PCC visits a school project which is helping vulnerable children
David Jamieson visited the 'One Nurture' project run by Tividale
Community Primary School in Sandwell.
The initiative focuses in the school in conjunction with local
neighbourhood police officers and shared intelligence with health
and other agencies. It has been developed as a co-ordinated
approach to supporting the most vulnerable pupils and families in
our communities, and to build bridges between them, the police and
other support agencies.
The Commissioner met with the pupils who are taking part in the
programme and listened to their personal experience and how the
project has helped them change their lives.
Local police officers are involved in the project and are key to
changing the way young people view the police.
Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said: "The
programme gives young people the opportunity to talk openly about
what issues they are facing and how we can work to help them.
"The children were very open with me and I was pleased to hear
how they have worked to make positive differences to their
"By working with local Police Officers on this project the
students are able to develop a positive relationship with the force
as well as taking part in a programme which will divert them away
from violent crime."
Emma Burnell, Headteacher of Tividale Community Primary School
said: "The One Nurture programme is designed as a holistic and
co-ordinated response to supporting the most vulnerable children
and families in our community.
"Pupils are encouraged to develop peer mentoring skills, which
helps in improving their own communication and personal skills,
and, in turn, increases confidence and motivation.
"The pupils work closely with the police and
often their families, and areas covered have included youth
crime, knife and gang culture, relationships, domestic violence,
substance misuse and managing change."