Children put Safety into Action

Pupils from Herne, Grove Park, St Mary’s and St John’s in Crowborough will be learning about risk and safety first hand at Bowles Outdoor centre.

Safety-in-Action-RailwayBlue light services and transport providers are joining Wealden District Council to provide two weeks of events to give Year Six primary school pupils the chance to experience hazard scenarios in a safe and secure environment.

Among the situations which will be tackled by the children are road safety, personal safety, looking after an injured person, reporting an arson attack, safety on railway lines, alcohol, water and danger on the farm.

Wealden organiser Sophie Hepworth said:

We have been running Safety in Action for 24 years.  These hands-on active learning events really help the children retain important messages about what to do in difficult situations and build personal confidence that cannot be instilled by watching a promotional video. I am pleased to see other organisations are adopting this approach to help educate and inform more young people.

The first Safety in Action Week will be held at the Bowles Outdoor Centre near Eridge from Monday 8th to Friday 12th June.

Schools from the southern part of the district will attend the second week at Herstmonceux Castle from Monday 29th June to Friday 3rd July.  Both venues have generously allowed the use of their facilities free of charge, and funding for the events is provided by the Safer Wealden Partnership.

Safety-in-Action-TelephoneAmong the partners working with Wealden are Sussex Police, South East Coast Ambulance, East Sussex Fire and Rescue, Southern Railway, Freedom Leisure and NHS school nurses.

Servomex in Crowborough are sponsoring as special award for road safety, and Uckfield Lions Club are sponsoring an award for the school which gains the most points in the safety scenarios.

Each child will be presented with a workbook to take back to school in order to reinforce the safety messages learnt.


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