Safer Together - Child Safety Week 2010
Child Safety Week June 21st - 27th 2010
Working together to make life a safer place for our kids
Accidents are one of the biggest childhood killers in the UK, with five children and young people dying every week. This is four times as many children as are killed by family abuse or neglect, and 12 times as many children as are killed by strangers
Stay Safer togetherStay Safer togetherStay Safer togetherAccidents put more children in hospital than any other cause. Every week, over 2,000 children and young people are admitted to hospital because of their injuries. Many are left scarred for life or permanently disabled.
Children from less well-off families are particularly vulnerable – they are far more likely to be killed or admitted to hospital with serious injuries than their better-off counterparts.
However, many of these deaths and serious injuries can be prevented - and without wrapping children up in cotton wool.
Child Safety Week helps people understand the real risks to children and the simple changes they can make to reduce those risks -so that children and young people can enjoy safer, healthier, more active lives.
Take a look at the information and advice offered throughout this site and in particular watch the video and take part in the QUIZ
Child Safety Week comes around once a year -this years’ themeis ‘Safer Together’, a reminder that we should all be responsible for the safety of children whether our own or not; we all have a part to play, no matter how small.
So, what can we do to keep our kids out of danger yet not wrap them up in cotton wool.
We obviously have to think ‘age appropriate’ – for the babies and toddlers it is about being one step ahead – being on your guard, never letting them out of your sight and also recognising the importance of products that can help remove any risk.
It is extraordinary for any parent to think that their tiny baby will be anything but a buddle of joy but they soon become mobile and strong willed - usually around the age of 6-9 months ! So accident prevention is essential. Stair gates and cupboard locks, smash proof glass and bathroom cupboards locks and medicines place high up on a shelf are all important – every child is different in nature but all are inquisitive and their curiosity can often lead to potential accidents, if precautions are not in place. Of course this is never a substitute for an adult career to be with small babies /toddlers at all times. .
For children that are a bit older and who can understand how accidents happen – here is some advice :
1. Communication is key. Simply explain to children about potential accidents and consequences of taking risks.
2. Keep kids interested – this isn’t to say they need to be stimulated at all times because they need their down time in front of the TV – but a bored child will find things to do that may lead to risk.
3. Develop good self esteem – a child who is not happy and feels less than good about themselves will feel less inclined to stay safe
4. Lead by example – children are like sponges – if you want him/her behave in the certain way then you must show by example.
5. Prevention is better than cure – are you up-to-date with first aid, have you put medicines and the like out of reach, do you own a fire blanket, can you front door be unlock by a toddler , if you have an outdoor water feature such as a pond or swimming pool are they fence protected…
Keeping your Children safe as they become more independent is an ongoing task . Watch the video.
10 top tips to being Safer Together.
• Stay one step ahead of your child!
• Take practical measures to ensure your home is child friendly
• Always be watchful but remember it is impossible to have eyes at the back of your head so some product intervention is a good thing.
• Don’t wrap your toddler in cotton wool – small accidents are part of life - but some are more serious and can be life damaging so think ahead
• Talk, talk, talk to your child from the start and as they grow build upon that relationship and bond
• Parents: get involved with your children’s lives and friends – allow their friends to come to your home, be their taxi, know their likes and dislikes, give them space but always be there.
• Nurture your child’s self-esteem
• Help them develop a strong identity.
• Watch out if your child is having emotional difficulties.
Stay Safer Together