New research by the child accident prevention trust has revealed that a quarter of children come close to death or serious injury before leaving school. It’s a frightening statistic.
Perhaps even more alarming is that accidents are the second biggest killer of children in the UK. The research, released by the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT), as part of this week’s Child Safety Week (24-30th June), reveals that when children have a near miss, it’s us parents who usually save the day.
The most common near accident is children stepping out in front of a car. This research is a timely reminder to us all that teaching young children road safety should be a daily lesson. Other common near misses include falling down stairs, plunging from a high chair, falling out of an open window, drowning in a bath and being scalded by a hot drink.
The Chief Executive of CAPT, Katrina Phillips, says the new research reveals parents seriously underestimate themselves and fail to recognise their actions as heroic.
“Most parents whose children have had a near miss have been the ones to save the day. London parents are on the frontline of accident prevention, the hidden heroes in our midst. Yet they rule themselves out as safety heroes. Most parents don’t realise the life-saving importance of the small things they do every day to protect their children,” Ms Phillips said.
“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, making sure the safety gate is closed, 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.”
Child Safety Week is an important reminder that we can do more to protect our children from harm. It’s up to us to put the poisonous cleaning products out of the way, guard the stove when cooking and keep hot drinks out of the way.
The website if full of great resources for parents and those who work with children. For more on child safety week visit www.childsafetyweek.org.uk.