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matthew
21st January 2020

Youth Work Alliance creates a new wave of Scamwise Champions

Youth Work Alliance has hosted an event to officially announce their participation in the Scamwise Champion Scheme, which is designed to empower young people to stay safe from scams and know how to report them.

Youth Work Alliance has hosted an event to officially announce their participation in the Scamwise Champion Scheme, which is designed to empower young people to stay safe from scams and know how to report them.

The Scamwise Champions Scheme features a resource booklet, which was initially developed by ScamwiseNI in conjunction with six uniformed organisations. This booklet has been adapted for Youth Work Alliance for use with their members, with a number of challenges to be completed. After completing a range of activities, participants are able to earn a silver and gold Scamwise certificate.

Mary Field, Chief Executive of Youth Work Alliance, said: “We are proud to work with the ScamwiseNI Partnership to reach young people in the wider community with the message of identifying and avoiding scams.

“We have a potential reach of 20,000 children and young people who we hope to reach through the Scamwise Champion Scheme to become more confident and capable by developing new skills. The skills and knowledge learned through the scheme are transferrable to other family members and friends, and we hope that this promotes the message further within communities across Northern Ireland.”

Chief Superintendent Simon Walls, Chair of the ScamwiseNI Partnership, said: “Following on from the successful launch of the Scamwise Champion Scheme with the six youth uniform organisations last year, we are delighted to be able to work in partnership with the Youth Work Alliance.  This is providing us with a further opportunity to reach an even greater audience and the bespoke resource booklet is helping us to educate young people of the risks of scams in an engaging way.

“The resource booklet has a number of creative and imaginative challenges, which range from quizzes to delivering scam messages to people living in the local community.

“The Scamwise Champion Scheme is a wonderful opportunity for young people in Northern Ireland to learn about the different types of scams and how to avoid them.”

John French, Chief Executive of The Consumer Council, said: “Our research1 shows that less than half of the Northern Ireland population know where to report a scam, which is concerning as almost one-third of the population has been targeted by a scam in the last three years.

“It was great to be involved by creating and designing the resource booklet, and we look forward to Youth Work Alliance members undertaking the various activities that we have created.

“We feel that it is important to educate young people on how to spot and report scams. In this digital age, in which our young population are high digital users, it is more important than ever to ensure that young people are made aware of the commons types of scams and how to avoid them.”

For more information on ScamwiseNI, visit their website, Twitter (@scamwiseni) and Facebook page (Facebook page).

Notes:

  1. Scam statistics source: Consumer Insight Survey 2019
  2. The launch took place at Dunsilly Hotel in Antrim on 17 January 2020 with 80 people in attendance.
  3. The six uniformed youth organisations involved in the initial development of the Scamwise Champions Scheme resource booklet were Girlguiding Ulster, The Scouts, The Boys’ Brigade, The Girls’ Brigade, Scouting Ireland and Catholic Guides.