Surrey Police would like to offer their support to Surrey schools to help them deliver their Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) Education curriculum, aiding the development of an increasingly positive culture.
As a Force, we have been working to ensure that the way we engage with schools is consistent, competent and clear - because we know how important it is to continue building trust with children, young people and their communities in order to help keep them safe, happy and healthy.
Our refreshed Youth Engagement Offer for Years 4 and 7 was developed and written by a PSHE consultant using local data and feedback from our Youth Engagement Officers (YEOs), who lead the visits. This ensures the content is engaging, thought-provoking and educational.
These inputs are to be delivered in conjunction with the schools, who best know their students and can ensure that important messages are continued to be delivered throughout the academic year.
The overarching message for the pupils is that of safety and resilience - and the sessions include information about who we are, what we do to keep them safe and how we can help.
What can we offer?
Our engagement with schools is strength-based and trauma-informed in line with best-practice evidence and research. Our approach is informed by guidance from Surrey County Council and the PSHE Association and supports the development of a Surrey Healthy Schools approach.
Our support aims to work in partnership with schools to help teach young people skills and knowledge to enhance personal resilience and community cohesion, in order to deal with and manage the issues that they may face.
A brand new educational toolkit for YEOs has been created with session plans professionally written to enhance the pupils’ learning experience.
For Year 4 pupils the main learning points are:
Understanding what a YEO does
Knowing the ways police can help children
Knowing how to ask for help if needed
For Year 7 pupils, the main learning points are:
Understanding that police are available to help all children and young people
Learning how to manage change
Recognising that people can make mistakes and learning how to recover from them - there can still be a positive future with support.
Understanding when they need help from a YEO and how to access that support
Each session includes the opportunity to ask questions about topics important to them, as well as try on police uniform and engage with police officers in a positive way.
If your school is interested in an educational visit from one of our inspiring YEOs, please complete this form which will be reviewed by our Youth Engagement Team.
Surrey Police have 22 Youth Engagement Officers (YEOs) across Surrey aligning two per Borough or District.
Our YEOs are vital to help keep our young people safe across the county. They also promote positive life choices, offer diversion opportunities with existing youth schemes within or outside the place of education.
Their focus is to build early engagement and support with our younger generations to steer them away from crime and antisocial behaviour. YEOs champion the Force’s Child Centred Policing Strategy to put the child at the heart of any investigation or interaction.
Our YEOs are responsible for the delivery of engagement work with children and young people who are vulnerable, displaying offending and antisocial behaviour, deemed at risk of displaying or being a victim of such behaviour.
They work in partnership with the local authority, education, and local organisations. As well as delivering our Youth Engagement Offer in education settings aided by the PSHE session plans.
Our YEOs now have structured PSHE training to best prepare them for school visits with the valuable skills to best engage with our young communities.
They benefit from a training programme covering aspects including:
Theories for understanding children and their health-related behaviour
Facilitating Year 4 and Year 7 sessions
How to be an excellent YEO
There are also regular supervision and network opportunities for all YEOs to learn from each other and feel supported, as well as other opportunities for YEOs to be an integrated member in the local community, including visiting youth clubs, schools and community events.