Almost 100 children from Halton primary schools attended an event that launched the Junior Safety Officer Scheme, a new initiative encouraging children to promote safety to their peers.

Winners from Farnworth Primary School attended the event to receive the winner’s shield having ben judged the best influencers after tuition from the emergency services.

Eleven-year-olds Jasmine Barker, Rebecca Durrance, Neive Pierce, made a short speech and described what they enjoyed about the role, and shared great tips with the newly appointed Junior Safety Officers, who represented many of Halton’s schools.

Halton Borough Council’s Executive Board Member for Transportation, Cllr Stan Hill, said; “The aim of the scheme is to increase safety awareness amongst pupils and encourage them to accept responsibility for keeping each other safe.

“Messages promoted include, personal safety, fire safety, road safety, community safety and water safety. The children read safety messages out in assembly and run competitions throughout the year to remind pupils of the information. “

The scheme is organised by Halton Borough Council’s Road Safety Team, in partnership with Cheshire Police and Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service