Over the last two weeks, Year 13 students studying criminology and politics have heard from guest speakers in relation to their course.

Last week, criminology students heard from Victim First – a confidential service for victims and witnesses of crime who, through their team of professional caseworkers and trained volunteers, help support victims in their journey of recovery. Students heard about the role of a caseworker from two visiting members of their team, who also spoke about the topic of restorative justice: a voluntary process which brings together offenders and victims in a safe environment. We are very grateful to Claudia and Jasmine, who also brought a range of literature and leaflets to share with students – which were relevant to their current criminology course. They also took a range of questions and spoke about their own career journeys in addition to their day-to-day work.

Victim First is commissioned by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Leicestershire (OPCC), and, this week, politics and criminology students heard from Mr Rupert Matthews: Police and Crime Commissioner for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. Mr Matthews spoke about his life and career history to date, including his route into elected office. As well as hearing about the role of a Police and Crime Commissioner, students heard about different UK electoral/voting systems and processes – including the process of political selection, campaigning, and election. Mr Matthews spoke in detail about policing in the local community, including priorities and examples of policing strategies which form the Police and Crime Plan. Crime prevention was also discussed, including the funding of various initiatives to prevent crime occurring and reoffending taking place. Students had a wide range of questions on topics from politics, crime and policing – which Mr Matthews answered and discussed with the group. We are very grateful for the time Mr Matthews spent with students, and for his insights into these topics.

Afterwards, Mr Matthews said “I was delighted to take part in the meeting at the excellent De Lisle College. The students were engaged with the subject and asked some penetrating questions. At one point, I was quite on edge about what was coming next. My thanks to Mr Greenwood for organising, and my congratulations to the school for providing such a top-class education to the students.”

Mr Greenwood, Careers and Guidance Officer and Mrs Vaghadia, Head of Psychology and Criminology