Category Archives: Children & Young People Safety

WORLD: HARD-HITTING VIDEO COULD SAVE TODDLERS’ LIVES

Footage showing how easy it is for a toddler to be killed by household furniture has been released by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.  In it, a dummy is crushed by a falling chest of drawers and television.

Further Information: http://www.anchorit.gov/

UK: ROSPA’S 2ND FAMILY SAFETY WEEK

Monday, March 2 marked the beginning of RoSPA’s second national Family Safety Week

ENGLAND: DFT CYCLING DELIVERY PLAN

The Department of Transport has outlined a10 year strategy on plans to increase cycling and walking across England.

The cycling delivery plan includes an ambition to double cycling levels by 2025 and increase the percentage of school children aged 5 to 10 years walking to school to 55% by 2025.

UK: CHILD SAFETY WEEK IS COMING EARLY THIS YEAR

This year Child Safety Week comes early, running from Monday 1 to Sunday 7 June

EUROPE: CHILD MALTREATMENT: ACTION PLAN FOR WHO– EUROPE

On 17 September 2014 the 64th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe adopted a resolution to implement the European child maltreatment prevention action plan 2015–2020.

 

SCOTLAND: CHILD LIQUITAB INJURIES ‘PLUMMET’ IN GLASGOW AREA AFTER CAMPAIGN

Children can mistake liquitabs for sweets, due to their bright colours and jelly-like texture.

NHS GCC launched “Not for play – keep them away” together with the Royal Society for the Protection of Accidents (RoSPA).  As part of the campaign, families were given free cupboard catchers and information packs, containing instructions on how to keep all household cleaning products securely stored away from children.

 

UK: GAS SAFETY WEEK 2014 REPORT

Gas Safety Week, coordinated by Gas Safe Register, took place from 15th– 21st September 2014.  The aim was to raise awareness of gas safety in the home.

“New research, carried out among registered engineers, revealed that at least 68,000 homes escaped from deadly gas incidents, such as gas leaks, fires, explosions and deadly carbon monoxide poisoning, in the last year. Around half of these dangerous appliances were attributed to the fact that people had failed to get their gas appliance regularly serviced and it had been left in a poor state” Taken from the Gas Safety Week 2014 Report.

UK: ‘KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE AT HOME’ PROGRAMME

Every year in the UK, over a quarter of a million children under the age or 5 have to go to hospital because of a fall, scald or swallowing something that may be harmful. Most of these accidents happen in the home or garden.

Not much is known about the best ways of stopping accidents at home, which is why University of Nottingham are doing this study. The aim is to develop guidelines (“Injury Prevention Briefings”) for organisations who work with children about important home safety advice for families, and the best way in which to provide this.

 

 

UK: NEW INVENTION PROVIDES PROTECTION AGAINST HAIR STRAIGHTENER BURNS AND HOUSE FIRES

CAPT has teamed up with AOK-Design to raise awareness of the high number of accidental burns from hair straighteners and the risk of house fires from hair appliances left switched on.

AOK-Design have created the DAIO™ (pictured), a stylish but safe way of storing hair straighteners, curling tongs and styling wands

 

WALES: PUBLIC HEALTH WALES SUPPORTS ‘GAS SAFETY ROADSHOW’ FOR SCHOOLS IN SOUTH WALES

The Gas Safety Charity is running a programme which aims to teach school-age children in South Wales the importance of gas safety.  The charity are using a theatre roadshow to deliver the important messages of gas safety.

UK : ‘GOT YA BACK’ CAMPAIGN

Students from the City of Bath College have launched a campaign aimed at ensuring young people get home safe after a night out. The campaign hopes to encourage students to carry ICE (in case of emergency) cards as well as working with taxi operators, pub and club owners to help young people get home safely.

