Children from schools in West Bromwich took part in workshops about the dangers of young people being drawn into gang culture and crime.
The years-six and seven pupils spent the day learning about the dangers of being drawn into in gang culture and of carrying a knife.
The day-long event organized by West Bromwich Central Learning Community, included pupils from ten Sandwell schools (primary and secondary) in West Bromwich, featured a talk from author Dan Freedman who is renowned for writing the Jamie Johnson football novels which have also been made into a popular CBBC drama.
He’s just released a new book; ‘Unstoppable,’ which deals with these issues. Each child was given their own signed copy of the book.
PC Hughie Treasure MBE, a young person’s officer from West Midlands Police, talked to the children about his experiences and conducted workshops.
Councillor Elaine Costigan cabinet member for public health and protection: “It was a delight to meet Dan and see how he inspired the children at this event.
The book tackles some difficult issues and will give the children important lessons for life that will hopefully help keep them safe and protect them from harm.”
Andrew Orgill, from West Bromwich Central Learning Community and Headteacher at Hargate Primary School said: “This was a unique opportunity for the children we serve in Central West Bromwich. The day was all about raising awareness of an issue that is affecting our young people right now and keeping them safe.
All of the children have received a copy of Unstoppable and will have a chance to enjoy it. It was a pleasure to have Dan Freedman at the event and a real privilege for our children.”