2:36pm Friday 12th April 2013
FIFTEEN youngsters from Blackburn Youth Zone have taken part in a week-long project focusing on the criminal justice system.
As part of the organisation’s Easter half term provision, staff developed a workshop-led programme that offered young people insight into the criminal justice system.
It also focused on how every action that they make has the potential to have serious consequences.
The programme included a meeting with a local magistrate, listening to a talk by Lancashire Police Young People’s engagement officer and a visit to Blackburn magistrates court.
The provision culminates in a trip to HMP Kirkham today, where the youngsters will have the opportunity to meet with prison officers, as part of the drive to highlight how every action has consequences.
The visit will also include a chance to meet with inmates of the prison.
Carolyn Riley, senior club manager at Blackburn Youth Zone, said: “The criminal justice awareness project is part of a series of developments within the Zone’s work that looks at targeting specific issues that affect young people.
“Through these sessions, members can then be empowered to make positive life choices with the support of Zone staff.”
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