GROUND-BREAKING films aimed at combating anti-social behaviour among young people in Kirklees are being shown in schools across the district.
Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing (KNH) has finished an innovative £30,000 project, believed to be the first of its kind in the country, to produce two educational DVDs.
KNH is hoping to sell the DVDs to other local authorities.
The discs were launched at KNH headquarters at St Andrews Road, Aspley, on Monday.
Dan Isley, service improvement manager for KNH, said: “Young people have a huge impact on the quality of life for everyone.
“The DVDs are a way of getting ideas across to them about their responsibilities in an engaging way.”
The first film, aimed at eight to 11-year-olds, is called Give Respect, Get Respect.
It tells the story of a boy who gets involved in anti-social behaviour, but turns his life around after seeing his grandma hurt herself when she confronts a group of youths.
The second DVD, for 16 to 18-year-olds, is called Moving Out, Moving On and is based on the true stories of three people who moved out of home into their own properties. It is designed to show the challenges faced by young people living on their own for the first time.
Both films, by a Leeds production company, were shot mainly in Kirklees and feature actors from West Yorkshire.
Brett Dye, headteacher at Kirkheaton Primary School, said: “This is an ideal resource to develop the social and emotional aspects of young people’s learning.
“I like the way children are encouraged to see how they might make other people feel.”
Clr Khizar Iqbal, the Kirklees councillor in charge of safer, stronger communities, said: “The DVDs are a great example of the excellent partnership work taking place here, not just to deal with nuisance problems, but to help create safe environments where such problems don’t happen in the first place.”