P6 pupils became Danger Detectives at a special event that focused on personal safety.

They joined almost 1,300 youngsters of the same age in learning how to react to dangerous situations, the role of the emergency services and also how to be aware of and protect vulnerable people in their communities.

A series of fun, interactive workshops focused on safety issues in relation to the internet, home fire prevention and road safety as well as staying safe in the countryside and on public transport.

Representatives of various organisations spoke to the young people, who had travelled from across East Ayrshire, highlighting issues and dangers they face on a daily basis.

Councillors Elena Whitham and Jim McMahon were joined by deputy provost Claire Leitch, who is also the council’s Children’s Champion.

She said: “Danger Detectives is an excellent idea as it teaches young people, in practical and memorable ways, about the many dangers which may exist in all sorts of situations. Our young people are now armed with knowledge and have the confidence to protect themselves, and their friends, from potentially dangerous situations.

“I would like to thank all of our partners for taking the time to work with our young people throughout the week, to our teachers and especially our young people who had fantastic input at every session.”

The young people received a Danger Detective booklet and each school received a certificate.

Danger Detectives is delivered by Vibrant Communities in partnership with Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue, Stagecoach and colleagues from the across the council including the Ayrshire Roads Alliance, Trading Standards and Environmental Health; and East Ayrshire Leisure.