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Key Safety Messages Given to Middlesbrough Youngsters


Barry Coppinger spoke to school pupils about his role at the Crucial Crew event.

Nearly 900 young people from across Middlesbrough have taken part in a key community safety event this week.

Crucial Crew saw Year 6 pupils given vital community safety advice in a series of half day sessions, to help them in the transition to secondary school this September.

Agencies including Northern Powergrid, Cleveland Fire Service, Platform, Middlesbrough Council Road Safety Team, DISC, the Risk Reduction Unit and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland gave inputs covering fire safety, internet safety, drugs awareness, road safety and safety around electricity and rail lines.

The young people who took part were also asked for their views on local crime and antisocial behaviour issues through an interactive voting session in a quiz show format.

The event was organised by Iron Guidance, a local social enterprise that aims to develop the aspiration, educational opportunities and ambitions of young people, their families and the wider community throughout the region.

It was sponsored by Middlesbrough College, with participants also receiving a tour of the college and the state of the art educational opportunities which it offers.

Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Barry Coppinger said: “Events like this are an excellent means of getting important messages out to a large number of young people in a short space of time. Year 6 pupils are at a key stage in their lives where they are developing from children into young people, and it is important that as agencies we do all we can to help them develop into responsible adults.

“I observed some of the sessions with pupils from my first primary school, Archibald Primary, which brought back memories for me of what an exciting but sometimes challenging time this can be for young people as they make that important transition to secondary education.”

Vikki Cameron-Hall, CEO of Iron Guidance, added: “It was great to see the children engage with the practical scenarios presented to them and develop a greater understanding of how to effectively deal with these situations.  We would like to thank all of the agencies who took part and also Middlesbrough College for their continued support.”


Posted on Monday 14th July 2014
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