Children’s Year of Safety campaign to launch in Braithwaite and Guardhouse

The Children’s Year of Safety, an innovative child safety campaign, is set to launch in Keighley’s Guardhouse and Braithwaite neighbourhoods.

The launch will take place at the Braithwaite and Guardhouse Gala which runs from 11am to 2pm on Saturday, September 16 at Merlin Top Academy.

Schools, organisations, residents and children are being asked to commit to six simple steps that will reduce risks of all kinds for children and help them get off to the best start in life and fulfil their potential as they grow.

The campaign’s pioneering Six Steps to Safety will be covered in schools each half-term and will be mirrored by activities in the wider community.  

The first step, and the focus for the first two months of the campaign is: Children need to come to school every day, and on time.

This will be followed each half term by the other five steps:

  • 11 or under? Be home by 8pm for a good night’s sleep
  • Be safe online - stay up to date with what you need to know
  • Worried about a child? - speak out, stay safe
  • Alert today, alive tomorrow - safety around roads and cars
  • Play safe in the holidays

Staff from the primary schools serving the area have worked together with Bradford Council officers and councillors, police, churches and voluntary organisations to develop the campaign.

Year 5 pupil Tiannie Jessop, from Our Lady of Victories Primary School, won a competition to design the campaign’s logo which will be used throughout the campaign. As part of her prize she met the Lord Mayor of Bradford, Cllr Abid Hussain, who will attend the campaign launch at the Gala.

John Devlin, headteacher at Our Lady of Victories Catholic Primary School, said: "Children's safety is a top priority for us so the Year of Safety is a very exciting project. We live in a wonderful community, and by everyone working together I am confident that we can make Braithwaite and Guardhouse a really safe area for all of our children."

Cllr Val Slater, portfolio holder for health and wellbeing, said: "Safeguarding is everybody's responsibility. It's great to see this initiative bringing parents, schools and community organisations together to help deliver an innovative campaign to keep children safe."

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