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Community Eyes and Ears

Eyes and Ears – a programme for the community

The sense of community and the motivation to look out for each other has never been more significant than in the here and now of daily life. With the Coronavirus pandemic, everyone is facing uncertainty and the strategies we use and the support we offer to others to try and cope with this are incredibly critical to our future emotional health and well-being. Staying safe and keeping well are priorities for us all and everyone has a part to play.

The Community Eyes and Ears programme provides an ideal platform for people of all ages to get involved and understand how they can make a difference to the lives of those around them by simply spotting the signs that all may not be well with a neighbour, colleague, friend and knowing how to report potential  concerns.

The development of the programme has been funded by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire and is supported by:

  • Cambridgeshire County Council
  • The District Councils and the associated community safety partnerships
  • The Emergency Services
  • The Healthy Schools Service
  • A range of community associations

Information about the wider programme can be found here:

https://www.eastcambs.gov.uk/community-safety/community-eyes-and-ears

Eyes and Ears – a programme for schools

To achieve the greatest impact, the Eyes and Ears programme is designed to be implemented across both the primary and secondary sector, the key components comprise of the following:

A half day workshop for primary schools (targeted at Y5 and 6) to train “Eyes and Ears Agents.”

This workshop combines interactive activities with visual scenarios to help the students to manage risks and identify:

  • anti-social behaviour.
  • healthy relationships.
  • how to stay safe on-line.
  • peers who are vulnerable and/or appear anxious, isolated, withdrawn.
  • who to report concerns to.

A one day mentoring course for secondary schools (targeted at Y8 and 9)

This course explores the role and expectations of being an effective mentor and equips the students with the skills and knowledge to be able to recognise and report potential issues of concern. The course addresses the following themes:

  • on-line safety
  • sexting and sharing indecent images
  • money laundering
  • healthy versus unhealthy relationships
  • hate crime
  • safeguarding
  • gangs /organised crime groups
  • radicalisation/extremism
  • vulnerability

The aim of this online module is to raise awareness of themes such as: cyber-crime, scams and fraud, hate crime, children and adults at risk of abuse and neglect, radicalisation, loneliness and modern slavery.

In the meantime see the community booklet

Community Booklet   

To request copies of this booklet for the staffroom or school use please email –

eyesandears@eastcambs.gov.uk

Where it is possible, participating secondary and primary schools will be partnered up to enable the secondary “Eyes and Ears” mentors to facilitate the delivery of the primary (Y5/6) workshop. Where this is not feasible, however, the primary lead teacher will be suitably briefed and equipped to arrange for the workshop to be delivered independently. Transition days may also prove a viable means for schools to partner up and realise the potential of the cross phase aspect of the mentoring programme.

How To Get Involved

A briefing session will be held in the Autumn term 2020 to familiarise and supply the nominated lead teacher from each school (ideally the safe-guarding lead) with the toolkit of resources to deliver the workshop sessions for both the “Eyes and Ears” agents (primary) and mentors (secondary). The aim, therefore, is for the students to start fulfilling their roles from Spring 2021.

It is anticipated that this briefing should take no more than 2 hours. Although it would be ideal to be hold this in a face to face environment, if the situation does not allow for this due to continuing social distancing measures, then plans will be made to deliver the briefing remotely.

To register an interest in attending the briefing in the Autumn term to receive the “Eyes and Ears” teaching resources email: healthyschools@everyonehealth.co.uk

If circumstances allow for a face to face briefing, then it would be most helpful at this stage if a school could indicate in the e-mail if it is in a position to host this. Dates and details will then be circulated in accordance with the response received.

Schools will receive a combined Community Eyes and Ears and Healthy Schools certificate to acknowledge their participation in the programme as well as their commitment to building a safer, more tolerant and resilient community.

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