At Greenwich 0 to 4 service, we understand the importance of ensuring the safety of your child at all times. Accidents and injuries can occur unexpectedly, but many can be prevented with the right knowledge and preparation.
Three key organisations offer expert advice and resources on child safety, they are: The Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT), The Lullaby Trust, and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).
Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT)
CAPT is a leading source of information on child safety. Their mission is to reduce the number of children and young people who are killed, disabled, or seriously injured in accidents. They cover areas such as:
- Preventing choking: Small children can choke on food and small items. CAPT provides advice on how to prevent choking incidents and what to do if a child is choking.
- Preventing burns and scalds: Tips on how to prevent burns from hot surfaces, liquids, and fire, and what to do in case of a burn or scald.
- Road safety: Whether as pedestrians or passengers, children are at risk on the roads. CAPT provides guidance on how to teach children about road safety.
- Preventing poisoning: From cleaning products to medications, many everyday items can be harmful to children if swallowed. CAPT provides tips on preventing poisoning and what to do if a child swallows something harmful.
- Preventing drowning: Drowning can occur quickly and quietly, in as little as 5cm of water. CAPT provides advice on water safety at home and while on vacation.
- Button Batteries: These batteries are a serious risk to small children and can cause severe injuries if swallowed. CAPT offers advice on how to keep children safe.
Lullaby Trust provides expert advice on safe sleep for babies and offers emotional support for bereaved families. Their guidelines cover:
- Safe Sleep: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is a serious concern for parents. The Lullaby Trust provides guidelines on creating a safe sleeping environment to reduce the risk of SIDS, including advice on the correct sleeping position, temperature, and bedding for your baby.
Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA)
RoSPA provides information and resources about a wide range of accident prevention topics. They aim to save lives and prevent life-changing injuries by promoting safety in all areas of life, including at home, on the roads, and in the workplace. RoSPA covers areas such as:
- Home Safety: Tips and advice on creating a safe home environment for children.
- Play Safety: Guidance on how to ensure children are safe whilst still having the freedom to grow and learn through play.
- Road Safety: Tips and resources to help protect children as both passengers and young road users.
Our role at Greenwich 0 to 4 service is to support you in keeping your child safe and healthy. If you need any further information or support, please do not hesitate to contact our teams.
Call 999 for an ambulance if:
- your child stops breathing or is struggling for breath
- is unconscious or seems unaware of what’s going on
- has a cut that won’t stop bleeding or is gaping open
- won’t wake up or has a fit for the first time (even if they seem to recover).
For information on what to do when other accidents occur, please visit the Accidents page.