 

SCOTLAND: NEW ROAD SAFETY APP FOR CHILDREN

A new road safety app aimed at 8-11 year olds has been downloaded over 17,000 times since it was launched just over a week ago by Transport Minister Derek Mackay. The app called ‘KLANG: The Road Home’ has been developed by Road Safety Scotland, part of Transport Scotland, and the Scottish Government using gaming technology to get across important road safety messages

UK: SAFETY SIGNPOST: ILLEGAL CAR SEATS THAT RIP APART ON IMPACT AT 30MPH HAVE BEEN DISCOVERED ON SALE IN THE UK

Surrey Trading Standards and Which? have issued a warning over illegal car seats that pose a serious threat to child safety. When the seats were tested it was found that the fabric did not meet the British safety standards.  CAPT is urging parents to buy car seats made by established companies, and where possible have them fitted by an expert.

 

WORLD: #SAVEKIDSLIVES

The #SaveKidsLives is a  Worldwide and official campaign for the Third United Nations Global Road Safety Week (4-10 May 2015). This campaign is calling for action to save children’s lives on the road around the World.

EUROPE: HOME SAFETY VIDEO DEMONSTRATES HAZARDS FROM A TODDLER’S PERSPECTIVE

The following video was created Sicheres Vorarlberg, a safety organisation in Austria (http://www.sicheresvorarlberg.at/videothek/)

UK: ILLEGAL CAR SEATS THAT RIP APART ON IMPACT AT 30MPH HAVE BEEN DISCOVERED ON SALE IN THE UK

Surrey Trading Standards and Which? have issued a warning over illegal car seats that pose a serious threat to child safety.

UK: RoSPA RAISES AWARENESS OF CHILDREN’S RIGHT TO SAFETY IN THE HOME

It is up to parents to teach children how to stay safe, according to children in Scotland who took part in a home safety survey conducted by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

UK: RoSPA LAUNCH NEW CHILD SAFETY SEAT WEBSITE

The UK charity RoSPA is launching its Child Car Seat website, offering advice on which seat to choose for your child and car and how to use them, the law and things drivers ought to know if they carry other people’s children in the car. This new website helps parents make the right choices.

WORLD: JOIN THE WORLD’S LARGEST SWIMMING LESSON

Please join the international drowning prevention campaign by helping to spread the word about the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson (WLSL) taking place on Friday, June 20th, 2014. The WLSL event is a wonderful tool to help generate awareness about the vital importance of teaching children to swim.

UK: BLIND CORD SAFETY

It has come to light that a two year old girl has died after getting entangled in a window blind cord during a game of hide and seek with her older brother.  Her mother found her behind a curtain in their home in Sunderland – www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/sophie-allen-death-mums-agony-3470110.

Please can you all continue to raise awareness of the dangers surrounding looped cords to help prevent these tragic accidents from happening.  RoSPA have a lot of information on their website http://www.rospa.com/about/currentcampaigns/blindcords/ and please also have a look at the revised Make it Safe leaflet on blind cord safety

SCOTLAND: CHILD SAFETY SCOTLAND WEBSITE

To compliment the Go Safe Scotland resource, IOBI would like to bring your attention to the website that has been developed for parents’ and carers’ – www.childsafetyscotland.org.uk.   This site covers safety in the home, on the road and around water.  The site has information for parents that supports what children will be learning at primary school when using the Go Safe Scotland resource.  Within the site there is a Parents’ Safety Check that helps parents to identify a safe environment for their children and first aid information is also available.

UK: TAKE HEAD INJURIES SERIOUSLY AND TREAT QUICKLY, SAYS NICE

Children and adults who suffer a head injury should be taken straight to a hospital with resuscitation facilities to avoid potentially serious complications, including disability or death, says NICE.

In an update to existing guidelines, NICE stresses the importance of early detection and prompt treatment for head injuries. Patients who have suffered a head injury but also begin to show particular signs that the injury may be serious or potentially life-threatening, such as seizures, fracture skull or loss of consciousness, should be given a CT brain scan within one hour.

