This week, between 16th – 22nd September 2019 there is a national campaign to raise awareness around the dangers and consequences of carrying knives and weapons – Op Sceptre.
This campaign covers all ages and there is information available from a number of organisations, websites and via social media such as:
Other possible educational resources: https://www.pshe-association.org.uk/curriculum-and-resources/resources/home-office-knifefree-lesson-plans-ks34 or https://www.fearless.org/en
Advice & Support resources: https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/bullying-abuse-safety/crime-law/gun-knife-crime/ or https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/staying-safe-away-from-home/gangs-young-people/
North Yorkshire Police’s Youth Team are requesting for as many schools, colleges and universities to be involved to raise awareness. Please would you consider printing (in colour) and displaying the below poster around your establishment. It can also be sent digitally too as the web links work from the poster. Please see www.northyorkshire.police.uk/ to find out more information.
We are encouraging people to ‘Speak Up’ about the concerns they may have about someone carrying a knife or weapon. It is really important that we highlight that the carrying of knives and weapons is not acceptable and is against the law. We do not want to see the ‘normalisation’ or ‘glamorisation’ of carrying these by anyone.
To help support young people North Yorkshire Police and partner agencies have developed an Intervention programme named as ‘Op Divan’ for young people where we can provide that individual or small group work around this area of ‘risk taking behaviour’.
When we are contacted by schools, parents, agencies and young people who have concerns that someone may be or has been carrying a knife – We will look to work with partner agencies such as Youth Justice service, Early help service, Well-being service and Children’s social care in supporting the young person and their family. Working with and supporting ‘one to one’ – the individual, with their parent/ guardian or teacher present. It can include a bespoke intervention, advice, consequences and support, plus signposting and referrals to other agencies too.
There are different ways in which schools can deal with such incidents. It is recommended that when it comes to dealing with, investigating incidents/ crimes within schools that the appropriate agencies are contacted to provide advice and support. If you come across an incident of a child with a knife or weapon:
- If there is an immediate or imminent risk of harm to anyone or a risk to public safety then contact Police on 999.
- Dealt with by school/ staff – If this is the case then any issues around the Safety and risk to them and others must be paramount. If in any doubt please call the police on 101 or 999 for advice/ assistance.
- If there is no imminent risk and the weapon/ knife has been confiscated/ secured and all concerned are safe you can contact police on 101. The incident can then be allocated to appropriate staff to deal i.e. Local Schools officer or Neighbourhood policing team/ response officer. You also have the options in referring to agencies such as Youth Justice service, Well-being and Early help to provide that support – where we can all work together to support the young person. A ‘Child Centred’ approach.
As a police service we are very much aware about the criminalisation of young people and where appropriate will endeavour not to do so, as you can appreciate this will not always be the case. The Partnership Information Sharing form is available for your school and staff to use.
To help raise awareness of this week action, download and display the poster below:
If you would like any further information or contact by the School Liaison Officers, Neighbourhood policing team in relation to this or other issues then please get in touch. They are able to provide a number of key inputs to students, also advice to teacher, parents and students. The advice provided above can be considered for other types of incidents and/ or crimes you and your staff deal with in schools.
Hambleton, & Richmondshire: PC Andrew Collinson 1781 Andrew.Collinson@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk
Harrogate, Ripon, Knaresborough and Craven: Mr Paul Stephenson 6449 Paul.Stephenson@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk
Scarborough Whitby and Ryedale: PC Lauren Green 262 Lauren.Green262@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk
Youth Team general contact: YouthTeam@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk