Interactive safety centres

January 2013

What is an interactive safety centre?

An interactive safety centre offers purpose-built sets based on real-life situations such as a road, a shop, a dark alley, a burning building, and others. The centres give children and young people an opportunity to learn how to keep themselves safe by giving them practical training in how to handle unexpected events.

The centres are open to schools, and sessions can often be tailored to fit the age range of the group. For instance, a group of teenagers could be presented with a scenario which teaches them to deal safely with the aftermath of drug use, or about the dangers of tobacco and alcohol, whereas younger children could be presented with a road safety scenario, giving them practise at safely using pedestrian crossings.

The wider community potential of safety centres is also reflected in their increased use for safety awareness work with older people, helping to provide an intergenerational focus which can be an important extra safety dimension for families.

What is their role in child accident prevention?

Although interactive safety centres deal with issues such as drugs, strangers and internet safety, most of their work is focused purely on accident prevention.

This is particularly true with groups of primary school children, where visitors encounter familiar community situations such as a home hazards, a waterside scene, railway lines and construction sites. In each case they are able to learn the nature of the risks involved and how to handle them in a safe and appropriate way.

More about interactive safety centres

The Safety Centre Alliance has links to safety centres throughout the UK. New Centres have recently been launched, including ones in Gloucestershire and South Yorkshire

Find your nearest interactive safety centre

If there is no interactive safety centre in your area, there may well be a programme that delivers similar services but uses a temporary site such Crucial Crew.

See also information about members of the RoSPA-hosted LASER alliance.

Updated June 2013