Hot Topic #2
Safe School
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And awareness of risks and health issues is essential, in later work-life as well as in school. Health and safety have to become normal, intuitive to our children, so we can be sure they will mind these problems all their lifetime. All parents and teachers want their children and pupils to be safe at school. The following projects focus safety at school, for teachers and trainers as well as for the children themselves.

Here is a selection of Good Practice examples dealing with these problems (in random order):

Young Life School Savers Club (UK)
Young Life Savers Club (your safety matters) is a subsidiary of Combined Training Solutions Limited (CTS), an international company with its core specialization in Health & Safety training and Consultancy. The goal is to equip children and young adults between the ages of 8 – 11 for primary school and 12-17 for secondary school, with essential Health and Safety tips with life-saving first aid skills as well as meticulous attention to client experience.
The Club offers a wide range of topics covering safety remedies for our environment, fire, risk and common injuries and medical conditions and also meets the criteria of the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Safe healthy school – GDA Schools (Germany)
GDA Schools is a joint program of the Federal Government, the Länder and accident insurances to raise awareness among students about occupational safety and health. Special qualification programs for head teachers are developed within the project. It aims at reduction in the frequency and severity of accidents involving the reduction of inappropriate mental stress and promotion of systematic perception of safety in the school.

Is this school safe enough? (Nigeria)
IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE AT ALL?' is a school safety assessment guide for parents and school owners.

Safety for and by everyone (The Netherlands)
Voion web-site
The Roelof Van Echten college was created a few years ago by a merge of several schools. One of the challenges was to develop one culture and vision towards health and safety among the different schools. Each location has a prevention worker, and there is one overall coordinator who has two days a week to initiate and execute the health and safety policy. Seventy employees have a supportive function. The goal is to make safety a case of everyone.

TheSafetyChic (Nigeria)
TheSafetyChic is an initiative for the safety of children at school and at home. It offers information and lots of resources on its website and on Instagram.

Good healthy school at Erich-Gutenberg-Berufskolleg (Germany)
Project web-site
At Erich-Gutenberg-Berufskolleg, all parties are committed to a healthy learning culture, because good health is the basic condition of teaching and learning. The concept of good healthy school combines health promotion with school-based quality development.
The work community health management of the ETUC was compiled at the beginning of the school year 2007/2008 to support a health-conductive behaviors of teachers and students at the ETUC and to create appropriate framework conditions. In the meantime, many possibilities were developed and tested on the health-promoting behaviour.

TET practice at Rajamäki School in Nurmijärvi (Finland)
Project web-site
In Finland, OSH is called TET. This is an abbreviation for the Finnish Työelämään tutustuminen. All schools follow a national core curriculum. This includes the objectives and core contents of different subjects. Local education authorities in municipalities, and the schools themselves, draw up their own curricula within the framework of the national core curriculum.
TET consists of work periods during the three last years of the compulsory comprehensive school. The students are 13, 14 and 15 years old. In the 7th grade, TET introduces students to the work of kitchen and cleaning staff at school. This TET period lasts only few hours. The 8th- and 9th-graders must find a workplace on their own, but the guidance counsellor can help if necessary.

National Healthy School Standard (NHSS) (United Kingdom)
Project web-site
The National Healthy Schools Programme is an exciting long term initiative that helps young people and their schools to be healthy. The programme makes a difference to the health and achievement of young people in thousands of schools across England.
This example can be found in detail in our GOOD PRACTICE area

Safe Schools is a special project by Professor Ike, a Health and Safety Practitioner, a school owner and a passionate trainer. Safe Schools started off with a vision to provide safety education to children in schools. It rapidly became a household name and the go-to and leading provider of school safety services in Nigeria and other cities/countries. Our core values remain integrity, innovation and affordability. It is very important for us to provide the best service to our customers, not compromise and quality, yet make safety affordable and accessible for and by all.

UPSI and the sea horse (Germany)
Upsi is a comic character, created by the Accident Insurance Berlin to rise awareness for OSH topics in a playful way. Eight books and one radio play have been released until now. This book tells the story of UPSI and the sea horse and is supposed to teach children how to behave safely and feel safe in the water. Every Kindergarten in Berlin can get this book for free and use it.

SAFEtober (Nigeria)
Every October, we campaign for safer schools by sharing tips, information and resources to get schools all over the world taking action on safety. We believe we can create a safer world and future through schools and children – after all, children are our future.
in 2018 we explored the theme TAKE A STEP which saw schools in different cities and countries participate in various safety activities. In 2019, the theme was Safety in Unity! We explored the benefit of relationships and partnerships in ensuring a safe learning and work environment.

