Over 1600 young people from across Bolton received lessons in how to stay safe this month.

The ‘Crucial Crew’ event, coordinated by Child Safety Media, took place at the Bolton Army Reserve Centre from 2nd to 13th February.

The primary school pupils were given lessons from a wide range of safety organisations including Greater Manchester Police, British Transport Police, Urban Outreach, Bolton Lads & Girls Club, Bolton Road Safety Team and Bolton Wanderers Football Club.

The ‘hands-on’ safety events taught young people about important issues that are often overlooked by the curriculum, including anti-social behaviour, personal safety and road safety.

Pupils were given the unique opportunity to learn valuable skills from the professionals, through practical demonstrations and discussions in real-life situations – all within a safe environment.

Child Safety Media’s event coordinator, Jacqui Hogg said:

“It’s essential that young people learn about safety by experiencing risk in controlled conditions. By taking part in the Crucial Crew workshops, pupils were able to explore difficult topics in a fun and interactive environment, with real safety professionals. This makes the lessons much more real and therefore, more likely to make a difference.”

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