RESPECT Course for 13 to 16 year olds

RESPECT teams visited Essar to do live firefighter training in December 2017

The RESPECT (Reducing Exclusion Starting Positive Engagement with Children Together) is based on Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service's experience of working with young people during the past decade. The partnership involves Youth and Education Services from Cheshire East CWAC, Halton and Warrington.

RESPECT - about the programme

The programme is aimed at young people between 13 and 16 who may be experiencing difficulties in engaging with school or their peers. They may have low self-esteem or lack confidence. As a result they may be displaying anti-social behaviour including deliberate fire setting malicious calls to the emergency services and at risk from school exclusion.

The 9 week RESPECT course costs £138 per person per course. Bespoke programmes cost £1500 for up to 12 young people.

RESPECT - aims

The project aims to improve their self esteem and encourages them to grow in confidence. RESPECT is led by Youth Engagement staff and firefighters on each station to share their expertise and who are seen as strong, positive and caring role models.

It engages with partners such as Cheshire Constabulary to break down barriers between the community and young people, provide up to 50 hours of flexible activities in Cheshire Halton and Warrington during school term time.

RESPECT participants are encouraged to:

  • Adopt a new set of values.

  • Think about the consequences of actions.

  • Work co-operatively with others.

  • Improve self-esteem

  • Develop confidence

  • Improve communication skills

  • Change attitudes and modify behaviour

RESPECT - Background

For over ten years firefighters and other fire and rescue service staff have been involved in schemes aimed at developing young people including 'Kooldown' - a programme specifically aimed at young people either in danger of or totally excluded from school.

These have included counselling young people who play with fire and The Prince's Trust Scheme - a twelve week development course for 16-25 year olds - which has benefited over 1500 young people in communities across Cheshire.

The successful bid to the Government's Invest To Save Fund was based on the Kooldown project and involves developing the course content and materials working with professionals in the area of education and youth support. These agencies will assist in the development and targeting of the RESPECT programme to individuals and areas of most need.

The Service is delighted that this bid has been successful as it is a very practical example of how partnership working can bring major benefits to sections of our community in greatest need. The RESPECT programme includes detailed research to evaluate its effectiveness.

Afterwards they will be tracked and supported for up to three years to assess the effectiveness of RESPECT and the possible need for future support.

Graduation

The RESPECT (Reducing Exclusion Starting Positive Engagement with Children Together) is based on Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service's experience of working with young people during the past decade.

The partnership involves Youth and Education Services from Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester, Halton and Warrington.

After completing the nine week course involving many different activities and challenges the young people are presented with certificates at a special graduation ceremony, demonstrating the different activities they have been involved in throughout the course .

The ceremony is for the participants, their families, teachers and other professional - all have been involved in their development.

A review of the course is presented followed by the participants proudly demonstrating their practical skills they have developed. The formal part of the ceremony is moved on to with speeches and presentation of certificates before closing with refreshments.

Forms

Updated referral and consent forms:

Useful links

Please use links below to view more information on the programme:

Any enquiries regarding Respect referrals please email: christine.mitchell@cheshirefire.gov.uk or contact the Targeted Youth Support Team by telephone on 01606 868700.

Have you been on the course?

We would like to have your comments. You can do this by emailing christine.mitchell@cheshirefire.gov.uk 


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