community-safety project dedicated to teaching youngsters how to stay injury
free by putting them in hazard scenarios has been accredited by the LASER
Wealden’s Safety in Action scheme is now a
member of the elite group of LASER Accredited organisations.
in Action programme, now in its 23rd year, helps Year 6 primary
school children learn about safety by experiencing risk and this year
provided a “hands-on” learning experience to more than 1,200 10 to 11 year olds from 50 Wealden primary schools.
the learning event, children took part in activities which included risk
scenarios that tackled road safety, dealing with a casualty, reporting an arson
attack, water safety, farm hazards and railway safety.
The LASER Alliance, which is hosted by the Royal Society for the
Prevention of Accidents, brings together a range of UK-based organisations and
individuals that are committed to helping children and young people learn how
to make responsible decisions about safety and risk. To enable
this, its members promote practical safety education - “Learning about Safety by
Experiencing Risk” (LASER).
the accreditation scheme is a valuable marker to schools and other
organisations that they can be confident in using the provider for LASER
Errol Taylor, RoSPA’s deputy chief
executive, who presented the certificate, said: “The great thing about schemes
like Safety in Action is that while helping educate children about everyday
risks though supervised experience, the children then go home and educate their
parents. Two thirds of injuries that are treated in
English hospital Accident and Emergency departments are a result of home and
leisure accidents. A good example set by children can be priceless.
“Our LASER - Learning about Safety by
Experiencing Risk - accreditation recognises the high standard of education
provided by all the partners involved in Safety in Action. It is important to encourage children to
properly assess the risks so they are able to safely take part in a wide range
Councillor Claire Dowling, cabinet member
for public health and community safety at Wealden District Council, said: “We
are proud to be receiving this award from RoSPA in our 23rd year.
“It is a tribute to the high standard of
commitment given by all the partners who help with Safety in Action every year,
including Sussex Police, South East Coast Ambulance, East Sussex Fire and
Rescue, Southern Railways, NHS school nurses and the Royal National Lifeboat
Institution, as well as Wealden’s Community and Regeneration team who organise