Road Safety

Pedestrian Training

Child Pedestrian Training

Child Pedestrian Training

The Road Safety Team offers child pedestrian training to Island pupils through their schools. This training is usually offered to Year 1 Primary School pupils, on a weekly basis over the course of a four week period. This is followed by a condensed repeater course in Year 4.

The training involves:

The on road training is an initiative offering practical roadside training to young children. The best place to teach road safety is the local road environment. All training takes place on routes around the school that have been risk assessed by the Road Safety Team.

Volunteer tutors, who have undergone training, instruct children at the roadside how to cope with traffic in different situations. The training covers three skills and is taught to children at the roadside - these include:

  • Finding a safe place to cross
    Children are taught how to recognise dangerous roadside locations where crossing should not be attempted and how to find safer routes.
  • Crossing safely at parked cars
    The aim is to teach children a strategy for crossing at parked cars where this is unavoidable.
  • Crossing safely at junctions
    Children are taught how to position themselves at junctions so that they can see down all roads.

The benefits are:

Ultimately the training aims to improve children’s perception of speed and distance, to increase awareness of sound and sight and to help children to discover for themselves safe practices.

Ensuring the children’s safety

The Road Safety Team, in partnership with the school, appoints volunteer tutors to assist no more than 3 children each throughout the training course. All tutors receive thorough training from the Road Safety Team. A member of the Road Safety Team is always on hand to offer support and advice to every volunteer tutor. All tutors undergo a Criminal Records Bureau check.

The routes identified around the school for the training sessions are risk assessed by a Road Safety Officer and fluorescent yellow jackets are provided by the Road Safety Team and must be worn by all tutors and children when training takes place.

How to get involved

The scheme is dependent on volunteers giving up a little of their time to train the children. If you would like to become a volunteer, please contact us by clicking on the contact tab above.

How to ensure your child / pupil receives this training

If you would like a Road Safety Officer to visit your school to deliver this training, please contact The Road Safety by clicking on the contact tab above, you can phone us or email us by using the 'Send a Message to this service'.

If you are a parent or guardian and would like you child to undertake this training, please contact your child’s school directly and they can liaise with the Road Safety Team to arrange for this training is delivered in the school.

Further Advice and links

For more detailed advice on pedestrian training and for Children’s excellent interactive games from the Government’s Think! Road Safety website click here

Additional web links:

Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents
RoSPA's Road Safety Department raises awareness about the causes of road accidents and promotes measures to help prevent them or reduce their severity. We provide information, education, training and publicity resources and services for road users and road safety professionals.

Department for Transport - Child Road Safety
Guidance, resources and activities for use by individuals and organisations responsible for educating children about road safety.

Directgov - Road Safety Advice

These web pages contain simple information and tips on how to ensure your child stays safe on the pavement and when crossing the road.
 
Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA)
RoSPA's Road Safety Department raises awareness about the causes of road accidents and promotes measures to help prevent them or reduce their severity. We provide information, education, training and publicity resources and services for road users and road safety professionals.

THINK! road safety website
News of our latest campaigns and road safety advice to keep everyone safer on the UK's roads