10 principles of safety education

The Bristish RoSPA and the PSHE Association have collaborated on a review of
the the literature on effective safety education. The findings have been
summarised as 10 principles for effective safety education. The aim is to help
teachers and others choose the best resources for their circumstances and to
help those who develop resources to adopt an evidence based approach to their

1. Encourage the adoption of, or reinforce, a whole school approach, within the
wider community

2. Use active approaches to teaching and learning (including interactive and
experiential learning)

3. Involve young people in real decisions to help them stay safe

4. Assess children and young people's learning needs

5. Teach safety as part of a comprehensive personal social and health curriculum

6. Use realistic and relevant settings and resources

7. Work in partnership

8. Address known risk and protective factors

9. Address psychosocial aspects of safety e.g. confidence, resilience, self
esteem, self efficacy

10. Adopt positive approaches which model and reward safe behaviour, within a
safe, supportive environment

The resources include: a short briefing paper; a review of the literature and a
check list to help you assess safety education materials.

Further info

AplusA-online.de - Source: Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents