Child safety - we are in it together!

Release Date: 31 May 2017

Richmond Council is supporting Child Safety Week next week (5 to 11 June) and encouraging residents to learn more about the role they can play to keep children safe in the community.

Child Safety Week is the Child Accident Prevention Trust’s flagship community education campaign. It aims to raise awareness of the number of accidents that seriously injure or kill children and how to prevent them.

The official theme for Child Safety Week 2017 is ‘Safe children: sharing is caring’.

The Council is asking friends, families, communities and professionals to show they care by playing their part in keeping children safe and sharing their experience and knowledge – not just about the horrors of accidents, but also the really practical, simple things they do to prevent them.

The Child Accident Prevention Trust has launched an action pack with a number of fact sheets, quizzes and games – and is encouraging people to review the information. Facts sheets include topics such as:

  • Burns and Scalds
  • Fire Safety
  • Drowning
  • Road Safety
  • Falls
  • Poisoning
  • Choking

Deborah Lightfoot, Independent Chair of the Richmond and Kingston LSCBs, added:

“We all have a part to play in sharing the responsibility for preventing accidents among children, and we know that nothing is more powerful than the voice of experience.


“Child Safety Week is an opportunity for us all to think about the impact we can have on keeping children safe in the home, at school, on the roads and anywhere else in our community.


“No matter how big or small your involvement with children is, you have a part to play. I would encourage all adults, children and young people to make this week count and take some time to find out how a few small changes can make a big difference to improving child safety in Richmond upon Thames.”

For free advice and information and to learn more, visit the Child Safety Week website.

Notes for editors

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Reference: P238/17

Updated: 31 May 2017