This year, Child Safety Week takes place from 4th-10th June 2018. Each year the child safety campaign is run by the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) and aims to highlight to parents and carers the risk of accidents involving children.
Throughout the week you can go along to local activities and events run by a variety of different organisations and individuals. From schools and hospitals to childminders, there are plenty of people taking part. There’s also an action pack and resources available to anyone wanting to run their own event.
At PreciousLittleOne, we are getting involved and doing our part by bringing you a full week of content around Child Safety, aligned with this year’s theme – Safe Children: Together We’ve Got This – starting today. We will also be running a few offers especially for Child Safety Week – check the products on sale here!
Understanding the risks
Every week, 2,000 hospital admissions are for children who’ve had an accident, and sadly accidents account for three child deaths each week too.
Some of the most common types of accident and injury are:
- Burns and scalds
- Road accidents
The greatest factor in preventing children having accidents is being aware of the risks. Understanding what kind of accidents kids are most commonly involved in, can help you identify potential risks – both inside and outside the home. Child Safety Week is also about teaching your little one how they can keep themselves safe and out of harm’s way.
You can make small changes to make a big difference to the safety of your child. Even simple steps like storing hair straighteners safely and out of reach, or being aware of the risks of button batteries, could prevent serious injury.
Child Safety Week encourages parents and carers of children to do the following:
- Anticipate problems – understand the links between child safety and child development
- Build confidence – learn to be more assertive to take control of risky situations
- Identify goals – outline what steps you’re going to take to make your home safer for your child
- Share experiences – talk to other parents and learn about the problems and solutions others have
- Develop a safety habit – encourage all the family to adopt habits like shutting stair gates and keeping hot drinks out of reach
Explore our safety guides
We’ve pulled together some super handy safety guides, to help you understand the safety risks both inside and outside your home. Take a look at each guide for more details and information.
Home safety essentials
More child accidents happen in the home than anywhere else. Find out how you can make your home the safe haven it should be for you and your family – read our Essential Home Safety Guide, live June 5th.
Outdoor safety essentials
Learn about the two biggest threats outdoors – water and sun – learn how to keep your little one protected by reading our Essential Outdoor Safety Guide, live June 6th.
Newborn safety essentials
Tiny newborns can seem so fragile. Make sure you’re taking all the right steps to keep them safe and read our Essential Newborn Safety Guide, live June 7th.
Travel safety essentials
Learn how to keep your little one safe, whether you’re out exploring with the pushchair or jumping in the car to visit granny and grandpa. Read our Essential Travel Safety Guide, live June 8th.
Remember, accidents do happen. But by far the greatest step you can take to keep your child safe is to make sure you’re aware of the risks.