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Situational crime prevention

How we apply a trusted criminological model to create child safe(r) organisations
All people who work with children need to understand practices that can be interpreted as suspicious and practices that present risk. Workers must avoid these practices and be provided with strategies to ensure they can avoid or minimise situations that present either risk, excessive pressure or distress for them.
Fair Square can conduct an impartial, robust and procedurally fair investigation for you should an allegation arise in your workplace or service. Ideally, we'd prefer that children are not harmed and your staff do not conduct themselves in a way that leads to an allegation at all.
Don't wait for a complaint to be made. Fair Square can advise you now about steps you can take to modify the environment and culture to ensure there are reduced opportunities for children to be harmed (and reduced likelihood of misconstrued allegations being made).
  1. Precipitators of crime
    Fair Square can analyse your organisation's context and environment to identify the prompts, pressures, permissions and provocations that may lead to a person harming a child in your service or school.
  2. Child sex-offenders
    The stereotypical image of a child sex offender is of a cunning predator, driven to offend by irresistible urges. Research indicates that many adults who offend do not possess an entrenched sexual attraction to children. There is a potential some non-paedophilic adults will behave inappropriately given the right environment and situation.
  3. Pre-employment screening
    You can not simply "screen out" people who pose an increased risk to children. A Working With Children Check, thorough reference checking and background checking are all vital, but avoiding dangerous practice, supervising workers and making environmental modifications are the most effective strategies for reducing harm.
  4. Situational crime prevention
    Situational crime prevention involves strategies designed to increase the effort and risks of offending plus taking away the perceived rewards of inappropriate behaviour. Examples are target hardening, access control, surveillance, target removal, control of facilitators, inducing shame and rule setting.
  5. Do I need to know this?
    Understanding the theories that underpin situational crime prevention can assist your organisation to identify how children could be exposed to harm whilst in your care or accessing your service. There is a lot to get your head around and the task is quite complex. If you are serious about protecting children, contact us.
  6. Will this really help?
    Modifying the physical environment and applying policies to govern behaviour, will be more effective than crime prevention efforts that aim to change or control offenders. This is partly because it's easier to change the places a crime could take place in, rather than changing the psychological disposition and intentions of potential offenders.
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