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Schoolchildren in Staffordshire are being enrolled in a series of virtual 'lessons' aimed at keeping them safe and well. Safe+Sound is a project set up by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service with the aim of supporting communities to make informed and positive lifestyle choices around improving their health, safety and wellbeing.
The Virtual Safe+Sound lessons can be accessed on the Learn Live platform every Wednesday at 10am to form part of teaching in school. Similar sessions had originally been available for parents to access and watch at home during lockdown when schools were closed. Topics will include:
Vulnerability ASB, cyber-crime, online safety and any other relevant issues.
What to do in an emergency including CPR and making a call for help.
Staying safe including water safety, road safety and personal safety.
Fire safety in the home, nuisance fires and 'don't be blamed for the flames' campaign
Wellbeing Dementia Friends, mental health awareness and emotional wellbeing.
Helen Wood, Education Manager for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, (SFRS), said: "The Safe+Sound programme is a fantastic way to deliver our educational messages and enhance learning. SFRS is committed to incident prevention and this allows us to lead the way in educating young people on fire and road safety."
As part of the programme, Tamworth Borough Council will be presenting a weekly series of online safety topics. The sessions, which may be subject to change, are:
Wednesday, October 14 Safer Strangers Wednesday, October 21 Halloween safety Wednesday, November 4 Firework Safety Wednesday, November 11 Bullying (to coincide with Anti-Bullying week) Wednesday, November 18 Streetwise (to coincide with road safety week) Wednesday, November 25 Streetwise part 2 (keeping safe during the winter) Wednesday, December 2 Play Area Safety Wednesday, December 9 Tamworth Quiz
Wednesday, December 16 Festive special
The scheme was set up by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue
Andrew Smith, Tamworth Borough Council's Partnerships Officer, said: "The topics are very wide-ranging and there is something for everyone. A big part of my job role is usually spent in schools delivering important safety messages and Safe+Sound has enabled me to still do this every week while the Covid-19 restrictions remain in place. All the partner agencies involved have been able to reach out to thousands of young people in a safe way and during this unprecedented time, it has been one of the positive events that has managed to bring people together."