Junior Neighbourhood Watch
Junior Neighbourhood Watch (or Kids Against Crime) is a relatively new idea that is finding popularity in many areas in the UK. The scheme aims to engage with young people and encourage them to take an interest in what is happening in their neighbourhoods and to generate an interest and awareness in their personal safety, their community and crime and disorder issues. It has been said that "crime can not thrive in a community that cares"; the scheme is to inspire young people to care.
Working with local schools, the scheme is aimed at young people aged 7 and older (although some areas have children as young as 4 to take part). Police officers, along with partner agencies, deliver sessions during school time or as after school activities (such as Rainbow, Brownie and Beaver groups as well as youth clubs).
Some areas have implemented a 12-module training project, covering topics such as the role of the police, personal safety, crime prevention, anti-social behaviour, bullying, vandalism, drugs awareness, fire safety, road safety, racism, Neighbourhood Watch and use of 999 emergency number.
One of the skills that young people learn is how to carry out a crime prevention home security survey. This enables them to point out to their parents and grandparents the weaknesses in their home security. The scheme also makes young people aware of their personal safety by acquiring practical skills and knowledge to avoid placing themselves in dangerous situations. In addition, they gain an understanding of the work of the police and Neighbourhood Watch, and become more aware of their own communities and what they can do to improve them. Upon completion of the training, each participating young person is given a certificate.
Examples of JNHW:
- JNHW Darlington, launched in October 2003 Email: Jacqui Snowball email@example.com
- JNHW Milton Keynes, launched in September 2005 E-mail: Mary Davies firstname.lastname@example.org
- JNHW North Aldridge, launched in March 2007 E-mail: Tony Marshall email@example.com / Tel: 01922 451600
- JNHW Newton (Stockton) , launched in December 2007 E-mail: Ron Baker firstname.lastname@example.org