7 April 2014

Students at Cadbury Sixth Form College had the chance to get safe this spring during "Stay Safe Week", which ran from 31st March to 4 April 2014. The week was organised with the aim of educating all students on how to stay safe in a variety of situations and covered issues such as crime prevention, personal safety and being safe online. Students were invited to participate in events and talks hosted by professionals offering advice on a huge range of safety related topics.

Over the week, West Midlands Police Officers advised students on keeping valuables safe by registering property on Immobilise, the UK National Property Register, which is used by UK Police forces to trace owners of lost and stolen property.

Sixteen year old student, Victoria Sokunbi, who is studying A Level English Literature, Sociology and Applied Science, registered her phone with the Immobilise scheme. Victoria said: "My phone cost a lot of money so it’s reassuring to know that if it gets lost or stolen there is more of chance of it being returned to me. I didn’t know about the scheme before today. It’s great that the police are here in college telling us how we can register and protect our valuables.”

The week was packed with safety presentations and included inputs from the West Midlands Police Counter Terrorism Unit, the Gangs Task Force and Officers from the Safer Travel Team who provided tips on travelling safely.

Aquarius, the drug, alcohol and gambling support service, offered advice on personal safety including the effects of alcohol and how students can make sure they stay safe on nights out. Cycling experts Bike Right performed free bicycle maintenance checks and advised students on safer cycle routes and bike safety. The event was also visited by the West Midlands Fire Service, who offered advice on driver safety by highlighting the risks involved in dangerous driving.

Lynnette Elshawarby, Vice Principal Learner Experience at Cadbury College, said: "The college has a duty to ensure that our students remain safe not just on campus, but when they are out in the community. Stay Safe Week provides the opportunity to raise awareness of the hazards students may face, whether now or later in life, and support them to take measures to protect both themselves and others.”