Personal safety sessions encourage children to think about when and where they feel unsafe and explores a range of strategies to stay safe. This could include if they are being bullied, if they feel nervous on the way to school, or situations that could arise when out and about in the community.
The session also includes consultation with children about what helps them to feel safe or unsafe in the community where they live. The feedback from this is circulated to key professionals whose responsibility it is to take action to address safety concerns in the community, for example the local police, councilors, MPs or Local Action Teams and the school. Concerns highlighted by children have included graffiti, drinking in the street, and drug taking.
This work has resulted in the creation of a number of PSHE resources for schools developed in partnership with Brighton & Hove City Council:
Safe in my community which aims to provide children with the tools to feel and be safe in communities where drug and alcohol issues may be present.
Safe on the way to school: helping children to assess risks on the roads and in communities on the way to school
Find out more
To book a session or for copies of the resources, please contact the Children & Families Team on 01273 411613/419725
Children and parents can visit the children’s website with lots of fun stuff to do about feeling and staying safe www.safetynetkids.org.uk