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The Crucial Crew initiative

The Crucial Crew initiative was launched nationally in 1991, by Crime Concern following some lengthy case studies that took place through the UK.

The idea was to enable children to experience and participate in a range of realistic situations which were life threatening, or which simulated crimes taking place which were preventable.

The scheme was, and still is, based on the view that: -

  • Children learn by doing
  • Crime Prevention and personal safety can be challenging and exciting
  • Everyone is concerned about crime prevention and personal safety
  • The most effective way of tackling these issues is via a partnership approach.

The aims and objectives of the scheme are: -

  • Learning social responsibility
  • How to deal with potentially dangerous situations
  • Make a contribution towards crime prevention in the community
  • Understand the role of the emergency services.

It is an interactive safety initiative based around key life skills and consists of real-life role plays (known as scenarios), which are arranged, in the form of a course.

It all takes place with a self-contained site large enough to accommodate all of the scenarios.

Children aged between 10 and 11 years complete the course in small groups and are assessed on their responses to the tasks and problems presented to them on each set.