Primary schools invited to attend a one-stop-shop for safety awareness

Published: Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Northampton Community Safety Partnership are working together to host a one-stop-shop safety awareness event at The Deco Theatre on Wednesday 6 February.

The event will welcome 180 year six students from Kings Heath, Lumbertubs, St Mary’s and The Good Shepherd Primary Schools to find out more about a range of issues that could affect them and their wider community, including: online safety, knife crime, anti-social behaviour, rail safety, fire and crime prevention.

The day will open at 9.30am with speeches from Councillor Anna King and His Honourable Judge Mayo. Following these, students will have the opportunity to take part in a range of interactive sessions from Northampton Borough Council, Network Rail, Northamptonshire Police, Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) and the Youth Offending Service.

In addition, Rushden Academy will be performing their well-received ‘Add me’ online safety play, and Northampton School for Boys will share a performance of their ‘I’m still me’ play, which explores the effects of hate crime and how it can be reported.

Councillor Anna King, Cabinet member for community safety and engagement, said: “As our children progress through school and life events, it is essential we give them the information and tools they will need to navigate challenges they may encounter.

“Reaching out to this particular age group, ahead of their transition to secondary school, is an ideal opportunity to raise awareness of potential issues the students may face now and in the future, and we will aim to continue working with partners to deliver these events on a consistent and regular basis.”

NFRS will be providing an interactive workshop in which young people are given multiple choice answers to real life scenarios.

Community safety officer Liz Armstrong said: “The pupils taking part have to choose whether something is an emergency and when to call 999 or the non-emergency number. Through the exercise, they also have the chance to learn about making the right choices and about consequences.”

Officers from Northamptonshire Police will be delivering a presentation focused on the subject of keeping valuables safe.

Crime prevention officer Kate Bailey said: “This fun event provides a great opportunity for us to share important safety messages with so many young people. The children will learn some valuable life skills and will hopefully remember the event for a long time to come.”

Any schools who would like for their students to attend a safety awareness event later this year can register their interest by emailing