01 Apr PCSO Kate Easthope, Kidderminster North Safer Neighbourhood Team – Junior PACT
By introducing Junior and Youth PACT meetings within the schools, I believe that the children and young people can be vocal in what they experience where they live and go to school.
Working in my role as Police Community Support Officer, I have introduced Junior PACT (Partners And Communities Together) meetings within St John’s, Franche, St Catherine’s, Wolverley & Cookley Primary schools and Youth PACT into Wolverley Secondary. Our meetings are usually 3-4 times in a school year. These meetings are usually held with members of the School Council.
PACT is a force priority which allows members of the public to tell us of issues that affect them in the areas where they live/ work. These meetings are usually attended by adults, and again are usually held quarterly. There is a panel of people who assist with this process, usually consisting of Councillors, Neighbourhood Watch, Community Stalwarts and Police. Any issues raised are logged, and the top three issues, taken forward with the aim of finding a solution.
By introducing Junior and Youth PACT meetings within the schools, I believe that the children and young people can be vocal in what they experience where they live and go to school, as they are the eyes and ears of the community; and where possible, can put forward suggestions for me to take to the Adult PACT meetings in the area. Issues that they incur are not always seen and noticed by adults, and this is a great platform to have these issues addressed.