School + Sport + Police (SSP)
- We 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.
- We educate our volunteer coaches in child protection and facilitate different kinds of juvenile crime prevention activities within our cross sectorial networks, aiming for preventing children and youth from becoming victims or offenders of crime.
- We create a physical, psychological, and social environment where children feel confident, stimulated and secure.
What is SSP?
The School + Sport + 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. The earlier risk behavior is spotted and addressed, the better the chances are to prevent the situation from taking a wrong turn. In order to do this, we believe that a cross-sectorial network is needed. Such a network include cooperation between schools, police, social services, and sports clubs. SSP is about building a governance structure in local communities that allows the relevant stakeholders to meet and share perspectives and to agree on joint actions, coordinated cross sector efforts and solutions. 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.
How we work with the program
- 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 Cross Cultures’ different concepts such as: Child-Centered Pedagogic and Fun-for-All Concept.
- Confidence building
The SSP network will jointly organize 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 confidence between the participants.
- 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 context. 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.
- 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.
- Lessons learned
Dialogue and experience-sharing meetings are organized on national and regional level to review achievements and lesson learned 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.