As Parents or Guardians, we are very protective of our children and sometimes make all the necessary decisions about crossing roads without involving them in the thought process or providing no guidance at all. Many children get driven by car rather than walking and therefore have little exposure to trafficFootsteps is the Council’s refreshed training programme for children aged 4 to 7 years old which is designed to help children become more aware of their surroundings when out and about, including walking to and from school.

What is Footsteps?

Footsteps is a sequential progressive, three stage road safety training programme.  It is designed to help children to learn to think for themselves and to improve their awareness of and how to stay safe around roads and traffic. It is important for Parents/Guardians to reinforce this learning and this has been emphasised in our new Training.

Footsteps teaches children to make their own choices and decisions about what they see and hear through open questioning. With progression they will get better at deciding what they must do to keep safe in various traffic situations. This reinforces the need for parents and schools to take every opportunity to train their children, as they grow up, to be safe road users. 

The Programme incorporates a separate Parents’ Guide for Children which introduces parents to the Programme and encourages their participation in their child’s training.


For details of the programme please contact Corinne Randall:

01296 383432   

For other Road Safety Initiatives please see our website:


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