Local students learn about Youth Violence and Gender Based Violence

Bold voices school talk february 2024

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council’s Community Safety Team has been visiting local secondary schools to deliver talks to pupils about Youth Violence and Gender Based Violence and Stereotypes.

Over the last couple of months, over 6,000 young people have been educated on Youth Violence and Exploitation with the aim of empowering them to make positive choices about their future and understand the consequences of becoming involved in violence, county lines or gangs.

Over 1,000 young people have been educated on Gender Stereotypes and Gender Based Violence, with the talks exploring the impact gender stereotypes can have in today’s culture and how young people can use their own curiosity to change the narrative and prevent harm for themselves and their peers.

The sessions, which were delivered by specialist youth organisations Reach Every Generation and Bold Voices, were funded by Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner and the Community Safety Partnership.

These talks were delivered as part of the Community Safety Partnership’s commitment to tackle youth violence, exploitation and violence against women and girls in the borough, as outlined in the Community Safety Partnership priorities and action plan.

Councillor Sandreni Bonfante, Executive Member for Environment said:

Our young people are our future, and it is crucial that we educate them on the issues relating to Youth Violence and Exploitation and Gender Stereotypes and Gender Based Violence.  Through these talks, we can help them make informed decisions about their futures and personal safety. I would like to thank WHBC’s Community Safety Team and our partner organisations for organising the school visits.  

Published: 6th March 2024