3rd June 2020
Each year the first week of June marks National Child Safety Week – an opportunity to raise awareness and educate parents, carers, and children themselves on safety risks and dangers.
No one likes to think about their child being hurt but sadly the statistics around hospital admissions and deaths due to accidents such as falls, bike accidents, choking and other accidents at home are quite shocking. In the UK, over 12,000 children and young adults under 19 die every year from accidental injury.
Whether you have young babies, crawlers, toddlers, school children or teens, here is a quick round up of things you can do to minimise the risk of injury to your loved ones.
As we remain in lockdown and with many children still not attending school, we take a look at some ways to keep your children safe from injury in the home and whilst venturing outdoors to enjoy the sunny weather.
Much of it is common sense but it is easy to become complacent and with the additional pressures the NHS are facing at the moment and with many families shielding from Covid-19, parents have wanted to avoid trips to A & E. Many will have said something along the lines of “we can’t be taking you to hospital at the moment” to calm their excited children from running around the house.
As many parents try to juggle working from home along with looking after children, there are a few things to be mindful of;
The home is the most common place for accidents to happen. More accidents happen in the lounge or living space than anywhere else in the home as this is where people tend to spend most of their time. Children under 5 and adults over 65 are most likely to suffer an injury at home, with 6,000 people dying each year from injuries sustained in the home.
A good way of auditing the risks in your home is to do a walk around each room and consider the following dangers.
The UK has been cursed with Covid-19 but blessed with beautiful weather at the same time. Many families are enjoying simple pleasures such as going for walks and playing sports outside. There are a few things to be aware of whilst enjoying some freedom with your children this summer:
Your children may have got used to living in a bit of a bubble over the last couple of months, but if they are one of the year groups who are returning to school this week then they may need reminding of the green cross code. Although the roads may not be as busy as usual it is worth reminding children of safe places to cross the road so that they can get to and from school safely.
For more information on children’s safety and also some resources for parents and children, please visit the CAPT website: https://www.capt.org.uk/Pages/Category/child-safety-week
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The contents of this article are for the purposes of general awareness only. They do not purport to constitute legal or professional advice. The law may have changed since this article was published. Readers should not act on the basis of the information included and should take appropriate professional advice upon their own particular circumstances.
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