Working in Partnership
Child Safety Week is a great opportunity to establish or continue partnership working. It also offers a way of pooling budgets and resources, and reaching more parents, carers and children. And that’s not just our opinion!
In 2016, of those who responded to the Child Safety Week evaluation survey 88% told us that they held activities in partnership with other organisations. And 86% said that this joint working would continue beyond Child Safety Week.
“We worked with the local Family Information Service – their Twitter and Facebook pages reached hundreds of parents and families, as well as professionals. We sent out child safety messages via their accounts – respected local organisation/advice. We managed to reach more families than we would have been able to alone“
– Public Health Team (2016 event organiser)
There are many different professionals and organisations with an interest in child accident prevention who might be able to help you with your event. You might like to ask if they will come along to your event and give a talk. You could hold a presentation for their staff. Or they may have newsletters and display boards where you could advertise your event to local families.
Here are a few examples of the types of organisations who get involved in Child Safety Week:
Including children’s centres, childminders, nurseries, playgroups and schools.
Road safety officers and trading standards are just two examples of some of the departments within local councils who often get involved in Child Safety Week events.
Public health teams
These teams work to improve the health of local people and will have responsibility for child accident prevention.
Health, fire and community police services
GPs, midwives, health visitors, paramedics and A&E staff are just a few of the local NHS teams who might want to help with your event.
Other groups and agencies
Whether it’s your local Brownie or Girl Guide group, or an Interactive Safety Centre, there will be many other organisations in your local area like these who can help to make your event more interactive and engaging.
Don’t be afraid to contact local businesses for support. They may be able to sponsor your event or provide prizes for competitions.
“Ask for freebies from local shops or organisations to put into goody bags or as giveaways at stalls as this does attract parents to come over and talk to you.”
– [email protected] Scheme Project Co-ordinator
For more information on partnership working and how to contact these organisations, see the relevant section of the Child Safety Week 2016 action pack.