If every parent took one small step to ensure the additional safety of their child there would be far fewer accidents in the home and out and about

New research for Child Safety Week reveals that child safety is threatened by stressed parents struggling with work pressures. Exhausted British parents no longer have enough time to prevent accidents and face more pressure than ever before according to the survey.

The research by CAPT shows that the economic downturn and work demands are placing so much pressure on parents that their children’s safety is being put at risk:

4 in 10 parents (41%) say they don’t have time to even think about preventing their children having serious accidents

  • 7 in 10 parents (69%) are exhausted by the end of the day
  • 6 in 10 parents (60%) say work pressures mean they have less time to spend with their families
  • Over a half of parents (58%) say they are under more stress than their parents’ generation.

Four out of ten parents want more advice about keeping their family safe which is why the thousands of local activities that make Child Safety Week such a success are so important.

Katrina Phillips, CAPT’s Chief Executive commented said about the findings: “These findings are alarming. Work pressures and the economic downturn mean many parents now have less time to spend with their families. They’re exhausted, stressed and struggling to keep their heads above water. Child safety feels like one more thing to add to an already impossible to-do list.

 “But there are so many little things that even time-poor, stressed-out parents can do to make a big difference to their children’s safety. Parents need advice on easy ways to prevent serious accidents, so they can stay on top of safety despite all the competing pressures they face. This is why Child Safety Week is so important.”

Child safety feels like one more thing to add to an already impossible to-do list.Katrina Phillips CAPTs

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