Child Safety Week

1st – 7th June 2020

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 2020 we are 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.

Child Safety Week 2020

In response to COVID-19, CAPT is changing its focus in 2020 to provide families and practitioners with essential advice on keeping children safe in lockdown and as lockdown eases. Take a look at their page on Burns and Scalds here.

The links below are to CAPT’s Safety in lockdown downloads and Social Media Posts for 2020.

Child Safety Week LogoDownload
'We Support' Child Safety Week LogoDownload
Burns and Scalds FactsheetDownload
Fire FactsheetDownload
Social Media Posts - Hot drinksDownload
Social Media Posts - CookingDownload
Social Media Posts - BathtimeDownload
First Aid Advice imageDownload
Parent PackDownload

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. CAPT’s Safety in lockdown downloads and Social Media Posts for 2020 can be downloaded here #childsafetyweek #safetymakessense https://www.cbtrust.org.uk/child-safety-week
  • Anyone looking after children 24/7 right now deserves all the tea or coffee they can drink. Just remember to put your cuppa down in a safe spot out of reach of little hands that can grab as soon as your back is turned. You’ll be winning against hot drink burns. #childsafetyweek #SafetyMakesSense https://www.capt.org.uk/burns-scalds-essential-facts
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner, repeat … sound like your life at the moment? When you’re exhausted it’s easy to get distracted, so use the back rings of the cooker and turn pan handles in. It keeps danger out of reach of little hands that grab. #childsafetyweek #SafetyMakesSense https://www.capt.org.uk/burns-scalds-essential-facts
  • An easy win to avoid horrendous bath water scalds … get in the habit of putting the cold in first and top up with hot. You’ll be saving your child from the risk of falling or climbing into a boiling bath. #childsafetyweek #SafetyMakesSense https://www.capt.org.uk/burns-scalds-essential-facts
  • Family life is more complex than ever. Help keep children safe. #childsafetyweek #safetymakessensehttps://www.cbtrust.org.uk
  • Hair straighteners can get as hot as your iron and can still burn 15 mins after they are switched off #childsafetyweek #safetymakessense http://ow.ly/XZQB50tUzYT
  • Your hot drink can scald a baby 15 minutes after it has been made #childsafetyweek #safetymakessense http://ow.ly/3VeD50tUA8M
  • With so many appliances and devices on charge, make sure not to overload electicity sockets #childsafetyweek #safetymakessense https://www.cbtrust.org.uk
  • What’s the quickest route out of your house in a fire? Make sure you and your family all know it #childsafetyweek #safetymakessense https://www.cbtrust.org.uk

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.

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

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.

For more accident prevention advice from the Child Accident Prevention Trust go to www.capt.org.uk/safety-in-lockdown