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Child Safety Booklet (produced by Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Child Death Overview Panel) (Click on the link)

Home alone
The NSPCC have produced guidance on keeping your child safe within the home.  Click here to view the document.  Home alone: your guide to keeping your child safe
 

Out Alone
Getting the balance right between allowing children their independence and ensuring their safety when away from home can be difficult.  The NSPCC have produced guidance on being "out alone".  Click here to view the document Out alone: your guide to keeping your child safe

 Most accidents are preventable - think safety at all times.

  • Remember other people’s homes are not always child-friendly.
  • The outside environment also contains many hazards - on the roads, in gardens, in the countryside and near water.
  • Keep your child close when shopping.
  • Children under eight should not be allowed out alone.
  • If you have a pond in the garden, make sure it is covered to prevent a young child falling in.
  • If you and your child are walking in an unlit/dark road, ensure florescent safety clothes are worn.
  • Mobile phones are a good link to young children.

Further safety information is available on the Resources page of this website (Click on the link to view)

Accidents don’t always happen

Some experts say that there is no such thing as an accident - and, according to The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), most accidents that happen to young children, such as injuries from falls or drowning, could be avoided with the right supervision.

If you are visiting friends or relatives, keep a closer eye than usual on your child as their house may not be as child-friendly as yours. Look out for dangerous areas, such as knives sitting on counter tops, drugs such as painkillers left within reach, or open windows. Check that the garden is secure and there is no access to ponds or pools.

It’s important to always be aware of where your child is when you are out. When shopping, always make sure your child stays close to you - it is easy for them to get lost in a shopping centre or large supermarket. Supervise playground activities - make sure the playground equipment is suitable for your child’s age group, to prevent injury.

In the car, make sure your child is in an age appropriate car seat and is securely belted in. You should also check that the car seat is strapped in properly - many road accident injuries occur due to wrongly strapped seats, which do not restrain the child adequately on impact.

Click here to view a document for advice on using car seats

Further information on car seats is available on the Resources page of this website (Click on the link to view)

It can be difficult finding the balance between giving your child enough freedom to gain confidence and making sure they are safe. Children under eight should not be allowed out alone. Teach your child road safety from a young age, so it is habit for them to check for cars before crossing a road. As they get older they can be trusted to go out for short periods by themselves, but always agree a time for them to return or to phone you if they are going to be late or the arrangements change. Remind them never to go off with someone they don’t know, whatever convincing story they may have.

As they get older

It can be hard to keep track of your youngster but here are some useful tips.

  • A mobile phone means they can call you if they are in trouble, and you can at least check that they are alright.
  • Keep emphasising personal safety.
  • If they cycle, insist they wear a helmet.
  • Constantly remind them of the dangers associated with playing on or near cliffs, railway lines, construction sites and old buildings.


Road safety
Click here to view a document for advice on Road safety

Child safety update - child drowning and use of bath seats - To view the document click on the related link shown below.

Child safety advice - Button Batteries -To view the document click on the related link shown below.


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