Are you working with deprived families, or parents with low literacy?

If you answered 'yes', then you will understand the challenge of helping vulnerable parents to protect their children from serious accidents. 

Children from deprived families are far more likely to be killed, disabled or seriously injured in accidents than children from more affluent families. One in three deprived parents has serious literacy problems. So prevention messages can be lost on the very people who need them most.

Hot drink scalds - Gabriel's story

Many people think that accidents only happen to other people. But with inquisitive children, it can take just a second for their whole life to be turned upside-down. You can use this case study in your work with parents to show how important it is to follow safety advice around hot drinks.

Hot water scalds - Lily's story

Many people think that accidents only happen to other people. But it can take just a second for something disastrous to happen. You can use this case study in your work with parents when discussing scalds, and teaching parents how to deal with scalds in an emergency.

The role of practitioners

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.