MORE than 1,400 children from schools in Keighley and across the district are learning about keeping themselves safe.

They are taking part in the latest Stay Safe initiative, being hosted by Bradford Bulls.

A number of organisations and agencies – including British Transport Police, the school nurse team, Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust, gas and electricity distributors, the Dogs Trust, fire and rescue service and RNLI – are involved.

The aim is to teach life skills to year-six pupils, through interactive scenarios.

Morning and afternoon sessions are being staged over eight days, from Monday (Oct 9).

In addition to the mainstream project, up to 80 children with special needs are being catered for.

Dave Towers, from Keighley Work Safe, said the venture continued to go from strength to strength.

"The commitment of the agency partners has allowed the project to flourish when many similar ones in other areas have ended," he added.

"I am particularly excited by the extension of the project to include children with special needs."

All pupils who attend complete pre and post-event questionnaires.

"This – allied to the feedback received from attending schools – has been integral to the continuation of funding of the project from Bradford Council through public health," added Mr Towers.