Keeping Children Safe: Practical Steps and Resources for Primary Schools 
June 30, 2023

While it is true that “accidents will happen”, keeping children safe and preventing as many accidents as possible should be a concern of every school. By raising awareness of risk sensitively, schools can help create a secure environment for children to grow, learn, and flourish within.
Primary schools are now embracing Childhood Safety Week, which is dedicated to promoting safety education and awareness. Here are six ways your school can participate and build a culture of accident prevention.

Safety Workshops and Presentations 

Organising safety workshops and presentations effectively engages students and provides them with valuable safety information. Collaborate with local police,fire service, and health professionals to conduct interactive sessions on topics; such as road safety, fire prevention, first aid, and personal safety. These experts can offer engaging presentations, demonstrations, and age-appropriate activities to communicate safety messages to students.  

Safety Awareness Posters and Visual Aids 

Visual aids play a significant role in capturing children’s attention and reinforcing safety messages. Create or download eye-catching safety posters featuring key safety rules and guidelines for various situations, such as crossing the road, using the internet safely, or dealing with strangers. Display these posters prominently in classrooms, hallways, and other common areas to serve as constant reminders for students.

Storybooks and Reading Materials 

Introduce safety-themed storybooks and reading materials to foster a culture of safety awareness. These books can cover various safety topics like water safety, bike safety, personal hygiene, or emergency preparedness. Organise dedicated reading sessions during Childhood Safety Week, allowing students to explore these books and discuss the lessons learned.

Interactive Games and Activities  

Learning through play effectively educates young minds about safety. Incorporate interactive games and activities into the curriculum during Childhood Safety Week. Online platforms, such as educational websites or apps, offer a wide range of safety-focused games that are both educational and enjoyable. Alternatively, schools can design board games or quizzes related to safety, promoting healthy competition among students while reinforcing important safety concepts.

Safety Drills and Simulations 

Conducting safety drills and simulations help students familiarise themselves with emergency procedures and enhances their ability to respond effectively in challenging situations. Involve teachers, staff, and local emergency responders in these drills to ensure students receive proper guidance and support.

Guest Speakers and Safety Experts 

Invite experts in child safety to deliver informative talks and workshops. These speakers can address critical safety issues, such as bullying prevention, internet safety, or mental health awareness. Their expertise and real-life experiences can profoundly impact students, providing them with practical strategies and tools to stay safe in different environments.

Childhood Safety Week is a valuable opportunity for primary schools to reinforce safety education and empower their students with the necessary knowledge and skills to protect themselves.  Remember, safety education should extend beyond a single week and be integrated into the curriculum throughout the year, ensuring that children are equipped with the tools they need to navigate the world safely. Together, we can create a secure environment that nurtures and protects our young learners.  

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