We're launching our national youth service Fearless across Wales this year in a bid to educate, empower and encourage young people to speak out against crime in their communities.
Fearless provides educational tools and resources for 11 to 16 year olds, encouraging them to make positive, informed decisions around crime and criminality. Its website – Fearless.org – has been updated to enable young people to pass on information about crime in the Welsh language, completely anonymously and safely.
Ella Rabaiotti, Wales Regional Manager at Crimestoppers, said: “Young people can become victims, witnesses or participants in crime but often do not recognise the issues or feel confident to seek help.
“We provide information about crime and encourage them to report it, either through the police, a trusted adult or through our website anonymously if they feel scared or have no one to confide in.”
Fearless is being introduced through a variety of community projects throughout Wales, including working with the police and youth groups. A short film will be released later this year to increase awareness amongst teenagers of crime and reinforce the importance of reporting crime.
Dafydd Llywelyn, Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Commissioner, said “Early intervention and prevention is key to educating young people about crime. I want more young people to feel able to report crime, and Fearless provides a key route to achieve that. I am delighted that young people can now report crime through Fearless online in Welsh, as well as English.”
More information about the scheme can be found at Fearless.org, which also contains free information for professionals including on topics such as Child Sexual Exploitation, Knife Crime and Street Crime.