It has been reported that Greater Manchester Police Officers will give out teddy bears to children who are involved in car accidents.
The idea behind the project is that the teddy bears can be used to distract, comfort and calm young children down in the aftermath of an accident.
A spokesperson from Personal Injury Solicitors Sheffield said ‘We think this is an excellent project. We have seen the trauma and upset that can be caused for children who are involved in car accidents. It’s a very simple idea to keep children calm and to provide some comfort at what can be a very difficult time. Hopefully the project is a success and, if so, we hope to see it rolled out across the country in the future.’
A local Manchester company has already pledged to donate 100 teddies to the initiative.
Response officers will carry the teddies in their patrol cars and will give the bears out to any child involved in a road traffic accident, whether they are injured or not. Even a relatively minor collision can leave children traumatised. It is hoped that by giving young children a teddy bear at the scene, they will be distracted from what they have just witnessed and it may reduce the likelihood of the child suffering from mental trauma as a result of the accident.
The project has been met with praise and support.