New milestone for child safety initiative

Crucial Crew took place at the usual location of Hartlepool Power Station, with Friday 14 October marking the end of the two week programme. 

Simon Parsons, Station Director at Hartlepool Power Station, added: “We are very proud to have hosted Crucial Crew at Hartlepool Power Station. This is a partnership that now stretches back 21 years.

“The key elements of Crucial Crew, about encouraging children to think about safety, fit perfectly with our approach to safety at the station.”

The event uses a series of practical workshops to re-create dangerous situations that children might encounter in their everyday lives. The issues covered include fire safety, e-safety, road safety, safety at the coast, substance misuse, electrical safety, kitchen safety and firework safety.

Over 1,290 Year 6 pupils from 32 primary schools have attended over the course of this year’s event.

The organisations supporting Crucial Crew include Hartlepool Borough Council, HM Coastguard, Northern Power Grid, Cleveland Fire Brigade, EDF Energy, HART and Beamish Museum.

Joanne Andrews, Hartlepool Council’s Child Injury Prevention Co-ordinator, said: “We aim to give children knowledge and understanding of dangers that they might come across, and the actions they can take to protect themselves.

“I’d like to thank all of our partners for their continued support and, once again, we are particularly grateful to EDF Energy for allowing us to stage this important event at Hartlepool Power Station.”

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