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 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 from Y5 upwards, 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 Advisors. 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 prevent danger and live safely.

Our Safeguarding School Coordinators are the first point of contact for teachers or other professionals and 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 here.

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 reduce the risk to their own 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       


A PowerPoint-based lesson designed to allow students to reflect on positive images they have of themselves. The lesson helps to embrace difference and build resilience from 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, home learning or by Safeguarding Community Advisors

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 10yrs+. Lessons can be tailored to help meet your needs. Please contact our School Coordinators here to discuss your requirements.

Delivery: Group sessions delivered by Safeguarding Community Advisors

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 our School Coordinators for further information regarding your specific requirements. Aimed at students aged 12yrs+

Delivery: Face to face by Safeguarding Community Advisors

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 assist students understand vulnerability, how criminal exploitation occurs, recognising the signs someone may be exploited for criminal purposes, and access to support. Please contact the School Coordinators to discuss your specific requirements. Aimed at students 12+ yrs

Delivery: Group delivery by Safeguarding Community Advisors

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

Healthy relationships/ 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 from Safeguarding Community Advisors at SafetyWorks!

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


Bullying: A delivery for Year 5 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 Safeguarding Community Advisors

PSHE link: KS2 Managing hurtful behaviours and bullying 

Virtual reality (VR)

**Currently suspended due to covid restrictions**

An exciting set of lessons utilising VR to immerse students in scenarios that help them to recognise the signs that someone may need help. The lessons cover the topics of child sexual exploitation, coercive control and the night-time economy. Aimed at students aged 13+

Delivery: Group deliveries by Safeguarding Community Advisors

PSHE Links: KS3/4/5 Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco

KS3/4/5 Managing Risk and Personal Safety

Special educational needs and older persons deliveries

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

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

Delivery: Group deliveries by Safeguarding Community Advisors 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

A lesson to support young people in Y5&6 in identifying risks associated with using the internet.

Delivery: Suitable for home learning, class delivery by school staff or Northumbria Police Safeguarding Community Advisors

Download: Internet safety e-learning Year 6 lesson here (PDF)


Sharing Images (Sexting) – suitable for ages 12-15 (Y8, 9 & 10)

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 Safeguarding Community Advisors

Team News

Check here for the latest information from our Education Team

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 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 recognising 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 to: school.liaison@northumbria.pnn.police.uk

Let us know: 

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

Please note: our mailbox is monitored Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm (school holidays included).

If you need to report and 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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