A new water safety group has been established by RoSPA Scotland to prevent drowning and water–related deaths across Scotland. One of the first actions of ‘Scotland’s Water Safety Reference Group’ has been to issue a new document the ‘Water Safety Policy in Scotland – A Guide’. This guide sets out key information to enable local authorities to create a localised water safety policy.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has published the ‘Global report on drowning – preventing a leading killer’.
Drowning claims the lives of 372 000 people a year worldwide, with over 90% of these deaths occurring in low- and middle-income countries. In the WHO European Region, drowning causes the loss of 37 000 lives every year. It is the second leading cause of death in children aged 5–14 years and the fourth leading cause among young people aged 15–29 years.
The World Health Organization (WHO) aims to release the Global report on drowning prevention late 2014. This will cover drowning in all countries of the world across all ages, will set out what is known about drowning and drowning prevention, and will call for a substantial scaling-up of comprehensive efforts and resources targeted at prevention.
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.
Bloomberg Philanthropies has announced a commitment of US$ 10 million to save children from drowning. The Bloomberg Philanthropies Drowning Prevention Project will have a major focus on children aged 1-4 years in Bangladesh, where drowning accounts for 43% of all deaths. Every year in Bangladesh, 12,000 children drown – the equivalent of 32 deaths every day.
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.
Posted in 2013, Children & Young People Safety, Cross-Cutting Themes, Drowning, Fire Safety, Home Safety, Initiatives & Campaigns, Road Safety, Scotland, Sports & Leisure Safety, Tools & Guides
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).