ACT for Youth: RUN HIDE TELL
Advice for pupils on how to survive terrorist gun and knife attacks is to be made available to schools across the country for the first time.
The materials are an extension of the government’s Run, Hide, Tell campaign and address the threat of terrorist attacks in crowded places.
They are based around a six-minute film called Run, Hide, Tell – The Story Of Nur, Edih and Llet. The film follows the story of three young people reflecting on how they managed to survive an attack on a shopping centre.
The film deliberately avoids any images of an actual attack and does not have the sounds of people screaming, although shouts and gunfire can be heard. The perpetrators of the attack are never seen or discussed directly.
The resources urge pupils to run to safety, hide and tell police, should they become involved in a gun or knife attack.
Children are told not to “waste time” taking pictures or videos of the scene, and to report anything they see that looks suspicious.
A separate lesson plan has been devised by St John Ambulance. Called TREAT, it aims to teach pupils life-saving first-aid techniques to use if they need to help someone who has been stabbed or shot.
The teaching materials are available to download via the National Police Chiefs’ Council website.
‘An attack on the school site’
“These lessons will go way beyond the basic messaging we have delivered through previous public-facing campaigns,” said Metropolitan Police deputy assistant commissioner Lucy D’Orsi.
The lesson plan states: “The focus of this lesson material is on promoting personal safety procedures for young people when they are out and about independently.”
It adds: “Although the lesson and film makes no reference to an attack on a school premises, it is likely that one of the first questions students ask will be focused on what might happen if such an attack were to take place on the school site.
“We, therefore, recommend that schools ensure they have a shared safety plan for this eventuality before teaching the lesson, in much the same way that all schools have a fire drill procedure.”
Although the lessons are not compulsory, schools are being urged to use them to ensure that pupils are prepared in the “unlikely event” of a terror attack.
Deputy assistant commissioner D’Orsi said: “Whilst we cannot make these lessons mandatory in schools, I would strongly urge education providers and youth organisations to consider delivering this life-saving information to the 11-to-16-year-olds in their care”.
She added: “We appreciate this can be a difficult subject to speak to young people about, but we’ve carefully designed everything to be age-appropriate and we know from our research that this is information that young people want to be equipped with”.