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Police Commissioner partners with Crimestoppers creating new Youth Outreach Jobs

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As part of the Serious Violence Strategy, in April of this year the Home Office allocated £1.3m to Sussex Police to target serious violence. £390k of this funding has now been allocated to Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne’s office to expand her REBOOT programme.

For the first time in Sussex, the Police, NHS Partnership Trust, Youth Offending Service and local charities are now working together to provide a referral pathway for young people who show early indicators of serious violence.

In just three months there have been over 200 referrals. As part of this expansion, the PCC is partnering with the Crimestoppers charity under their ‘Fearless’ youth brand.

Their work is focused on helping young people make informed decisions about reporting crime.

They are now able to recruit three Fearless Outreach Workers who will engage with 11-16-year olds, from across Sussex, to increase their awareness of knife crime, street crime and child sexualexploitation.

Glenys Balchin, Surrey and Sussex Regional Manager for the charity Crimestoppers, said:

“We have a really important message: we don’t want any young person to live with, or be in fear of crime. So, we provide awareness workshops and the ability to report crime anonymously. 

Fearless is recruiting three full time outreach workers to deliver this message to young people across Sussex. This would not be possible without the support from Mrs Bourne who shares in our commitment to educate young people to make informed decisions that have positive outcomes.

Katy Bourne, Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, said:

“Too often vulnerable young people become prime targets for organised crime groups. As a result, knife crime, drug-related crime and anti-social behaviour are starting to increase. We cannot arrest our way out of this societal issue.

We must instead: educate young people on the seriousness of these crimes; teach them how to spot the warning signs of potentially dangerous situations; and arm them with the confidence to report crime.“I’m pleased that the programme is expanding already and working with successful crime prevention partners like Crimestoppers charity to support these messages across Sussex. If you have a background of working with young people I encourage you to apply for one of these unique and impactful roles.”

Here is the role description from the Crimestoppers website: Working 37.5 hours per week, you will work with young people in a variety of settings including schools and youth groups delivering age-appropriate workshops.  So, we are looking for people who are dynamic, passionate and have a natural ability to engage with young people.

Alongside this you will contribute to our professionals training – we’ve already trained 2,000 professionals to deliver the Fearless message to the young people that they work with, and we want to expand this effort across Sussex.

For more information, or to apply please email your CV and covering letter to recruitment@crimestoppers-uk.org  or contact 0208 835 3700.

Crimestoppers encourages people from diverse backgrounds to apply. Applications close: 18th July 2019.

More information on the role can be found on the Crimestoppers website here: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/about-the-charity/work-with-us/current-vacancies

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Crawley teacher wins Sussex teacher of the year award

It’s been an outstanding few weeks for Hannah Joyner a Learning Mentor at Thomas Bennett Community College who has been awarded Wellbeing Champion of the Year at the Sussex Teacher of the Year awards ceremony.

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Working closely with students at the school Hannah offers outstanding pastoral support and always goes the extra mile. 

The heartfelt nomination was written by a student who said:

“She makes the school a better place where we feel like there is someone supporting us all the way”.

It’s clear to see that Miss Joyner loves her job and says “The students at the school are outstanding young people who are a pleasure to work with.  Hearing such wonderful words from a student validates why I enjoy what I do”.

Offering students excellent pastoral care and ensuring they feel supported at school is so important.  The students at Thomas Bennett Community College are obviously appreciative of the wonderful work the school do and this is so lovely to hear.

Headteacher Stuart Smith said:

“The whole school community are very proud of Miss Joyner for winning the Wellbeing Champion award and for making such an important contribution to the lives of our students.”

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