Footsteps is a practical pedestrian training scheme for young children, which develops awareness of roads and helps them live safely with traffic. Children are taken into the local area with a trained tutor to observe the traffic and discuss road safety. It forms part of the portfolio of pedestrian training programme New Journey, which includes First Steps for pre-school children and Making Tracks which is aimed at children moving on from primary to secondary school.

The 1994-98 average number of children killed or seriously injured (KSI) on the roads of Great Britain was almost 7,000 per year. 20% of accidents in 5-9 year olds and 40% of accidents in 10-14 year olds occur on journeys to and from school.

Footsteps is a three stage programme which focuses on the skills needed to become safer road users. It includes:

  • The Green Cross Code
  • safe places
  • vehicle lights
  • stopping, looking and listening
  • crossing – while holding an adults hand
  • fast and slow
  • near and far
  • parked cars
  • crossing
  • being seen
  • weather conditions
  • people who can help
  • planning a safe route

In 2010 the average number of child KSIs had reduced to 2,502 per year. This could be due to the introduction of training programmes like Footsteps.

Road Safety Lesson plans are available to support Footsteps Training. You may also like to invite Gist Ltd to come along to your school to deliver their Child Road Safety Programme.

Setting up Tutor training
Parents, grandparents and carers can volunteer to be Footsteps Tutors.  They will attend a short training course organised by the Sustainability Services Team at Bucks County Council.  Courses are held at three venues across the county, each term.  If you are interested in organising a Footsteps programme at your child’s school, or being a volunteer, please contact your Head Teacher.

Schools usually train children from Year One or Year Two – depending on how many volunteers are available. Each child will take part at least twice a term. Some schools train children so they can take part in Crocodile Trails.

For more information call 0845 3708090 or Contact Us