Stuart Lawrence Speaks At The Safety Centre About Empowering Children & Young People With Lifesaving Knife Crime Education
Hazard Alley were thrilled to welcome Dr Stuart Lawrence, the younger brother of Stephen Lawrence, to their centre in November. He spoke about the vital importance of promoting early intervention knife crime education across the region and beyond through the Safety Centre Charity, the region’s leading and the world’s first safety education charity. Stuart shared his story, experiences and messages of hope and tolerance. They were also joined by Assistant Chief Constable Katy Barrow-Grint from Thames Valley police talking about knife crime and how Thames Valley police is preparing for the Knife Angel coming to Milton Keynes this December.
The Importance of Knife Crime Safety EducationThey were excited to invite Dr Lawrence to talk with community leaders from across the region about the vital importance of early intervention knife crime education. Our role to support the development of flourishing communities within our region and beyond starts by responding to emerging safety trends. Unfortunately, knife crime is now an issue that children and young people need to be able to understand from an early age. This is why we’ve developed our early intervention knife crime safety education initiative in schools and at our education centre Hazard Alley. The programme talks about the choices young people have and the impact of these choices. Our education specialists create safe spaces for life saving conversations and education, in a meaningful, sensitive, age-appropriate way.
Dr Lawrence said:
“Early intervention is so important, at the end of the day the only person you can control is you and you need to have the tools to make safe choices. Education can be the most powerful tool in the world and the earlier we can give people the tools to be safe, the more it helps. We need to explain to young people that time is precious, and life is precious. One fifth of knife crime is committed by 10-17 year olds and there’s a lot more we can do early on to explain to children the importance of life and that there’s always an amicable way of solving things.”
Assistant Chief Constable from Thames Valley Police Katy Barrow-Grint said:
“Seven out of the eleven murders in Thames Valley in the last year have come about because of a knife. I’m sure you’ll agree with me enough is enough. The preservation of life and working to address root causes and helping to save lives from being lost to violence but the wider impact in our communities and offenders themselves must be integral to everything we do as a partnership.”
Maya, Chief Executive of the Safety Centre said:
“We’re delighted to be joined by Dr Stuart Lawrence to talk about his experiences and the vital role the Safety Centre plays in educating children and young people through our early knife crime intervention programme. This education initiative can save lives through creating safe spaces for impactful immersive learning and vital conversations about the consequences of being involved in knife crime. These conversations and sessions are potentially lifesaving and I’m proud to be leading a team of education specialists delivering pioneering safety education across our region.”
To find out more about the Safety Centre charity and how you can support our work contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org. To talk to us about our education packages and how your school can get involved contact our education team on email@example.com or call 01908 263009.
DangerPoint have introduced a brand new sustainability tour, ActionPoint, which launched in October 2022! ActionPoint is a completely different tour to the Core Programme offering. The new tour will be shorter but is still packed full of information.
So what will visitors learn from an ActionPoint tour?
Topics such as how to be more sustainable, what is recycling, where our food comes from, climate change and many others will be discussed during a visit. The aim of this tour is to educate pupils on how we can be more sustainable by changing our routine slightly which can make a huge difference. ActionPoint has been designed to engage the children in a fun and interactive way and includes resources for follow-on work.
There are a limited number of places available that have been subsided via funding from the Big Lottery Together for your Planet fund and will be delivered as a pilot initially.
If you would like further information about the ActionPoint tour, please contact DangerPoint directly.
The Safety Centre Charity are delighted to announce that they are White Ribbon Accredited and are joining other dedicated organisations with a commitment to working to end men’s violence against women.
The Safety Centre has committed to working to end men’s violence against women by becoming White Ribbon Accredited. As an Accredited organisation, the Safety Centre will develop and deliver a comprehensive Action Plan to change the cultures that lead to abuse and violence and promote gender equality.
White Ribbon is a global campaign that encourages people, and especially men and boys, to individually and collectively take action and change the behaviour and culture that leads to abuse and violence. To wear a white ribbon is to promise to never to commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women.
Sarah Surridge, Marketing & Communications Manager said:
We’re really pleased to have received our White Ribbon accreditation and look forward to working on our action plans to change cultures of abuse and promote gender equality. As pioneers of safety education its important to continue to develop our work supporting our communities in a meaningful, impactful way.
White Ribbon Charity – Working To End Men’s Violence Against WomenWhite Ribbon is a global campaign that encourages people, especially men and boys to individually and collectively take action and change the behaviour and culture that leads to abuse and violence. To wear a white ribbon is to promise to never commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women.
White Ribbon UK is part of the global White Ribbon movement to end men’s violence against women and is the leading charity that is ending men’s violence against women by engaging with men and boys to make a stand against violence. White Ribbon works with individuals, organisations, and policy makers towards wholesale culture change to prevent violence before it starts.
Anthea Sully, Chief Executive of White Ribbon UK said
White Ribbon Accredited organisations are able to make a real difference towards ending violence against women by promoting a culture of respect and equality, among their staff and wider communities. By raising awareness among employees, people can learn how to become allies and call out violent and abuse behaviour when they see it, at work and in the wider community. We are delighted to welcome The Safety Centre Charity as one of our White Ribbon Accredited organisations and are looking forward to working with them towards ending violence against women once and for all.
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