Community Safety Workshops

including a focus on Prevent for Key Stage 2

Community Safety Awareness Workshops are designed to increase students awareness of their surroundings, develop knowledge and understanding of the local Police support and improve personal and public safety. The workshop is designed for classes of 30 students and presents participants with a scenario where their role is to solve a crime. The experience of solving the crime committed presents a number of scenarios and increases their awareness of several areas including:
  • Personal awareness of their surroundings.
  • How to access Police and Community Safety services.
  • Steps to ensure personal and public safety.
  • Understanding the role of a witness and valuable observation skills.
  • Safe use of Social Media and other digital content.
All schools hosting a Community Safety (inc. Prevent) Workshop will qualify for a site license of Faces ID Software worth over £5,000 in order to repeat the workshops internally as often as required.
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What does it involve?

The Community Safety Awareness Workshop is designed for Key Stage 2 pupils' in years' 5, 6, 7 and 8. The lesson utilises the latest technology including Virtual Reality and industry standard e-fit software to challenge participants understanding of the world around them. Through a number of activities linked to solving a crime the pupils' will gain an understanding of the role they can play in keeping themselves safe, as well as their friends and family.

In addition to developing the participants cognitive and observation skills we aim to inform them of the supportive role the police play in a community and how they can engage with these services both in person and online when we cover safe use of social media.

Participant Outcomes

Personal Awareness

Participants become more aware of potential threats to personal or public safety.

Online Safety

Participants are able to identify the risks involved in improper use of Social Media.

Accessing Support

Participants know who to contact if they witness any suspicious activity and when to call 999.

Observation Skills

Participants are able to describe characteristics of people they meet or observe.

Criminal Records

Participants gain knowledge around the consequences of a criminal record.

What is the cost to schools?
A day of workshops costs £800 unless sponsorship is secured.
Fee includes site license of Faces ID e-fit software and teaching resources.

AM and PM Workshops

The day is split into two workshops, morning and afternoon, each lasting approximately 2 to 2.5 hours and covering the same content for two classes. Timings can be adjusted to suit school timetables.

Pupils and Staff together

A class of up to 30 pupils from Key Stage 2 or Key Stage 3 (years 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11) can take part in the workshop. A teacher is required to be present during the workshop. The hope is teaching staff will gain experience and be able to re-deliver the workshop independently using the learning materials provided.

Tablet Academy Educators

The workshops are led by experienced Tablet Academy educators who will guide staff and students through the activity allowing pupils to learn and teachers to observe and learn as well. All equipment is provided excluding standard stationery (e.g.paper).
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Workshop Activities

Virtual Reality

Participants are immersed in virtual reality scenarios in order to increase personal awareness and develop their observation skills.

E-Fit Using Faces ID

Pupils attempt to create an e-fit image of an individual they observed in a VR scenario. The software used is the same or similar to technology used by the authorities worldwide.

Digital Awareness

In this activity the pupils' will attempt to identify an individual on social media. When completing this task they will be able to identify the risks of Social Media and relate this to their personal online footprint.

Accessing The Right Services

An activity to help young people understand what community services they should access and when. The aim is to reduce calls to 999 and improve engagement and understanding of the supportive services available them.

Official sponsors of this programme

Faces ID - Forensic E-Fit Face Tool

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Duke of York Inspiring Digital Entrepreneur Award

Pupils who attend the workshops will also be awarded a digital badge linked to the Duke of York iDEA scheme. This is a new programme still in its infancy which is comparable to the Duke of Edinburgh Award. The difference being the iDEA programme is based on digital skills.The badge awarded to pupils for attending the event contributes points towards achieving their Bronze award which they can do independently online.

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