Accidental injury is a major cause of death and one of the most common causes of hospital admissions for children in Scotland. It accounts for one in 12 of all childhood deaths and one in eight of all emergency hospital admissions for children.
Child Safety Week raises awareness of serious childhood accidents and how to prevent them. It’s fun, it’s engaging and it works. Last year, Child Safety Week activities reached over 9,000 children, young people, parents and carers across Scotland. Nine in ten parents told us they learnt something new and will do something different as a result of Child Safety Week. This year with your help, we can reach even more families and help keep Scotland’s children safe.
Help Scottish families keep Scotland’s children safe
This Child Safety Week we’re offering simple tips to help families make safety part of their everyday routines. Sign-up to Child Safety Week 2017 and get involved.
Scottish support for Child Safety Week
Scottish Government’s Community Safety continues its generous funding for Child Safety Week and as such we are able to send printed Child Safety Week resources to practitioners across Scotland. The former Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs, Paul Wheelhouse MSP, wrote a letter of support for Child Safety Week 2017. The new Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs, Annabelle Ewing MSP, has endorsed Child Safety Week, saying:
“Today the use of technology, especially smartphones, is universal and an important part of life for parents and children. This year’s Child Safety Week theme offers an opportunity to raise awareness with families across the board. It gets the message across to parents and children in a fun and engaging way, helping parents learn how to fit safety into their busy lives.
The Scottish Government is fully supportive of the Child Safety Week campaign and we would encourage parents to find out more about the small changes they can make to protect their children from potentially serious accidents.”
If you work in Scotland, we hope to send you a free Child Safety Week poster and action pack in the post. Use the sign-up page to give us your contact details. If you sign up, you can also download extra free resources for Child Safety Week. And, as a thank-you for signing up, we will send you a free Bitrex Taste Test kit.
Please promote the free Child Safety Week resources to your colleagues and partner organisations, and via your local networks. Encourage them to visit this website and sign up to receive their free Child Safety Week resources.
Find more inspiration from others
Check out our Scottish activities and events page for details of other Scottish activities, as well as contact details for a range of Scottish child safety organisations, like RoSPA Scotland, Road Safety Scotland, the Scottish Community Safety Network and the Scottish Burned Children’s Club.
CAPT resources to support your Child Safety Week activities
Many health promotion libraries in Scotland stock CAPT resources that you can order to support your Child Safety Week activities. Contact your local service to find out what they stock and place your order.
Deprivation and childhood accidents
Children living in the most deprived areas of Scotland are at greater risk of death and injury from preventable accidents. The Growing Up in Scotland study reports that family adversity is significantly associated with children experiencing three or more accidents requiring medical attention during the first five years of life.
Professionals tell us that the fun elements of Child Safety Week really help them help get safety messages across effectively to vulnerable families. And that it helps build resilience by reminding parents what they can do. Please encourage projects and groups who work in deprived areas to sign up to Child Safety Week and help us narrow the inequalities gap.