A unique Western Australian schools program that aims to help develop “good citizens” has won an international Crime Stoppers Award.

The Civics and Citizenship program received the Crime Stoppers International “Specialised Program” Award at the 2018 Crime Stoppers International Conference in The Hague, Netherlands today (30 October).

The free, online Civics and Citizenship program is the only one of its type in Australia that links the themes of democratic values, active citizenship, laws and crime with the community reporting role of Crime Stoppers.

It was developed in 2017 by Crime Stoppers WA staff in conjunction with specialist guidance from a former Principal Consultant, Teaching and Learning Services at the Department of Education.

It comprised up-to-date, curriculum appropriate material, collated into easy-to-use themes and lesson ideas, with corresponding resources to assist teachers to deliver the Civics and Citizenship curriculum to years 7-10.

The course content is now more flexible and engaging, with a greater number of lesson ideas which encourages independent thinking and individual teacher input.

Crime Stoppers WA Board Chair Dr Pam Henry said the award was tremendous recognition for the hard work and effort put in by current and past Crime Stoppers WA staff to develop the program.

“The award also acknowledges the important connection that Crime Stoppers has with the community and the vital role it plays in helping to stop, solve and prevent crime,” Dr Henry said.

“Civics and Citizenship is traditionally a challenging subject to teach to students. So creating content that is dynamic and engaging provides teachers with tools that will help to shape student attitudes and values, and encourage students to become active members of their community and society in general.

“We believe the ongoing success of Crime Stoppers can be enhanced by keeping our brand at the forefront of students minds from a young age. They become familiar with what Crime Stoppers is, what we do and the ‘anonymous’ role that we play in reporting past, current or future criminal activity.”

Since March last year, the Civics and Citizenship program has had more than 1040 downloads from about 70 per cent of WA’s secondary education providers – an average of 52 downloads per month.

All five WA universities have downloaded the program as well as other national universities such as University of Sydney, University of New England, University of Queensland and University of Tasmania.

For further information about the program, visit www.crimestopperswa.com.au/for-schools or contact Fiona Passmore, Crime Stoppers WA Communications Officer on 9223 3155 or via email at fionapassmore@crimestopperswa.com.au