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/

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.

 

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.

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

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: KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE AT HOME – NEW GUIDE OFFERING ACTIVITIES AND ADVICE ON HOME SAFETY

A major resource from the Keeping Children Safe at Home project is now freely available for downloading from http://tiny.cc/kcspage.  The resource Injury Prevention Briefing: Preventing unintentional injuries to the under fives: a guide for practitioners offers activities and advice focusing on preventing falls, scalds, fire-related injuries and poisonings.

The Briefing includes sections dealing with general prevention issues such as the link between accidents and deprivation, and evaluation methods; eleven activities to be run with parents; and background information about each of the injury topics.

FURTHER INFORMATION: http://tiny.cc/kcspage

PARACHUTE – A CANADIAN CHARITABLE ORGANISATION DEDICATED TO PREVENTING INJURIES AND SAVING LIVES

Parachute is a Canadian charitable organisation dedicated to preventing injuries and saving lives.

http://www.parachutecanada.org/

Information, tools and guides are available for the following injury topic areas:

EUROPE: RAPID ALERT SYSTEM ON DANGEROUS PRODUCTS – RAPEX 2013

For 10 years the EU Rapid Information system (RAPEX) has been guarding European consumers against un-safe non-food products. In 2013 a total of 2,364 measures were taken by EU Member States. This figure indicates a 3.8% rise in alerts compared to 2012 and continues the increasing trend which has been apparent since the establishment of RAPEX in 2003.

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.

ENGLAND: NEW PHE REPORT – REDUCING UNINTENTIONAL INJURIES IN AND AROUND THE HOME AMONG CHILDREN UNDER FIVE YEARS

Public Health England (PHE) has launched two new reports on preventing accidents to children and young people in the home and on the road.  RoSPA and CAPT were commissioned by PHE to undertake this work and these were launched to coincide with Child Safety Week, which as you know is taking place this week.

UK: WHY CHILDREN DIE

UK children are at a higher risk of premature death than their Western European counterparts due to the growing gap between rich and poor and a lack of targeted public health policies to reduce child deaths, finds a new report from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) and the National Children’s Bureau (NCB).

Why Children Die reviewed existing UK evidence on child deaths and their causes, and one of the recommendations states “local authorities should make maximum use of children’s centres, health visiting services and safety equipment schemes to educate and equip parents to keep their children safe; with a focus on water safety, safe sleeping and blind cord injury prevention”.

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

EUROPE: NEW CHILD PRODUCT SAFETY GUIDE RELEASED BY ECSA

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 2013

On Thursday 5th December, the European Child Safety Alliance along with its country partners and 3 key sponsors, Underwriters Laboratories (UL), Kid Rapt Ltd. in the United Kingdom and the Consumer Safety Commission (CSC) in France (3), released the Child Product Safety Guide: Potentially dangerous products. This Guide has been written to    increase knowledge as a step toward reducing child injuries related to products that are in regular use by children and their caregivers. It provides comprehensive information on 26 products that child safety experts in Europe and evidence-based research have identified as posing injury risks to children.

 

BULLYING SURVEY 2013

Countries Covered:UK
Date: 2013

This report provides a wealth of bullying statistics and how susceptibility to bullying can vary between 52 different demographic profiles.

ALCOHOL AND YOUR CHILD

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

This section of the Drinkaware  website provides advice and age appropriate tips about talking to children about alcohol.

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING FOR TOYS? READ CAPT’S ESSENTIAL TOY SAFETY GUIDE

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

As Christmas approaches, help spread the word to parents about toy safety and what to look for when buying toys by sharing CAPTS essential toy safety guide.

 

MANAGING RISK IN PLAY PROVISION: GUIDANCE REVISED AND UPDATED

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

The Play Safety Forum has produced Managing Risk in Play Provision  to help strike a balance between the risks and the benefits of offering children challenging play opportunities.

