Safety in Action – Wealden’s innovative community safety scheme for 10 -11 year olds – has been awarded LASER accreditation by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.
This award acknowledges that Wealden’s Safety in Action is among the leading 15 schemes in the country for helping young people learn about safety by experiencing risk. RoSPA’s LASER – Learning about Safety by Experiencing Risk – accreditation recognises the high standard of education provided by all the partners involved in Safety in Action.
Errol Taylor, RoSPA’s Deputy Chief Executive said it is important for children to recognise hazards and assess risks, be able to cope with them and have fun taking part in a wide range of activities.
The great thing about schemes like Safety in Action is that while helping educate children about everyday risks through supervised experience, the children then go home and educate their parents. Two thirds of injuries that get treated in English hospital Accident and Emergency units are as a result of home and leisure accidents. A good example set by children can be priceless.
This year’s Safety in Action has provided a ‘hands on’ learning experience to more than 1,200 children from 50 Wealden Primary Schools, including pupils from Herne Junior School, St John’s CE primary School and St Mary’s Catholic Primary School.
Activities have been held at the Bowles Outdoor Centre near Eridge and Herstmonceux Castle. Risk scenarios have included: road safety, personal safety, dealing with a casualty, reporting an arson attack, railway safety, water safety, alcohol safety and hazards on a farm.
Councillor Claire Dowling, Cabinet member for Public Health and Community Safety said:
We are extremely proud to be receiving this award from RoSPA in our 23rd year. It is a tribute to the high standard of commitment given by all the partners who help with Safety in Action every year, including Sussex Police, South East Coast Ambulance, East Sussex Fire and Rescue, Southern Railways, NHS school nurses and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. Most of all, it recognises the hard work and commitment of Wealden’s Community & Regeneration team who have organised Safety in Action over the past 23 years, making the most of our resources.
This year’s overall winner of the Uckfield Lions Club prize was St Mark’s Primary School, Hadlow Down. There is also a special road safety award in memory of Lawrence Reeve, a young boy who was sadly killed on a Wealden road. This is sponsored by Servomex in Crowborough, and this year was won by Five Ashes Primary School.
Other prizes were won by: Cross in Hand Primary School (ambulance scenario); Marshlands Primary School, (personal safety scenario) and Wadhurst Primary School (fire scenario).
For more information about Safety in Action click here.