A Crucial Crew Scenario day

Note: since this video was made GlaxoWellcome are now GlaxoSmithKline

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Crucial Crew enables Year 6 students to gain an insight to life skills, lessons in personal safety, and crime prevention. We aim to teach pupils all these skills in a positive and fun way. Children take part in several scenarios, as shown below.

What we at Crucial Crew aim to do, is give children an idea of things that they should be aware of when they are out and about. We aim to teach them the skills and knowledge to deal with situations in an appropriate manner - which they may find themselves in when they are older.

Crucial Crew in action

Crucial Crew in action

These situations are not always necessarily dangerous but if it is, then they could apply skills learnt from the experience. At the ages of 10 and 11 they find themselves going out more, either on their own or with their friends, and we wanted to give you as parents, peace of mind knowing that your child will be able to look after themselves, with skills they have learnt at Crucial Crew.

Your child may wish to discuss their day with you, either today or another day, and could ask questions. We hope you can answer, but if there are any queries or questions that need answering, please do not hesitate to contact the school - who will direct you to the right person.

We hope that you, as parents, find the experience has been worthwhile. We would like to hear your comments – and whether they are good or bad, they are all welcome, and we would ask you to send your comments to us via your child’s school.

Safety Scenarios

Dogs_Trust_LogoThis session aims to help young people to stay safe around dogs – and to actually meet a real ‘Dogs Trust’ dog.

Dogs can be great fun, but they must be treated with care and respect. That’s why it’s important to learn the correct way to behave when you’re with a dog.

Dogs can’t speak but they can still let you know how they feel. To understand what they’re trying to say, you just need to learn ‘doggy body-language’.

Every day we have to deal with the high risk of using our roads.

Hertfordshire Casualty Report (compiled in 1906) summarised that in 2005 there were 3,954 personal injury accidents in Hertfordshire.

Young people are particularly vulnerable, whether travelling as a pedestrian, cyclist, or as a car passenger.

This scenario reminds children to use their eyes and ears and make sure traffic has stopped before crossing the road. Also it highlights the importance of Be Safe, Be Seen.

Crucial Crew in action

Crucial Crew in action

This session aims to promote clear fire safety prevention messages to young people teaching them what to do in the event of a fire, and how to organise a fire escape plan.

It is a tragic fact that every year in the UK around thirty children are killed and more than nine hundred injured in accidental house fires. This is often because there is no smoke alarm, or because no adult is there to help the children, and he or she does not know what to do.

The main cause of house fires is smoking the home.

First aid skills save lives. At this level, young people need to know how to deal with a minor injury, or a bleeding wound, and what to do if they find someone that is unconscious. St. John Ambulance aim to provide a basic understanding of these skills, and answer questions that young people may have. Skills learned here have saved lives.

Crucial Crew in action

Crucial Crew in action

The first of two scenarios presented by the Police covers an all to often heard story about children being abducted – in this case a PCSO or volunteer in plain clothes will be posing as a photo-journalist for the Comet and will try to entice the pupils away on the pretext of having their picture taken for a newspaper article. The group will have been pre-warned about not talking to, or going with, someone at the Centre not wearing a Crucial Crew badge. Did they go? A debrief will be given by the PSCO or PC involved.

Each group of children will be asked to decide whether certain (carefully selected) items are safe or harmful. The children will discuss whether they have correctly categorized the items – for instance, an empty inhaler will  be one of the items – some will put it in ‘safe’ because they are asthmatic and use one, but obviously if you were not asthmatic it would be harmful.

There will also be some questions asked – e.g. ‘where should medicines be safely stored?’ and ‘how do you dispose of ‘out of date’ medicines?’. The intention is to make children more aware of everyday things, without taking them for granted.

The key message is – do not go onto a building site – the ‘Game Over’ video shows what happens to three children who squeeze through fencing to enter a construction site where houses are being built. Hazardous
situations are shown – some are clear – some are not. Subjects covered are trenches, which may collapse or be filled with toxic water or chemicals, dangerous machinery, ladders and scaffolding and the danger of falling from heights, together with the difficulty of getting help if in these situations. Children are encouraged to talk about the hazards they see and why they think it dangerous, and to try and offer solutions should they see other children on building sites.

Crucial Crew in action

Crucial Crew in action

Every year hundreds of people die or are seriously injured playing on or near to railways. This session aims to alert young people to some of the dangers. It is run by train drivers with experience of the problems young people can cause and the dangers they put themselves in. Many people are not aware that they can commit a criminal offence by simply going on to the track. Sadly, ‘chicken’ (dares) is still a game some young people will play – and make the ultimate sacrifice.

Hertfordshire Constabulary In our days as children, information technology probably did not exist, and now the chances are that your child may know more about IT than we do as adults. Do we understand what they are doing online? Do we check? This scenario on internet safety, online chat rooms, MySpace and You Tube, is coupled with ‘E’ bullying – and issues they may raise themselves.

UK Power Networks's Stayin’ Alive scenario aims to reinforce the importance of safety in a fun and meaningful way. Groups familiarise themselves with how Electricity gets from the Power station to their home and the equipment involved. Groups are then faced with three different challenges.

  • To recognise the ‘Danger of Death’ sign, think about what it means and where they would find it.
  • I have lost my ball in the sub-station; the group is told that there is something in front of them to help them retrieve it (meaning the ‘Danger of Death’ sign and the emergency telephone number). They are told to ALWAYS ring the emergency number on the sign. Never, ever climb into or poke anything into sub stations.
  • Identify the Hazards -fishing, kite flying, tree climbing, street lighting etc.. Identifying the hazards increases the group’s awareness of overhead lines, underground cable and substations - and their own personal safety.The scenario emphasises that electricity is very useful, but it can also be dangerous if not used properly and safely. Electricity should be treated with respect.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:23