Involving parents

The success of road safety education can be greatly increased if there is shared responsibility between schools and parents, which is backed up by official messages through the media and from outside agencies such as Local Authority Road Safety Officers and the police and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). Young people will learn effectively if they receive the same clear safety instructions from home as from school, so it is vital that parents are encouraged to become involved with road safety from the beginning.

Information for parents can be found in the parents' area of the THINK! Education website.

Other ways of engaging parents

As with any initiative involving parents, there will inevitably be a mixed response but there are many ways that parents can be encouraged to become involved in this important work:

  • Holding a parents' meeting to introduce the work can be an effective way to raise awareness. The Journey planner (PDF 710KB) - new window can be given out at this meeting and some of the classroom activities outlined.
  • If you don't have time to do the transition activities in class, you could give students the Journey planner (PDF 700KB) - new window activity to take home and complete with their parents.
  • Parents can be invited into school to see some of the students' work and to watch road safety activities going on: this can range from a full-blown 'road safety week' to an open day or a special assembly where students show visitors what they have learned.
  • Outside agencies such as a Local Authority Road Safety Officer or the police may be willing to give a talk to parents to launch the project. Road safety education: A guide for secondary schools teaching students aged 11–16 has been produced to help schools plan and coordinate the involvement of outside agencies.
  • The theme of road safety and details of students' activities can be featured in parents' newsletters and on the school website if there is one.