School Children Learn Police Tactics To Beat Bullying

25 September 2018, 09:30 | Updated: 25 September 2018, 09:33

Beds Police Bullying

School children in Bedfordshire have been learning tactics used by Beds Police to stop bullying in its tracks before it escalates.

School children in Bedfordshire have been learning tactics used by Beds Police to stop bullying in its tracks before it escalates.

Almost fifty students attended an event at Beds Police Headquarters to learn about the 'restorative justice approach'.

In schools, the force say a restorative approach can be used to challenge the prejudice and discrimination found in hate incidents or bullying, before it escalates. As facilitators, the students will give an opportunity to those who have been harmed to communicate in a safe, controlled environment, with the person who caused the harm.

PC Chris Turner, who led the innovative event with the trust, said: "This is the first time we've taught restorative justice techniques to young people in schools. It has developed out of the anti-hate crime project we've undertaken with the Anne Frank Trust. In teaching young people to recognise the deeply distressing effect prejudice and discrimination has on others or on their communities, showing them how to spot it, challenge it and report it, this training has now taken the next step; in how to resolve hostility.

"Through the project, we had already spoken to children about how the police uses restorative justice. Following this, a number of our Hate Crime Ambassadors asked if we could train them to become facilitators within their schools. The teachers jumped on board and we're really excited it will now be rolled out to the local schools we've worked with, and hope to continue the training further with more education establishments across Bedfordshire".