What topics will 360 cover?

We will consider inclusion of any topic which we think prepares young people better for real life. So far we plan to develop scenarios and resources around the following topic areas, but this is dependent on partner support. Do let us know if you think we have missed something.

  • climate and ecological emergencies
  • consequences of crime
  • construction site and roadworks safety
  • decision-making and risk
  • digital wellbeing and security
  • drugs and alcohol
  • electrical safety
  • fire safety
  • gas safety
  • healthier lifestyle choices
  • health pathways and dealing with emergencies
  • home safety
  • independent travel skills (route planning, pedestrian, cycle, public transport)
  • mental wellbeing and personal resilience
  • peer pressure
  • personal finance
  • rail safety
  • road safety (pedestrian, bike, in-car)
  • rural safety and behaviours
  • safeguarding, abuse and exploitation
  • violence reduction and conflict resolution
  • water safety

What makes 360 different?

Take any topic planned for our virtual reality learning village and integrated in-schools programme, and you will find a number of other organisations providing support to schools and professionals to deliver in that area. What will make 360 different is a fully integrated programme including:-

  1. An interactive discuss, decide and do approach focuses on risk awarenessconfidence-building and good decision-making ​
  2. Powerful repetition of skills across different scenarios and themes within a unified platform
  3. Blended learning integrates online virtual reality, in-school classroom activity and outdoor learning​
  4. Partnership model leverages expertise and engagement from police, local authorities, NHS and others, maximising impact in a unified framework​

360 will seek to work closely with organisations specialising in each topic area, to integrate key messaging, work together on development, develop joint funding proposals and to see 360 as a way of furthering shared objectives. We believe cooperation is more powerful than competition.

What organisations are supporting 360?

NHS England and Talbot Village Trust are supporting our Phase 1 pilot on safeguarding in Dorset and the south west. Dorset Police are supporting the 360 set up and considering how Dorset might act as a trailblazer for improved provision. Two commercial SafeWise partners – Volume.ai and IT Support 365 are continuing to provide pro bono support to the new start up. Only a few weeks into the new social enterprise as seen many very positive conversations with public, private and NGO organisations across the UK who can see the potential for this integrated partnership-led programme.

How did 360 Skills For Life come about?

The SafeWise charity in Dorset ran two ‘safety centres’. These were part of a national network of independently managed full size ‘fake’ street layouts with road crossings, trains and track, buses, cars, a house, shop, beach and much more, used to teach mostly primary aged children essential skills for life such as safety, citizenship and what to do in an emergency.

The former SafeWise safety centre in Bournemouth, Dorset

SafeWise was the second to be opened in the UK, in 1998, and was supported by fire, police, NHS, local authorities, grant funders and commercial partners for 22 years.

Schools and others were unable to use the centre during Covid, and this has resulted in a loss of around a third of income in 2020. With an inflexible and expensive commercial lease, and little funding available for charities not dealing directly with Covid-19, trustees sadly had no option but to put the organisation into voluntary liquidation in early January 2021, with all staff made redundant.

360 Skills For Life Community Interest Company (CIC) was founded in December 2020 by the former SafeWise Chief Executive Rob Hattersley, to build on the SafeWise legacy and learned experience, and take it forward in a format better suited to the very different world of the 2020s.