WALES: NAPPY SACKS AWARENESS RAISING CAMPAIGN 2014

Children in Wales, Public Health Wales and the British Medical Association Cymru Wales have produced a poster highlighting the dangers of nappy sacks and how to reduce the risk of injury.  To inform parents and carers of young children, they are asking the children’s workforce in Wales to display the enclosed posters in their reception and waiting room areas.

Poster download:     www.childreninwales.org.uk/32896.file.dld

Leaflet download     www.childreninwales.org.uk/32897.file.dld

UK: BUILDING A CHILDREN’S BURNS RESEARCH NETWORK EVENT – 6TH JUNE 2014

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

The Children’s Burns Research Network will be holding our first showcase event next year with a one day meeting on ‘Building a Children’s Burns Research Network’ on 6th June 2014 at the Mshed, Bristol.

This event will be of interest to all disciplines working with children’s burns. The day will include international keynote speakers, presentations of current research, workshops to develop collaborative research ideas and evidence into practice sessions.

 

DISCLOSURES OF CHILDHOOD ABUSE

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

This NSPCC report describes the childhood experiences of abuse of 60 young men and women and how they sought help.

CAPT LAUNCHES 2013 BURNS AND SCALDS CAMPAIGN

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

CAPT have launched a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of burns and scalds and how to prevent them. Further information can be found at the following link:

 

 

TAKE ACTION TODAY – ROSPA ACTS ON CHILD POISONINGS

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

Every year thousands of infants need medical care for poisoning from products commonly found in and around the home, with on average 15 under-5s admitted to hospital each day due to suspected poisoning. With this in mind, RoSPA and the UK Cleaning Products Industry Association have launched a new campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of household cleaning products.

http://www.rospa.com/homesafety/adviceandinformation/childsafety/household-cleaning-products.aspx

CAMBRIDGESHIRE TAKES STEPS TO PROTECT BABIES AND TODDLERS FROM A SERIOUS ACCIDENT

Countries Covered: England
Date: 2013

From this Autumn, all new parents in Cambridgeshire will be given two of CAPT’s bestselling leaflets as part of a scheme to ensure they have good quality information on child health.
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DANGERS OF LIQUITABS – SCOTTISH PARLIAMENTARY RESPONSE

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date: 2013

On 11th September a Parliamentary question was lodged asking the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to warn parents and carers of the danger from children swallowing laundry or dishwasher tablets.  To see the response please click here.

MOTHERS’ PERSPECTIVES ON THE DELIVERY OF CHILDHOOD MESSAGES

Countries Covered: Wales & UK
Date: 2013

This research, commissioned by Children in Wales and published in BMC Public Health journal, explored mothers’ knowledge and awareness of child injury prevention and sought to discover mothers’ views about the best method of designing interventions to deliver appropriate child safety messages to prevent injury in the home. The findings suggested that timely childhood injury-related risk messages should be delivered during pregnancy and in line with developmental milestones of the child, through a range of sources including social networks, mass media, face-to-face advice from health professionals and other suitably trained mothers. In addition information on the safe use of home appliances around children and use of child safety equipment should be targeted specifically at those who have recently migrated to the United Kingdom.

ALL PRIMARY SCHOOL PUPILS TO BE TAUGHT ABOUT ABUSE

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

As part of the Now I Know programme run by the NSPCC, more than 4,500 “ChildLine Champions” will teach children between the ages of 9 and 11 about abuse, neglect and what to do if it’s happening to them.

SEFTON COUNCIL LAUNCHES INITIATIVE TO REDUCE BATHWATER SCALDS

Sefton Council is the first council in the UK to offer a free thermostatic mixing valve to every family with a child under the age of 5

GO SAFE SCOTLAND – NEW SAFETY TOOL FOR CHILDREN

An interactive safety resource for primary school children in Scotland, called Go Safe Scotland, has been launched in Glasgow.  This resource will help to deliver key safety messages and support the aims of the Curriculum for Excellence.  Many partners have been involved throughout the creation of the resource and RoSPA in Scotland is pleased to be involved with this great initiative.

