VIDEO: Helping parents keep Banbury children safe with Castle Quay pop-up

Parents were given the chance to learn more about keeping their children safe and healthy at a pop-up shop in Castle Quay Shopping Centre today (Friday, September 5).

School across the town as well as the police, fire service, NHS, drug support services and others came together for the Safeguarding Children in Banbury (SCIB) event.

St Leonard's Primary School head teacher Neil Blackwell leads the Safeguarding Children in Banbury project

St Leonard's Primary School head teacher Neil Blackwell leads the Safeguarding Children in Banbury project

Parents could get advice about a range of topics from what signs to look for if their child was involved in 'county lines' drug work, to why them and their children should not smoke.

St Leonard's Primary School head teacher Neil Blackwell, who is leading the project, said: "We are offering ourselves for help and support that's what we're here for.

"I don't think we can do everything for them but we can support them and give them encouragement and we're very much there for their children when things aren't working."

Twenty schools in the town are involved in SCIB having initially been set up by Thames Valley Police in January, 2017.

Neil Blackwell chats to parents outside the SCIB pop-up shop

Neil Blackwell chats to parents outside the SCIB pop-up shop

The programme's success since then has seen it develop into being ran by the schools and today's event showcased some of the work children have done while learning about staying safe and mental wellbeing.

Shoppers were able to come in and chat to teachers, drug abuse support workers, clinicians, police officers, firefighters, and others about themselves and their children.

Mr Blackwell said: "Being a parent is the most important job in the world but it can be difficult so we're here to help."

Among the various stalls were advice for under-fives teaching them resilience and confidence, a showcase of what different drugs look like and their dangers, as well as the chance to talk to people from mental health service CAMHS.

The pop-up shop opposite Tiger is also open tomorrow (Saturday).