The "Keep Safe" Programme
"Keep Safe" is based on the highly successful Bee Safe programme which has been running in Northern Ireland since 1990. This event brings 5th and 6th class primary school pupils together with local agencies and organisations with a safety remit. The programme has a direct link to the curriculum at primary school, with particular relevance to the Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE). It also helps pupils deal with the transition to secondary school.
What is involved in a "Keep Safe" event?
State agencies and regional organisations with a safety remit come together to talk to children with a common message – Keeping Safe. The event promotes safety and community awareness through involving the children in a series of interactive scenarios, with a strong safety theme.
"Keep Safe" takes place over a morning where children from local schools come to a central venue for an event accompanied by their teachers.
The common themes for all scenarios include:
- Children are educated to change their behaviour and attitudes in order to stay safe
- Children improve their understanding of everyday situations where accidents are likely to occur
- Children are encouraged to take responsibility for their own actions.
The HSA plans these events around the country on an ongoing basis. The events are facilitated by Junior Achievement Ireland.
Access the Keep Safe Quiz here
Comments from recent Keep Safe Events
There was a great mixture of activities that appealed to all learning styles, the children were required to listen, watch, participate and physically engage. They were very well informed on all the safety issues and the presenters were enthusiastic and excellent at communicating with the children.”
Audrey Colton, Oxmantown NS, Birr, Co Offaly
“ I believe that the children are now more equipped to deal with a dangerous situation and are more aware of the importance of safety. It was very well organised and efficient and the speakers engaged very well with the children.”
Ms Callanan, Crinkill NS, Co Offaly
“ Keep Safe was very active and relevant to their age and experience. The small groups worked really well, as it was very active and engaging.”
Lena Grace, St. Brendan’s NS, Birr, Co Offaly
“Keep Safe covered a huge amount of health and safety activities that are ‘real life’ experiences . Well done to all that organised it, the fact that it was only 10 minutes per presentation kept it very interesting for them and they got the message from every agency “
Annette Ryan Gath, Mercy Primary NS, Birr, Co Offaly
The HSA Keep Safe event was really well organised. The demonstrations were very hands-on and interactive and pupils & teachers were all given practical tips on how to keep safe. Excellent educational value!
Seán Kelly, Kilrickle NS, Loughrea, Co Galway
The HSA Keep Safe event organised by Junior Achievement Ireland was really enjoyable and the boys loved all the diverse activities. The demonstrators were informative, knowledgeable and related brilliantly with the boys. A big thank you to the HSA and all involved!
Brian Mcloughlin, St. Brendan’s NS, Loughrea, Co Galway
The children were fully engaged at each station of the workshop. Concrete materials and demonstrations kept the children interested and helped them to learn. The skills taught at each station provided the children with essential safety knowledge and skills that they need for everyday life. Thanks to the Health & Safety Authority for an enjoyable and educational day!
Sinead O’Hara, Kilnadeema NS, Loughrea, Co Galway
‘The ‘Keep Safe’ event is a fantastic opportunity for the children to learn some essential life skills in a fun and interactive way. Every station was structured in such a way that the children were fully engaged with each speaker.’
Síle Nic Spaidín, Gaelscoil Riabhach, Loughrea, Co Galway