Sunday, 14 October 2007

BRADFORD: Pupils learn about Respect

Pupils learn about Respect

Pupils at a primary school are being invited to present their ideas on tackling anti-social behaviour to their Bradford Council-led local neighbourhood forum.

The nine to ten year-olds at Wilsden Primary will be learning about the Respect programme, launched by the Government to promote good behaviour.

Bradford became a designated "Respect" area in January, meaning the district gets extra cash to cut down on anti-social behaviour in neighbourhoods.

The discussion groups are going to be carried out during Not In My Neighbourhood Week, which starts on Monday and is a national campaign being organised by the Home Office to help people reclaim their communities.

The idea for the campaign is being led by the Bradford District Safer Communities Partnership which involves Bradford Council, the police, and other agencies.

Crime reduction partnerships such as the one in Bradford are encouraging local people to join forces and say no to crime, burglary, robbery, anti-social behaviour, criminal damage and drug misuse.

Leading the discussions will be Jane Hughes, assistant area co-ordinator for Shipley, and Linda Cleveland, Bradford's safer communities officer, who has organised the activities at Wilsden Primary School for pupils in year five.

They will be asked what anti-social behaviour means to them and how they think such behaviour can be prevented.

The Telegraph & Argus reported in January how Bradford would receive upwards of £250,000 in Government funding to spend on tackling anti-social behaviour following the district's selection as a Respect Action Area.

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