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Success for Virtual Safety in Action – Online Gallery Now Open!

Date : 06 July 2020

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An online gallery showcasing the artwork of school children is now ready to view on our website, as part of our Virtual Safety in Action.

Children and parents across East Sussex, Brighton and Hove are giving the ‘thumbs up’ to our Safety in Action idea, launched during lockdown, and have continued to show a high level of engagement and appreciation.

Since its launch in April, our East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service Virtual Safety in Action web page has received thousands of hits with schools, parents and children fully supporting our award-winning educational learning resource during lockdown.

There has already been positive feedback for the virtual education resource received from Year 6 teachers:

“The children really enjoyed last week's sheet for their Life skills home learning and have already asked for more!”

“Thanks so much for forwarding all your recent ideas and resources. Our children are loving them!”

It has been imperative to continue promoting key safety messages during Covid-19. As restrictions have been lifted, families have flocked to the beach and we still want to make sure water safety messages are reaching the public.

During the school holidays, and in particular in hot weather, increasing numbers of children put themselves at risk of drowning. On average 40-50 children drown per year in the UK.

Water Safety was highlighted as just one of the key Safety in Action learning areas due to the following:

There are now limited lifeguard patrols, limited parking and toilet facilities on UK beaches. Although the Government has said people can now travel for exercise, high numbers of visitors at local beaches make social distancing difficult.

Virtual Safety in Action has been promoted on social media with video clips of both Sophie Hepworth (Health Coordinator) and Sophie Chester (Community Safety Administrator), who are both been pleased with the overwhelming positive response from the public:

“We are delighted that nearly 300 schools across East Sussex, Brighton and Hove have engaged with our virtual Safety in Action activities. This includes more than 30 home-educated children, and thousands of parents who have accessed the website.

“We have received feedback from teachers, partner agencies and parents commenting on the quality of the resources, and reports that the children have found them fun to complete.”

Please click here to view both the virtual gallery and our Virtual Safety in Action learning resources for Year 6 students.


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