The school crossing supervisor program has had a positive influence on parents for the safety of their children travelling to and from school, according to an independent evaluation report.
Supervisors commenced at 20 school crossings in February 2018 with two primary objectives - to increase safety for children around ACT schools, and to lessen parent concerns around safety, encouraging students to walk or ride.
HOBAN Recruitment was contracted to deliver the school crossing supervisors on behalf of the Territory, and an additional five supervisors commenced at the start of the 2019 school year to support children who travelled using the new integrated transport network.
School crossing supervisors assist children to cross roads safely by directing traffic and providing instructions to both pedestrians and motorists.
The evaluation report by First Person Consulting highlighted positive results, including:
- The presence of school crossing supervisors has positively influenced attitudes of parents;
- There are significantly improved perceptions on safety and danger; and
- Supervisors influence parents to allow their children to travel more actively.
Based on the results, the school crossing program will continue to support active travel for children and there will be consideration given to addressing some of the existing concerns noted by parents, such as the safety of their child’s entire route from home to school.
Overall, this evaluation report demonstrates that the program is making a positive contribution to improving perceptions of safety around schools.