Pupils to take part in Junior Citizen Pilot Programme

Pupils across Guildford will take part in a Junior Citizen pilot scheme this summer term at Guildford Fire Station, thanks to support from Borough and County Councillors.

The Junior Citizen Programme is a multi-agency project run over two weeks, providing an innovative and interactive way of delivering personal safety education messages to pupils in Year 6 about to transition to secondary school.

Councillor Graham Ellwood, Lead Councillor for Licensing, Environmental Health and Community Safety, is one of the councillors who supported the initiative. He explains: "Teaching children to become more aware of their personal safety and learning how to react to dangerous situations is integral to the program. Children will gain an understanding and practise safety skills during the course and this significant knowledge can be carried into the wider community and used in their everyday lives."

He adds: "We recognise the importance of helping young people develop citizenship skills and resilience by learning to think for themselves. I'm delighted that Deputy Leader of the Council and Lead Councillor for Infrastructure and Governance, Cllr Matt Furniss and I, together with Surrey County Councillors, Cllr Fiona White and Cllr Keith Taylor, have been able to provide funding to enable this pilot programme to take place."

The programme will be run in partnership with Child Safety Media. It has been designed in collaboration with the emergency services, child protection experts and teachers. The programme aligns to Personal, Social, Health, and Economic education (PHSE) in the curriculum and covers a wide range of issues from health and nutrition, bullying and hate crime to accident prevention, crime reduction and personal safety.

The summer 2019 programme is now full and a reserve list is running.

Published on Tuesday 12 March.