Annual child safety initiative enters 23rd yearPublished Monday, 8th October 2018
An annual multi-agency initiative that teaches children in Hartlepool how to stay safe is underway for the 23rd time.
Crucial Crew is taking place at EDF Energy’s Hartlepool Power Station and over 1,300 Year 6 pupils from 32 local primary schools will attend over the course of the two-week event.
It is using a series of practical workshops to re-create dangerous situations that children might encounter in their everyday lives, with the issues being covered including fire safety, road safety, home safety and water safety.
Organisations supporting Crucial Crew include Hartlepool Borough Council, Northern Powergrid, Cleveland Fire Brigade, EDF Energy, Beamish Open Air Museum, the RNLI, Cleveland Police and HART
Children from Eldon Grove Academy with Deputy Mayor Councillor Rob Book and (right) Councillor Brenda Harrison, Chair of Hartlepool Borough Council's Children's Services Committee
The Deputy Mayor of Hartlepool, Councillor Rob Cook, and Councillor Brenda Harrison, Chair of the Council’s Children’s Services Committee, were present to welcome the first pupils to attend from Eldon Grove Academy.
“This is a hugely successful initiative that over the years has done so much to make children in Hartlepool safer as they go about their everyday lives. I would like to thank all parties involved for their continued backing and, particularly, EDF Energy for once again providing us with a first-class venue.
“It really is an extremely important and fun event, something which our younger children will not forget throughout their lives. Hopefully, they will put what they learn to good use and stay as safe as possible,” said Councillor Harrison.
Joanne Andrews, the Council’s Child Injury Prevention Co-ordinator, said: “We aim to give children knowledge and understanding of dangers that they might come across and the actions they can take to protect themselves. It is amazing that Crucial Crew has now been running for 23 years and I too would like to thank all parties for their on-going support.”