The primary focus of the project was to work with young people to help them understand how to reduce tensions arising from peer pressure, low self-esteem, bullying, discrimination and other issues, through a series of workshops and arts-based activities.
The project focused on improving interactions between police and young people. The program endeavoured to engage young people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, though not exclusively.
The NSW Police Force (NSWPF) supported the C-Red project through financial contribution under its IMPACT (Innovative Models for Police and Community Training) Program and contributions including staff time invested in participation, governance and performing administrative tasks.
The project is consistent with crime-related priorities of the NSW Government’s State Plan.
The drama, puppetry and video workshops provided throughout the program explored issues such as peer pressure, bullying, low self-esteem, discrimination, crime and victimisation. They educated young participants about options available for coping with crises, trauma, conflict, anger, fear, identity issues, cultural dislocations and generational issues. Each session drew on and imparted skills in a range of genres in the performing arts such as theatre, puppetry, mime, comedy, storytelling, music, movement and video-recording/filming. A final event called the C-Red Labyrinth was staged involving Young people, Police, Youth workers, officials and others.