Källby Gård - Safe school (Sweden)
E- Mail
Källby Gård is a comprehensive school with children from 1 to 12 years old. The school was the first in the world to be awarded the title of safe and secure school, according to the criteria set up by the WHO, on the 24th November 2003. The school has been a model for work with accident prevention.
This example can be found in detail in our GOOD PRACTICE area

Kiddiesdom is an initiative tailored towards educating children about major global and environmental issues not emphasized on in schools. These issues include but are not limited to safety, child abuse / molestation, climate change, waste recycling and reduction.
Children are very adept at practicing and preaching what they learn and believe. Hence, our philosophy... "An Impacted Child, A Changed Generation".

¡A salvo! (Safe) (Spain)
E- Mail
The “¡ A salvo!” (Safe!) campaign directed at primary education students aged from 6 to 12 years in all schools in Castilla y León and was developed to increase awareness and attention to safety in children. Its objective was to create a new preventive culture by acting from the first stages of education to promote awareness that safety is socially desirable and must be defended by all, and by promoting an attitude change that contributes to the development of health and safety habits for all and benefits everyone.
This example can be found in detail in our GOOD PRACTICE area

“The safe school” and “The safe kindergarten” (Germany)
Project web-site "Safe School"
Project web-site "Safe Kindergarten"
Rhenish Local authority accident insurance association (RGUVV)
On this website of the RGUVV, children, pupils and other visitors can click through a unique virtual model of a school or a kindergarten. Users can find out a lot about safety, risks and technical details.
This example can be found in detail in our GOOD PRACTICE area

Safety in the Classroom – Prevention Programme (Italy)
A training (experimental and free of charge) project on safety in the primary school's classes of Cureggio (NOVARA).
Two meetings were held for each working group. The meetings began in january. Each class is supported by the teacher (Safety trainer) while drafting an assessment document called the “Safety Exercise Book”. In order to achieve the set targets, the description of the classroom hazard assessment as well as the report of behavioursthat are measured are all included in the Exercise Book".

Bezpecna Komunita - "Safe community" (Czech Republic)
E- Mail contact
In April 2005, the primary school Zachar Kroměřiž in the Czech Republic was announced International Safe School. The programme International Safe Schools is a part of larger movement the World Health Organisation Safe Community movement, formally started in 1989 and located at the WHO Centre Community Safety Promotion in Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
This example can be found in detail in our GOOD PRACTICE area

“Safe School with PZU” (Poland)
Project web-site
“Safe School with PZU” is organized under the patronage of the Ministry of National Education and Sport, National Road Safety Council (NRSC), Main Police Command, and Experts from those institutions worked out materials which would be easy to understand for pupils. “Safe School with PZU” is the only campaign in Poland realized on so large scale and engaging so many institutions and people.
This example can be found in detail in our GOOD PRACTICE area

A safe work by the school (Italy)
Institution web-site
Student training in School-Work Alternation projects. This cd-rom is intended for schools and is aimed at helping teachers and school directors to comply with Art. 22 of Law Decree 626/94, concerning the training on occupational safety and health for those students involved in School-Work Alternation projects.

Activity sheets - safety at school (Italy)
E-mail contact
The general purpose of the research was to develop a culture of health and safety (on the roads, at home, at school and in the local area) in schools in a certain area. This project - created by the Department of Prevention at the Community Preventive Medical Service (SMPdC) of the Bergamo ASL (Local Health Agency) and by the Department of Documentation, Information and Training at ISPESL (National Institute of Occupational Safety and Prevention) - has organized for public health operators to provide support for teachers in order to contribute to and provide orientation for the choices of curriculum and method.

School Safety courses (Nigeria)
A huge number of school safety courses, provided by SAFESCHOOLS, Nigeria

Hygiene and safety at school (Italy)
E-mail contact
Development of the “Education to Safety” through the adoption of proper behaviours. The project is carried out by Tele2 (Italy) during the curricular activity and provides informations activities, exercises including the actions to be taken in the event of a danger and video watching.

International Safe Schools (USA)
Project web-site
International Safe Schools is part of a larger movement, the World Health Organization Safe Community movement. Formally started in 1989 and located at the WHO Collaborating Centre on Community Safety Promotion in Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm Sweden. Most of their programs took place in the United States, however, many of European countries is also involved in this campaign.

Project “SAFE SCHOOL” (Italy)
E-mail contact
The project, included in the Italian P.O.F. (Programme for the Supply of Training Courses) communication/integration area, is addressed to the 950 students attending the schools of the I.C. (Istituto Comprensivo) in overcrowded classrooms, with poorly suitable spaces. The project aims at developing the safety and prevention culture among them.

Safe in our own school (Italy)
ISPESL web-site
Project of the Istituto superiore per la prevenzione e la sicurezza del lavoro – ISPESL. To be aware of dangers at school, home and in the workplace and to behave properly in emergency situations. The school, being the authority in charge of education par excellence, shall take the burden for the education to the Civil Protection, which is a pivotal aspect in personal education .
This example can be found in detail in our GOOD PRACTICE area

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