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					                                 The Children’s Service
           We want every child in Haringey  in Haringey
                           to be happy, healthy and safe
                                        with a bright future

Safer Solutions
                                                  Why a

Why a Conference?                             bullying;
                                              anti-social behaviour;
Haringey Children’s Service and Haringey
                                              relations with the police;
Community Police Consultative Group
                                              victims of crime;
(HCPCG) jointly organised this conference
                                              drugs and alcohol;
to learn young people’s views on tackling
                                              harassment – homophobic;
issues of safety. Focusing on ‘Staying
                                              harassment – disability;
Safe’, one of the key outcome areas of
                                              harassment – racial and religious;
the ‘Every Child Matters’ agenda, the
                                              harassment – sexual;
objectives of the day were to find
                                              violence in the home.
solutions to ten priority issues that had
                                            The day was planned to create active
been brought to our attention at previous
                                            involvement, reflecting Haringey’s
events for young people. These were:
                                            commitment to the participation of
                                            children and young people in decision

          atte nded

      making. The day was led by young
                                                   Who attended?
      people, including the opening and
                                                   The conference brought together over
      closing speeches and the warm up by
                                                   100 young people from across the
      Leaders In Training. The morning and
                                                   borough of Haringey.
      afternoon workshops were facilitated by
      young people who also managed the            There were students from our eleven
      electronic voting system. The Youth          secondary schools, special schools and
      Service and Connexions were                  the Pupil Support Centre. Young people
      instrumental in driving much of the work.    also came from our youth centres,
                                                   children’s homes, and the Metropolitan
      This report brings together the young
                                                   Black Police Association Leadership
      people’s responses and proposed
      solutions to the key issues of safety that
      were discussed at the conference.

                                                                 works ipation
Are you male or female?                        Nations Convention on the Rights of the
                                               Child). The young people were given an
                                               opportunity to discuss and identify how
 Male                                          the UNCRC affects participation.
                                               The sessions, run by the Youth Service
                                               and Children’s Fund Participation Project,
                                               allowed the children and young people to
                                               debate statements that were based on
How old are you?
                                               the UNCRC. These helped the young
11            6%
                                               people to gain knowledge and
12            6%
                                               empowered them to discuss children’s
13                 10%                         rights confidently.
14                                 26%
                                               The ‘Participation’ workshops helped to
15                        19%
                                               develop a shared understanding of young
16                  14%
                                               people’s experiences. Through discussion
17                 8%
                                               in small groups, they were able to identify
18                 9%
                                               potential solutions that could be
19+           2+
                                               incorporated into schools and the wider
Yrs                                            community.

                                               Many solutions were discussed and
                                               displayed. Among the 100 young people
Participation Workshops
                                               who attended the workshops, the three
During the morning young people
                                               most popular solutions were:
attended workshops where they
                                                 • assemblies led by children and
discussed the rights and responsibilities
                                                   young people
of children and young people. These had
a strong focus on the UNCRC (United              • ballot boxes at reception areas
                                                 • participation rooms.

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    S afety

       A special ‘Participation’ workshop ran in    electronically on the top solutions
       the afternoon for adult guests. This         proposed by each workshop. The voting
       workshop was led and facilitated by          proved to be a lively and interactive
       young people from the Connexions North       session, providing the Children’s Service
       London Young People’s Partnership            with some very useful information.
       Board (YPPB).                                The results are shown on the following
       The workshop followed the same               pages.
       structure as the earlier sessions but with
       the children and young people allowing
       adult guests to consider the solutions
       proposed at the morning sessions.
                                                      Confidence building for victims

       Safety workshops
                                                      Early intervention training
       The afternoon workshops were designed          for teachers

       for young people to share their ideas on                                              38%

       how to improve and tackle a number of          Mentoring and role play for bullies

       different issues of safety. Trained
                                                    In this workshop, mentoring for the bully
       facilitators guided discussions on each of
                                                    was viewed as the most popular solution
       ten subject areas. The young people then
                                                    to tackle bullying. As the quote below
       had the opportunity to contribute and
       suggest potential solutions to the
       problems. The groups had to agree on         “The bully can go to a mentor and tell

       their top three solutions. These were        them why they bully and they can take

       presented to the larger group who voted      them to a drama session where the bully

       to indicate their preference.                is being bullied so they think twice before
                                                    they bully again – so that they will know
       Hosted by the YPPB, all the young
                                                    how it feels.”
       people had the opportunity to vote

The young people in this workshop felt         been the victims of bullying. Some of the
that teachers did not have a full              young people were aware of their
understanding of how bullying affected         school’s bullying policy but did not feel
young people and that they were often          that it was effective, as teachers were not
fobbed off without the matter being            adequately trained to deal with bullies
properly investigated. They said that          and did not know how to support the
people who are bullied stop coming to          person being bullied.
school and are afraid to report the bullies.

