‘No more knives’ by Christina Gabbitas is a book and animation for 10 yr old + primary children educating them about how to avoid grooming,county lines and knife crime. A valuable addition to safeguarding resources.
Today I am happy to be back after the Winter break and Christina’s work is always worthwhile. She talks of the professional relationships she’s formed with several police forces and police and crime commissioners.
Christina Gabbitas http://www.christinagabbitas.com is an award-winning children’s author who has encouraged many children nationally with an annual poetry initiative, giving her a Dame Beryl Bainbridge award in 2015 for her work and Sue Ryder Education Award in 2016. Founder and Trustee of Children’s Literature Festivals http://www.childrensliteraturefestivals.com whose mission is to give children from all backgrounds, cultures and abilities an equal opportunity of having access to books to realise the power of reading not just educationally but socially and emotionally too.Christina received a Mayoral Award for Services to Children’s Literature and Child Protection, and was made an Honorary Member of the NSPCC Council for the work that she has undertaken in safeguarding children. Christina’s book Share Some Secrets was awarded a national book prize in 2019, and the publication is now encouraging children to speak out and being recognised globally. The animation resource and publication is being utilised in some PCC’s child exploitation toolkits.
In addition Christina’s more recent work has been visiting primary and secondary schools with Humberside Police, Funded by Humberside Police & Crime Commissioners Office and North Yorkshire Police, Funded by North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioners Office, educating children and young people about the signs of grooming, the harnful effects of taking drugs, county lines and the consequences of carrying knives.
Christina wrote a story from an initial commission by Police & Crime Commissioners Office in Humberside where she produced a story to help educate children on the dangers of being groomed into County Lines and being involved with knife crime. http://www.nomoreknifecrime.com The partnership also included a writing initiative with children aged 10+
The story was converted into an animated format that she has been using within her sessions working with PCSO’s and Police Officers.
Schools Feedback. Check what’s been said.
Children perspective https://www.nomoreknifecrime.co.uk/humberside-police/
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