Maindee pupils map out safe spaces in their community

17th March 2022

Roma pupils from Maindee Primary School took part a Safe Spaces workshop to identify places in the community where they feel safe and unsafe.


Facilitated by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent, the session was a follow-up to a meeting pupils had in December with the Children’s Commissioner for Wales, Sally Holland, and Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, Eleri Thomas.


Officers from Gwent Police supported the workshop, listening tentatively to the concerns of pupils and providing reassurance when needed. This is part of Gwent Police’s wider work to put children and young people at the heart of decision-making, and the information will be used when developing local policing plans.


The Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent, Jeff Cuthbert, said:  “I welcome the Safe Spaces sessions and hope to run similar sessions in schools across Gwent going forward.


“The way in which we work with children and young people today can have a far-reaching impact on the quality of lives of those involved and the attitudes and culture of society in the future.


“The voices of children and young people must be heard and respected. I was pleased that pupils talked openly and honestly about the places they feel safe, including their homes, school and at Community House. However, I was also concerned that they do not feel safe in some of the areas that they should.


“I know that Gwent Police is working productively with the school, pupils and their families to help break down barriers and create a trusted relationship.


“By working in partnership with the school, pupils and families, vulnerable communities can become empowered to report crime, understand the dangers of drugs and anti-social behaviour, and spot the signs of county line activity.”


Maindee Primary School Equity Lead, Martine Smith, said: “Working in partnership to build trust and relationships is vital for the safety and betterment for our community. Having the right to safe places to play is a right all children in Wales deserve'


Community House receives funding from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent to deliver the ‘Schools Out’ project, which offers a safe space for children and young people from Maindee Primary and surrounding areas.


The Commissioner awards funding, via grants or contracts, to organisations which contribute to the reduction of crime and disorder in Gwent, or to organisations which help victims or witnesses cope and recover from harm they have experienced.


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