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Children & parents reminded to 'Stop, Look and Listen!'

Posted on the 26th August 2015

Families in Lancashire are being reminded of the importance of the Green Cross Code before their children go back to the school in September.

As September approaches and children head back to school or arrive for their first day highlighting good road safety knowledge becomes all the more important. Each year hundreds of children in East Lancashire walk to school every day and the Accident Prevention Service (ACAP) at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust is visiting primary schools in the area to talk about road safety.

The team is encouraging parents to teach their child the Green Cross Code of ‘Stop, Look, Listen’ which can be a fun way to encourage safe behaviour on the roads. There’s plenty of other things people can do to stay safe such as wearing something reflective or brightly coloured when walking to the park or to school to help drivers visibility as the nights get darker.

Rosemary Acton, Child Safety Lead Practitioner at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:

‘‘We understand that September is a busy time getting your children ready to head back to school, so raising awareness from an early age will equip children with the information they need to stay safe. Practicing and talking about road safety early on prepares them for when they start high school in the coming years as they prefer to walk with friends or alone instead of with parents.”

The ACAP Service is led by a Child Safety Lead Practitioner and the school talks will be delivered by Primary Care Support Workers within the Children and Families Health Teams at the Trust, who will be contacting schools to deliver the road safety presentation.