They suggested that teachers should be
trained on how to deal with bullying.
They also said that older children in the
school and teachers should act as
mentors for younger children who have

    Anti-social behaviour                          big problem and suggested that people
                                             36%   should be fined for throwing rubbish and
                                                   litter in the street. One of the young
      Positive role models to support and
      mentor younger students                      people said that those who dropped litter
                                        35%        should be made to pick up litter for a day
      Independent and confidential                 as a punishment.
      reporting places in different venues
                                                   The group came to the conclusion that
                                                   BULLYING was the main form of ASB that
      Training for young people
      to protect themselves                        affected young people. Suggestions to
                                                   help those being bullied included setting
                                                   up centres where young people could go

    During this workshop, the young people         to get advice, help and training on how

    debated and discussed different types of       to deal with bullying.

    Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) and made a
                                                   Crime-relations with the police
    distinction between environmental crime
    and ASB. They also discussed the effects                                             38%

    that different types of ASB had on               Engage with young people
    people, for example they decided that                                                32%
    racial harassment would have a direct
                                                     Visits by police to schools/clubs
    effect on an individual, whereas graffiti
    although unpleasant did not have the
                                                     Social activities organised by police
    same impact. However they all said that
    if they lived in a block of flats covered in
    graffiti they would feel embarrassed to        Within this workshop it became apparent
    bring their friends home.                      that a lot of young people felt slightly
    The problem with litter in the borough         threatened by the police and their
    was discussed. They all agreed it was a        presence. A number of young people

reported their past experiences with the    confidence in the response of the police
police and the effect this had on how       to reported crime. They also felt that they
they viewed and stereotyped the police      would be scared of giving evidence in
today.                                      court for fear of reprisals. In relation to

The young people agreed that one of the     the street robbery of IPODs, mobiles, etc

best ways to challenge stereotypes and      the young people wanted to know why

to build relationships was to bring the     they should bother to report it.

two groups together - young people and      There was challenging discussion around
the police in one forum. This could be      the very topical issue of cultural warfare,
through activities such as football games   particularly amongst Turkish speaking and
or workshops where they had the             Black young people. Several participants
opportunity to discuss issues and           said that they felt the police would not be
concerns.                                   told and that issues were more likely to
                                            be dealt with by involving older siblings.
Crime-victims of crime
                                            Young people from the west of borough
                                            also felt vulnerable and scared when
  Respect/understanding                     going to other parts of the borough
  for young people’s issues
                                            where they thought more resources
  Places to go-other than
  police/school                             In addition to the three solutions
                                    35%     prioritised by the group, it was suggested
  Compensation and protection               that there should be more anonymous
  for giving evidence
                                            reporting options available for young

Within this workshop, some of the young
people said that they did not have

    Drugs and Alcohol                             other areas of the curriculum, besides

                               27%                PSHE and not treated as an isolated
      Support for parents

                                                  Harassment - Homophobic
      Develop peer education
                                                    Teaching in curriculum
      Training around wider issues

    Within this workshop it was felt that           Active campaigns against bullying

    young people would find it difficult to be                               27%

    completely open about personal drug             Anonymous internet reporting

    problems with an adult in a school setting
    and a teacher in the room.                    This workshop started off with an exercise

    Drugs education lessons, young people         where the young people had to pick out

    said, were excellent for knowledge,           the ‘gay’ people from a number of

    exploring attitudes, harm minimisation        photographs. The entire group were

    and role plays which synthesise drug          surprised when they were told that in

    situations.                                   actual fact all the people in the pictures
                                                  were gay. When asked why they had
    However, a number of the group felt that
                                                  chosen who they had, they stated it was
    their parents were out of touch with the
                                                  because of how they were dressed, the
    problems which young people encounter
                                                  style of their hair etc. This led on to an
    in our society and it was suggested that it
                                                  articulate and thought provoking
    would be a good idea to set up parent
                                                  discussion about assumptions and
    groups to develop drug awareness.
    Another strong point to emerge was that
    drug education should be included in

Young people suggested that if you were       • establishing buddy groups
gay, you might be scared to talk about        • befriending someone who is isolated
your feelings for fear of bullying and that
                                              • offering support/advice to other
sometimes it is not nice to feel different.
                                                young people
The young people acknowledged that
                                              • positively challenging friends about
the wider school community didn’t
                                                discriminatory behaviour
necessarily hold their views but felt that
much more work needed to be done to           • using Sixth formers as peer

raise awareness of homophobia with              mentors

teachers and fellow students.                 • allocating a Sixth former to each
                                                tutor group
Harassment - race and religious
                                              • creating a safe place within the
  Befriend someone who is isolated
                                              • a secondary school counsellor who
                                                would deal with perpetrators in
  Support/Advice for young people
                                                similar ways to which bullying is dealt
                                                with in primary schools. The
  Positively challenge friends who              counsellor should be publicised and
                                                should have a designated room

                                              • getting to the source of young
This workshop came up with a number of          people’s discriminatory behaviour
solutions and ways to tackle racial and
                                              • more workshops to encourage young
religious harassment and had difficulty
                                                people to confide in other young
prioritising their top three. Their other
                                                people or mentors
solutions included:

