Accidental injury is a major cause of death and one of the most common causes of hospital admissions for children in Scotland.

  • After the neo-natal period, accidents are the top cause of childhood death in Scotland, responsible for two out of five child deaths.
  • Last year, 7,260 children were admitted to hospital in an emergency after an accident. Some suffered life-changing injuries.
  • Children under five are far more likely to be admitted to hospital, with falls, burns, poisoning, drowning and threats to breathing the main causes of injury.
  • Children living in Scotland’s most deprived communities are more likely to suffer a preventable accident than those from the least deprived areas.

Child Safety Week raises awareness of serious childhood accidents and how to prevent them, supporting families and communities to build confidence and resilience, and encouraging partnership working.

Free printed Child Safety Week resources

Thanks to the generosity of Building Safer Communities in the Scottish Government, we can send free printed Child Safety Week resources to practitioners across Scotland.

Please encourage your colleagues, partner organisations and others in your network to sign up to Child Safety Week and receive their free pack.

Depending on stocks, we may be able to send you multiple copies of the pack for you to distribute via your local networks. Please contact us, telling us how many packs you would like and what they will be used for.

Facts at your fingertips

Our new fact sheet on childhood accidents in Scotland offers facts at your fingertips.

We look at the scale of the problem and the life-changing injuries that can follow a serious accident, why the under-fives and children from the most deprived communities are at greatest risk, and share some key safety messages.

Download your copy now.

Get inspired

Check out our Scottish activities and events page for inspiration for your Child Safety Week activities.

Free CAPT resources to support your Child Safety Week activities

Many health promotion libraries in Scotland stock CAPT resources that you can order to support your Child Safety Week activities. Contact your local service to find out what they stock and place your order.

Get connected

You may find information and resources from these key national contacts in Scotland useful when planning your Child Safety Week events and activities:

Remember it could happen to any parent

Katrina Phillips, Chief Executive of the Child Accident Prevention Trust, explains to Children in Scotland magazine why Child Safety Week is vital.