Crisis awareness campaign held

2017-07-11 06:02
Photos: SuppliedMrs Dulcie Brauteseth, Hillcrest SAPS Captain Linzi Smith, Jason May, Grade 7 head leader, Andiswa Luthuli, Grade 7 head leader and Constable Mbhele at the awareness day at Hillcrest Primary.

Photos: SuppliedMrs Dulcie Brauteseth, Hillcrest SAPS Captain Linzi Smith, Jason May, Grade 7 head leader, Andiswa Luthuli, Grade 7 head leader and Constable Mbhele at the awareness day at Hillcrest Primary.

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PUPILS at Fulton School for the Deaf and Hillcrest Primary School held a crisis awareness campaign at their school last week.

Role players included Hillcrest Police Station Social Crime Prevention Unit, the Shongweni K9 Dog Unit, ambulance services and the SAPS Air Wing, who put on a display.

Speaking to the Fever, the Hillcrest SAPS communications officer, Captain Linzi Smith, said the idea behind the initiative was to create an impact for the children during a crisis.

“We wanted to show them that it is not only the SAPS that attend to a crisis, there are also other role players.

“A crisis for children can be overwhelming when they see fire engines, ambulances, helicopters, and so on, attending. The display was to make them more informed about situations and who attends to them. The children were beyond excited and fun was had.

“Many thanks to Fulton School and Hillcrest Primary for allowing the display to take place and to role players who attended.”

Mrs Dulcie Brauteseth, a Grade 7 Hillcrest High teacher, thanked Captain Smith and Constable Mbhele, from Child Protection Services at Hillcrest SAPS for their visit.

“They discussed bullying and possible dangerous situations children may face. They said the police were there to assist the children and gave pupils their contact details to use in time of need.

“This day was very informative for our pupils and I thank them for their time and effort in making the day a success.” SA Community Crime Watch spokesperson Steven King said that such campaigns are needed in schools.

“Such campaigns yield excellent results as pupils reach out to our counsellors and share their problems and concerns. There is certainly a need for such campaigns in schools as children are facing numerous hurdles and challenges that could hinder their academic performance,” he said.

King said schools are sometimes focused on education and not social issues, which could hinder a child’s growth.

“These campaigns allow pupils to open up and speak out about the challenges they face and to seek help from the various stakeholders.

“Well done to all involved.”

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