School visits reach more than 120,000 children
Over the last 10 months the Service has spoken to more than 120,000 pupils at schools and colleges across Essex.
The Service’s education team deliver targeted and co-ordinated safety messages to pupils at various stages of their school careers’. In 2014-15 they spoke to an incredible 117,000 young people and this year they have already beaten that total by the end of January with even more school visits still set to take place.
The main focus for the team is on visiting pupils in years three, seven and eight with lessons in home fire safety, the dangers of arson, road safety and water safety. Above and beyond regular lessons they create especially tailored courses to give to pupils in different year groups from ‘People who help us’ for four year-olds in the reception class right up to advice on how to stay safe in your first flat or student accommodation aimed at sixth formers.
All the courses are vetted and approved by Roehampton University before they are used.
Although already an important part of the prevention work the Service carries out the future is likely to see even more school visits with the Service pledging to visit every Essex school child in years three, seven and eighth.
Senior Divisional Officer Julian Ashley, Community Safety, said: “These visit make sure that the next generation will be more safety conscious than ever before. Our officers do a fantastic job of visiting schools and getting safety messages across to children in all different age groups.
“Last October alone the team of four spoke to 54,000 young people as we made sure children and teenagers got fire and firework safety advice in the run up to Bonfire Night.
“The proposals put forward under our options for change will see an even greater emphasis placed on prevention and protection work and the talking to pupils and students will always be an important part of that work.”