Crucial Crew

Find out about this annual safety activity now in it's 20th year.
Crucial Crew 2020 and also 2021 have had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus restrictions, but hopefully Crucial Crew 2022 will take place from 16th to 20th May, 2022.

Crucial Crew

Crucial Crew started twenty years ago as a way of helping young children aged between 9 and 11 to understand the dangers of everyday life.  

During a morning or an afternoon session, they participate in a series of ten scenarios that show them how to be safe in a variety of situations.

So far, around 13,000 local youngsters have gained valuable experience with Sudbury Crucial Crew.

The teachers of those taking part recently were given the opportunity to comment on Sudbury Crucial Crew - some of their responses included :

  • "Gives children first hand experience and knowledge they require in difficult situations.....more valuable than anything we could teach in the classroom."
  • "The active aspect of Crucial Crew is what makes it so unique, memorable and therefore successful.....Crucial Crew provides access to resources we would not be able to have normally."
  • "The scenarios provide a safe environment to enable the children to consider their actions in situations that would affect their personal safety .... An opportunity to learn valuable life skills."
  • "An excellent and stimulating experience to help our pupils learn' .... Thank you for all your hard work in putting the event on for our children."

We were delighted to receive a large number of 'Thank You' letters from some of the youngsters that took part in the 2019 Crucial Crew and three are available to read via the following links :

Letter-1 Pot Kiln School.pdf        Letter-2 Pot Kiln School.pdf        Letter from St. Mary's School.pdf

Crucial Crew 2021

will take place

17th - 21st May 2021 

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Crucial Crew website

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Crucial Crew sub-pages:

Crucial Crew 2019

more A record number of youngsters attended the 2019 event bringing the total since the start of Crucial Crew in 1999 to over 13,000.

Crucial Crew 2018

more A look at the 2018 event. Why not watch a video of it via the main Crucial Crew page?

Teachers Resources


Learning about the 'recovery position' in the 1st Aid scenario.

Crucial Crew 2017

more Another fantastic year for Crucial Crew with 3 new scenarios.

Learning about the dangers of alcohol, drugs and peer-group pressure with a local PCSO.

Crucial Crew 2016