Guidelines for Child Safety Training

"Working together to reduce childhood accidents"

Promoting the safety of children

Aim

To promote a stimulating educational experience which enables the children to learn about safety and gain increased confidence in themselves and their abilities.

Objectives

Events should have clear objectives which ensure the provision of planned opportunities for children to:

These objectives should enhance other over arching schemes and guidance such as:

Management

Core elements of the event are:

Other key elements are:

Elements should reflect local need. Where other elements are to be included the advice of the Safety Education Group and the Think Safe group to be sought.

The target age group specified to schools will be Year 5 or Year 6. the event is not appropriate for younger children. When children with special educational needs are to attend consideration will need to be given to accommodate them. Organisers of the event must let agencies know in advance and provide guidance.

Schools will receive advance information which should include:

Links with 'Safer Me' and other newsletters, as well as publications such as the Think Safe Workbook should be promoted.

Operational Procedures

All sessions should be interactive and involve children in practical activities designed to support skill development.

Each session or scenario should have a clear focus with a limited number of objectives.

The children should work in appropriate mixed groups to enhance learning organised in advance by the school.

Each session or scenario should last 15-20 minutes

Group sizes limited to 8 - 10 children in each group will maximise the opportunity for learning, unless pre-arranged with the organisers/agencies.

All children will receive a certificate, passport or workbook in recognition of their participation and achievement.

A teacher's workbook will be provided to ensure that they can become aware of the experiences being offered to the children and how to follow these up back at school.

Evaluation

Children, teachers and agencies take part in a planned process of evaluation

Children should be encouraged to reflect on their experiences at school, this should be an active process.

Teachers should provide time to allow pupils to use and apply experience through assemblies, letter writing, circle time etc.

Teachers are required whilst on site to observe and evaluate each scenario with regard to relevance and clarity of presentation, these evaluations will provide immediate feedback to agency staff.

Following the event teachers will be asked to comment on the overall organisation and impact of the event.

Following the event agencies will be asked to comment on the overall organisation and impact of the event.

Each event in Hampshire, Portsmouth, Southampton and the Isle of Wight will be required to generate a report on their event including evaluation findings and contribute to the further development of Think Safe.

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