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Schools: Safer Schools

Volume 710: debated on Monday 11 May 2009

Statement

My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (Ed Balls) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

Today my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for the Home Office (Jacqui Smith) and I are announcing the publication of Safer School Partnerships Guidance.

In the Youth Crime Action Plan published in July last year, we said that we wanted to encourage the foundation of more safer school partnerships (SSPs), so that they become the norm rather than the exception. SSPs, an important part of neighbourhood policing, have a central role to play in supporting the triple-track approach of enforcement, prevention and support on which the action plan is based. Taking early action to ensure pupil safety and to prevent young people from being drawn into crime or anti-social behaviour is important for all pupils and for all schools. And every school—not just those in high crime areas or which have serious issues of anti-social behaviour or offending among their pupils—should consider establishing an SSP.

This publication provides guidance to support that aim. Copies of the guidance have been placed in the Library.