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Man walking with two young children holding hands. Footsteps. Child pedestrian safety. A practical guide

Follow the Footsteps guide (pdf format, 3MB) (pdf format, 3MB) and help your child acquire the skills they need as a pedestrian, so they know what to do, whether we are with them or not.

As adults we know how to be safe pedestrians. But young children won’t have learnt those skills yet.

By teaching your child road awareness, you are enabling your child to make their own choices and decisions with your help when walking and crossing the road.

  • Ask questions rather than tell your child what to do.
  • Involve your child in the decision making and explain why you are doing things.
  • And remember your child will copy your behaviour so be consistent, even if you are in a hurry.
  • Never do anything you wouldn't want your child to do when they are on their own.

Start Footsteps as soon as you feel your child is ready, the sooner the better. This is a learning journey and it may take a long time before your child can cope on their own.

Please don’t expect quick results, take it at their pace. As your child shows you they can cope, move on to more challenging tasks. You know your child best, so you will know when they are ready to go out without you.

Download our Footsteps guide (pdf format, 3MB) and start your child’s road awareness journey.

Help us to improve our advice

We’re asking parents or carers of primary school children to help us improve our child pedestrian safety advice.

If you would like to help us evaluate Footsteps and keep children safer on the roads take part in our survey.