The Kennel Club (KC) has produced the UK’s first educational resource for primary schools to try to reduce the number of dog bite incidents involving children.
The new teaching resource is supported by Michael and Shirley Anderson, whose 14-year-old daughter Jade was killed by dogs in Atherton, near Wigan, in 2013, and they have expressed the importance of education to improve child safety around dogs.
Robin Hood Primary School in Kingston-upon-Thames, south-west London, is the first school in the UK to successfully teach the resource, and was today (Thursday June 11) accredited officially as a Safe and Sound School by the KC.
The resource is free for schools to use and is the first of its kind to be written to fit the national curriculum, so teachers can write the resource into their lessons.
It promotes safety around dogs and includes elements such as:
- understanding “dog language”
- why dogs bite
- what to do and what not to do around dogs
- how to approach dogs
- what to do if a dog shows signs of aggression
Schools that sign up are provided with an interactive computer-based tool for pupils to use, which includes a number of visual elements to engage them in the classroom.
Figures released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre show between March 2014 and February 2015, there were 1,159 hospital admissions caused by dog-related incidents (bites and strikes) affecting children up to the age of nine.
For more information about the teaching resource, visit www.safetyarounddogs.org.uk