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National awards success for youth-driven crime prevention

Two pioneering projects aimed at giving the younger generation a stronger voice in policing have been announced as finalists for a national crime awards contest. 

Nottinghamshire Youth Commission’s Know Your Rights film and The Dragon’s Den Style Project 8, delivered and part -funded by Nottinghamshire County Council, have made it through to the final of the coveted National Crimebeat Awards in April.

The projects - both of which received funding from Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping and give young people a stronger role to play in public safety – are in line for a possible £1,000 top prize in recognition of their contribution to keeping Nottinghamshire safe.   

National Crimebeat is the youth crime prevention charity of the High Sheriff’s Association of England and Wales, which is celebrating it’s 20th Anniversary.

The organisation hosts a prestigious awards ceremony in London every year to recognise the most innovative and successful crime prevention projects nationally which are delivered by young people.

Awards are presented in two categories, ‘Youth Led’ or ‘Adult led’, and shortlisted teams are invited to a glittering awards ceremony where overall winners are announced.

Mr Tipping said: “I’m delighted Nottinghamshire has scooped not one but two places in the final of these highly-coveted awards, proving young people here really are at the forefront of efforts to improve public safety nationally.

“I’ve been impressed by the maturity and professionalism shown by all the young people involved in these winning projects and value greatly their support. Traditionally, young people are difficult to reach and experience shows us we are much more effective at engaging with Nottinghamshire’s youth when young people themselves are involved in the process. We can certainly learn a lot from their fresh ideas and insight.

“I would like to congratulate all of those involved in these two wonderful projects and wish them all the best at the awards ceremony in April.”

Dragon’s Den Style Project 8 saw teenagers from six schools across Ashfield showcasing their ideas to promote mental health and wellbeing and tackle pressing issues such as cyber-bullying in front of a high-profile panel of ‘dragons’ which included the High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire, David Sneath, at Kirkby College. The winning team, Ashfield School, received £1,000 to transform their ideas into reality at their school.

The project was set up ten years ago to encourage young people to think and talk about crime and anti-social behaviour, with a specific theme chosen each year. Last year’s theme of mental health saw experts from Young Minds, the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional well-being and mental health of children and young people, work alongside pupils and staff in all of Ashfield’s secondary schools to raise awareness of the issue.  

Councillor Gordon Wheeler, Vice-Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Community and Place Committee, said: “For young people today, growing up in an ever-complex world, the challenge for them is to navigate real life with the online world. As boundaries blur, maintaining a positive state of mental health is vital.

“If we provide learning opportunities for young people to have space to be innovative and channel their natural entrepreneurial talents, they address key issues head on. I’m delighted our investment in this project is making a difference and has been recognised by these national awards.”

Know Your Rights lifts the lid on young people’s rights when it comes to stop and search procedures.

The film, screened at a series of schools and colleges as part of a roadshow to educate young people on stop and search, was developed on the back of feedback from young people who said they were unsure of their rights if they were stopped and searched by police. 

Gabrielle Jones, Youth Commission coordinator at social enterprise firm Leaders Unlocked, said: “We are so pleased and honoured to be put forward as a finalist for the 2018 National Crimebeat awards, and it makes us even more determined to keep spreading awareness of Knowing your Rights and to continue in providing a platform for young people to have a say in Nottinghamshire.”

Building on its success, ‘Dragon’s Den Style Project 9’ is now underway, joining forces with Young Minds, Emerge, the Arts Council and Spirit 2012.

Students from Holgate Academy, Quarrydale Academy and Kirkby College are currently working on a youth-led community festival to promote resilience and community cohesion which is planned to take place over April 20 and 21.

The student-led festival campaigns will be pitched to a Dragon’s Den Style judging panel and local community on April 20 at the Acacia Centre, Kirkby in Ashfield, and celebrated as part of the wider Emerge festival on April 21 at Mansfield Palace Theatre, Old Library and Mansfield Museum.  This is part of a national programme and will contribute to the Spirit 2012 legacy.

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Notes to editors:

  • Out of 36 projects from across England Dragon’s Den Style Project 8 has been chosen as one of three winning entries to reach the final in the Adult Led category.
  • Nottinghamshire Youth Commission’s Know Your Rights D.V.D has been chosen as one of three winning entries to reach the final in the Youth Led category. First, second and third placements will be announced on April 18 2018.
  • Other Nottinghamshire-based projects which have been Highly Commended but narrowly missed out on the final include Youth Led RAP, put forward by Pav Ayoub from Nottinghamshire County Council, Raise CSE resource by P.O.W, and Full Effect, which Prince Harry has previously supported.

 

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Posted on Thursday 8th February 2018
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