     Harassment - sexual                          Harassment - disability

                                        33%                                               37%

       Respect                                      Awareness
                                        31%                                          31%

       Counselling                                  Inclusion

                                          36%                                            32%

       Take complaints more seriously               Help and Support

     This workshop covered a wide range of        Raising young people’s awareness was
     issues including gender stereotypes,         seen as vital in tackling disability
     dress, language and definitions of sexual    harassment. The group suggested that
     harassment. People presented different       this could be done through adverts,
     scenarios and had a general discussion       citizenship lessons, talking to and
     about harassment in society and then         learning from those who have experience
     focused on schools.                          of disability and workshops on disability.

     The group looked at the spectrum of          Including and welcoming those with
     harassment from name calling and sexual      disabilities into mainstream schools was
     suggestion through to unwanted physical      also seen as crucial, as it was recognised
     contact and assault. Several girls in the    that prejudice occurs when people are
     group thought that low level sexual          unfamiliar with those who may appear to
     harassment was commonplace in schools        be different.
     and that a better culture of respect, and    Help and support was seen as a good
     action to combat harassment was              way to tackle some of the issues around
     needed, particularly in relation to girls.   disability harassment. The group
     The top three solutions agreed related       proposed that young people with
     mainly to the school environment but         disabilities could be supported through
     could be applied more widely.                peer support and mentoring, a buddy

system and peer mediators. The group           When asked to describe domestic
also agreed that all young people should       violence, young people described it as
learn to communicate through a different       being about power and control, which
means, for example sign language, to           involved sexual violence, emotional
better include those with a disability. The    tension, financial manipulation or
ethos of a local primary school was used       isolation.
to illustrate good practice.                   Proposals to on how to tackle domestic
                                               violence included: reporting it and
Violence in the home
                                               speaking out about it to break the
                                               silence; using support agencies;
  Talk to someone family/friend/               campaigning and taking part in activities
                                               at schools to raise awareness.
                                               It was suggested that if a friend confided
  Call 999-EMERGENCY only
                                               to you that they had seen domestic
                                               violence at home then they should be
  Go to somewhere safe
                                               reassured that they are not alone and it
                                               was not their fault. Unfortunately there
This workshop asked young people to            are many children and young people who
think about domestic violence and what         have similar experiences. They should be
we understand when we talk about               encouraged to speak to an adult whom
violence in the home. The young people         they trust so that they do not have to
stated that the husband, wife or other         deal with it on their own.
family members could carry it out. It
happened in some teen relationships and
could take place on the street or in the

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     Co     e     How would you rate your
                  learning today?







                  What did you think of the
                  morning workshop?







                  What did you think of the
                  afternoon workshops?







                                                What ha
                                                        ppens n
                                                                ow ?

What happens now ?                           been done.

                                             The solutions suggested have informed
All the information that was collected on
                                             Haringey’s Children and Young People
the day will be sent to Councillors and
                                             Plan for 2006-2009. This Plan sets the
the people who can start doing
                                             council’s priorities for improving children
something about all the things that have
                                             and young people’s lives over the next
been mentioned. Haringey Children’s
                                             three years. By listening to what young
Service will take responsibility for
                                             people have said, we hope that we are
informing its partnership organisations of
                                             closer to setting the right priorities.
the results. These will include other
directorates in the Council, such as         If you would like a copy of the Plan or
Environmental and Recreation Services;       further information, please email
external partners, including the Police;
the Primary Care Trust, which is part of     We understand that we can only make
Health Services and the Local                things better for you if we listen to what
Safeguarding Children’s Board, which will    you have to say.
report back to young people on what has

      ext steps
        Next Steps
        Young people’s attitudes towards the day            and young people to take part in the
        were very positive and have reinforced              decision making process. The responses
        Haringey’s commitment to involve and                below reflect the mechanisms which will
        provide more opportunities for children             be used to do this.

        Would you be interested in joining a
        Haringey youth forum which meets
        monthly to discuss issues for young
                                                                Watch this space....
                 Yes                                  54%
                                                                During 2006, Haringey Children’s Service is
                                                                looking to develop a young people’s council
                 No              22%                            which will allow young people’s issues to be

                 Maybe           24%

                                                               Would you use a Haringey young
                                                               people’s website/
         Haringey Youth Service is currently looking at ways
                                                                       Yes                                     52%
         to design a young people’s website where you can
              access information 24/7 about things that are
                                 happening in the borough              No              25%

                                                                       Maybe           23%
        Would you like to attend more events
        like this?

           Yes                                           72%

                                                                We will make sure we hold events that can
           No                                14%                bring young people together regularly and
                                                                we will work to ensure that young people are
           Maybe                                                involved in the planning and organisation of
                                                                the events

        For yo


Haringey Youth Council will monitor what happens next. If you would
like more information, please contact