MORE THAN A MILLION CHILDREN IN UK UNABLE TO SWIM

More than a million primary schoolchildren are unable to swim, says a major survey out today.

A report by swimming’s governing body, the Amateur Swimming Association, shows that 51 per cent of seven to 11-year-olds are unable to swim the length of a typical pool (25 metres).

POISONING RISKS POSED BY E-CIGARETTES

The levels of nicotine in e-cigarettes can kill a child, and one child has died after recently ingesting the liquid nicotine solution in e-cigarettes.

CAPT’S CHILD SAFETY WEEK – A SUPER SUCCESS

Countries covered: UK
Date: 2013

This year’s Child Safety Week, led by the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) was a great success with incredible media coverage and thousands of activities and events taking place across the UK.

KIDS IN THE CAR CAMPAIGN

Keith Brown MSP, Minister for Transport and Veterans, has launched Road Safety Scotland’s new and ground-breaking Parental Influence campaign.  The aim of this campaign is to reduce casualty rates, now and in the future, through encouraging parents to think about how important they are as role models to their children in the car.

 

REDUCING POISONING – ‘LOCK UP YOUR LIQUI-TABS’ FREE POSTER

Children in Wales and Public Health Wales have produced a new free poster, ‘Lock up your Liqui-tabs’.  The aim of this poster is to inform parents about the dangers of ‘liqui-tabs’.

PUT MENTAL HEALTH ON TIMETABLE, SCHOOLS URGED

Country: UK
Date: 2013
Mental health lessons should be on the timetable in every secondary school in the UK a new charity has urged.  MindFull has launched an online counselling service to support and advise 11- to 17-year-olds.  

SAFE STREET PLAY

Country: UK
Date: 2013
Playing Out is a not-for-profit information and advice resource for street play, which aims to increase children’s safe access to informal play in residential streets

SCOTLAND’S HOME SAFETY EQUIPMENT SCHEME

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date: 2013

RoSPA have secured funding from the Scottish Government to roll out Scotland’s Home Safety Equipment Scheme (SHSES).  This pilot project will involve working with eight local areas to ensure that 800 families  benefit from a comprehensive package of safety equipment.

For further details on the project please contact Carlene McAvoy on cmcavoy@rospa.com

 

 

GLASGOW HOUSING ASSOCIATION ISSUES FREE CHILD SAFETY PACKS

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date: 2013

Glasgow Housing Association (GHA), Scotland’s biggest social landlord, has issued over 2,750 free child safety packs to its tenants with children under 5 in social housing.

 

 

HIGH QUALITY PRACTICAL SAFETY EDUCATION (HQPSE) EVENT

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

The LASER Alliance is running a High Quality Practical Safety Education (HQPSE) event on 30th October at the at the Risk Factory in Edinburgh.

 

NEW CHILD SAFETY WEBSITE

Countries Covered: Ireland
Date: 2013

A new child safety website has been developed by the Department of Public Health Midlands to support its Child Safety Awareness Programme (CSAP). The aim of the programme is to reduce and prevent unintentional injury to children within the home by supporting parents and carers to make the necessary changes to promote child safety.

HEALING FOUNDATION CENTRE FOR CHILDREN’S BURNS RESEARCH OPENS

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

A £1.5 million research centre to fund new advances in the prevention and treatment of children’s burns was opened in Bristol on June 10th 2013.

CHILD SAFETY IN WALES; EXAMPLES OF INTERVENTIONS IN PRACTICE

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 2013

To highlight just some of the local accident prevention work taking place across Wales, Children in Wales have produced a document “Child Safety in Wales; Examples of  Interventions in Practice”.  This bilingual publication shares experiences of 14 child safety projects and includes useful information on: partnerships; how each project started; how it is implemented; project costs; sustainability; challenges and lessons learned.  The aim of this document is to share practice and experiences across Wales in order to support, encourage and enable practitioners and local policy makers to increase child safety activity in their areas.

