Hundreds of children from across Uttlesford attended a series of workshops to help develop vital safety skills.

Crucial Crew - which is organised by the multi-agency Uttlesford Community Safety Partnership - has been running for 28 years and is designed to help Year 6 children deal with the transition of moving from primary to secondary school.

Almost 800 pupils from 26 primary schools attended the event, which was held across five days, from June 12 to June 16, at Bridge End Gardens in Saffron Walden.

The workshops saw 10 and 11 year olds work through a range of workshops and scenarios, provided by members of the partnership - including Uttlesford Community Policing Team, Essex County Fire & Rescue Service, Essex County Council's road safety team, Uttlesford District Council and Next Chapter.

They covered topics such as road safety, fire safety, vaping awareness, antisocial behaviour, shoplifting and healthy relationships.

These workshops were designed to help children understand the consequences of making the wrong choices, while pushing them towards making the right choices and taking responsibility for their actions.

Cllr Maggie Sutton, portfolio holder for communities and local partnerships at Uttlesford District Council, said: "Crucial Crew provides valuable and educational messages to children to help them stay safe and to feel ready for the challenges that they will start to face.


"We were delighted to see so many Year 6 pupils attending the programme and we wish them lots of luck on their progression to secondary school.

"We have received positive feedback from the schools, and I would like to thank all our partners who gave their time to help deliver such a successful event as well as Saffron Walden Town Council who kindly allowed us to use the beautiful Bridge End Gardens."

Other agencies which are part of the Community Safety Partnership include Essex Police, NHS West Essex, Essex Probation and voluntary organisations such as Council for Voluntary Services Uttlesford and Victim Support.

The partnership's main priorities are to protect vulnerable people, to reduce crime, reoffending and the fear of crime, and to work together to meet emerging local threats and issues.