Children in Coatbridge, Bellshill and Wishaw are learning how to keep themselves safe thanks to new specialist workbooks and computer programmes from UK Steel Enterprise (UKSE).

UKSE has financially supported the production of the ‘Junior Life Skills programme’, so that it can be introduced to pupils at Willowbank School in Coatbridge, the school’s annex in Bellshill and St Brigid’s Primary School in Wishaw.

The safety programme, produced by Child Safety Media, will educate every child about day-to-day personal safety, accident prevention and about social issues such as drug awareness.

Anne Clyde, regional manager of UKSE said:

“Child Safety Media’s Junior Life Skills is a great way for children to learn about the many dangers they may have to face and it is extremely rewarding to provide children with vital tools and information they need to lead safe and healthy lives.

“UKSE is a community-centred business and these children represent the future of our community, so educating them to become responsible citizens and keeping them safe is of the utmost importance.”

Junior Life Skills addresses a number of key topics including safety at home, electricity, roads, health and fitness, first aid, bullying and drugs.

Child Safety Media aims to promote and further the safety education, health and wellbeing of children and young people nationally by supporting the work of the combined emergency services and schools.

Carolann Dickson at Child Safety Media said:

“We are very grateful to UKSE for allowing us to provide Willowbank School with the Junior Life Skills programme.

“Child Safety Media provides children with the knowledge and skills they need to improve their lives and pupils at this school are very much deserving of our resources and it is very encouraging to have UKSE’s support.”

Willowbank School offers day support to young people who display high levels of anxiety and vulnerability which impact on their attendance and progress at school.

Linda McGarvey, deputy head teacher at Willowbank School said:

“This resource will really benefit the pupils at our school and will reassure our staff and the children’s families.

“The pupils and staff at Willowbank School are extremely grateful to UK Steel Enterprise for sponsoring the provision of these workbooks.”17

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