Monday, 22 April 2019.

Helping primary children stay safe

6 February, 2019

More than 250 children from nine primary schools in the Dover area converged on Aylesham this week to learn more about staying safe.

Run in conjunction with the district council’s community development and safety teams, the Safety In Action event was held over two days at the Aylesham Project in Ackholt Road. It brought several organisations together to highlight a range of risks and hazards children face as they become more independent and prepare for transition to secondary school.

The exhibitors included Kent Police, Kent Fire & Rescue, RNLI, Kent County Council, British Transport Police and UK Power Networks. The event was hosted by education specialist SALUS, which regularly hosts Safety In Action events around Kent.

Safety in Action is largely aimed at year six children and aims to provide an educational, fun learning experience to discuss and learn about personal safety based upon realistic life situations, direct from agency and organisation staff.

Children are divided into teams to rotate around the different safety scenarios, spending 10 minutes at each to learn about the specific safety messages. Teams are awarded points for their responses to the questions and at the end of the day these were aggregated, with cash prizes awarded to the top three schools.

Youngsters from both of Aylesham’s primary schools were both due to attend during the second day when the Chairman of Dover District Council, Cllr Sue Chandler, was also set to pay a visit.