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Safer Communities CIC helps keep school children Safe+Sound


Safe+Sound mobile session
Safe+Sound mobile session

A project funded by Safer Communities CIC, in partnership with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) and Sporting Communities CIC, has helped hundreds of school children learn important safety lessons.

“Evaluation has shown that the kids and teachers felt the sessions were a really valuable learning tool and we hope that other areas will be able to benefit from this project in future."

Kate Staples, Safer Communities CIC Manager

In September 2016 and January 2017 a series of Safe+Sound sessions were held at Hanley Community Fire Station and were attended by 1,989 children from 64 schools.

The scheme also saw five Safe+Sound outreach sessions delivered using a mobile classroom in Biddulph, Cheadle, Leek, Middleport and Kidsgrove.

Safe+Sound is an interactive educational programme designed to give children access to important safety information. The educational sessions were organised by Sporting Communities CIC and featured inputs from SFRS, Changes, Staffordshire Police, Public Health England, RNLI, the Canal and River Trust, Sporting Communities and National Health Service.

Canal and River Trust

Thanks to funding from Safer Communities CIC, Sporting Communities were commissioned to co-ordinate and evaluate the sessions to develop a project manual which can be used in future delivery of Safe+Sound.

The mobile sessions involved partners including Staffordshire Police, Staffordshire County Council, community organisers and Staffordshire University, who delivered key messages on fire safety, anti-social behaviour, wellbeing, playing safely, drugs and alcohol and stranger danger.

The initiative also ran alongside the well-known SPACE scheme in the Staffordshire Moorlands (funded by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner).

Kate Staples, Safer Communities CIC Manager, said: “We’re delighted that Sporting Communities CIC were able to organise and deliver Safe+Sound to children in Stoke-on-Trent and the Staffordshire Moorlands.

“Evaluation has shown that the kids and teachers felt the sessions were a really valuable learning tool and we hope that other areas will be able to benefit from this project in future.

“The Grant Funding from the Home Office, allocated to SFRS in 2014, together with partnership work with the Office of Police and Crime Commissioner and other organisations, will develop Safe+Sound using the latest technology to provide a totally immersive environment to reinforce the wide range of safety messages it delivers.”

Ben Rigby, Director of Sporting Communities CIC, said: “The Safe+Sound project is essential. Educating children on how to stay safe and raising their awareness of risk is something that we must continue to offer if we, as a society, want to give children the best chance in life. Evaluation this year proved that the long term impact of this project is vast. Retained learning from the children attending was extremely high and we had several school staff explain that they had been involved in Safe+Sound as a child and that the learning had stuck with them ever since.

“This vital, preventative work also has a huge return on investment. The impact of Safe+Sound means less children are involved in serious accidents or crisis, therefore emergency services spend less time and money reacting to incidents and can become a more efficient, cost-effective service."