Crucial lessons about crime for Rochdale's youth

We have been working with partner organisations across the borough such as Greater Manchester Police, Travelsafe, and British Transport Police to deliver the Crucial Crew event at Rochdale AFC's Crown Oil Arena this month.

Crucial Crew

Crucial Crew is organised by Child Safety Media Ltd, which has seen around 1800 Year 6 pupils from approximately 43 Primary Schools across the borough take part in a three-week long project; learning about staying safe and the consequences they may face if they break the law. Through a range of interactive workshops, pupils have been learning about the impact anti-social and criminal behaviour can have, but more importantly informing them on how to keep themselves safe. 

Along with partner agencies, RBH colleagues have been reinforcing the message that anyone over the age of 10 is at the age of criminal responsibility. While organisers stress that the vast majority of youngsters are model citizens, we have been emphasising the message that crime really doesn’t pay!

Throughout our sessions, colleagues gave the 10 and 11-year-olds a fictional money pot to create a play area including a tunnel slide, tyre roundabout, swings, see-saw, zip wire, and football and basketball pitches. They were then told the cost of tackling anti-social behaviour such as vandalism, graffiti and litter, to see how this significantly reduces the amount of facilities that can be provided for the play area.

The RBH workshop and the other workshops also highlighted the physical risks that some forms of anti-social behaviour, crime and vandalism - such as climbing fences and going in empty houses in order to trespass - can present and the serious consequences of receiving a criminal record.

Acts of vandalism, crime and anti-social behaviour have a huge cost on us as a landlord. We want to inform and educate our future residents so that we can lessen this cost and make our communities safer and cleaner for our future generations. If our involvement can help to improve the decisions young people make, we may just save a life or prevent someone becoming a criminal in the future.

Chris Mairs Safer Neighbourhoods Lead
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