Crucial Crew event teaches Forest Heath school children all about safety

Paddocks School pupils with their evidence of crime sheets helping them report what they had seen in a 999 call. This was part of the Forest Heath Crucial Crew event
Paddocks School pupils with their evidence of crime sheets helping them report what they had seen in a 999 call. This was part of the Forest Heath Crucial Crew event
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For 20 years children in Forest Heath have been learning how to stay safe thanks to Crucial Crew and the band of volunteers promoting vital safety skills.

This year 460 Year 6 pupils from 17 primary schools across the district learned about making a 999 call, fire safety, how to stay safe online and about criminal damage and anti-social behaviour.

Exning pupil Michael Wikerson, 11, learns how to make a 999 call from Pc Victoria Macnamara at the Forest Heath Crucial Crew event

Exning pupil Michael Wikerson, 11, learns how to make a 999 call from Pc Victoria Macnamara at the Forest Heath Crucial Crew event

Realistic scenarios and presentations at delivered hard hitting messages to youngsters to help equip them with the necessary know how about staying safe.

One presentation on online safety, showed a conversation on social media between two youngsters chatting about shared interest which involved sharing personal information and photos. But at the end one turned out to be a paedophile posing as a youngster.

Pupils also learned about fire safety with the popular fire pod and also about the danger of hoax calls.

Heather Highton, who with Vanda Carter has been organising Crucial Crew for almost 20 years, said: “We change scenarios to reflect what are current issues and aim to deliver realistic messages with impact that youngsters could come across in their daily lives,”

Monika Petrosiute, 10, puts her friend Abbey Golding, 11, in the recovery position. The Houldsworth Valley pupils were taking part in the Crucial Crew event in Forest Heath

Monika Petrosiute, 10, puts her friend Abbey Golding, 11, in the recovery position. The Houldsworth Valley pupils were taking part in the Crucial Crew event in Forest Heath