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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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’.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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’.
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.