23.11.2017

New film encourages young people in Wales to be Fearless against crime

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Fearless, the youth service of the independent charity Crimestoppers, premieres a film in Cardiff on Thursday 23 November hoping to educate young people to speak out against crime in communities across Wales.

The short film, made by It's My Shout Productions, features a series of fictional crimes witnessed by young people in different locations in Wales and shows them turning to Fearless.

Ella Rabaiotti, Wales Regional Manager at Crimestoppers, said:
“Young people are often witnesses of 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, Fearless.org, anonymously if they feel scared or have no one to confide in.”

The film is being supported by the All Wales Schools Liaison Core Programme and was made possible thanks to a fund set up in memory of Percy Hoskins, a former chief crime reporter at the Daily Express. After he passed away, the fund was established to be used for 'fighting crime'. Crimestoppers Wales is the latest recipient of this fund.

Ian Johnston, Chair of Crimestoppers Wales committee, said:
“We recognised the opportunity to promote Fearless to young people by reaching out to them through social media and a short engaging film to help them think of the choices and consequences they have as a bystander to crime.”

Fearless provides educational tools and resources for 11 to 16 year old's 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.

As well as through the schools programme, Fearless is being introduced via a variety of community projects throughout Wales, including working with the Police and youth groups.

More information about the service can be found at Fearless.org, which also contains free information for professionals, which includes topics such as Child Sexual Exploitation, Knife Crime and Street Crime. The short films can be viewed on the Fearless YouTube channel at youtube.com/FearlessORG

Links

Are you Fearless? – youtu.be/BUxkBMZj3yc

Fearless – Welsh language service: www.fearless.org/cy

Fearless – English language service: www.fearless.org/en

Additional Information

If you require any further information please contact the Crimestoppers press office on 0208 835 3727 or email press.office[at]crimestoppers-uk[dot]org

Notes to Editors

Fearless is the youth service of Crimestoppers and works to empower young people to make informed decisions about reporting crime.

The website www.fearless.org allows young people to access non-judgemental information and advice about crime and criminality, and also offers a safe place to give information completely anonymously about crime.

In addition to our website, Fearless also runs workshops in schools and for community youth groups, as well as providing training to youth professionals nationally.

Percy Hoskins was the chief crime reporter for the Daily Express newspaper and the founder member of the Saints and Sinners - a dining club in Fleet Street London. After he passed away, a fund in his memory was set up that was to be used for 'fighting crime'. Crimestoppers Wales is the latest recipient of this fund.