Nationally 1,200 children under the age of 11 are injured and 35 killed in fires in the home in the UK every year. 6,000 fires a year are caused by children under 10 years old (source CLG).
You can help to stop it happening to the children in your care. We need your help to deliver effective safety education to the children and young people of Dorset and will happily arrange a visit by or to DFRS to help pass on the important safety messages.
We are keen to fully support children and young people with their safety education. We have five safety aims which we cover in our education from birth to 18 years:
- Fire prevention in the home
- Smoke alarms and escape plans
- Calling 999
- Not playing with fire
- Road safety
As the children progress the complexity of our messages develop and although the same subject matter is discussed a visit to SafeWise is delivered differently from a visit to your school by DFRS. We encourage you to contact us to discuss which options are best for you. We also understand that you will have your own learning outcomes. Our visits can be adapted to cover any subjects you wish, provided we are able to deliver our safety messages. Please indicate on your booking form any topics you are focusing on.
In order to do this we have created safety education resources and sessions to be delivered to all ages, abilities and circumstances. All resources and sessions have been developed by a qualified teacher with the advice and approval of local Dorset teachers. All sessions will be delivered by trained and experienced Dorset Fire & Rescue Service staff. Sessions will be tailor made and adapted to your requirements.We also have an extensive collection of activities for you to deliver to your children (schools Reception to Key Stage 3).We offer a wide variety of different sessions to choose from depending on your requirements are happy to deliver safety education to all children and young people of Dorset in all education settings:
- Mainstream school
- Special schools
- Private and Independent schools
- Learning Centres
- Pupil Referral Units
- Tuition Centres
- Personalised Alternative Curriculum
- Elective Home Education
- Education in Hospital
Please follow the link for your age group to see what we can offer you.
Some comments we have received from Dorset teachers about our fire safety work:
"Excellent, very appropriate for the age of the children - clear and attention keeping"
"The delivery was excellent, the interactivity really helped and kept the children's attention."
"Pitched at super level for children"
"Resources - brilliant. Delivery really good - pace excellent. Interaction with children."
"Far more impact than me teaching it - thanks."
"Very informative. The children really enjoyed the visit and learnt a lot."
"Thank you so much for a fantastic visit. The children are buzzing about it!"
Some comments from teachers who visited SafeWise
"The children really enjoyed it and got an experience that we would not be able to provide at school. I thought it was really worthwhile and would definitely come back again"
"HealthWise activities - got children talking about hazards - even us as adults were unsure what we could/couldn't buy and were very surprised. Good range of teaching styles"
"Lots of talk and sharing and movement to keep children engaged. Children listened well and were reflective on the information shared."
"Brilliant set up and teacher for FireWise"
"Great workshops, all children and adults learnt something new - thank you"
For further details or information please contact Policy Development Manager (Education) Tess Cross on 01305 252654 or email firstname.lastname@example.org