 

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

PROTECT CHILDREN, PREVENT NICOTINE POISONING: WHERE DO YOU KEEP YOURS?

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 2013

Children in Wales and Public Health Wales have produced an information sheet on the dangers of nicotine poisoning. All products containing nicotine, such as cigarettes, ashtrays, gum, patches, sprays, lozenges and e-cigarettes, should be kept away from children as these products can be attractive to curious children.

 

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.

NEW APP FOR ADVISE ON NEW BORN BABIES

The Essential Parent Company launches a free app so new parents have trusted advice at their fingertips.

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.  

GUIDE TO GET YOUNG PEOPLE ACTIVE

This guide produced by Sustrans gives people working in schools and colleges tips and advice on how to engage 11 to 18-year-olds in cycling, walking and public transport use.

CHILD DEATH REVIEW PROGRAMME FOCUSES ON DEATHS IN MOTOR VEHICLES

Country: Wales
Date: 2013
A programme set up to look at trends in child deaths in Wales has published the findings of a review into deaths of teenagers in motor vehicles. Public Health Wales, which hosts the Child Death Review Programme, recommends in its report that the Welsh Government looks at different ways of licensing teenage drivers to prevent fatal road crashes.

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

NEW LOCAL ROAD SAFETY INDEX TOOL

Country: UK
Date: 2013

This new tool presents data specifically relating to roads that are within the 500 metre radius around British schools. The tool has been developed  to help local authorities, parents, teachers and drivers have a better understanding of the road risks in specific local areas. The data looks at all road related incidents that are reported to the police.

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.

CAPT GUIDE TO COMMISSIONING

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

CAPT has produced a free, downloadable guide to commissioning effective child accident prevention services, both as a standalone programme and as an integral part of wider services for children and families.

 

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.

 

NEW ACCIDENT PREVENTION HANDBOOK LAUNCHED

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

A new accident handbook titled ‘Delivering Accident Prevention at local level in the new public health system’  has just been launched by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), supported by Public Health England (PHE) and funded by the Department of Health.

 

GUIDANCE ON THE USE OF SEAT BELTS ON SCHOOL BUSES

Country Covered: Wales
Date: 2013
The Welsh Government has published new guidance for bus companies, governing bodies and local authorities about the use of seat belts on school transport which will be compulsory on school transport from October 2014.

MAKING THE LINK: ENGAGING WITH PARENTS AND FAMILIES

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

The Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) has produced a number of topic briefings of relevance for those who commission services for children and families. These briefings will help commissioners understand what an effective accident prevention programme looks like in terms of parental engagement, working with the voluntary section, and injury prevention co-ordination. Links to briefings are available on the Making the Link website: www.makingthelink.net/topic-briefings

CAPT GUIDE TO COMMISSIONING

Countries Covered: UK
Date: March 2013

CAPT has produced a free, downloadable guide to commissioning effective child accident prevention services, both as a standalone programme and as an integral part of wider services for children and families.

Further information: http://www.capt.org.uk/who-we-are/news/capt-guide-commissioning

LASER ALLIANCE: NEW RESOURCE PROFILER

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2013

The free online tool primarily reinforces the use of the “10 principles for effective safety education” and has been de-signed to support the work of LASER Alliance, its members, and those involved in producing resources, to support practical safety and risk education. The Profiler can help identify resources’ strengths; sharing effective practice to promote risk competence.

CHILDREN’S TRAFFIC CLUB

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2012

The Children’s Traffic Club is a proven and effective child road safety programme, focusing on helping parents/ carers teach their children how to keep safe when out and about – but have fun at the same time!

LASER ALLIANCE: EXPERIENCING RISK IS CRUCIAL IF YOUNG PEOPLE ARE TO LEARN ABOUT SAFETY AND BEING ACTIVE

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2012

Helping children and young people develop skills to make responsible decisions about safety and risk is the aim of a new LASER Alliance. The LASER Alliance, which currently has 215 registered members (individuals and organisations), promotes “learning about safety by experiencing risk”. It believes risk taking is an important part of life and that, by learning to manage risks through high quality practical safety.

