Crucial Crew

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Crucial Crew is a national scheme that has been run by Ipswich Borough Council's Community Safety Team since 1994. It is delivered to 10 and 11 year olds from across Ipswich and runs for a fortnight in June every year.

The aim of Crucial Crew is to provide a fun and stimulating environment for children to learn to:

  • become more aware of personal safety;
  • learn how to react correctly to dangerous and threatening situations;
  • understand the role the emergency support services play and how and when to contact them;
  • be aware of their own actions and the safety of others.

Every child visits scenarios where they are taught valuable safety messages. The scenarios are run by a diverse range of highly skilled people such as the Suffolk Police, Suffolk Fire and Rescue, Volunteering Matters, Turning Point and Lighthouse Women’s Aid with the support of volunteers including The Rotary Club of Ipswich Wolsey. 

The sessions tackle issues of personal safety such as:

  • Fire Safety
  • Gang Exploitation and County Lines 
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Internet Safety, Hate Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour
  • Substance Misuse

Over 43,500 children have attended Ipswich Borough Councils Crucial Crew since it started in 1994. Each year we receive more and more positive feedback from schools!

To find information materials to reinforce the messages given, visit the Suffolk Crucial Crew website.

Contact Details

Community Safety,
Ipswich Borough Council
2E Grafton House,
15-17 Russell Road, 

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01473 433272