Broadland welcomes hundreds of schoolchildren to Crucial Crew

Council Leader, Andrew Proctor, joins pupils for Crucial Crew 2017

Published: Tuesday, 23rd May 2017

More than 900 schoolchildren from schools across Broadland learned important safety messages in a fun, interactive way at this year's Crucial Crew.

Held at The Space in Sprowston, the event was a multi-agency project, led by Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service with Norfolk County Council and Broadland District Council.

Nine 'pods' offered pupils the chance to learn everything from advice on online security and the dangers of sexting to staying safe in the water this summer.

This is the second year Broadland District Council has hosted Crucial Crew.

Council Leader, Andrew Proctor, who attended the first session of the week, said: "Broadland District Council is delighted to host Crucial Crew for a second year, as it offers a great way to deliver key safety messages to children.

"This is an excellent example of how learning some vital messages about staying safe can be delivered in such a relaxed and positive way evidenced from the enthusiasm of both those attending and those delivering the sessions."

Garry Collins, Head of Fire Prevention and Protection at Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, said: "This is a great example of partnership agencies combining to deliver critical safety advice.

"It helps keep children and all their loved ones safe by being better prepared to react to emergency situations."

Inspector Bex Brown from Norfolk Constabulary, who are delivering messages about online safety at the event, said: "We want to ensure that children of today are mindful about staying safe online.

"Technology is growing and there are so many ways in which children can now access the internet.

"We want young people to think every time they go online about who they may be speaking to and recognise internet misuse such as cyber bullying and grooming."

All children taking part in Crucial Crew received a certificate of participation.

Organisations that took part in this year's Crucial Crew:
National Grid
Norfolk Constabulary
Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service
Norfolk Resilience Forum
The Magdalen Group
Maritime and Coastguard Agency
The Matthew Project
St John Ambulance
UK Power Networks

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