Hounslow junior citizens learn how to stay safe

Around 2,800 pupils from 34 primary schools across Hounslow had the opportunity to learn life skills to enable them to make a valued contribution to their local community.

Published: Wednesday, 3rd July 2019

Image of pupils listening to a talk from the Police team at Junior Citizenship Week

The Hounslow Citizen’s Scheme, now in its twelfth year, is a multi-agency partnership initiative led by the Metropolitan Police and supported by the Prevent Team at Hounslow Council, aimed at educating children with the skills to deal with a wide range of emerging and emergency situations. The scheme also supports them to make a valued contribution to their local community through good citizenship while at the same time encouraging a sense of community responsibility.

This year once again we are proud to confirm the involvement of the MPS Safer schools’ team, the council’s Community Partnership Unit, London Fire Brigade, the RNLI, Hounslow Highways Environment, Brentford Football Club Sports Trust and Public Health.

Each of the agencies provided interactive scenarios for the children in small groups, covering themes such as cyber bullying both online and off line, healthy lifestyles, fire safety, drug and alcohol awareness, preventing extremism and radicalisation, to name a few resources. Each scenario gave the children information and advice on personal safety while at the same time encouraging good citizenship and a sense of community responsibility.

Cllr Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council, said: "The council is proud to deliver the Hounslow Citizen's Scheme for another successive year.

“Over two weeks, the scheme allowed our young people to feel empowered, informed and engaged as they transition from year 6 primary school to the next stage of their education. Given the current focus on knife and gun crime in the media, the council’s Prevent team – working with Cranford Community College and Heston Big Local – has commissioned two bespoke knife crime prevention videos, featuring local children from local estates. They are working with the Police to be part of the solution to stop and prevent such crimes.

“The scheme also offered educational support around gun crime, preventing extremism, cyber-crime and bullying, stranger danger, stop and search and many more resources which we hope will support young people in their journey to secondary school and beyond.

"Thank you to all the schools, including Year 8 students from Cranford College who were Ambassadors for the scheme, and the many pupils who have participated this year, and to Cranford Community College and the Heston Big Local for their continued support.”

Superintendent Ricky Kandohla, West Area Basic Command Unit, said “Hounslow Citizen Scheme has been a well-attended programme with a number of key workshops to support our youngsters.

“These are beneficial as they start their journey into senior schools and give the police an opportunity to harness good relationships and built trust and confidence with our youth.

“I wish to thank Hounslow Council, my staff along with the students of the school, the parents and other statutory and voluntary sectors, because without this collaborative approach none of this would have been possible.”

Martin Clack, Hounslow Highways Divisional Director, said: “Delivering better streets is not just what we do. 

“As partners of Hounslow Council, the Police and local businesses we are committed to ensuring a better environment and quality of life too. 

“By investing in the community through initiatives like this, we want Hounslow to be a borough where families and visitors feel proud to be a part of.”

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