Interactive Safety Centres

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.

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. The children encounter scenarios such as a house fire, a waterside scene, home hazards, etc, and are taught to deal with them in a safe and responsible way.

More about Interactive Safety Centres

The Safety Centre Alliance has links to all international safety centres throughout the UK. There are currently 10 interactive safety centres in England, with two in Wales and 1 in Scotland. There are four more centres currently in the planning stages.

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. For instance, Crucial Crew.

Get in touch

Search the site for members with safety centre links.

Updated May 2011