Sport + Schools + Police (SSP)
The Sport + Schools + Police (SSP) initiative is an add on to the Open Fun Football School programme (OFFS). It builds on the basic perception that efficient crime prevention measures are not a matter for the police alone. It requires coordinated and joint efforts by key personnel from the public sectors and the civil society, i.e. from the stakeholders who are in daily contact with children, youth and their families. Further, the earlier risk behaviour is spotted and addressed; the better are the chances to prevent the situation from taking a wrong turn. Hence, SSP is about building a governance structure in local communities that allows the relevant stakeholders to meet to share perspectives and to agree on joint actions, coordinated cross sector efforts and solutions.
OFFS+SSP is thus about using the Open Fun Football Schools as platform to bring relevant stakeholders from the sport sector together with stakeholders from the school system and the community/school police together with the purpose to build network and cooperation between the sectors: school, police, social service and sport clubs and to introduce them to a three-level governance structure (strategic, coordinating and operational) within the field of juvenile crime prevention.
How do we do?
Step 1: Network building
Local OFFS coaches are recruited from the community police, the school sector and the sport clubs.
All coaches are trained at a regional OFFS volunteer seminar (3-days duration).
At the seminar the team of coaches will get to know each other and to be introduced to the SSP initiative and the Cross Cultures’ different concepts such as: Child-Centred Pedagogic and Fun-for-All Concept.
Step 2: Confidence building
The SSP network will jointly organise an Open Fun Football School for 200 boys and girls across divides in their local community.
During the OFFS activities, the SSP Teams will meet and work with the children and their parents in a positive, informal way to create cofidence between the participants.
Step 3: Capacity building
The implementation of OFFS will be followed-up by SSP Network seminars.
The aim is to elaborate on the SSP initiatives and develop local SSP-action plans responding to needs of the local contexts. Focus of the network seminars is for the SSP-Teams to share notions and perceptions on problems being addressed.
The teams draft joint action plans with shared goals, interventions and guidelines.
Step 4: SSP in Operation
After the SSP-Network seminars, the SSP-Teams will return to their local community and start the implementation of their respective action plans.
Step 5: Lesson Learned
Dialogue and experience-sharing meetings are organized on national and regional level to review achievements and lesson learnt within the SSP Networks.
The main purpose is to identify best practices, further develop the concepts and aims of SSP and advocate the mission of the local, national and regional SSP-networks among relevant stakeholders and cooperating partners.
The SSP Tree - a tool for sharing best practice
The OFFS+SSP Tree is used by SSP stakeholders, for identifying, discussing, planning and coordinating their crime prevention activities.
The OFFS+SSP Tree help us to clarify the AIMS and ACTIONS of the relevant crime preventions interventions
The aims of the SSP initiatives are defined in the prevention triangle illustrating three levels of efforts, depending on whether the initiatives target general groups, specific groups or individuals
The actions of the SSP-initiatives are defined in trunk of the OFFS+SSP Tree three illustrating levels of actions: building up actions, preventive actions and conflict and crime preventive actions
The idea is that the SSP stakeholders bring pictures from their respective interventions and place them on the branches on the tree while discussing their aims and type of actions.
In the OFFS+SSP program we use the Open Fun Football Schools programme as means to
- gain access to local communities, mobilise volunteers, and engage parents, schools, sport clubs, police and local government in a united effort to promote social inclusion and build a cross-sectorial structure for juvenile crime prevention,
- introduce a three-level governance structure (strategic-, coordinating- and operational level) to ensure that this capacity will be sustained and developed beyond the period of intervention,
- build capacity among local sports coaches, school teachers and community police,
- facilitate different kinds of juvenile crime prevention activities within our cross sectorial network aiming at preventing children and youth from becomming victims or offenders of crime.
An Indian folketale
An old folktale from India about six men who went to see an elephant though all of them were blind illustrates how notion and perceptions depend on what a person is able to see or touch.
“Good bless me!” said the first man who touched the belly. “The elephant is very like a wall”.
“Oh, no!” said the second man who touched the tusk. “To me it is like a spear!”
“Even the blindest man can tell that this Elephant is like a snake!” said the third man who took the trunk within his hands. Etc...
A police officer, teacher, social worker, sports coach or a parent most likely sees a part of “the elephant”. Hence, a constructive and efficient approach to juvenile crime prevention is to include the notions and perceptions of other community stakeholders in the preventive work – especially those who maintain direct contact with the children, youth and their families.