Do you know a safety hero? If so, now’s the time to nominate them

14 May 2013

Candy Floss Safety Hero

You’ve been busy nominating your safety heroes – those people (or cuddly toys!) who have gone above and beyond in helping keep children safe.

Once upon a time, much of the really great child accident prevention work - heroes working tirelessly day in and day out to keep children safe from preventable accidents – was unsung. But not any more.

We 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, we want to know so that we can personally acknowledge their invaluable contribution. If you feel passionately about child accident prevention we want you to use the nomination form to tell us all about it – don’t be shy, shout about it so others can learn too.

Sheila Brennan, Bierley Children's Centre

Heroes like Sheila Brennan, a Family Support Worker from Bierley Children's Centre in West Yorkshire who was nominated by Davina Hartley, Child Accident Prevention Coordinator at Bradford Safeguarding Children Board:

“Sheila is committed to child safety and goes above and beyond the requirements of her job to ensure that key safety messages are passed onto parents. She works tirelessly on this issue and is always very helpful to colleagues and parents/carers.”

Lindsey Williamson, Pinmoor Children’s Centre

Or Lindsey Williamson from Pinmoor Children’s Centre, Wakefield, nominated by her colleague Jill Fisher:

“Jill has recently, alongside myself, delivered two of the CAPT Preventing Accidents courses to parents in our Children's Centre area. Both have gone really well, the attendees of the course have thoroughly enjoyed themselves and learned lots. Jill loves statistics and enjoys sharing them with others. I believe Jill will have helped to raise awareness and helped to prevent accidents in many Wakefield households.”

Candy Floss, Bright Horizons Rutland Nursery

And heroes like Candy Floss from Bright Horizons Rutland Nursery in Edinburgh. Candy’s guardian, Tracy Cameron said:

“We have our Superhero Health & Safety toy called Candy Floss who has been fantastic in assisting the teachers to teach the children about Health & Safety and keeping safe both in the nursery environments and in the local area as he often attends outings with the staff and children. 

“Candy Floss stays in the office but when the children are unsure about something they will come and get him and he will talk to them about any dangers such as putting toys in mouths, crossing roads, and climbing in the garden. He has been instrumental in helping children to understand how they can keep themselves and their friends safe in the nursery, at home or surrounding areas. Candy Floss has worked hard with the preschool children to let them do their own risk assessments and the children love him. We think that Candy Floss is a fantastic role model for any Safety Hero and we are happy to nominate him!”

Who deserves nomination?

  • Has someone at your nursery, children’s centre or school made a real difference to children’s safety?
  • Has one of your colleagues been a dedicated safety advocate?
  • Do you feel passionately about child accident prevention and want others to see how to get involved?

Everyone nominated will receive a personal thank-you from CAPT and we will profile their work on the Child Safety Week website.

Don’t be shy - nominate a Safety Hero now.