‘Risk’ scheme for youngsters wins award

RoSPA award for Wealden District Council's Safety In Action week SUS-140723-112359001
RoSPA award for Wealden District Council's Safety In Action week SUS-140723-112359001

A long-standing project to teach children how to be safe in ‘hazardous’ environments, which also involves emergency workers and council staff, has won a prestigious award.

Safety in Action – Wealden’s 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.

Errol Taylor, RoSPA’s deputy chief executive, said, “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.

“Our LASER - Learning about Safety by Experiencing Risk - accreditation recognises the high standard of education provided by all the partners involved in Safety in Action. It is important for children to recognise the hazards, assess risks, be able to cope with them and have fun taking part in a wide range of activities.”

Councillor Claire Dowling, Cabinet member for public health and community safety, said, “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 and regeneration team, which has organised Safety in Action over the past 23 years, making the most of our resources.”

This year’s Safety in Action has provided a ‘hands on’ learning experience to more than 1,200 children from 50 primary schools.

Activities were 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.