The Road Safety Unit in conjunction with a number of local primary schools launched the Junior Road Safety Officer (JRSO) scheme during the autumn term of 2004. Currently fourteen schools are involved in the scheme.
Background of the JRSO scheme
The scheme is proving very popular in Cardiff and is operating in the following Primary schools: Birchgrove; Bryn Deri (Morganstown); Cefn Onn (Llanishen); Danescourt; Gabalfa; Fairwater; Hywel Dda; Millbank (Caerau); Ninian Park (Grangetown); Oakfield (St Mellons); St John Lloyd (Trowbridge); St Mary the Virgin (Butetown); St Pauls (Grangetown) and St Phillip Evans (Llanedeyrn).
To support the JRSO scheme a colourful bi-lingual workbook has also been developed.
Junior Road Safety Officers also receive a JRSO badge, blue JRSO baseball cap, JRSO pen and a copy of ‘Tales Of The Road’ to help them carry out their role.
How the scheme works
Each year four Junior Road Safety Officers are appointed from Year 6 in each of the schools. JRSO’s will serve for a period of one year, during which time they work in close partnership with the Road Safety Unit to promote road safety initiatives within the school.
How to be a JRSO
Pupils at the end of Year 5 can apply to be a JRSO, by filling out an application form. On the form they must state why they would like the job, and what would make them a good JRSO. The applicants may then attend an interview. The interview panel is usually made up of the outgoing JRSOs, a teacher and/or Road Safety Officer.
Once the JRSOs have been appointed they will be met by their Road Safety Officer who will give them a special information pack and tell them what their duties will be for the year.
The role of a Junior Road Safety Officer
- Look after a road safety notice board and make sure the road safety information on it is kept up-to-date
- Talk at assemblies and to classes on road safety topics
- Run competitions within the school
If you would like further details about the scheme or would like your school to be involved in the initiative, please contact Germaine Walsh at the Road Safety Centre.