Child and School Safety
The Partnership recognises the importance of promoting and delivering road safety education with children and young people of all ages. Partners work in many settings to promote road safety messages.
Early Years – nurseries and pre-school:
Age appropriate, interactive, and engaging workshops are offered to nursery and pre-school settings. Workshops incorporate road safety and active travel themed activities, stories, and songs to teach and engage with the youngest of children and their families. During these workshops children are introduced to the Warwickshire road safety mascot – Warwick Bear.
Workshops and brightly coloured, engaging resources are also offered to non-educational settings, such as libraries and children’s centres at various times throughout the year.
Safe and Active Schools Programme:
Launched in September 2021, this innovative new programme combines essential road safety education with active travel information, activities, and resources to encourage and support staff, children, and families to travel safely and more actively on their journeys to and from school – walking, cycling, and scooting.
Safe and Active Schools are assigned a dedicated Road Safety Officer who will deliver age-appropriate road safety education to every year group. Recognised behaviour change techniques and co-operative learning are incorporated into to every session to engage children and encourage good practice. Themes include STOP, LOOK, LISTEN, the Warwickshire Road Safety Code, Safer Places to Cross, Distractions, Independent Travel, and New Journeys.
Alongside the road safety educational programme delivered to pupils, schools are asked to recruit a school champion who will lead the school through a reward programme that promotes active travel. Schools will be supported to set up several active travel activities such as a Walking Bus, Park and Stride or regular Walk to School weeks, working their way through a series of levels to achieve either Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum status.
Safe and Active schools are also supported and encouraged to develop and maintain effective School Travel Plans, and work with a dedicated School Travel Plan Officer to write, review and maintain the School Travel Plan.
Driving Ambitions – The Journey:
Two road safety Mentors, both of whom are current Approved Driving Instructors, visit secondary schools throughout Warwickshire to deliver a series of presentations to Years 7, 9, 10, 11 and 12. Themes include independent travel, distractions, risk taking, responsible behaviour as a passenger and impulsive decision making. Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service also deliver a session to Year 13’s in schools and colleges, speaking about the dangers of drugs and alcohol while driving.
School Parking Patrols
Partners regularly come together to look at school parking county wide, to discuss and evaluate current work and look for new and innovative ways to solve the problem of inconsiderate and dangerous parking.
Cars & Kids Don’t Mix:
Many schools have issues with parking outside the school gate and partners work collaboratively to help schools address these issues through a combination of education and enforcement.
Cars & Kids Don’t Mix is a campaign led by Warwickshire County Council’s Road Safety Education Team and supported by all partners to encourage safe and considerate parking outside primary schools. Cars & Kids Don’t Mix campaign comprises a large banner to display on school railings, leaflets, and digital resources for schools to use to highlight concerns and offer safer alternatives. Partners work together to educate and enforce safe parking outside Warwickshire schools.
The partnership regularly supports and promotes national environmental campaigns such as National Clean Air Day, Bike to Work Week and Walk to School Week.
School Crossing Patrols:
Warwickshire County Council provide a number of crossing patrols across the county to assist children and their families when walking to and from school. Crossing patrols are provided at sites that meet the technical criteria, have active support of the school and the availability of a suitable recruit.