Preventing childhood accidents is vital in ensuring all children grow up in a safe, stimulating environment. You can play an important part in making that happen.

Doing something that might seem small, such as speaking out on a particular issue or educating parents about risk, can make a real difference to child safety and even save lives.

Parent/child education

One of the most important things you can do is discuss child safety with the parents and carers that you work with.

That’s what our support for practitioners helps you to do. We provide you with an overview of the most important safety topics, from fire safety to falls in the home. You’ll get key facts about the issue, and some general safety advice, as well as recommendations for resources that will help you communicate the important safety messages to parents.

These resources are support materials and none of them provides stand-alone safety advice. For more detailed advice on preventing accidents, have a look at the colourful, engaging safety resources in the online shop including our child development pack.

It’s not just parents and children who need to be educated. You may also want to ensure that your colleagues have the right information and training to allow them to pass on appropriate safety messages.

Environment

If you work with children and families it is important to make sure that the environment they are in and the products that they come into contact with are safe. You can play an important role in ensuring the safety of children when they are in your care. For example:

  • Many nurseries, after seeing CAPT’s advice on preventing burns and scalds, instigated cold drinks policies at work. This means that hot drinks weren’t handled in places where young children were playing.
  • Toy safety is crucial, especially when there are children of varying ages playing in the same place. By making sure that the toys are as safe as possible, you can help children to play safely.

Advocacy

Changing the law or policies might sound daunting, but you’d be surprised how much of a difference you can make in your local area. By raising awareness of safety issues, you can help to influence child safety policy. For example:

  • Is there a dangerous road near your crèche or nursery? By highlighting the danger to your local council you could help make sure a crossing is put in place.
  • Does your local housing department make sure that they only put families with young children in accommodation that has been checked for child safety?
  • Taking part in community education campaigns can make a real difference. Thousands of organisations take part in CAPT’s Child Safety Week each year, and help to raise awareness of childhood accidents in parents, grandparents, and in the media.

If you would like to know more about getting involved, why not join our mailing list? Or have a look at our website for senior practitioners and policymakers, Making the Link, which has more information on the latest news, policy, and best practice in preventing childhood accidents.