The aim of the Junior Safety Officer Scheme is to increase safety awareness amongst pupils and encourage them to accept responsibility for keeping each other safe.
Over thirty borough primary schools are now part of the scheme.
In July, each primary school in the Borough is invited to join the scheme and appoint two or three Junior Safety Officers (JSOs) from Year 5, and occasionally from Year 6. The Junior Safety Officers serve for a period of one academic year, during which time they work in close partnership with the Borough’s Safety Education Team to promote safety initiatives and pass on active travel messages in their school.
At the beginning of the autumn term all new Junior Safety Officers are invited to a Junior Safety Seminar where they meet their Support Officer and members of the Safety Education Team. The Officers are given a special information pack, prizes for competitions they hold and a timetable of what their duties will be for the year.
The seminar provides an opportunity for Officers to attend workshops on various safety issues. Throughout the year the Officers are asked to promote various safety campaigns, maintain a junior safety notice board, take assemblies and organise competitions promoting safety.
Each year the Officers compete with each other to become a ‘Junior Safety Officer of the Year’. The Officers who have worked especially hard to put over their safety messages and have maintained an impressive notice board are presented with a certificate and prize.
Updated: 11 May 2017