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
‘Keep Safe’ Nenagh has been a great experience for my class. It’s reassuring that they are now more aware of their own personal safety heading in to the summer months. It was well organised and the small groups are ideal for the scenarios, which were excellent.
George Hannigan, Nenagh CBS Boys School
‘Keep Safe’ Nenagh was a very positive experience for my students! It was well organised with a lovely range of activities taught by professionals and I believe it will really help our students make better decisions regarding their safety in the future.
Gary Prout, Nenagh Carrig National School
A fantastic collaborative event which was very well organised, involving so many different agencies active in the community! Many of the children were previously unaware of the roles such as the Civil Defence and of it’s voluntary nature also. The scenarios were very well mapped out and the different stations provided many hands-on interactive engagements or discussion opportunities.
Orla McNamara, Nenagh Gaelscoil
My students both enjoyed and benefitted from their experience at ‘Keep Safe’ Nenagh. I think that the hands-on practical experience of the activities will have a hugely positive impact on their attitude to safety. It was well organised and the ‘Keep Safe’ event was well structured, with great variety between the various stations.
Leanne Lynch, St Mary's NS
“The children thoroughly enjoyed the day. Each station was well organised and they were encouraged to ask questions. They are more aware of the dangers around them now and understand how to deal with it. They were surprised by how dangerous it can be to charge phones and tablets at night, when left unattended. Keep Safe is a very informative event!”
Róisín Nic Oireachtaigh, Scoil na gCeithre Maol
“Keep Safe is a fantastic idea and well worth attending for our 6th class children. It covers so many areas, which would not be covered in school. They ask lots of questions and were eager to hear all of the information at each of the stations!”
Carol Boyle, Scoil Phádraig, Ballina
“ Keep Safe was an extremely well organised event which was both enjoyable and informative for the students. It makes such a difference to hear the various safety guidelines from the professionals as opposed to their teacher! The structure of the event was excellent and it was great to hear from many different experts at each station, who covered as much practical material as possible.”
Jimmy Byrne, Culleens N.S.
“Keep Safe is a very enjoyable, interactive, well organised experience. They were encouraged to think about situations that they previously hadn’t encountered, in everyday circumstances. They got a lot of information in the ten minute sessions, which really helped to keep them interested throughout the morning.
Delores Castro, Behy N.S., Ballina
“This event was a super opportunity for the children to experience an array of real life situations in a safe environment. It was an interactive and hands on experience which the children really engaged in. The agencies gave very professional presentations, which I have no doubt will bring greater safety awareness to our students.”
Michael Grath, Scoil Íosa, Ballina
I believe that attending Keep Safe Ardee will really benefit my students. Vital information from experts, instead of listening to a powerpoint presentation from a teacher is a lot more effective! Keeping a ten minute time limit was ideal as it maintained focus and the interactive nature of the activities made it a hugely positive experience!
Roddy McCoy, Monastery National School Ardee
Keep Safe Ardee was a great mix of information and hands on experiences! The children enjoyed moving between the stations - it kept them motivated and eager to learn. Extremely positive and informative experience!
Maria Cawley, Ardee Educate Together National School
HSA Keep Safe will help the students make wiser choices in the wider world. It was excellent to have presentations from professionals and volunteers, who can help them relate to real life situations outside of the classroom. There was a great variety of audio visual, talks, listen & respond and interactivity, all done at a good pace. Keep Safe was a really well organised event which really engaged our students!
Donna Greenan, Scoil Mhuire na Trocaire, Ardee
'The HSA Keep Safe event was excellently organised and having all the different agencies there made it a very enjoyable experience for the students. I fully expect my students to take on board what was covered today – 6th class is an ideal age, as this event makes them aware that their responsibility is changing, as they get older. The small groups was a great idea as it facilitated questions and answers, and they got a better understanding of the safety measures at each station.’
Peter Dooley, Ballapousta National School