HC Deb 22 November 2000 vol 357 cc241-2W
Mr. Boswell

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what action he is taking to encourage schools to consider and disseminate information and awareness of personal safety from crime, and to incorporate this issue into teacher training programmes. [138646]

Jacqui Smith

[holding answer 16 November 2000]: Safety education for pupils is covered within personal, social and health education, introduced as part of the revised National Curriculum. This includes teaching pupils about managing risk, how to stay safe and where to get help. A working group is currently developing guidance to help schools teach safety issues. In addition, citizenship education encourages partnerships between schools and community organisations such as the police.

The Standards Fund school security grant of £22 million includes funding for training school staff and governors in personal safety techniques, prevention organisations and the police.

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