Councillor Robert Everitt pictured outside West Suffolk College which in previous years has been the venue for Crucial Crew. However, this year, for the first time in its history, Crucial Crew has gone virtual.
Thousands of West Suffolk primary school children are to learn valuable and potentially life-saving skills as Crucial Crew returns with a difference.
For more than 20 years, schools have sent children to West Suffolk College to take part in events designed to teach them everything from healthy relationships through to what to do in a house fire.
During that time developments in mobile technology, tablets and other devices has also seen internet safety become increasingly important as one of the Crucial Crew activities.
The Covid-19 pandemic meant that last year’s event couldn’t go ahead and has meant this year’s Crucial Crew has, for the first time in its history, gone virtual.
More than 50 West Suffolk primary schools are being sent online information on how to take part activities based around seven scenarios including hate crime, anti-social behaviour, internet safety, criminal exploitation, fire safety,
healthy relationships and substance misuse.
The project has been coordinated by West Suffolk Council working in partnership with Suffolk Police, Turning Point, Volunteering Matters, Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service, Lighthouse and Ipswich Borough Council (who provided film footage).
Robert Everitt, cabinet member for Families and Communities, said: “At its heart, Crucial Crew is about teaching and equipping children on how best to avoid or deal with some of the bad things they may unfortunately face in their young lives. It’s life skills that could potentially become life-saving for them one day and I think most parents, grandparents and carers would agree, that is invaluable.
“We had great feedback from past Crucial Crews from some of the teachers and young students taking part, so we are delighted that, working with partners, we are able to bring it back albeit in this slightly different format. We have spoken to many of the schools already who are keen to take part and I’m sure it will be just as successful as previous events.”