As children grow older and experience new situations and freedoms, there will be an increased demand on their ability to keep themselves safe. They have many generic and specific safety skills to learn, as well as developing positive attitudes to their own safety and that of others. As adults working with children in the field of safety education, we must be careful to balance the social, cultural and health benefits of taking part in activities and visiting places with possible risks to safety. We must ensure that we approach safety education positively, seeking to increase a sense of responsibility for oneself and others, whilst we avoid increasing fearfulness.
Provision for development of Primary work on Safety Contexts
We offer and range of resources to support Safety Contexts in Primary Schools:
The Cambridgeshire Primary Personal Development Programme provides primary schools with all the resources needed to deliver a comprehensive PSHE curriculum from EYFS to year 6. It enables schools to review their current practice in PSHE and Citizenship and develop long term plans. Teachers can also access guidance on a range of teaching methodologies. The programme includes toolkits with up to date materials for reviewing and developing a range of policies. The customised software can be used to plan a teaching programme, access and distribute resources, and produce a wide range of reports and analyses.
CPD for Staff is available to meet your needs in building teacher confidence or support you with developing policy and practice.
Provision for development of Secondary work on Safety Contexts
We offer and range of resources to support learning about Safety Contexts in secondary schools:
All of our materials for PSHE and Citizenship are based on a series of Wellbeing Frameworks which provide a developmental overview of all areas of learning. These frameworks build on national guidance for PSHE, identifying key areas of learning across the school curriculum.
Supportive National Documents
The publication ‘Nothing Ventured… Balancing Risks and Benefits in the Outdoors’ (English Outdoor Council 2010) states that ‘A mindset that is solely focused on safety does children and young people no favours. Far from keeping them safe from harm, it can deny them the very experiences that help them to learn how to handle the challenges that life may throw at them. There is an emerging consensus that our society has become too focused on reducing or eliminating risk in childhood. And research suggests that overprotecting children can lead to longer-term problems with mental health and well-being.’
Nothing Ventured Link http://www.englishoutdoorcouncil.org/wp-content/uploads/Nothing-Ventured.pdf
There are a variety of resources and organisations which will be supportive to you in developing appropriate safety contexts provision for the children in your school. We do not take responsibility for the content of the websites listed.
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