Child Safety Week

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3rd – 9th June 2019

Child Safety Week is an annual campaign run by the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) to raise awareness of the risks of child accidents and how they can be prevented. In 2019 we’re working alongside CAPT to raise awareness of the number of children that are seriously burned and scalded each year. Many of these accidents are entirely preventable.

The theme for this year’s Child Safety Week is ‘Family life today: where’s the risk?’ It highlights the new dangers facing families today from our modern lifestyles and offers simple solutions to keep children safe.

The links below are to the Child Safety Week Logo’s, Banners, Action Packs and Social Media Posts to help you raise as much awareness as possible during Child Safety Week:

Child Safety Week LogoDownload
Child Safety Week BannerDownload
'We Support' Child Safety Week LogoDownload
Burns and Scalds Action PackDownload
Fire Safety Action PackDownload
Full Child Safety Week Action PackDownload
Social Media Post: Hair StraightenersDownload
Social Media Post: KitchenDownload
Social Media Post: BedroomDownload

Social Media Post Ideas

You can use the below suggested posts on your own social channels along with the logo’s and social media image posts above.

  • Child Safety Week is back from 3-9 June. Family life today: where’s the risk #childsafetyweek #familylifetoday
  • Family life is more complex than ever. Help keep children safe. #childsafetyweek #familylifetoday
  • Hair straighteners can get as hot as your iron and can still burn 15 mins after they are switched off #childsafetyweek #familylifetoday
  • Your hot drink can scald a baby 15 minutes after it has been made #childsafetyweek #familylifetoday
  • With so many appliances and devices on charge, make sure not to overload electicity sockets #childsafetyweek #familylifetoday
  • What’s the quickest route out of your house in a fire? Make sure you and your family all know it #childsafetyweek #familylifetoday

Each year CAPT produce an action pack full of ideas on running events and activities for Child Safety Week, this Action Pack can be download using the link above and includes:

  • Top tips for engaging with families and carers
  • Tips for working in partnership
  • Information about some of the most common causes of child accidents and how to prevent them
  • Event ideas
  • Useful resources
  • Evaluation form for participants
  • Competitions

Awareness of hot drinks around children

A hot drink, even one that’s been made for 15 minutes, can seriously scald a baby.

“Scalds from cups of tea and coffee are one of the commonest preventable injuries in crawling babies and toddlers that we see in the Paediatric Emergency Department. Most parents take safety in the home very seriously, for example fitting safety gates. But they do not always realise the danger caused by hot drinks left on dining tables, coffee tables or kitchen worktops. Children can often reach further than their parents expect, so make sure ‘out of reach’ really is a safe place.” Dr Rachel Jenner, Consultant Paediatrician Emergency Medicine, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

Why not implement a Hot Drinks Policy in your setting when young children are present. It would help protect children from serious scalds.

Hot drinks and young children don’t mix:

  • Hot drinks are the number one cause of serious scald injuries among babies and young children
  • Parents don’t realise how bad the injuries will be until after the event
  • Young children are unpredictable, love exploring and reaching out
  • They can’t be relied on to do what they’re told and they’re too young to understand consequences

Despite this it can be difficult to establish a hot drinks policy. Parents want to drink tea and coffee, and headlines such as “Coffee banned from coffee morning” make the challenge even harder.

When CAPT heard about a successful parent-led hot drinks pledge in Wrexham, they discovered how, instead of the staff imposing a policy, the parents came up with their own; click here for more details.

If you run a nursery, children’s centre or mother and toddler group, you can order a copy of our Under 5’s Resource Pack, including a copy of Lizzie’s Accident, 25 Hot Water Burns Like Fire leaflets and plenty of additional safety literature for only £4.50 including postage and packing by clicking here.

“Everyone in the Burns Unit was there because of an accident. None of them were born that way and they hadn’t developed a disease to make them disfigured. In a split second their whole life changed” Mum of a little girl injured in a hot drinks accident.