The Safer School Partnership is a formal agreement between school and Merseyside Police to work together in order to keep young people safe, reduce crime and the fear of crime and improve behaviour in schools and their communities.
St Cuthbert's School Safety Officer is Con 3031 Mark Pender.
All SSPOs aim to ensure:
SSPOs help keep pupils safe, reduce the risk of young people getting drawn into crime or antisocial or extremist behaviour, improve the safety of the school site and surrounding area, build positive relationships between pupils and the police, promote shared values and improve community relations generally within the school and wider community.
Through an SSPO, pupils who engage in anti-social behaviour or crime can be dealt with quickly and appropriately to prevent unnecessary criminalisation, and pupils who feel threatened by such behaviour or crime can be supported. However, where behaviour fails to improve, or the behaviour is very serious then tougher enforcement measures may need to be used.
An SSPO is a positive way for all schools to demonstrate their commitment to promoting a safe climate of learning and to preventing crime. Ideally, they should be part of a wider strategy for keeping children and young people safe. They can help deliver the five Every Child Matters outcomes and the local Children’s Plan.
While SSPO’s can bring benefits to all schools in all circumstances, they can also help in preventing and tackling specific issues which individual schools or groups of schools may have, such as:
PC Pender is also the school SPOC for Cybercrime and online Safety. This is part of Merseyside Police's Cyber Crime Initiative.
The primary objective of the Cyber Champion Initiative is to raise awareness in schools and colleges regarding internet safety and online crime. Working with the school's Personal Development Lead, Miss Ward, PC Pender will deliver interactive learning workshops, which will address the dangers young people face when using the internet and the resources already available to help them keep safe
The head teacher and staff retain their responsibility for school discipline and behaviour, though looking to their officer for support and advice as necessary. The officer remains an operational police officer and will make his or her own decisions on when and how to intervene in incidents where the law is threatened.