This site has been produced by the Metropolitan Police Service to provide information about subjects that matter to young people in London. Targeted at 11 to 16 year olds, it is designed to sit alongside the main Metropolitan Police Service website.
Subjects are presented according to the needs of the young people that visit. For example, if they have a general enquiry or are completing a school project on anti-social behaviour there is a simple 'Get the Facts' section, along with information about the laws surrounding anti-social behaviour. There is also 'More help and advice' in which we are pleased to present details and links for many important charities and organisations that specialise in the subjects being discussed.
If the visitor has a more specific enquiry - say they feel they are a victim of anti-social behaviour or if they have a friend who is behaving in an anti-social manner - there are other routes into the site that provide information tailored to the particular concern they have.
Advice and information is presented to young people as well as sections tailored to the needs of their parents or guardians.
An education tool
It is the Metropolitan Police Service's intention that this website is also used as an educational resource for teachers and their pupils.
Along with important subject matters such as gun and knife crime, bullying, and gangs and group violence, we have also included sections on:
- Want to know how you can get involved?
This section provides information about long-term career opportunities as well as various sports schemes and volunteering programmes for young people in London.
- About the Metropolitan Police Service
Here we provide an introduction to policing in London, historical facts about the Metropolitan Police as well as a description of our ranks and departments. Further reading in this section is provided as links to the main Metropolitan Police Service website.
- How to contact us
We offer a number of ways to get in touch. In this section we explain the various numbers to call, including how to report a crime.
Useful Resources from the Metropolitan Police Service
- MPS Every Child Matters policy (also see the Every Child Matters website)
- DVD Living Together - A look at Community Cohesion
The Living Together pack was commissioned by the Metropolitan Police Service, working together with the Kids Taskforce, which helps young people learn how to handle risk. The pack, which looks at community cohesion includes teacher's lesson plans and a DVD with four themes:
The aim of the pack is to help young people create their own strategies for staying safe and for helping others in their community to be safe. Contact your local Safer Schools Officer for further information.
- What is extreme behaviour?
- Who's in control?
- What makes a safe community?
CO19 is the Specialist Firearm Command branch of the Metropolitan Police Service and is committed to building relationships with the communities we serve. As part of the Youth engagement strategy CO19 deliver a presentation to young people aged between 11 and 19 years old highlighting the dangers of getting involved with carrying guns, knives and belonging to gangs. Our target audience are those on the periphery of gun/knife crime and gang culture. The presentation is called Operation Make Peace and the aims are:
- to look at what happens to those who are victims of firearms offences
- to ask why people get involve with guns and gangs
- to look at how police will respond to those liked to guns
- to see if it is possible to tell the difference between a real and imitation firearm
- to give information about the sentences for possession of guns and knives.
To contact a member of the team to arrange or discuss a booking for the presentation please call the Operation Make Peace office on 0207 275 4743.
The Joint Enterprise Presentation Programme
The Joint Enterprise Presentation Programme aims to reduce serious youth violence by educating young people about the doctrine of joint enterprise. Joint Enterprise is case law that means 'groups' could be prosecuted who have acted with a common purpose making them all guilty of an offence, regardless of the part played. Aimed at 11-18 year-olds and primarily delivered in schools, this package, delivered by experienced homicide detectives, has been devised to highlight the potential dangers group conflict can have for young people if a confrontation becomes violent. An impactive DVD contains interviews with three serving prisoners, who have been convicted of murder under the doctrine of joint enterprise. Victim and suspects' family members also feature as well as police and legal representatives, who help explain joint enterprise. As a teaching resource, it has been designed to link into Key Stages 3 and 4 of the National Curriculum, specifically Citizenship. This package will be made available as a free resource to all secondary London schools during the autumn term of the 2010-2011 academic year. However, delivery via experienced homicide detectives will continue.
External Teacher Resources
Your Justice Your World is a comprehensive educational resource to help young people from 7 to 16 understand the justice system. It has been mapped very closely to the latest Citizenship and PSHE curricula, and extensive support for teachers is provided throughout.
The missdorothy.com and Watch Over Me programmes are designed to be delivered by the teacher and supported by the local police, whose representatives can take part in the appropriate safety lessons whenever possible.
The resources include lesson plans on different crime types, which you can use in PSHE lessons and are mapped against the National Curriculum.
This handbook has been developed to support practitioners in work with group and gang offending. It shares ideas and current interventions being used across London with information from multiple agencies.
Junior Citizen Online has been devised specifically for students who are about to leave primary schools and teaches them the skills needed to keep safe at such an important time of their lives.
The Street-Vibe training programme educates young people about many aspects of life including how to stay safe and in control, drug and solvent misuse, anti-social behaviour, trespass and vandalism.
Useful sites to direct young people to
On this website you can find information about how to report crime, support for victims, getting involved in making London safer, and information about what sentencing really means
Run by young people for young people, UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) gives the young people of the UK, between the age of 11 and 18 a voice, which is heard and listened to by local and national government, providers of services for young people and other agencies who have an interest in the views and needs of young people.
This website is for young Londoners who are under 18 years old. It is here to give you information about the city you live in and your rights. It is also a place where you can tell others about what it is like growing up in London.