A ground-breaking children’s safety initiative was launched at the weekend.
The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Coun Abid Hussain, unveiled the scheme which involves three schools taking part in the Children’s Year of Safety, which has the support of a wide range of organisations and agencies.
The schools involved are Our Lady of Victories Catholic Primary, Merlin Top Primary Academy and Laycock Primary. Each term during the academic year they will cover different topics around safeguarding and safety.
It is hoped that if the scheme is a success, it will be rolled out to other parts of Keighley and the wider Bradford district.
Coun Abid Hussain said: “When we work together we can give our children every chance to thrive and fulfil their potential – which is what every one of them deserves,” he said.
“The Children’s Year of Safety is a new idea and I am delighted that we in Keighley are leading the way on such an important piece of work.
“There’s an old saying, ‘it takes a whole village to raise a child’. It may be an old saying, but it’s as true now as it ever was and it means we are all responsible for keeping our children safe.
“The Children’s Year of Safety will make it clear what that actually means for everyone.”
The gala – staged by the Braithwaite and Guard House Partnership, which brings together a host of organisations and agencies – has been hailed a success and was attended by hundreds of people.
There was a lot going on, on the day and attractions included a fancy dress contest, cave bus, bouncy castle, games, team sports, face painting, under-fives messy play, crafts, food and stalls.
The police and fire service were there, Keighley Healthy Living was represented and White Rose Energy distributed information.