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Safety Centre (Hazard Alley) Police Property Act Fund case study

Safety Centre (Hazard Alley) is the world's first interactive indoor safety education village. Originally conceived by Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Services and Thames Valley Police, it aimed to introduce children to risks, dangers and hazards in a totally safe environment.

Funding received

In March 2019, Safety Centre (Hazard Alley) received a grant of £5,000 from the Police Property Act Fund. With this funding, they planned to deliver internet safety sessions to schools in Milton Keynes and Aylesbury Vale.

Session content and delivery

The sessions focused on how children can protect themselves online and increasing their awareness of how they could make themselves vulnerable to being contacted by strangers.

Each session was tailored to the age of the children and covered aspects including minimum ages to access apps and healthy attitudes when online.

"It was useful to get an honest view from the children about the time they spend online and the activities they are engaged in." Teacher response to the workshops

Examples of activities that take place at Safety Centre (Hazard Alley) CREDIT: Safety Centre (Hazard Alley)
Anthony Stansfeld, Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley

"I am delighted to hear how the Police Property Act Fund has supported Safety Centre (Hazard Alley) in Milton Keynes. They are doing important work with young people, addressing a number of key areas within my Police and Crime Plan for the Thames Valley. Long may their positive work continue." Anthony Stansfeld, PCC for Thames Valley

Bookings and Sessions Delivered

Safety Centre (Hazard Alley) were able to deliver 42 sessions to schools across Milton Keynes and Aylesbury Vale. These were delivered to a range of Year 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 classes.

Outcomes

Older children were asked to complete an exit card at the end of each session to assess their own learning. For those that were able to do so, the results were as follows:

  • 95% were more confident in keeping themselves safe online
  • 95% were aware of the ChildLine number
  • 97% would not share personal information with strangers online
  • 87% said they would think carefully when posting photos and videos online
  • 88% said they would talk to a trusted adult straight away if something upsets them online
Safety Centre (Hazard Alley) were awarded £3,800 by the Police Property Act Fund in March 2020

"We know that there is a need for education around online safety...our staff can stay up-to-date in their training, especially as the risks are constantly changing. They also have the advantage of being trusted visitors into schools and the increased likelihood of more honesty from the children is an important aspect of our intervention." Jo Green, Centre Director

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Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner Thames Valley
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Credits:

Created with images by Stephen Isaiah - "untitled image" • Jason Dent - "Confetti Explosion " • Ludovic Toinel - "A small hacker" • Sergey Zolkin - "Work on notebook" • Jungwoo Hong - "Upwards arrows"