About StayWise

StayWise brings together the collective educational resources of the emergency services and key safety focussed charities. We have done this to support teachers and community safety practitioners in delivering essential safety messages. StayWise facilitates a more effective, consistent and curriculum linked way of imparting vital life skills to todays' young people and preparing a safety conscious environment for the generations of tomorrow. By using the tools on the site we can strengthen relationships between communities and emergency services, enhancing the health and safety of everyone within our communities. StayWise is the output of what can be achieved by combining the shared ambition and determination of the emergency services and safety focussed organisations in the pursuit of reducing avoidable injuries and deaths within our communities.

The organisations listed below have collaborated in the collation and refresh of existing resources through a UK wide coordination network and have committed to continued development of content to effect positive behaviour change in the young people of today, whilst preparing safer generations for years to come.

Led by the National Fire Chiefs Council, in partnership with Underwriters Laboratories, this programme seeks to join up safety education activity across the UK.

Our Objectives

Our website is a 'one stop shop' of learning resources with safety and wellbeing at their core with the following objectives.

  • Provide a library of learning that can be trusted by educationalist and service personnel
  • Reduce duplication in the creation of resources
  • Reduce production costs of resources across the collaboration
  • Improve the consistency of messaging
  • Save teachers time in planning
  • Impart critical safety messaging through core curriculum activity
  • Increase the contact time young people have with key safety messages
  • Reduce avoidable deaths and injuries

As we develop our resources we also develop our relationships with other like-minded organisations from across the world. We cooperate with safety focussed public sector organisations to increase our shared library of learning, not only to develop new content but also to develop our existing resources into multiple languages to ensure our shared messages are accessible to all and ultimately to deliver on our objectives.

Programme led by

National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC)

The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) is the professional voice of the UK fire and rescue service (FRS). NFCC drives improvement and development throughout the FRS, delivering an approach where everyone works together and supports the development of local services to ensure the best outcomes for their communities.

NFCC leads and supports a number of safety initiatives and develops national safety messaging, interventions and advice with government and partners. These are supported by FRSs to raise public awareness and reduce preventable deaths across a number of areas from water, road, home and, of course, fire safety. NFCC also uses our influence and expertise to lobby for change to keep people safe and well.


Association of Ambulance Chief Executives (AACE)

Ambulance Services play a vital role in responding to 999 emergencies and they also help resolve 111 calls for less urgent problems. It is important for everyone to know how to make a 999 call and what to do in an emergency until help arrives. Your local ambulance service has resources to help. The Association of Ambulance Chief Executives (AACE) are here to help them help you. AACE is a membership organisation that represents all UK ambulance services, bringing together a central team of ambulance service experts in one place to help develop and improve patient care across the country.

National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC)

The National Police Chiefs Council provides a coordination role on behalf of policing. The Child Centred Policing portfolio sits within it and leads on early intervention and engagement with children and young people, providing the lead for police working with schools. Engaging with children and young people in their space is essential to build trust and confidence between young people and the police, in order to keep them safe from harm and prevent them from becoming victims or offenders of crime.

HM Coastguard

HM Coastguard coordinates all maritime search and rescue by managing a truly national network of Coastguard teams, lifeboats and Coastguard rescue helicopters around the entire UK.

There are 3,500 volunteer coastguard rescue officers around the UK coast who are trained in search and rescue skills. They are based in local teams along the coastline and most live and work in their local community. They train and respond to emergencies day and night as volunteers.

Coastguard teams can be called out by the Coastguard coordination centre to:

  • rescue people in trouble at sea or on the coast, cliffs or trapped in mud;
  • search for missing people;
  • report and deal with pollution and other hazards;
  • help other emergency services and local authorities during emergencies like flooding.

Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI)

Educating young people about how to keep safe, in, on and around water is fundamental to saving lives at sea and a core part of the RNLI’s water safety activity. The more young and at risk people we can reach with our water safety messages, the more lives we can save now and in the future. As a teacher or youth leader, you really can make a lifesaving difference. We’ve put together a suite of teaching ideas and materials to help you engage young people with essential – and lifesaving – water safety lessons in schools and youth groups. You’ll find videos, guided discussions, problem solving activities – and more – specifically tailored for primary and secondary school aged children.

Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS)

The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) is the charity that enhances communities, so everyone can enjoy being in, on or near the water safely, because every life is worth saving.

Around 700 people drown in the UK and Ireland every year and many more suffer injury, some life-changing, through non-fatal experiences. Many of these incidents are avoidable, with the correct level of knowledge and training.

As the leading provider of water safety and drowning prevention education, we collaborate, campaign, educate and train to help give everyone the confidence to enjoy the water, safely.


I.M.P.S. is an injury prevention education programme delivered to 10 and 11-year olds jointly in the school and local hospital emergency departments.

Its aim is to empower young people to take personal responsibility for their own risk management and equips them with the skills to cope in an emergency situation.

The programme equips children with first aid and resuscitation skills, helping them to respond effectively if an incident occurs

  1. In school learning
  2. Hospital visit
  3. I.M.P.S. follow up activities


Cadent operates and maintains the largest gas distribution network in the UK.

We bring gas to 11 million homes and businesses throughout the North West, West Midlands, East Midlands, South Yorkshire, East of England and North London

We know the importance of everyone knowing the signs of a carbon monoxide leak and what to do if you suspect a carbon monoxide leak in the home. This doesn’t just apply to adults; we’re also on a mission to educate our nation’s children and help them understand the risks posed by carbon monoxide (CO).

You can find out more about Cadent here: Working with Schools | Cadent (cadentgas.com)


Underwriters Laboratories (UL)

Underwriters Laboratories is a nonprofit organisation dedicated to advancing the UL public safety mission through the discovery and application of scientific knowledge. We conduct rigorous independent research and analyse safety data, convene experts worldwide to address risks, share knowledge through safety education and public outreach initiatives, and develop standards to guide safe commercialization of evolving technologies. We foster communities of safety, from grassroots initiatives for neighbourhoods to summits of world leaders. Our organisation employs collaborative and scientific approaches with partners and stakeholders to drive innovation and progress toward improving safety, security, and sustainability, ultimately enhancing societal well-being. To learn more, visit UL.org.

Two key groups within Underwriters Laboratories have come together to support the UK Staywise initiative. Focusing on Fire Safety, The UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI) advances fire knowledge and develops better fire safety strategies through rigorous research, advanced fire science and measurement, and training and education in conjunction with our international network of partners. To learn more, visit ULFirefighterSafety.org.

The Community Education team is dedicated to supporting the educational efforts of community leaders working in safety and safety science. Collaborating with our world class research teams at Underwriters Laboratories, we focus on addressing the most persistent and difficult global safety challenges. We implement, inspire and support educational solutions across a broad range of safety science focus areas.