New community office opens at DSLV to help children stay safe
A Daventry school now has a community office where police and firefighters will offer safety advice, help and a listening ear to pupils and their families.
Northamptonshire Police and Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service have teamed up with Danetre and Southbrook Learning Village E-Act academy (DSLV) to set up a dedicated space for officers and fire crews within the school.
Open regularly during term time, the office has been launched with the first of a series of joint police and fire service-led ‘Stay Safe’ assemblies for pupils at DSLV’s junior and secondary schools.
Daventry District PCSO Kirsten Bates, of Northamptonshire Police, said: “It’s great to have the community office up and running so we can share vital safety advice ahead of the school holidays. It is so important to talk to young people about how they can have fun safely and responsibly during the summer, and the assemblies we’re running cover everything from anti-social behaviour to water, rail and online safety. These are all topics we’ll be sharing advice on through our Stay Safe surgeries at the community office, and we’re also supporting the Blue Butterfly scheme, which helps children understand how to raise worries or concerns with a trusted adult.”
During school holidays, the community office will relocate to a building called the Hub, just outside the Academy gates in Hawke Road. PCSO Bates added: “By moving the community office to the Hub over the summer, we’re hoping to be able to give young people somewhere to raise their concerns whilst away from school.”
The neighbourhood policing team and firefighters at Daventry fire station work together on a range of community safety issues, including educational engagement following recent reports of young people swimming in the reservoir at Daventry Country Park and incidents of arson in the town.
Watch Manager Norman James, of Daventry fire station, said: “We work closely with our police colleagues and hope the community office will enable us to help even more young people in a friendly and engaging way.
“The office has been in the planning for the last few months, and it couldn’t have been achieved without the hard work and assistance of Kirsten and DSLV’s primary school Headteacher Katie Towers. We’re all looking forward to working together to help young people in Daventry this summer and beyond.”
Katie Towers, Head of Primary and Senior Deputy Headteacher at DSLV, added: “DSLV has worked hard over the past few years to develop links with the local police and fire service and I am delighted we now have this office at our school. It’s important that our students see these colleagues as people they can go to in times of need, especially when the school is not open. Having them at school on a regular basis ensures that relationships are built and, ultimately, we all work together to keep our children safe.”