Pupils give lessons in crime and safety

p18 lead - 23/11/11'L-R  Lewis Eyley, Russell Taylor, Adam Bradford, Ashley Jones, Addam Tabani
p18 lead - 23/11/11'L-R Lewis Eyley, Russell Taylor, Adam Bradford, Ashley Jones, Addam Tabani
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PUPILS became teachers for the day to educate other South Yorkshire youngsters on crime and safety issues.

The event was part of National Takeover day where children are given the chance to work with adults for the day and be involved in decision-making.

The day was organised to allow children to have their voices heard by adults, and for organisations to give a fresh perspective on their work.

Those involved in the scheme were invited to the Lifewise centre in Rotherham – a life-size film set where agencies from across the county deliver crime and safety messages to the public.

The centre, which has moved from Magna and is now based on the Hellaby Industrial Park, is run by South Yorkshire Police and South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Volunteers helped adults running the ‘Crucial Crew’ programme at the centre, where Year 6 schoolchildren are taught about the consequences of anti-social behaviour and arson.

They are also given fire safety advice and first aid.

Chf Insp Gwyn Thomas, of South Yorkshire Police’s Community Safety Department, said: “It was an honour to have the Takeover volunteers with us for the day.

“It’s especially important in what we do to gain the views of children and young people, so we can keep improving on the services we offer here at Lifewise. Their contribution on the day was invaluable and we all benefited from the experience.”

The Lifewise Centre, which opened in September, features a mock town film set including houses, a park, shops and pub, where agencies act out scenarios to help deliver crime and safety messages to try to steer children away from crime.

It also features a realistic courtroom and even an A&E department.