Police Community Support

The Safer Schools Partnership (SSP) is a formal agreement between the School and Norfolk Police to work together in order to keep young people safe, reduce crime and the fear of crime, and improve behaviour in schools and their communities.

All Norfolk High Schools are part of this programme. At Framingham Earl this involves a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) working for one day a week at the School.

SSPs support:

  • the safety of students, staff and the School site and surrounding area.
  • help for young people to deal with situations that may put them at risk of becoming victims of crime, bullying or intimidation, and to provide support to those who do.
  • focused enforcement to demonstrate that those who do offend cannot do so without facing consequences.
  • early identification, support and, where necessary, challenge students involved in or at risk of offending.
  • improved standards of student behaviour and attendance, and less need for exclusions.
  • more positive relations between young people and the police and between young people and the wider community.
  • effective approaches to issues beyond the School site that negatively impact on student safety and behaviour.

SSPs help keep students safe, reduce the risk of young people getting drawn into crime or antisocial or extremist behaviour, build positive relationships between students and the Police, promote shared values and improve community relations generally within the School and wider community.

Through an SSP, students who engage in anti-social behaviour or crime can be dealt with quickly and appropriately to prevent unnecessary criminalisation, and students who feel threatened by such behaviour or crime can be supported. However, where behaviour fails to improve, or the poor behaviour is very serious, then tougher enforcement measures may need to be used.

An SSP is a positive way for the School to demonstrate its commitment to promoting a safe climate of learning and of preventing crime.

Our PCSO joined us in September 2015 and has become part of the School Community, already building positive relationships with young people and staff. There is a clear advantage in the PCSO being available on the School site to provide professional advice, on a one-to-one basis if requested, to students and staff. The PCSO helps the School to deal with incidents and provides appropriate information sharing with partners, parents and carers; agreeing and implementing strategies to support challenging and vulnerable young people.

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