developed with the support of the RISE NE mental health team to assist students with self-help and support techniques.

Delivery: Class deliveries by Northumbria Police 

PSHE link: KS2 Managing hurtful behaviours and bullying 

Special educational needs and deliveries for older persons

These lessons can be provided at SafetyWorks!, examining how members of the public can seek help from the police as well as describing the service they should expect.

Older Persons Exploitation sessions also include awareness of bogus callers and mate crime.

Delivery: Group deliveries by Northumbria Police Safeguarding Community Advisers at SafetyWorks!

 

Special Educational Needs

Our lessons can be tailored to meet the requirements of students with special educational needs and disabilities. We will discuss with you the needs of your students when the booking is made.

Internet safety / Sharing Images

Internet safety - suitable for Y5 & 6

We have produced a resource that has been designed for use in the classroom by teachers, or at home by parents and carers with their children. It addresses the risks associated with using the internet. Please use the following link to download it:Internet safety e-learning Year 6 lesson here (PDF)

 

Sharing Images (Sexting) – for Y8 (ages 12-13)

Reports of inappropriate/indecent images being sent via text/social media messaging are rising, and the effect on the lives of those depicted in the images can be devastating and far-reaching. There are also consequences for those making and/or sharing these images. This hour-long session is delivered in a classroom environment with up to 30 students. It covers:

  • what is an inappropriate image?
  • why young people send inappropriate images
  • consequences
  • the law
  • where to find help and support when images have been shared

Delivery: Group sessions delivered by Northumbria Police Safeguarding Community Advisers

 

Video (7min 42sec): Megan's Story - "Sending Nudes: It Happened To Me" (aimed at ages 11+)

​Megan tells of her experience of sharing an indecent image of herself. The video includes details of where to get help and support. Megan's Story is used with permission from Hampshire Police (www.safe4me.co.uk)

View video on YouTube: Megan's Story

Safer Internet Day 2022 Newsletter for parents and carers- How to speak to your child about sharing images online and support available download

Financial Exploitation

Money Muling is a form of financial exploitation targeting young people who are coerced into handing over bank details to criminals offering 'quick cash'.  Criminals will launder money obtained from criminal activities through the young person's account.

This short lesson is aimed at young people as they prepare for further education or employment to raise awareness of this crime, how criminals target young people and the consequences if a young person becomes involved. This lesson supports the National UK Finance and CIFAS Campaign "Don't Be Fooled."

The downloadable lesson is suitable for delivery by school/college staff for Key Stage 5 (Year 11+) taking approximately 10 minutes to complete.

The lesson can be downloaded here: Money Mules v1.1

Alternatively the lesson can be delivered in a 40 minute session by Northumbria Police Safeguarding Community Advisors in a classroom environment to a maximum of 30 students. Please see our "Contact Us" information below.

Further resources: Printable posters 

Download printable: Money Mule Poster A3

Download printable: Money Mule Poster 1- Chinese version

Download Printable: Money Mule Poster 2- Chinese version 

Team News

Check here for the latest information from our Education Team

01/12/2021 - Our team is now fully booked for planned visits to schools for the rest of this academic year. However, please feel free to get in touch with us as we will hold a waiting list for those requesting a visit from our team in the event that any dates become available. Our coordinators also liaise with other departments within Northumbria Police that may be able to provide deliveries on safeguarding topics to schools. 

22/10/2021 - Our Safeguarding Community Advisers have spent 7 days over the last fortnight visiting 4 schools, during which they delivered 28 Sharing Images sessions to 592 Y8+ learners. Last week the whole Prevention Through Education Team took part in a training event at the Stadium of Light for 70 Sunderland school staff on recognising and reporting peer-on-peer abuse in schools. These activities were part of a collaborative period of action between ourselves, Northumbria Police's Paedophile Online Investigation Team (POLIT) and the Violence Reduction Unit (VRU), the aim being to highlight the risks and consequences of sharing indecent images and using digital messaging and social media to bully, intimidate and sexually harass. We also produced a video - "The Dangers of Sharing Images" - which was sent to all secondary schools. It includes Megan's Story, used with permission from Hampshire Police. Click here to view this video on YouTube.

We will continue to offer our Sharing Images session; however, we are now fully booked until May for visits to schools. Please get in touch to plan ahead!

30/09/2021 - Hopefully all schools will have received our latest termly newsletter this week. If not, please get in touch with us. Just three weeks into the term, with in excess of 700 miles covered, our Safeguarding Community Advisers have visited Freshers' events at Sunderland and Northumberland College campuses, and have delivered various inputs in 8 schools across Sunderland, Northumberland and South Tyneside. On top of that, the SafetyWorks! facility has reopened and our Advisers have been busy there delivering to school groups from Newcastle. You can book sessions at SafetyWorks! by contacting them directly. Our outreach work in schools is fully booked until March 2022 now, but please get in touch if you'd like to plan ahead.

16/07/2021 - That’s a wrap for this academic year! We’ve visited 46 schools/colleges and two young people’s groups, and spoken to 5592 students on topics such as County Lines, internet safety, bullying, drugs awareness, and sharing indecent images. We hope you all enjoy the summer holidays and get the chance for a good rest after a challenging year. We’ll be monitoring the mailbox over the holiday period but please remember it’s not to be used for reporting incidents or crimes; use the usual 999 for emergencies, and 101 or the online reporting form if it isn’t urgent. Looking forward to doing it all again from September!

25/06/2021 - 2484 students have now received our Sharing Images delivery since we started our campaign in mid-April. It's been received enthusiastically by staff and students alike, with many not realising the consequences of sharing nudes. We're fully booked up until the end of the academic year, but we're planning ahead for October onwards now. Get in touch if you're interested in arranging sessions for your school. 

Keep up-to-date with our Safeguarding Community Advisers' travels around the region's schools on Twitter: @NPNland, @NPSunderland, @NPnorthtyneside, @npsouthtyneside, @npnewcastle, @npgateshead

04/05/21- In just under three weeks of the Sharing Images campaign, our Community Advisers have now delivered to over 500 students across the force area, raising awareness around the risks of sharing private images. Don't worry if your school missed out on the campaign as this delivery is now available as part of our regular catalogue of lessons, and sessions are available for the 2021/22 academic year

26/04/21- We have uploaded an information leaflet for parents and carers on how to recognise the signs of County Lines criminal exploitation. This can be downloaded from the County Lines lesson tab.

22/04/21- The Safeguarding Community Advisers have taken a short break from deliveries this week to attend the National Working Group virtual conference. This was an opportunity for the team to learn and share good practices in preventing exploitation.

12/04/21- The Safeguarding Community Advisers have now started their outreach campaign focussing on the risks of sharing images online. Our team will be visiting schools across the Northumbria Police force area to educate young people and how to protect themselves. The session is aimed at Year 8 and above. The campaign is fully booked however if your school would like an input in the future please contact our Safeguarding Schools Coordinators in the Contact Us section. 

Contact us 

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch to see how we can support your school.

Send us an email at: school.liaison@northumbria.police.uk

Let us know: 

  • Your name
  • Your school or group
  • Email address
  • Contact number
  • Let us know your students' needs and which lessons you’re interested in

Please note: our mailbox is usually monitored Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm (school holidays included). An out-of-office message will be applied when it is not being monitored.

If you need to report a crime or complaint, always call 999 in an emergency, 101 for a non-emergency incident or report online by clicking here

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