Hundreds of Medway children take part in life-saving safety initiative | Medway Council
Published: Tuesday, 27th April 2021

Hundreds of school children across Medway have taken part in an innovative safety initiative.

The Safety in Action programme, set up by the Medway Task Force, supported by the Medway Community Safety Partnership (CSP), taught children aged 10 to 11 vital water, fire, road, internet and personal safety messages.

Medway Council, alongside partners in Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS), Kent Police, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), Her Majesty’s Coastguard and Crimestoppers also took part in the innovative programme.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Safety in Action was delivered virtually through interactive presentations and video calls.

Around 1,300 pupils from more than 20 schools across Medway took part in the programme last month.

All year 6 pupils across Medway received Safety in Action workbooks, reflective safety packs and pens.

Keeping Medway’s young people safe

Cllr Adrian Gulvin, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Resources and Chairman of the Medway Community Safety Partnership, said: “I am pleased that thousands of schoolchildren took part in the Safety in Action programme. The initiative is incredibly important to ensure that Medway’s young people are aware of potential dangers and know how to keep themselves safe. The presentations and videos made it an interactive experience for schoolchildren and got these very serious messages across in an informative, fun and most importantly, safe way.”

Protecting children from harm

Ch Insp Ian Dyball, from Kent Police’s District Commander for Medway, said: “Protecting children from harm is a priority for Kent Police and it’s really pleasing to see that the work we’ve undertaken with our partners has had a profound impact. The sessions encouraged the pupils to use their initiative to identify, and resolve, problems that can arise in everyday life and I’m confident the advice we’ve shared has reduced the risk of a pupil coming to harm. We look forward to participating in similar events in the future.”

Learning how to stay safe

Mel Quinn, KFRS’ Watch Manager for Education, said: “It’s really important for school children to learn how to stay safe and to be aware of any potential dangers or risks, such as fire. While we weren’t able to visit the schools in person, it was great to still be able to deliver those key messages to more than 1,000 pupils through the interactive Safety in Action presentations. The children were engaged and really enjoyed the sessions, while learning some invaluable skills.”

Life-saving information

A spokesperson from St. Mary's Island CEA Primary School, said: “The information learnt during these sessions could absolutely be life-saving. The feedback from the children showed that they had listened to a lot of facts and information and had taken on board many of the tips, for example what to do in case of a house fire and who to call for help if they got into difficulties on the water. The sessions were informative and engaging and a great idea to help keep young people safe.”

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