CHILDREN are being urged to take more responsibility for their own safety as part of an initiative launched by Cleveland Police and a housing association.

Tristar Homes and the force have teamed up for ‘Staying Safe’ scheme which saw pupils from seven primary schools across Stockton attend a workshop at Hardwick Community Centre.

The children, aged 10 and 11, were taught how to play prevent accidents in the home, understand risk whilst out in the community, report inappropriate behaviour, tackle bullying and learn about the negative impact of drugs and alcohol.

The event was the brainchild of neighbourhood police officers from the Newtown neighbourhood policing team and funded by Tristar Homes.

Police Community Support Officer Ryan Davey said: “Children are vulnerable and are not always aware of dangers that may be happening around them.

“We are committed to improving safety in our neighbourhoods by protecting young people and vulnerable adults whilst building positive relationships with them which will help keep them safe.”

Kay Glew, head of housing services for Tristar Homes said: “Children and young adults should be able to enjoy safe environments wherever they spend their time. However, it is also vital that they develop a good understanding of risks and how to manage these to stay safe so they have the freedom to grow and achieve their full potential.”