 

HIGH QUALITY PRACTICAL SAFETY EDUCATION – TRAINING CLASS

HQPSE training will be taking place in Scotland on Wednesday 30th October at the Risk Factory in Edinburgh.  Please click here for more information and a booking form.

 

 

CHILD SAFETY WEEK 2013 THEME ‘BE A SAFETY HERO’

Child Safety Week is the Child Accident Prevention Trust’s flagship annual community education campaign, raising awareness of serious childhood accidents and how to prevent them, without wrapping children in cotton wool.

This years Child Safety Week runs from Monday 24 to Sunday 30 June, with the theme ‘Be a Safety Hero’.

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THE BIG TASTE TEST – HELPING TO PREVENT CHILDHOOD POISONING

Q. How can you drive home to parents the message about childhood poisoning and the real risks lurking under their kitchen sinks?

A. Get them to taste Bitrex® the bitterest substance on Earth.

The Big Taste Test will run on Thursday 27 June and the manufacturers of Bitrex® are offering Child Safety Week organisers free kits to run your own activity.

SOURCE: Child Safety Week website

CAPT: DO YOU KNOW A SAFETY HERO? IF SO, NOW’S THE TIME TO NOMINATE THEM!

Countries Covered: UK
Year: 2013

CAPT (Child Accident Prevention Trust) want to celebrate and thank the thousands of Safety Heroes out there who do so much for children and young people. This Child Safety Week, you can nominate your Safety Hero – whoever they are, whatever they’ve done, CAPT want to know so that they can personally acknowledge their invaluable contribution. Find out more on the CAPT website

RESOLUTION ON CHILDREN’S RIGHT TO HEALTH

Countries Covered: World
Date: 2013

The United Nations General Assembly Human Rights Council (of which the UK is a member) has recently adopted a Resolution on Children’s Right to Health and highlights that families’ and caregiver’ capacities to provide the child with care and a safe environment should be promoted.

Specifically, in Section 24, the Resolution calls on member states to reduce the burden of child injuries, and to adopt measures to reduce road traffic accidents, drowning, burns and other accidents in the home.

 

‘SAFE DRIVE STAY ALIVE’

An award winning initiative to prevent young people being killed or seriously injured on our roads. A live stage show based around a filmed reconstruction of a road traffic collision delivering hard-hitting messages about the dangers associated with driving.

BBC DOCUMENTARY ‘LICENSE TO KILL’ HIGHLIGHTS THE DANGERS FACED BY YOUNG DRIVERS

After her own accident left her unable to walk, Sophie Morgan wants to know why traffic collisions are the single biggest killer of young people – and how that can be stopped. With exclusive access and insight into a number of high profile cases from the moment of the crash through to resolution in the courts, she meets people who, like her, have seen their lives changed forever in a single instant – whether they were injured or they were driving the car.

 

NEW FIRE KILLS CAMPAIGN ‘ON YOUR CHILD’S LIFE’

Countries Covered: UK
Date: March, 2013

Fire Kills – the Government ‘s channel for promoting fire safety – has launched a brand new campaign to urge people to do one extra thing when they put their clocks forward this year: check their smoke alarm.

EARLY YEARS COLLABORATIVE

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date:
 2013

The Early Years Collaborative was launched on 1 October 2012 at a multi-sector event hosted by Ministers, the Chief Medical Officer and COSLA as chairs of the Early Years Taskforce. The multi-agency Early Years Collaborative works on the basis that there is strong evidence about costs and out-comes of current practice, but much of this is not being used in daily work. The Collaborative will help organisations close that gap by creating a structure in which partners can easily learn from each other and from recognised experts in areas where they want to make improvements.

