Welcome to the Key Stage 3 & 4

Hopefully you are aware of the Safe Schools and Communities Team as we work in schools across Dorset. In year 7 we run a GRiP (Gaining Respect in People) workshop which looks at Anti Social Behaviour and aims to change people’s perception of who is affected by ASB.

The day starts with an ASB assembly which covers the laws and other issues related to ASB. We then run three smaller workshops, the first looks at Diversity, the second looks at the PACT (partners and communities together) process and invites young people to tell us what issues they have in their areas, and the final one looks at offensive weapons and the law (click here to see a PowerPoint on this topic.) The day is rounded off with a workshop on Restorative Justice.

Restorative Justice is nothing new it has been used by many communities to deal with breaches in law. It can be used for many different issues from bullying to shoplifting and locally it is seen as a way to protect young people from being too harshly punished when they make mistakes. Although sometimes seen as such, iIt is not a soft option; as it deals with the heart of the problem and is often very emotional.

Bullying is often a problem for young people and we are regularly called into schools to deal with issues of bullying. As a team we use a restorative approach to tackle the source of the problem, we also run workshops and assemblies on bullying too. There is a very good film called ‘Let’s Fight it Together’. The film follows the journey of a boy who becomes the victim of bullying at school. Watch it here http://www.digizen.org/resources/cyberbullying/films/uk/lfit-film.aspx.

In year nine, alongside our partner agencies we run the ‘BLITZ’ road show. This award winning day starts with a play called ‘Last Orders’ by Solomon Associates. The play looks at the consequences of binge drinking by two young girls. Based on true events, it is written in an accessible, hard-hitting style that immediately captures the attention and imagination of its target audience. The rest of the day consists of workshops from Dorset Fire and Rescue, Safe Schools and Communities Team, Shire Alcohol and Drugs Outreach Workers Service and Solomon Theatre Company. All the workshops are based on issues from the play and promote discussion on some difficult topics.

We also go to schools to talk about Internet Safety and cover topics as far ranging as Facebook and sexting. We recommend you visit the 11-16 section of the thinkuknow website here http://thinkuknow.co.uk/11_16/

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