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Junior Citizens get lessons in safety

School children were taught about a range of subjects to help keep them and others safe at a Junior Citizen event supported by the council.

The Junior Citizen event for Year 6 (10 to 11 year-old) pupils was held from 14-24 April and is designed to educate children about the dangers they might face as they prepare to move to secondary school.

This year’s event included presentations from the council’s Environmental Health and Trading Standards service.

The Metropolitan Police, London Fire Brigade, Transport for London and Blue Cross also spoke to the young people who attended the sessions.

Junior Citizen hopes to provide children with life skills that will help to keep them and others safe.

Children start to become more independent at this age and are often expected to cope more on their own.

The aim of Junior Citizen is to raise awareness of threats and dangers in a fun and interactive way, knowing that children learn by doing rather than simply being told.

This year’s events took place at the Ecology Pavilion in Mile End Park where 1,200 pupils from 25 primary schools in the borough attended.

Staying safe on public transport, stranger danger, unknown dogs, counterfeit and unsafe goods and staying safe online were some of the subjects discussed.