A project that encourages teens to think and talk about crime and anti-social behaviour is being used as an example of best practice at a national education conference in Birmingham.
Ashfield Community Safety Partnership’s Dragons’ Den project is being showcased at the Laser Alliance Annual Conference in two workshops that will be attended by representatives from a variety of local authorities, schools and voluntary, youth and community organisations.
Dragons’ Den involves students from Ashfield’s secondary schools and each year a theme is chosen and a decision made about what the pupils will be asked to do in connection with that theme.
The project is being hailed by the conference organisers because it uses many of the key principles of effective safety education.
Leah Sareen from Nottinghamshire County Council and Insp Andy Clarke, the Ashfield North neighbourhood policing inspector, will be explaining how Dragons’ Den works at the conference and will focus on last year’s theme of cyber-bullying and e-safety.
Leah, the project’s planning group chairman, said: “Everyone involved is absolutely delighted we have been invited to showcase the project and to share with others how it works.
“We are very proud of what it does achieve and of the excellent work that pupils in Ashfield’s secondary schools have produced as a result of being involved.”
This year the Dragons’ Den theme is healthy relationships and a winner will be picked in March.