Partnership keeping kids safe in Ashington
Children in Ashington are being taught how to stay safe in their community.
Officers from Northumbria Police have teamed up with partners in the town to help keep children safe and educated on important issues.
Over recent months Ashington neighbourhood officers have worked closely with pupils from Grace Darling Academy in Newbiggin and William Leech Campus in Lynemouth to discuss issues such as anti-social behaviour, personal safety, plastic pollution, water safety and respecting communities.
Projects have taken place to demonstrate the dangers of certain activities and how youngsters can keep others and themselves safe.
They included a litter-pick in Newbiggin and a day with Northumbrian Water and its team at Landal Kielder Waterside, which organised a full day of activities where the pupils learned about the dangers of playing in or near open water, as well as about the environment and water resources.
PC Carly Gibson, PC Hilary Sim and CSO Phil Raisbeck, all from Ashington Neighbourhood Policing Team, ran the initiative.
CSO Phil Raisbeck said: “All this was to get the children thinking about the effects these issues have on communities and the environment, providing a platform where they could learn about staying safe within their community and why it’s important to look out for each other.
“All the children were enthusiastic and showed a real passion for what they were learning.”