Pupils become detectives for the day

Over 1300 Primary 7 pupils from East Ayrshire became danger detectives at a special learning event which focused on personal safety.

The young people learned how to react to dangerous situations, the role of the emergency services and also how to be aware of and protect vulnerable people in their communities.

They took part in a range of fun, interactive workshops including internet safety, home fire safety, road safety, countryside safety, safety on public transport, flood prevention and Hazard House.

The workshops gave all the agencies the opportunity to speak to the young people and highlight issues and dangers young people face on a daily basis.

Councillor Jim McMahon, Cabinet Member for Older People and Community Safety said: “Danger Detectives is an excellent idea as it teaches young people, in practical and memorable ways, about the many dangers which may exist in all sorts of situations. Our young people are now armed with knowledge and have the confidence to protect themselves, and their friends, from potentially dangerous situations.
“The world has changed significantly in recent years and internet safety has never been more important. The young people were given practical and straight forward advice on how to protect themselves online and when using social media.”

The young people received a Danger Detective booklet and each school received a certificate.

Danger Detectives is delivered by Vibrant Communities in partnership with Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue, Stagecoach, colleagues from the across the Council including the Ayrshire Roads Alliance, Trading Standards and Environmental Health; and East Ayrshire Leisure.

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