Posted on Friday 9th June 2023 in All Road Users, Education and Training, Pedestrians

On Tuesday 6th of June, Sussex Safer Roads Partnership attended two schools in West Sussex to deliver road safety advice to primary school children in line with this year’s Child Safety Week which runs from Monday 5 to Sunday 11 June, with this year’s theme is ‘Safety made Simple’.

Focusing on reaching young road users our Programme Delivery and Communication Officers delivered our Young Road User resource, a resource that SSRP have developed to communicate with young children on how they can be safe on the roads. This resource is available to download, here on our website. These resources are available to schools, and home-schooling groups, to deliver in-house as part of assembly/ PSHE/ road safety sessions. However, we encourage schools/ groups to liaise with Local Officers and/ or Local Authority to seek support with delivery where possible. SSRP also require each school to complete the evaluation questionnaire included in the resources.

Meeting with the Year 3 and 4 students allows us to interact with children ahead of them being given any independence, meaning the road safety messaging we delivered will be in their forefront. We were able to answer all questions asked by the students in relation to safety as a pedestrian, cyclist, and car passenger. SSRPs Casualty Reduction Sergeant James Arrol-Barker, was also in attendance, was on hand to answer all their very excitable questions!

In Worthing, 30 students were asked to complete a 6-question-surveys, with all students answering at least 5 questions correctly. Meanwhile, in Eastergate, 23 surveys were completed, with 91% of students answering at least 5 questions correctly. This feedback will enable Sussex Safer Roads Partnership to refine future discussions regarding safe placement on the pavement as a pedestrian (away from the kerb).

All students received a young road user pack, which included further road safety literature, as well as various hi-vis items (reflective clips, lanyard, snap band), pens, pencils, and stickers. The students were very keen to use the resources provided and were happy to be referred to as young road safety officers, asked to share the knowledge they had gained with their peers. Excellent engagement from all!

There is also more educational resources for children created by Think! that are free to use!