Hillcrest Shifnal School in Shropshire sponsors Kidsafe Safety Packs for St Andrews C of E Primary and Shifnal Primary School

Comprehensive games pack covers stranger danger, vandalism and crime prevention, racism and bullying, drugs, road safety and the Green Cross Code and keeps kids in the community safe

Hillcrest Shifnal School, Shropshire, is sponsoring Kidsafe’s School Safety Packs for nearby St Andrews C of E Primary School and Shifnal Primary School in a bid to keep local children mindful and vigilant this term.

Head teacher David Coles 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 School Safety Pack, produced by the charity Kidsafe UK, is full of games and eye-catching posters and leaflets designed to capture children’s imagination and keep them safe.

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[1], 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 Kids Safe.’

[1]  https://www.theaa.com/public_affairs/reports/facts_about_road_accidents_and_children.pdf