This year, Safety In Action is being co-ordinated by East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service and Wealden District Council remains a key partner.
Safety in Action is a ”hands on” teaching event for over 1000 children and takes place in June.
The project has been successfully running in Wealden for 25 years. This annual event aims to teach young children (10 to 11 year olds) from Wealden based primary schools, how to deal with potentially dangerous and sometimes life-threatening situations. The scenarios that the children have to deal with range from being approached by a stranger, reacting to a fire and dealing with an accident etc.
This is a partnership event with all the emergency services and other agencies (see below under ‘Key Partners’). There is also a competition element to the events with the school attending, which obtains the highest mean score winning a prize. There is also a special road safety award in memory of Lawrence Reeve, a young boy who was sadly killed on a Wealden road. This is sponsored by Uckfield and District Lions Club and Servomex, Crowborough.
The 10 scenarios:
- Police Issues (Sussex Police)
- Farm Safety
- Railway Safety (Southern Rail)
- Dealing with an Accident (South East Coast Ambulance)
- Road Safety (Sussex Police)
- Fire Safety (East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service)
- Electrical Safety (UK Power Networks)
- Water Safety (Freedom Leisure)
- Alcohol Safety (East Sussex Healthcare, NHS)
- Countryside (Wealden District Council)
- Safer Wealden Partnership
- Wealden District Council
- South East Coast Ambulance Service
- East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service
- Sussex Police
- Southern Rail
- Freedom Leisure
- East Sussex Healthcare NHS
- UK Power Networks
- Street Scene Team at Wealden District Council
The events take place in the grounds of Herstmonceux castle and Bowles Outdoor Centre, Eridge. Both venues kindly donate their facilities free of charge for this project.
Evaluation sheets are completed by pupils, teachers and scenario organisers. An annual evaluation meeting is held after the event to review the project.
The level of knowledge about the issues raised during Safety in Action was higher in those attending.
Over 15,000 children have attended Safety in Action over the 25 years it has been taking place, giving them the opportunity to increase their knowledge of personal and community issues.
One teacher attending the event said ”its fantastic, the children really enjoyed acting out scenarios. They liked feeling grown up and making decisions.” Each year a report is produced, view or download the Wealden Safety in Action 2016 Report (pdf).
We were delighted to receive the prestigious accreditation from RoSPA Society for the Prevention of Accidents (external link) to acknowledge the high standards of experiential teaching delivered at our events. The award was presented by the Chief Executive of RoSPA. The accreditation is a mark of the high quality of training delivered by all the staff and volunteers involved with our Safety in Action events.
Students (aged 16 years and over), particularly those interested in pursuing a career with the emergency services, should contact The Community & Regeneration Team using the contact details below.
Safety in Action is always received well by the teachers and children. Generally the feedback is extremely supportive of the event, with 99% of teaching staff rating the event as either an excellent or good learning experience.