CHIMAT ACCIDENT PREVENTION REPORT

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2012

Accidents are a major health issue for children: injuries in and around the home are the most common cause of death in children over the age of one. Looking at this report will help you gain a better understanding of unintentional injuries for children in your local area.  The report includes information about: deprivation; electrical safety; smoke alarms; fire and rescue service activity; domestic and other violence; road injuries; falls; burns and scalds.

ENGAGING, EFFECTIVE RESOURCE FROM CAPT FOR PREVENTING SERIOUS FALLS IN UNDER 5S

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 
2012

Working closely with Karen McFarlane at Children in Wales, CAPT has identified that falls are the leading cause of accidents for children under 5 in Wales.  Look who’s falling is a DVD pack focusing on three common falls scenarios for young children: a fall from a window, a fall down stairs and a fall from a high chair. It will enable you to easily run a session on falls prevention.

NEW NATIONAL WEBSITE SUPPORTING CHILD PROTECTION

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date:
 2012

The Scottish Government has launched a new national website offering help and support to vulnerable children and families on child protection issues. The new site includes clear, accessible information on what the public should do if they are concerned for a child’s welfare. It also features a range of information and links to downloadable materials for children themselves, including cartoons and online games providing child safety tips.

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.

NICE GUIDANCE ‘PREVENTING UNINTENTIONAL INJURIES AMONG UNDER-15S’

Countries Covered: UK
Date:
 2011

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has recently published three guidance’s which aim to reduce unintentional injuries among the under 15’s. Please click on the link’s below for further information:

ALCOHOL AND YOUNG PEOPLE: A TOOLKIT

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2011

As part of its commitment to supporting the development of health promotion and prevention approaches for young people ‘Calling Time’ – the South West Alcohol Improvement Programme has published Alcohol and Young People: A Toolkit, Supporting Vulnerable Young People at Risk of Alcohol Related Harm. This Toolkit has been produced in partnership with Alcohol Concern and aims to inform and guide professionals and carers, concerned with looked after children and young people with special educational needs.

HEALTHY NIGHTLIFE TOOLBOX

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2011

The Healthy Nightlife Toolbox is an international initiative that focuses on the reduction of harm from alcohol and drug use among young people. The core of the online Toolbox is formed by three databases (evaluated interventions, literature, and details of experts within the field) and a Handbook providing guidance on creating a healthy and safe nightlife.

CHILDREN IN WALES: HOME SAFETY GUIDES

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 
2011

Children in Wales have developed new bilingual home safety guides to help health visitors, practitioners, families and other organisations, prevent home accidents in children under 5 years. The guides have been specifically designed to prevent home accidents that commonly cause serious, fatal and disabling injuries in children under 5 years.

GUIDANCE FOR SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE ADULTS IN GENERAL DENTAL PRACTICE

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 
2011

Public Health Wales has published guidance on the roles and responsibilities of the dental team in promoting the safety and well being of children, young people and vulnerable adults they come into contact with during the course of their work. The guidance includes information on local arrangements for support and advice and contains a range of links to access further information.

TRL LAUNCHES NATIONAL DATABASE OF CHILD CAR SEATS

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2011

The Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) is conducting a nationwide analysis of the use of child car seats, or restraints as they are often known to support road safety professionals. In sharing their data with road safety professionals, TRL’s objective is to help them use the data to inform their in-car child safety strategies. Additionally the information will enable TRL to feed into the  development of future policies relating to the regulation of child car passenger safety.

NEW CHILD INJURY PREVENTION BOOK PUBLISHED BY PROFESSOR DAVID H.STONE

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2011

‘Injury Prevention in Children’ published by Professor David H. Stone, provides an introduction to the key principles of child injury prevention, and how these may be translated most effectively into practice and policy making. Although the book is designed as an introductory text for graduates and undergraduate students; professionals and policy makers in the field of injury prevention will also find this an invaluable source.

