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Help requested posted on 11th June 2019:

Risky Behaviour (by children)

We have been contacted by our youth offending team who are seeking help with a family where the children are displaying extremely risky behaviour on the road.

This includes pushing each other into the road, running across the road in front of cars, one sibling dragging another across the road on a blind bend etc.

The family has experienced a road death in the past and the parents have spoken to the children and reinforced the dangers of the road, but to no avail.

Is anyone available of any interventions or resources that have been used in similar situations?

Mark Bunting

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Response posted on 12th June 2019 by:
Simon Deards

E: simon.deards@bedford.gov.uk
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Risky Behaviour (by children)

Mark, my first thought is that a road safety intervention isn't the place to start. I don't know the detail of the road death in the family or how close/related the individual was to the children here. However it could be that they are attempted to process/understand and re-enact or 'cheat' the outcome that befell the other family member.

My suggestion is that the family might benefit from some more therapeutic support but in the first instance I am sure that the Road Victim's Trust https://www.rvtrust.org.uk/ might be an organisation to speak to?

Kind Regards
Simon.


Response posted on 12th June 2019 by:
Carla Leowe

E: clowe@westminster.gov.uk
T: 02076414095

Risky Behaviour (by children)

Hi Mark

Have the children received/been offered counselling for the road death in their family? If not, this may be an option. It appears that there may be need for further interventions needed with the family as a whole and the risky behaviour on the road is the tip of the iceberg.
You could also consider peer to peer learning. Children are more likely to listen to a slightly older role model or someone they respect.


Response posted on 12th June 2019 by:
Derek C Donald

E: d.c.donald@btinternet.com
T: 01463792154

Risky Behaviour (by children)

The age of the children are not mentioned, but it might be that a friendly police officer in uniform speaking to the children in a non-lecturing manner, explaining what may be the result of their actions, may have the desired effect. A demonstration using dummies of how long it takes a vehicle to stop in an emergency, could be shown to the children.


Response posted on 13th June 2019 by:
Keith Baldock

E: keith.baldock@brighton-hove.gov.uk
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Risky Behaviour (by children)

I'd certainly agree that a road safety talk/intervention is really unlikely to address the issue. It is a case for CAHMS help or similar with the family- hopefully you've got local bereavement group for siblings in area. Had a little experience of similar issues.


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