Safer Schools Programme
School safety is a programme that is committed to preventing, managing and responding to safety incidents so as to create a safe and supportive learning environments in south african schools.
So as to achieve this objective, the National School Safety Framework is used to offer a means of ensuring that schools become a safer space with appropriate structures, policies, a supportive school admin, parents body and police visibility. A "whole-school approach to violence prevention" is the means by which schools are tied up to their surrounding environment so as to effectively identify, manage and control violence in the schools. This approach helps to bring together school administration, educators, parents, learners, school governing bodies (parents and learner representatives) and the community.
In the fight against school violence. The programme seeks to tackle violence from classroom level- since the classroom is the site where most forms of violence take place. This approach provides the following study pillars:
COMMUNITIES & JUSTICE PROGRAMME
EMPOWERING OUR COMMUNITIES
2INVOLVE’s ‘Communities & Justice’ Programme is designed to create an expansion of the efforts by the criminal justice practitioners, to foster the trust and confidence of communities and empower practitioners within the various criminal justice institutions to be able to adequately perform their role in society. Many individuals within the community have little if any understanding of the roles and functions of the Police, Courts and Correctional Services. The Communities & Justice Programme has been designed to open the lines of communication between the community and the various criminal justice institutions thereby overcoming issues of trust, through education and collaboration, between the police and the community.
The goal of the Communities & Justice Programme is to promote a better relationship between practitioners within the criminal justice system and the community it serves and to foster a clearer understanding of how each practitioner discharges their duties. Most importantly, confidence and understanding of the various institutions will enable community members to engage with and hold the service providers to account. It will also provide community members with a unique insight into the workings of the criminal justice system by enabling them to meet and hear from (in a structured programme) a range of practitioners, including police, correctional service officers, attorneys and others.
WHAT WILL COMMUNITY MEMBERS GAIN FROM THE PROGRAMME?
The programme instructors/facilitators are comprised of police officers, correctional officers, attorneys, magistrates/judges, civilian police staff members, NGO staff and academics. The programme is professionally structured and officers will present course modules in a ‘classroom’ setting, describing for example the role of policing a modern society, and will be available to field any questions that arise from the ‘classroom’ instruction. The ‘classes’ will also survey the basics of the work of correctional services including the parole board and provide an overview of how the various departments interface with the rest of the criminal justice system. In the latter stages of the programme a ‘mock trial’ using members of the community/young learners and attorneys will provide the community members/young learners on the programme with an insight into the actual workings of the criminal court system. The ‘Communities & Justice Programme’ is comprised of 7 two hour sessions which can be delivered according to needs of the community or learners. The final module of the programme will include a graduation ceremony where certificates will be presented by a senior member of the criminal justice system. There is no fee for attending the Communities & Justice Programme.
INTEGRATED OFFENDER MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME
2INVOLVE IS KEEN TO ASSIST IN THE IMPLEMENTATION AND DELIVERY OF THE INTEGRATED OFFENDER MANAGEMENT (IOM) PROGRAMME
This is an evidence based, coordinated approach to working with offenders whose crime cause the most harm in local communities. Local partners and organisations with specific areas of criminal justice expertise work together to tackle crime and reoffending. By focusing on some of the causes of crime and reoffending, an IOM approach help offenders to turn their lives around and improve public safety.
IOM is an effective approach to monitor, track and work with groups of offenders such as Gangs, Burglars, Robbers, Domestic Violence and Acquisitive Crimes introduced by the Home Office, Police, Prison and Probation Services and was promoted and accredited by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) in the UK. It is an overarching national framework which allows local criminal justice partner agencies to come together to ensure that offenders whose crimes cause the most damage and harm to local communities are managed in a co-ordinated way.
IOM can complement statutory and voluntary multi-agency partnership arrangements to help local partners work together to reduce crime and reoffending and to improve public confidence in the criminal justice system. More importantly, this approach tackles social exclusion of offenders and promotes and prepares for the successful re-integration of offenders back into local communities.
IOM offers a comprehensive guidance in clear and concise format to broad partnership approach in terms of who should do what and when. Over the past few years the IOM approach has benefited local criminal justice partners and organisations across the UK.