Safe Havens are shops and local businesses that children can turn to in times of need and are identifiable by a sticker on the window
“It was lovely to have the young people come into my shop and I was more than happy to sign up to the scheme. It was great to see them taking responsibility for the safety of others within the community, and actively trying to make it a safer place for everyone.”
Brenda, owner of The Flower Shop on Peckham High Street
If a child feels threatened or in danger, they can enter a Safe Haven and the shopkeeper will agree to lock the door and call a parent, guardian or the police. This fosters a sense of mutual care and responsibility between children and adults in the community.
A shop or business agrees to become a Safe Haven after being asked by the children For Jimmy work with if they would like to be involved. The charity encourages the children to ask them in their own way, and find this leads to a natural relationship forming between the children and the shopkeepers.
“Prior to Safe Havens, our approach to security in Lewisham Shopping Centre did not take into account that a young person running may, in fact, be in some form of danger. This has changed how we view situations and has meant the relationship with young people and the security team has improved drastically.”
Gordon Glean, Head of Land Securities, Lewisham Shopping Centre
“This project is breaking down barriers and building relationships that will have a positive impact on the wellbeing of our young people”
PC Marcus Kudliskis, Safer Schools Police Officer, Peckham Police Station
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