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Broadland children skill up in safety with Crucial Crew

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Broadland children skill up in safety with Crucial Crew


Over 900 children from around Broadland are set to get skilled up in personal safety this week, as the successful Crucial Crew initiative rolls into Sprowston, supported by Broadland District Council.

All this week children aged 10-11 from Broadland schools are getting hands on with safety at The Space in Sprowston. Over 930 children from 19 schools will take part during the course of the week, attending 10 minute interactive workshops in a variety of topics including street safety, fire safety in the home, drug and alcohol awareness, the recovery position, inland water safety and personal safety.

This is the first time that the Crucial Crew initiative has been to the area, bringing important safety messages to Broadland’s schoolchildren and helping them to keep safe and secure. The Crucial Crew is a multi-agency project, led by Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service with Norfolk County Council and the district councils, and now covers the entire county. The project engages with schools and Key Stage 2 children who are in the last year of primary school. Safety messages are delivered in a fun and interactive way through hazards presented in a safe environment, such as a simulated bedroom fire and rescue.

Councillor Andrew Proctor, leader of Broadland District Council said: “We are delighted to bring Crucial Crew to the district and to help our young people find out about all areas of personal safety in this interactive and fun event. One of our ambitions is to keep people safe and secure and this hands-on event really engages with youngsters, who in turn are keen to share the safety messages they have learnt with their family and friends.”

Norfolk County Council’s Chairman of Communities, Councillor Margaret Dewsbury said: “Over ten years 40,175 of Norfolk’s children have benefitted from Crucial Crew events. I think the work that they do raising children's awareness of danger and dangerous situations is fantastic and something all children should experience, so we are very grateful to Broadland District Council for its support in bringing this tried and tested way of teaching valuable safety skills to even more youngsters.”

Kristie Burdett, Community Fire Safety Team Manager said: “Broadland has a strong preventative approach to keeping people safe and secure, so we are excited to welcome them into the long-running Crucial Crew partnership, engaging with their Year 6 pupils. Young people are one of our best communication tools for spreading safety messages and the interactive environment enables their ability to recall what they have learnt with us.”

All children taking part in the Broadland Crucial Crew will receive a certificate of participation.



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