Safe Schools & Communities Team
The Safe Schools & Communities Team (SSCT) is a partnership between Dorset Police and the Dorset Combined Youth Offending Service, with a remit to prevent and reduce anti-social behaviour, crime and wrong-doing amongst children and young people, and help keep them safe in a digital world.
The team consists of a number of Safe Schools Officers and a dedicated Internet Safety Officer located around the county.
Three main SSCT focus areas:
This involves education to children and young people, professionals and parents in the following areas:
- Online safety
- Alcohol and drug misuse
- Anti-social behaviour
- Child sexual exploitation
- Domestic abuse
- Preventing gang culture
- Preventing violent extremism
The SSCT operates the intervention service with the aim of responding more effectively to school and online safety incidents. Reports to the police relating to incidents involving school pupils, which take place while in an educational setting, as well as youth online safety incidents will be referred to the SSCT to manage.
The types of incidents that may be dealt with via this route include: bullying (including low-level school assaults), online safety, drugs (where appropriate), low-level school thefts, anti-social behaviour, personal safety advice, behavioural issues, inappropriate use of language and criminal damage. The aim of this initiative is to support children and young people, parents, carers and their schools to deal with these incidents appropriately, proportionately and effectively.
Where appropriate, the Safe Schools and Communities Officers will give one-to-one education to young people and advice to parents/carers and professionals working with young people.
The SSCT lead on the management of youth out of court disposals (youth restorative disposals, youth cautions and youth conditional cautions). The Safe Schools and Communities Officers are trained in Restorative Justice practitioners so they take part in Restorative Justice conferences that deal with bullying, shoplifting and possession of drugs and also in retail and drugs workshops as part of the rehabilitative conditions of youth conditional cautions.