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It is vital that children be given adequate and appropriate road safety education from the earliest age. They need to be aware of the many sources of danger in the road environment and learn ways of coping safely with these.

The JRSO (Junior Road Safety Officer) approach was first launched across Scotland in 2002, although some areas had been working with various JRSO programmes since 1995.

Scotland’s JRSO approach aims to empower children to highlight road safety issues within their school community. It encourages road safety peer education and promotes partnership working between pupils, parents, teachers, Road Safety Officers and other professionals, such as Travel Plan Co-ordinators.

Although schools may have their own methods of recruiting JRSOs, the general premise is that two Primary 6 or 7 pupils are appointed to work as JRSOs for a year.  

Much of the JRSO approach has developed naturally over the years. For example, a school may have found that a good way of working is to have a JRSO team consisting of the two lead JRSOs and a number of assistants.

It is the ethos of the JRSO approach that is important, not the mechanics of how it should work. What works very well in one school may not work so well in another. It is an ethos of pupil empowerment and partnership working to enable children to become effective contributors, confident individuals, successful learners and responsible citizens.

The JRSO approach provides children with an unique opportunity to get actively involved in promoting road safety education throughout the school community and, in doing so, assisting with their own learning across the curriculum. Although there are many activities JRSOs can get involved in, the 3 main areas of development are: presenting at assemblies and classes; preparing and maintaining a JRSO notice board; running school competitions.

The role of the JRSO Co-ordinator is crucial to the success of a school’s JRSO programme. The Co-ordinator can be a teacher, a classroom assistant or a parent, and is an important part of the overall JRSO programme in providing support to the JRSOs, helping them to achieve experiences and outcomes across the curriculum.

The local Road Safety Officer will be the road safety contact with the school, and will provide the necessary road safety support to the JRSOs and the Co-ordinator.

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