Safer Schools Officer

PC Gregg Clark

I am the Safer Schools Officer (SSO) at St Philomena’s. I have been a police officer since 1996 and have spent the last 8 working as a SSO. I am based at Sutton Police Station and work within a team of four supporting around 8,000 children in the borough.

My role is largely focused on educating children – to help them to make the right choices and support the school to deliver key messages and advice to ensure its pupils, staff and visitors are safe. As a police officer my role is to investigate crime, support victims of crime and uphold the law. I work with staff assisting in reported crime, dealing with truancy and supporting the child protection team.

Having a SSO creates a valuable and positive link between the school, police and local community. I am passionate about working with young people and as a father myself I take the responsibility of helping to guide children along the right path very seriously. I feel lucky that this role enables me to improve relations and safety within the school and the wider community and to build positive relationships between the pupils and the police.

I can be contacted through the main switchboard number 020 8642 2025.

What is the ‘Safer Schools Partnership’?

Safer Schools Partnership’s (SSP) aim to support children and young people by promoting a safe climate of learning and to prevent crime through the promotion of shared values. SSPs not only help keep pupils safe they can also decrease the risk of young people getting drawn into crime, gang culture, antisocial or extremist behaviour.

All schools involved in an SSP initiative have a police officer allocated to their school. SSO works with school staff and other local agencies to:

  • create and maintain a safe environment for children to learn in.
  • work with schools on whole-school approaches to behaviour and discipline.
  • identify and work with children and young people at risk of becoming victims or offenders within the school and its community.
  • focused enforcement within the school environment to demonstrate that those that do offend cannot do so without facing consequences.

St Philomena’s Catholic High School for Girls

Pound Street

Carshalton Surrey

SM5 3PS

T: 020 8642 2025

 

For general enquiries please mail:

enquiries@stphils.org.uk

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