New program to prevent growing youth violence on the Central Coast

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A new education and mentoring program, run by Bateau Bay Police Citizen Youth Club, is educating at-risk and troubled youths about the effects of violence and the consequences of committing assault-related offences.

Youth violence on the NSW Central Coast continues to rise with recent reports showing young people are increasingly engaging in assaults that are filmed at school.

That’s why we’ve supported Bateau Bay Police Citizen Youth Club’s new education and mentoring program that aims to educate at-risk and troubled youths about the effects of violence and the consequences of committing assault-related offences.

The 10-week, Looking After Number One program engages around 60 young people in a number of weekly activities that not only address immediate crime prevention matters, but also wellbeing issues including health and nutrition, the importance of fitness and exercise, education and leadership.

Bateau Bay PCYC Manager, Senior Constable Racquel Hassett, said they are working with local high schools to identify students from 14 to 16 years of age that are having difficulty attending school, as well as those who have been suspended for assault or bullying related incidents.

“Many of these teenagers can have a number of complex factors contributing to their behaviours. We are looking to equip them with a number of important life skills and provide mentors to help guide them through what is an impressionable time in their life,” Senior Constable Hassett said.

“Exercise and healthy eating are some of the fundamental components of the program, as is attending school each day, which is a pre-requisite to participate.

“We also work through a number crime prevention modules on topics that will provide them with a greater understanding of consequences and assist them in making better and more positive choices throughout their lives.”

See more information about the Looking After Number One program, or view a recent NBN story on the program.