MAKING IT SAFE CAMPAIGN EXPANDS IN SCOTLAND

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date:
 2012

RoSPA have announced that five new regions in Scotland will be taking part in the ‘Make it Safe’ campaign. The ‘Make it Safe’ campaign aims to provide information about the dangers of looped blind cords to families, empowering them to make informed decisions about buying blinds with looped cords. It also aims to help families change their current practices with existing blinds with looped cords. 12,000 cleats and Make it Safe leaflets will be handed out across the City of Edinburgh, West Lothian, West Dunbartonshire, East Lothian and the Western Isles.

MAKING THE LINK – NEW CHILD INJURY PREVENTION WEBSITE DEVELOPED BY CAPT

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2012

Making the Link is networking site and knowledge hub for people working to prevent accidental injury to children and young people across England. The site is open to anyone in policy, frontline children’s services, or the voluntary sector working to reduce accidents and injuries to children and young people. The tool is developed by the Child Accident Prevention Trust and supported by the DCSF.

TACTICS – TOOLS TO ADDRESS CHILDHOOD TRAUMA, INJURY AND CHILDREN’S SAFETY

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2012

TACTICS is a European initiative to promote healthier ways of life and reduce major diseases and injuries by tackling health determinants, with a particular focus on improving child safety.

TRANSFORMING YOUNG PEOPLE’S TRAVEL

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2012

Sustrans have produced a report to demonstrate how important it is to help young people be active through walking and cycling, and the benefits this has for themselves, and their schools, families and communities.

CAPT AWARENESS CAMPAIGN ABOUT THE DANGERS OF ‘CHILD-PROOF’ CAPS

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2012

The Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) are campaigning injury prevention practitioners to make parents and carers aware of the dangers of ‘child proof’ caps. They highlight that one in seven pre-school children are able to open ‘child-proof’ caps, which means they are ‘child-resistant’ instead of ‘child-proof’.

FAMILY NURSE PARTNERSHIP

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date:
 2012

The Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) is a preventative programme for first time teenage mothers and their babies. The second interim evaluation report which focuses on the late pregnancy and postpartum phases of the programme’s implementation.

EVALUATION OF THE ‘YOU FIRST’ PROGRAMME FOR YOUNG PARENTS

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date:
 2012

‘You First’ targets vulnerable parents aged 21 and under, with a child under the age of one, who live in the 15% most deprived areas in Scotland. It aims to provide a boost for young, first time parents by increasing the support that they receive from their peers, the community and existing local services. This report presents findings from the evaluation of the ‘You First’ programme.

NEW ONLINE VIDEO TO SHOW HOW WINDOW BLINDS CAN BE MADE SAFER

Countries Covered: Great Britain
Date:
 2011

The British Blind and Shutter Association’s (BBSA) film, produced in consultation with Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) and RoSPA, clearly shows how looped cords can be a risk to young children. The film looks at alternative, safer designs and how to ensure that existing looped blind cords can be made safer.

BABY WALKERS: NEW JOINT POSITION STATEMENT ILLUMINATES CONTINUED RISKS

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2011

ECSA and ANEC have released a joint position statement and background paper about the risk of injuries to young children caused by baby walkers. The position statement is supported by ECSA and ANEC country partners, representing expert organisations from over 30 EU countries who are concerned about this product’s use.

WARNING ON SLEEP POSITIONERS

Countries Covered: World
Date: 
2011

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) shares the concerns of Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the safety of sleep positioners, and urges parents not to use these products. Sleep positioners are flat mats with side bolsters or inclined (wedge) mats with side bolsters. They can increase the risk of babies suffocating. The AAP also recommends that parents never use pillows, stuffed animals heavy blankets or other soft or puffy items in babies’ cribs. Soft bedding can end up over their face and block their breathing. Babies should have their own crib, with a firm mattress and a fitted sheet.

TAKE ACTION FOR FREE RANGE KIDS

Countries Covered: Great Britain
Date:
 2011

SUSTRANS defines ‘Free Range Kids’ as children and young people who experience freedom from their front door. They have the confidence to travel independently, play outdoors and explore their local community, and have the skills, opportunities and support to do so safely.  SUSTRANS are making sure that politicians know what the issues are through their Early Day Motion.