It is that time of year, it’s goes dark so quickly, visibility on the school run decreases with each passing day. It is time to really make sure all children have the Be Safe Be Seen message clear in their minds. Please put aside ten minutes this week to watch a quick You tube video as a family and to run through a checklist?
More than two in five children told a Brake survey they had been hit or nearly hit by a vehicle while on foot or bike.
Think about reflective badges, strips and clothing and working with your school. Each year The Co-operative Funeralcare branch staff and funeral directors deliver badges to schools from week commencing 27th October. This is something you can easily arrange for your school.
A quick chat with my local branch, via the number on the website (link below) and I had arranged to collect some badges, chatted about how to arrange an assembly for school or access the simple script to one, and learnt lots more about the Be Safe Be Seen campaign.
I spoke to Rebecca Finch, a member of The Coooperative Funeral Care staff in the Nottingham area who has led road safety sessions. A Mum herself, she felt the sessions were a simple, yet effective way to help children take on board the be safe be seen message. Rebecca said:
Seven children a day are killed or seriously injured on UK roads each year. Just driving to and from work each day, I see so many close calls.
I think children respond well to having a different voice come into their school or after school group to talk to them, we never tell the children where we work, that wouldn’t be appropriate, but many of us are Mums or Dads and can relate to how important the message is and how children might feel.
I delivered a session at a local Cubs group, I think it helps to deliver the message early. At Cubs I shared the simple Brake assembly script and taught a simple song to remember how to be safe and be seen, and then we tested the reflective badges by turning off the lights and shining torches.
Over the past 5 years The Coperative have given out over 160,000 badges to 1,500 schools and youth groups. They also deliver school assemblies or lessons about road safety prepared by road safety charity Brake for children between the ages of 3 and 7 years.
Resources for families
There is a child friendly video you can watch at home together here.
There are simple messages to reinforce with your children here.
Badges and Assemblies for schools
To order badges for your local school visit the Cooperative Funeral Care Be Safe Be Seen page
If you want to ask any questions about the Be Safe Be Seen scheme then you can also tweet @CoopFuneralcare or @TheCooperative
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