About Safer Schools
Warwickshire Police and the County Council are committed to engaging with all young people including those who are from diverse backgrounds to ensure they are protected from harm. It is important to remember that the majority of young people in Warwickshire do not engage in crime or anti-social behaviour. Many make a positive contribution to their communities and are responsible citizens. For every young person who does come into contact with the criminal justice system as an offender many more do so as victims.
We must pay regard to the position of young people as the citizens of the future but consider how the small proportion of young people involved in crime and anti-social behaviour have a significant and often enduring impact on quality of life in our communities. This behaviour is not acceptable and we have made it clear that we will address the activities of this minority of young people to make our communities safer. We will deliver this through prevention, early intervention and enforcement.
The Children Act 2004 was introduced to improve outcomes for all children and young people through the delivery framework ‘Every Child Matters’. It directs public authorities to pool resources and collaborate on the welfare of all children and young people. ‘Every Child Matters’ is built on five desired outcomes for young people, namely:
- Be healthy
- Stay safe
- Enjoy and achieve
- Make a positive contribution
- Achieve economic well-being
The Association of Chief Police Officers, in response to the Children Act 2004, has developed a national youth strategy. This strategy captures key elements of ‘Every Child Matters’ relevant to the partnership and its role in safeguarding children and young people.