Garda Office for Children and Youth Affairs
The Garda Primary Schools Programme was first introduced in 1991. It is a comprehensive education programme for 5th class pupils in Primary Schools throughout the country.
The programme consists of a series of presentations given to the school children by their local Gardaí on the role of the Garda, road/cycle Safety, bullying, vandalism, personal safety, drugs, crime prevention and respectful online communication.
The Programme aims to teach children sensible and responsible patterns of behaviour in order that they may:-
- Be safer on the roads and at home
- Positively contribute towards Crime Prevention
- Be aware of the the role of An Garda Síochána
- Develop positive attitudes towards An Garda Síochána and its work
The Garda Secondary Schools Programme has been developed and is at present being introduced to Second Level schools throughout the country. The programme was designed in conjunction with the Social, Personal & Health Education (SPHE) syllabus of the Department of Education & Science. Trained Gardaí are available to co-facilitate classes as part of the SPHE course at Junior Cycle level in the following 2 modules -
- Substance Use
- Personal Safety
- Cyber safety - Connect with respect
Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE), as part of the schools curriculum, supports the personal development, health and well being of young people and helps them create and maintain supportive relationships.
Further Information is available through:-
Garda Schools Programme
Garda Bureau of Community Engagement
Tel: +353 1 6663891
Or contact your local Garda Station