The National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) and the PSHE Association are working together to explore current practice and ensure that police contributions to PSHE education are of maximum benefit to teachers and pupils.
This new handbook for PSHE teachers and police staff working in schools is the result of this new partnership.
Police officers can support teachers in delivering a range of topics in personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education lessons, such as drug education, road safety and raising awareness of online safety.
This support can be very welcome, bringing a knowledge of the law and crime that teachers may not have, and providing a positive context for the police to engage with young people. However, both police staff and PSHE teachers alike will have received little or no guidance, training or advice on how to make the police contribution to PSHE lessons effective. Getting it right helps young people to stay safe, recognise the consequences of their decisions and seek help when necessary. It also supports positive interactions between young people and the police.
First published 24 January 2019