A new course designed to deliver the basic skills, knowledge, and understanding required to deliver a road safety intervention is being developed by the Road Safety GB Academy.
The Road Safety Practitioner Foundation Course provides participants with an overview of the whole process from identifying a road safety issue, to developing an intervention and through to evaluation. It is ideal for someone who has just entered the road safety profession, or is taking on a road safety role as a secondary task.
Cheryl Evans, head of training at the Road Safety GB Academy, said: “Over the last two decades road safety practice has developed significantly and is now widely recognised as a specialist area of education.
“Recognising this, the Road Safety Practitioner Foundation Course aims to provide participants with an overview of the knowledge and skills they need to effectively and safely deliver a road safety educational intervention.
“By the end of the course a participant will be able to assess the need for, and critically analyse, an educational intervention (based on data); understand the importance of research and evaluation; and understand the need to work in partnership with other organisations.”
The course is structured around a project and takes participants through all elements of its development. Ideally this should be a ‘real’ project that the participant is currently working on but if this is not possible the participant is given a project to develop.
The course comprises four-day contact time broken into 2 X 2 day sessions with approximately five weeks between the two sessions. Over this five-week period participants are required to complete an assignment relating to the topic covered in the initial two-day session. A final assignment, which forms the final assessment, has to be completed four weeks after the second session.
Cheryl Evans added: “The first pilot course has been completed, with positive feedback from participants, and a second pilot will take place in the coming months. Following this we will revise the course as required and then submit it for accreditation, before rolling it out late this year or early in 2014.
The course is based on the Road Safety Practitioners Standard, as developed by Road Safety GB, which outlines a practitioner’s role as: “To provide, or facilitate the provision, of road safety education and training that seeks to establish, maintain and adapt personal road user behaviours that maximise safety.”
For more information about the new course contact Cheryl Evans on 01635 519984.