The Safer Essex Roads Partnership (SERP) is using Child Safety Week 2019 to engage with children and parents at 80 road safety and active travel-related sessions.
Organised by the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT), the annual Child Safety Week aims to raise awareness of the risks of child accidents and how they can be prevented.
The theme for the 2019 week (3-9 June) is ‘Family life today: where’s the risk?’ – highlighting the new dangers caused by modern lifestyles, including road safety related issues.
Throughout the week, SERP partners are delivering a comprehensive programme comprising 80 different events and sessions at schools across Essex, Thurrock and Southend on Sea.
The programme includes 47 Bikeability Level 2 training sessions, which teach primary school pupils how to deal with traffic on short journeys such as cycling to school. The training takes place on local streets, giving participants a ‘real cycling experience’.
Elsewhere, the Reality Road Show is being delivered Year 9 pupils at two high schools in Brentwood and Basildon.
The interactive presentation, titled ‘Taking Risks on the Road’, shows the audience how their behaviour – on a bus, in a car, on a cycle and as a pedestrian – can have an impact on not only their own lives, but on that of their families and the wider community.
In addition, there are 16 road safety education sessions being delivered to Year 5 pupils at various schools – and nine sessions for reception children and their parents.
The programme also includes a scooter training session in Thurrock, child car seat checks in Harlow, pedestrian training in Southend-on-Sea – and three open days at fire stations in South Woodham Ferrers, Waltham Abbey and Weeley.