BARNSLEY students took part in a range of crime and justice workshops and listening to guest speakers as part of Barnsley College’s crime and justice week.

The online talks allowed students to explore potential careers, develop the skills they need for higher education or employment.

The main activity of the week was a talk by Madeleine Black, author and public speaker who shared her personal story to shatter the shame, stigma and silence surrounding sexual violence.

Madeleine said: “I was delighted to be invited to share my story with the students as I’m passionate about raising awareness of sexual violence and to help start the conversation around rape, consent, recovery and hope.

“It’s so important for all students to know that it’s ok to talk about rape and sexual abuse, to know that it’s not acceptable and where they can go for support.”

Students also had the opportunity to listen to guest speaker Deb Leonard talk about her career in the police force spanning 30 years, culminating in her becoming police sergeant for counter terrorism.

Deb said: “It is vitally important to give something back to support our young people today. They are, after all, our future.

“It has been a real privilege and a joy to share a tiny snapshot of my police career with students at Barnsley College during crime and justice week.”

The sessions were organised by Jess Widdowson, enterprise team leader at Barnsley College.

Jess added: “This was our second consecutive year of running our crime and justice week, which brings together students from across the college to hear a number of enrichment style and career talks.

“We are working with businesses to lead the economic recovery and meet employers’ needs, both now and for future roles, by providing students and adults with the skills to succeed.

“I would like to personally thank all of our guest speakers and already look forward to next year’s event.”