An app designed to make children’s school journeys safer has been launched.

Star Rating for Schools (SR4S) aims to save lives and prevent serious injuries by measuring, managing and communicating the risk children are exposed to on their way to school. It was unveiled at the Third Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety in Sweden.

The application assesses the road features and traffic conditions and measures the safety of a child’s journey to school from 1 to 5 stars before providing recommendations to improve road safety.

The program, which has already been piloted around the world with positive results, has been developed by international road safety charity iRAP, with the support of transport company FedEx and the FIA Foundation, a UK charity which supports international road safety activities.

“Every day, millions of children risk their lives on the journey to school, on streets designed to prioritise traffic and speed,” said Saul Billingsley, Executive Director of FIA Foundation.

“There is no time to waste: every child on every journey has the right to be protected and the SR4S system can support those protective measures.”

SR4S Director, Julio Urzua, iRAP says the app is ready to be rolled out in more than 1,000 schools around the world.