Hillcrest Shifnal School – a specialist school in Shropshire – is sponsoring Kidsafe's School Safety Packs for two nearby primary schools in a bid to keep local children mindful and vigilant this term.
Pupils at nearby St Andrews C of E Primary School and Shifnal Primary School will receive the School Safety Pack, produced by the charity Kidsafe UK, which is full of games and eye-catching posters and leaflets designed to capture children's imagination and keep them safe.
Head teacher David Cole was impressed by the colourful and attractive packs and said: “Hillcrest Shifnal School is an independent special school working with vulnerable students aged 7-19 who have social, emotional and mental health and other learning needs so we could see the advantages of a fun publication that aims to keep all young people mindful and safe via a range of enjoyable and educational activities.”
The activity book helps to alert children to hazards and risks they may encounter as they play out with friends, walk to school or start to mix with older children. The games pack covers stranger danger, vandalism and crime prevention, racism and bullying, drugs, road safety and the Green Cross Code.
Not only will it make children more safety conscious but it will also help parents be more alert to the increasing dangers children face.
But many more children are the victims of traffic accidents. According to the motoring organisation the AA*, around 5,000 children under the age of 16 die or are seriously injured on Britain’s roads each year. Nearly two in three road accidents happen when children are walking or playing and, unlike other dangers, as a child gets older the risk of a road accident increases.
The School Safety Pack is designed to get the message across to primary school children in a fun but informative way and features cartoon characters PC Peacey and his trusty friend Ray-Dio.
David Coles, Head Teacher at Hillcrest Shifnal School, was so impressed with the pack that he decided to sponsor free copies for St Andrews and Shifnal primary schools. He said: “We recognise the importance of making young people aware of safety in our own school and thought this was a great initiative to support other local children by providing an informative resource in partnership with Kidsafe.”
Outcomes First Group is a leader in the provision of outcomes-led learning, life skills, and therapeutic care for children and adults with autism, complex and Social Emotional and Mental Health needs (SEMH). It operates a national network of award-winning DfE registered special schools and therapeutic care homes as well as a national fostering programme for Looked After Children through its Hillcrest, Options Autism and Sunflower Fostering divisions.
Hillcrest Shifnal School is a Department for Education registered independent school that work with students aged 7-19 with Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs, as well as other learning needs.
Kidsafe UK (Registered Charity 1105179) was established in 2004 and provides training and resources to equip children with the skills needed to protect themselves from all forms of abuse.