In light of recent terror attacks in the UK, the Court of the Drapers Company last year decided to affiliate with an emergency service most closely associated with these tragic events. The British Transport Police (BTP) have been at the very forefront of such incidents (e.g. London Bridge, Manchester Arena) and were delighted to be asked to become one of the Company’s Service affiliates in the summer last year.
In his introductory speech to the Court in December 2018, the BTP Chief Constable, Paul Crowther, explained the breadth and depth of their policing activity across the national rail network. One such area was the great lengths they are going to detect and prevent child vulnerability: be it understanding the extraordinary pressures of social media on vulnerable young children and adults, which leads them to seek to take their lives on the rail network; or insidious grooming within the gang culture, which leads to vulnerable children or adults become drugs couriers on the network, now commonly known at county lines.
Detective Chief Superintendent Paul Furnell is the BTP’s Head of Crime and Public Protection, and has kindly agreed to share his vast experience, in the area of child vulnerability, with a select secondary school audience on 13th May at Drapers’ Hall from 1.30 – 3.30pm.
On meeting Paul Furnell, you are immediately drawn into to the passion and knowledge he has for his task. This is a highly experienced police officer, with considerable experience in this field, recruited by the BTP’s Chief Constable to tackle this growing challenge on the UK’s rail network.
As the tragic fatal stabbing in Manchester proved recently, this is a problem that crosses both the private and maintained educational sectors.
All affiliated Livery Schools Link schools are invited to send up to three representatives from any of their public or secondary schools to this British Transport Police Child Vulnerability presentation on 13th May. More information on Detective Chief Superintendent Paul Furnell and the topics he will cover can be found by downloading this document. Should you be wondering, it is proposed that Paul Furnell will give a presentation on the same topic to a prep and primary school audience later in the year.
If interested to attend, please send your details to Alice Richards (ARichards@thedrapers.co.uk – the Drapers’ Livery Administrator) by close of play Fri 5th April.