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We inspire...

Young People by delivering Law and Justice education at national heritage sites.

We inspire...

Young People by delivering Law and Justice education at national heritage sites.

We inspire...

Young People by delivering Law and Justice education at national heritage sites.

We inspire...

Young People by delivering Law and Justice education at national heritage sites.

Actively Reducing Crime: Why guns and knives?

ARC is an educational programme which helps children and young people understand how the judicial system works, through interactive citizenship activities that inspire and motivate. The Home Office has funded the National Centre for Citizenship and the Law (NCCL) to work with schools on this project for the last three years. These two Nottingham based schools are; Hogarth Primary and Sneinton C of E Primary with years 3, 4 & 5.

The aim of Arc is to engage children in local democracy by getting them involved in citizenship and law based educational activities. Children take part in a day of free activities at the Galleries of Justice Museum, including an interactive mock trial around a fictitious boy named Tyler.  They also do some additional sessions at school using the ARC resource pack that ensure they gain knowledge and skills of how a court works, what happens to someone when they break the law and how crime affects people.  They also gain valuable knowledge of the criminal justice system and the consequences of crime.

The children use the knowledge gained during these sessions, which included conducting a crime audit of their area to identify a campaign around an issue they would like to change in their community. Once they have drafted a suitable campaign idea they submit their proposal to NCCL to attain a £1,000 grant to make their campaign proposal a reality.

In previous years young people have developed very creative campaigns; including peace balloon launches, community art murals, bike shed safety schemes and drama workshops all with a positive message and anti crime approach. The children are at the heart of the campaigns; planning, design, delivery and evaluation.