TACKLING YOUTH DRINKING—DRINKAWARE LAUNCHES NEW SECTION ON WEBSITE

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2010

Drinkaware, a UK charity which aims to reduce alcohol harm, has launched a new section of its website dedicated to offering alcohol advice to professionals who work with young people.

FIRE SAFETY CONTENT ON DIRECTGOVKIDS

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2009

DirectgovKids has a range of fire safety material that was created in collaboration with the London Fire Brigade (LFB). The material includes comic books, quizzes, videos and online games.

INTERVENTIONS TO PREVENT ACCIDENTAL INJURY TO YOUNG PEOPLE AGED 15 – 24: EVIDENCE BRIEFING

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2009

This briefing attempts to: identify all relevant systematic reviews, syntheses, meta-analyses and review-level papers on public health interventions to prevent accidental injury to young people aged 15–24; review these papers and highlight effective ways to prevent accidental injury in this population and particularly those in disadvantaged and vulnerable groups;

  • identify cost-effectiveness data for interventions that aim to prevent accidental injury to young people aged 15–24; and
  • highlight any gaps in the evidence and make recommendations for future research.

MIND THE ROAD! ONLINE ROAD SAFETY RESOURCES FOR CHILD MINDERS

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2009

CAPT has launched a new online resource aimed at childminders. Mind the Road! has been produced with the support of the Department for Transport, and brings together a broad range of free downloadable resources to support childminders working with children and families

FREE ONLINE SERVICE HELPS FIRST-TIME PARENTS

Countries Covered: Great Britain
Date:
 2009

A new interactive website to help parents and carers keep their babies healthy, happy and safe is being rolled out nationally today by the Department of Health. NHS Baby LifeCheck is designed to provide information and advice to mums, dads and carers of babies aged five to eight months.

BIRTH TO FIVE ONLINE TOOL

Countries Covered: Great Britain
Date:
 2009

A new interactive online Birth to Five tool has been launched on the NHS Choices website and features 150 pages of NHS-accredited information, videos and interactive tools, providing parents with information on becoming a parent, taking care of themselves and their child and how to access practical help and support.  This website includes a specific section on ‘Accidents, first aid and safety’.

ROUTES TO PLAY

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2009

Sustrans have released a new guide for local authorities and other organisations managing outdoor play space, on ensuring children and young people can get to play areas actively and independently.

GUIDANCE ON WHEN TO SUSPECT CHILD MALTREATMENT

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2009

The advice in this guideline covers the alerting features in children and young people (under 18 years) of: physical, sexual and emotional abuse neglect fabricated or induced illness.

HOW SAFE IS YOUR CHILD AT HOME?

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2009

The Child Accident Prevention Trust have published a leaflet for parents and carers: How safe is your child at home? and a guide for practitioners: Accidents and child development which have been licensed by the Department for Children, Schools and Families for free distribution in England.

NHS TEEN LIFECHECK

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2009

NHS Teen LifeCheck uses an engaging and interactive quiz to offer health and lifestyle information to 12-15 year olds. Hosted entirely online, it guides young people through a set of completely confidential, simple multiple choice questions and then gives them tailored advice on how they can set goals to improve their lifestyles.

TRL CHILD SAFETY SEAT RATING

Countries Covered: World
Date: 
2009

TRL, the UK’s Transport Research Laboratory, have launched a new independent safety rating system for child seats in vehicles, to better inform consumer choice when purchasing a child seat.

WORKING TOGETHER TO SAFEGUARD CHILDREN: A GUIDE TO INTER-AGENCY WORKING TO SAFEGUARD AND PROMOTE THE WELFARE OF CHILDREN

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2006

This document sets out how organisations and individuals should work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.  It is addressed to practitioners and front-line managers who have particular responsibilities for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and to senior and operational managers.