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Northumberland Park School


The Engage campaign group was made up of students from Northumberland Park Community School, Haringey. They worked closely with PC Colin Moorhouse, and ran a great anti-mobile phone theft campaign together .

Project started: Sep 2003

Since their formation in 2003, theyve been chosen as an example of best practice by the Council of Europes European Charter for Democratic Schools without Violence which took two of the gang to a European conference in Strasbourg.

In the words of Engage activist Daniela, aged 16

Our project is about mobile phone theft and victimisation but it is also about tearing down the so-called barriers between officials and youth today. People benefit from our project because they see that we are trying to make a change. As a group I think we give out a really positive vibe.

Theyve achieved a huge amount since starting their campaign in 2003, here are just some of their achievements:

  • Conducted a survey about the under-reporting of mobile phone theft
Produced a flyer
  • Delivered assemblies to every year group, using Power Point, interactive methods and drama. In this way, hundreds of their peers now know about the campaign and how they too can take action
Expanded group to 15 members
  • Made presentations to local youth forum and a youth participation seminar
Worked with BBC TV programme production company as part of fundraising strategy
  • Planned to make a video to promote campaign
Met local community group (ASPIRE) to build the campaign base
  • Filmed by ITV for City Survival Kit
Invited to broadcast to hundreds of young people throughout the UK as part of Active Citizenship Network event
  • Chosen as an example of best practice by Council of Europes project, the European Charter for Democratic Schools without Violence. Two student delegates invited to attend the project conference from 13-18 July 2004 in Strasbourg at the European Youth Centre of the Council of Europe.
Invited to make presentation at the Child in the City conference, City Hall, London, October 21st 2004
  • Liaised with Police Senior Leadership Team, Haringey
Two members of the group have become permanent members on the Victim Support Working Group of Haringey (Crown Prosecution Service Safer Communities Forum)
  • Students have used their campaign work as part of their GCSE Sociology Coursework
Designed and produced T-Shirts and letter headed paper with Engage logos
  • Collaborated with design students from Middlesex University to create a campaign display for the school foyer
Visited local secondary schools to promote campaign and recruit allies
  • PC Colin Moorhouse won the Schools Peace Awards for a school project which has been instrumental in bringing peace to the community. London Peace Awards. Hosted by the Peace Alliance. Sponsored by the Government Office for London, Home Office, Mayor of London, the Youth Justice Board, Choice FM Radio, the MPA, Northgate and Fellows Associates.
Extended work of the European Charter for Democratic Schools without Violence. Applied to Council of Europe for funding to set up a cluster of schools to implement the Charter.
  • Were finalists for the Deutsche Bank Spotlight Awards 200
Featured in the Anne Frank and You exhibition as great examples of young people speaking out.

London Peace Awards

London Peace Awards

In October, PC Colin Moorhouse (adult supporter with 'Engage'), won the London Peace Alliance' Schools Peace Award. The award was made for 'a school project which has been instrumental in bringing peace to the community'.

Youth Act training and campaigns are running throughout London. A national Youth Act Train the Trainers programme is also available. Please contact the Youth Act team for more information 020 7566 5033 or email Ade Sofola (

This project is based on the internationally successful Youth Act! programme of street law begun by Street Law Inc in the United States (, which has campaigned to increase provision for homeless people, challenge discrimination and reduce gun crime.

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