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Children get important safety messages with Crucial Crew

Hundreds of children from across Uttlesford attended a series of fast-paced workshops aimed at developing vital safety skills.

Crucial Crew - which has been running for 28 years and is organised by the multi-agency Uttlesford Community Safety Partnership - is for Year 6 children to help them deal with the transition of moving from primary to secondary school.

Almost 800 pupils from 26 primary schools attended the event, which was held across five days last week (12 to 16 June) at Bridge End Gardens in Saffron Walden.

It saw the 10 and 11 year olds work through a range of workshops and scenarios, provided by members of the partnership - Uttlesford Community Policing Team, Essex County Fire & Rescue Service, Essex County Council's road safety team, Uttlesford District Council, and Next Chapter - covering topics such as road safety, fire safety, vaping awareness, anti-social behaviour, shoplifting and healthy relationships.

The workshops were designed to help the children understand the consequences of making the wrong choices while pushing them towards the right choices and taking responsibility for their actions.

Cllr Maggie Sutton, Chair of the CSP, said: "Crucial Crew provides valuable and educational messages to children to help them stay safe and to feel ready for the challenges that they will start to face. We were delighted to see so many Year 6 pupils attending the programme and we wish them lots of luck on their progression to secondary school.

"We have received really positive feedback from the schools, and I would like to thank all our partners who gave their time to help deliver such a successful event as well as Saffron Walden Town Council who kindly allowed us to use the beautiful Bridge End Gardens."

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20 June 2023