Crucial Crew – a programme that promotes life skills to Year 6 children – is in its 17th year in Epping Forest District.
Tools to stay safe, fit and healthy
Covid precautions have changed the way the programme is delivered and this year councils across Essex got together to offer a virtual Crucial Crew event.
The popular programme aims to support children as they move onto senior school, giving them the tools to stay safe, fit and healthy.
One of the many positive aspects of Crucial Crew is that all young people whatever their academic ability participate and shine. Key messages are conveyed in an interactive way and young people are tasked with identifying practical solutions to the problems they encounter.
Child exploitation linked to gangs and county lines is an issue affecting young people across Essex. Incidents of violent crime are on the increase across the County with intelligence suggesting a rise in the number of young people carrying a knife.
‘Lines’ – a film specially commissioned for Crucial Crew dramatically unravels the story of a young boy groomed and criminally exploited by a gang.
1,000 pupils from 23 schools across the Epping Forest District were among those who watched the film, which was followed by an interactive workshop looking at how they could change the outcome of the boy’s story.
The objective of this year’s Crucial Crew was to help children recognise an exploitative friendship or relationship and how to deal with it.
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