Keeping young people safe is the number one priority at Future Youth Zone. We want young people to feel free to relax, be who they are and enjoy themselves without any worries or concerns.

A number of measures will be put in place to ensure that young people won’t just feel safe at the Youth Zone but also BE safe.

Security

We have a zero tolerance approach towards any weapons being taken into the Youth Zone, with a wand scanner in operation to stop them from coming in, as well as regular bag searches, which will take place during all senior sessions.

There are also regular checks of the outside area of the Youth Zone as well as security drills/practices of incident response for staff.

Behaviour

One of our core values at Future Youth Zone is ‘Respect’ and our team will work with young people to ensure that our simple code of conduct is understood and followed. We will positively praise and reward young people who:

  • Respect the building
  • Respect the staff
  • Respect each other
  • Respect yourself

Our team’s focus is on developing positive relationships with young people to ensure that consistently high standards are maintained within the Youth Zone.  On some occasions, where reminding young people about our code of conduct has not been effective, it might be necessary for that young person to have a cooling off period from the Youth Zone.  We will communicate the reasons for the cooling off period to both the young person and their parents or carers and set a date for a meeting with the young person and their parents or carers before they come back to the Youth Zone.

Police

Future Youth Zone has established a positive relationship with local police and will be welcoming local officers on regular visits to sessions, demonstrating a clear partnership. We will establish a data sharing agreement with police so we can be informed if any high risk young people are assessing the zone.

Staff

All staff and volunteers have undergone enhanced DBS checks and receive extensive training before working with young people. This centres around the management of conflict, youth work values, the importance of positive relationships with young people and what to do in emergency situation.

OnSide Youth Zones and Future Youth Zone has been present in Barking and Dagenham for four years prior to opening. A key factor of this has enabled us to identify key factors of risk. Our team is also representative of the local community, with many workers and volunteers recruited from the borough itself. This has enabled us to better understand local issues and challenges. A system is also be in place for staff to record, review and report all incidents and they will be able to communicate more efficiently with the use of walkie-talkies.

The building

Future Youth Zone is extensively covered by CCTV. This is well-publicised throughout the Youth Zone and all young people will be required to submit a photograph of themselves upon becoming a member.

The Youth Zone’s front door can also be remotely operated so access can be controlled when needed with those on reception having a clear sight of the entrance and across the Youth Zone itself. Our reception staff also play a key role in establishing friendly and positive relationships with young people built on trust and respect.

Partnership

Future Youth Zone has developed strong partnerships with a range statutory and voluntary organisations. We are implementing clear pathways and referrals to partners who support young people to exit youth violence/gang involvement.

If you have any questions regarding Future’s safety policies, please email enquiries@futureyouthzone.org.