Experienced members of the museum’s education team, trained to deliver weapons awareness workshops, talk to groups about the dangers of carrying weapons. They are licensed to run these workshops as part of the ‘Be Safe’ initiative, a Home Office backed project delivered nationally across the UK.
Many young people believe that they have an effective form of self-defence by arming themselves; this workshop aims to dispel the myth.
During the session discussion is encouraged under conditions of confidentiality. The young people are given clear guidance as to what to expect, and are advised on expectations of their behaviour throughout the session.
The session is based on looking at images of people which show the consequences of knife or gun use. (Participants may choose whether or not to look at the images) They are asked to respect each other by being sensitive to other participants’ reactions, and to respect the people in the images and their families by handling the images thoughtfully. The session is emotive and our staff have the training, expertise and sensitivity to guide the participants through the experience in a safe and nurturing manner. To ensure a more engaging session, participants experience a mix of lighter activities alongside the more sensitive moments.
We also explore topics such as self-defence, revenge and risk management and finish by giving the young people a clear summary of the law concerning offensive weapons, covering the Offnesive Weapons Act and the law of 'Joint Enterprise'. Our aims are to keep people safe from physical and emotional damage, and encourage young people not to break the law. We also hope to contribute to a safer community with well informed young people making safer choices.
Our unique relationship with the UK Border Force ensures that we are always up to date with current trends in weapons being smuggled into the United Kingdom.
In particular, citizenship education should foster pupils’ keen awareness and understanding of democracy, government and how laws are made and upheld. Teaching should equip pupils with the skills and knowledge to explore political and social issues critically, to weigh evidence, debate and make reasoned arguments.
It should also prepare pupils to take their place in society as responsible citizens…
Pupils should be taught to:
Weapons awareness links to PSHE with its focus on making healthy choices, keeping safe, being a responsible citizen challenging risky behaviour and providing an opportunity for informed debate. Following the changes to the curriculum the teaching of PSHE is still encouraged but with no statutory guidelines.