Six-hundred pupils from 17 primary schools across Test Valley have taken part in an annual event aimed at helping them understand how to stay safe.
The pupils, Year Five students aged nine and 10, took part in Think Safe, organised by housing association Aster Communities, sponsored by Simplyhealth and all six of Aster’s neighbourhood panels, with support from Sentinel Housing, Her Majesty’s Prison Service, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, Andover Crisis and Support Centre, Andover Police, Trading Standards and the RNLI.
At the event, held at the Vineyard Warehouse at Andover Vineyard Church, pupils faced a series of different scenarios designed to help them deal with situations they may face while out with family and friends, or while using the internet and social media.
The sessions featured important safety messages around a wide range of subjects including internet safety, domestic abuse, drug and alcohol misuse, anti-social behaviour, fire, and choices and consequences. New scenarios introduced this year included sessions on the legality and labelling of goods, and safety and behaviour on or around water.
Before the event took place, pupils were also given the opportunity to take an online survey, based around some of the messages they would receive during their visit. Over 400 pupils completed the survey beforehand.
Dave Kane, Aster Communities ASB project co-ordinator, said: “I’m always impressed by the level of professionalism shown by colleagues from all of the partners who help us deliver Think Safe show when they’re passing on such important information to the children of Test Valley.
“I’m even more impressed by the continued enthusiasm of the children. We give them at least five messages in each of the seven short scenarios and it amazes me how much they’re able to take on-board.”
Aster Communities has local offices in Greenwich Way, Andover.