Safety In Schools Week 22-26 October 2012

Safety In Schools Week 22-26 October 2012

Queensland Minister for Education Training and Employment John Paul Langbroek

Minister Encourages Safety In Schools

Victor P Taffa

Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek is encouraging schools across the state to be extra mindful of safety this week as part of Safety in Schools Week (22 – 26 October).

Mr. Langbroek said dozens of schools were taking part in a week of planned activities aimed at teaching children how to recognise safety hazards at home, at school, in the car, near water and online.

“Each year, more children in Australia die from accidental injury than from cancer, asthma and infectious diseases combined.” Mr. Langbroek said.

“Safety in Schools Week aims to help reduce the incidence of injury through education by encouraging schools to address safety through injury prevention messages, resources and curriculum based activities.”

“This is about teaching children how to recognise safety hazards, whether it’s at home, at school or in the car.”

Mr. Langbroek said Safety in Schools Week focused on injury prevention priority areas that have been highlighted in the National Injury Prevention Plan.

“School Safety Day on Thursday (25 October) encourages students to discuss school safety and walk around the classroom and playgrounds to find nine hazards which are a risk or a potential risk.” Mr. Langbroek said.

“This acts like a Safety Audit for the school and teaches students to be more aware of their surroundings.”

“I encourage all schools to get involved in Safety in Schools Week, so we can work to help reduce the number of accidental injuries our children experience each year.” Mr. Langbroek said.

Safety in Schools Week is coordinated annually by Kidsafe QLD.

Kidsafe is a nationally based charitable, non-government organisation dedicated to the prevention of unintentional childhood injuries and reducing the severity of unintentional injuries to children under the age of 15 years.