Starting tomorrow, 24th June, and running until 30th June, it is Child Safety Week . This is run by the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT), which is the UK’s leading charity working to reduce the number of children and young people killed, disabled or seriously injured by accidents, without ‘wrapping them in cotton wool’. Child Safety Week is CAPT’s flagship community education programme, supporting professionals to empower parents and families to improve child safety in their local communities. There are many people who work in areas which impact on the safety of our children, in education, health, social care and in a wide range of non-statutory organisations, but the focus of the Week is on encouraging us all to be and to find ‘Safety Heroes.’ Anyone can be a Safety Hero – whether or not you choose to wear your underwear on the outside is entirely up to you.
What this means in practical terms is best expressed by Katrina Phillips, Chief Executive of the CAPT in the press release for the event:
“Our message for Child Safety Week is you don’t need to be superhuman to be a Safety Hero. Putting your coffee cup out of reach of small hands, keeping painkillers and cleaning things stored safely away, practising road safety with your children while you’re out walking – these small things all add up to children who are protected from serious harm.”
As that quote says, safety of children is a matter to be considered everywhere. If you follow the link to the Child Safety Week website you will find some extremely good, clearly written leaflets and guidance notes to give you more detail on how you, too, can be a Safety Hero. There are also some fun things to do with your children at home and in school. I hope everyone who reads this and who has contact with children achieves ‘Hero’ status! These little people are our future.