Child Safety Week: Together We Got This!
June 4th marks the start of Child Safety Week which is run by the Child Accident Prevention Trust to raise awareness of child safety and accident prevention.
The trust aims to simplify safety issues and highlight the quick wins and most effective ways to have an impact. At FCA we all work together with the foster family to keep our children safe, by offering training and communicating with our foster carers about child safety and accident prevention.
One of the reasons children have accidents is because they develop so fast that we can’t keep up! How many times have you heard the phrase … “I didn’t know they could do that”?
Did you know?
- Each day, around 45 toddlers are taken into hospital because they’ve had a serious fall. These usually happen at home or in the garden.
- Every day around 40 under-fives are rushed to hospital after choking on something or swallowing something dangerous.
- There is growing evidence that the liquid nicotine refills from e-cigarettes pose a significant poisoning risk to young children. Hospitals are reporting growing numbers of children accidentally swallowing liquid from e-cigarette refills.
- Each day nine children are admitted to hospital with burns and scalds. In 2008-09 almost 800 under-fives were admitted to hospital in England with burns from hot drinks, food, fat and cooking oils. Over 6,500 under-fives visit accident and emergency departments each year because of scalds from kettles and hot drinks.
- Twelve children under 10 are killed or injured as passengers in cars every day.
- Every day, 15 young children are admitted into hospital because they’ve swallowed something poisonous.
- Road incidents are the biggest cause of death among 12 to 19-year-olds. 13 to 16 year-olds are also a very high-risk group. With teens looking at their mobiles and using earphones or easily distracted by their peers, accidents among this age group are often the result of failing to look properly before crossing.
- In 2017, ambulances were called out to 1,181 incidents at trampoline parks across England – more than three a day. Over six months, Sheffield Children’s Hospital counted 198 patients with trampoline injuries: 130 using private equipment and 68 from indoor parks.
According to ROSPA More than two million children under the age of 15 experience accidents in and around the home every year and most of these accidents are preventable through increased awareness and improvements in the home environment.
Accident prevention is paramount for all ages and foster carers need to be kept informed of new guidance and child safety advice. The small actions we all take day-in, day-out in the foster home to prevent accidents from happening in the first place are just as heroic as rescuing children after an accident has happened. Together We’ve Got This!
There are more excellent resources and advice for foster families at The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.