Adoption of behavioural roadside training programme improves children’s road crossing skills.
Impact: Impact - for External Portal › Policy and legislation, Quality of life and safety
Who is affected
Over 95,000 school age children in 98 Local Authorities. Organisation and safety agencies across Europe, the US, Australia and in developing countries such as Ethiopia and Bangladesh.
In a series of training studies on children between the ages of 5 and 12 years, a research team at the Department of Psychology successfully demonstrated that substantial improvements in roadside decision-making and behaviour can be achieved in children as young as 5 years. Based on their findings, the team developed and evaluated a training intervention (Kerbcraft) aimed at improving children’s pedestrian skills through practical roadside activities which was formally adopted by the UK government. Since 2008, the majority of 5-7 year old children in the UK have received formal pedestrian skills training using Kerbcraft either in its full or adapted form. Kerbcraft now plays a key role in the UK Government’s road safety strategy and has been cited as an example of best practice by the World Health Organisation and safety agencies across Europe, the US, Australia and in developing countries such as Ethiopia and Bangladesh.
Category of impact
- Policy and legislation
- Quality of life and safety
- training, decision making, road safety, REF2014 impact case study
Research output: Book/Report › Book
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