Epping Forest youth councillors have been working hard during the school holidays producing a personal safety video and a guide on reporting crime to help young people to stay safe.
Have safe are you? Be aware
This video has been produced for schools to raise pupil’s awareness of being safe. Their message includes advice on using public transport, personal safety, looking after belongings and alcohol awareness.
The video was launched at St Mary’s Church in Loughton in July. The Chairman of Epping Forest District Council Councillor Ken Angold-Stephens, vice-chairman Councillor Brian Rolfe, Essex County Councillor Valerie Metcalfe, and representatives from the Suzy Lamplugh Trust and Essex County Fire and Rescue Service were amongst the guests.
The project was funded by the Youth Opportunity Fund and Epping Forest District Council. The youth councillors worked with the ‘ignite’ youth group at St Mary’s Church, Loughton and the Roding Valley High School.
Youth councillors have also produced a ‘How safe are you?’ booklet, which supports the video, with top tips for young people on how to stay safe. The booklets will be distributed in September to all secondary schools in the Epping Forest district.
How to report a crime’ card
Youth councillors have produced a young persons’ guide on ‘How to report a crime’. The wallet-sized card promotes the new national non-emergency number 101.
Having consulted with numerous young people, a majority said they did not know how to report a crime or an incident. David Eyles the Epping Forest cross border officer said that statistics do not show if young people are reporting crimes.
Youth Councillor Scarlet Stock said: “We want to promote the new non emergency number 101 amongst young people as we feel they need to be aware of the resources available to them.”
“We worked alongside the safer communities team who helped to fund the card, giving young people information on how to report a crime. We hope that by reporting a crime, it will help to reduce crime. We also received funding from ‘Think Big’ to enable every young person in the district to receive a copy of the guide.”
The ‘How to report a crime card’ will be distributed to all secondary schools in the district.