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Safety is the key to confidence

Published Friday, 17 January 2014

As part of Enfield’s ‘Keep Safe Week’ children and young people are taking part in a conference where they can voice their feelings about keeping safe in Enfield.

Ice breaker games and an electronic quiz will warm up the proceedings in a novel approach to the conference. 

Aimed at children aged over ten, the conference is devised by the Enfield Safeguarding Children Board – a multi agency partnership set up to promote and protect the well being of children in Enfield.

Eager to hear what the young people have to say, the conference is being run in an imaginative way with drama presentations, and a dynamic ‘speed dating’ session where children ask experts for advice and state their concerns.

Market stalls will encourage children and young people to find out how they can keep safe and how they can report any safety problems such as dark streets, suspicious strangers, gangs or drugs.

Organiser, Claire Whetstone from ECYPS, said, “We planned this conference to appeal to children and young people so it is informal in its style, but at the same time focused on the themes that matter to them. Over 100 children and young people from local schools are expected.

 “What young people have to say is important and we shall consider their concerns and suggestions very carefully.”

Cllr Ayfer Orhan, cabinet member for children and young people, added, “Safeguarding children is about creating a caring community where everybody feels safe, but also has an awareness of possible danger. 

“We don’t want any children to feel unsafe, threatened or frightened so this conference will help us to understand what more we can do to help all our young people feel confident in this borough.”


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