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Accident prevention and child safety

Accidents are a leading cause of death and serious injury for children and young people, with many of these accidents being preventable.

 

In the UK, accidental injury is the second largest cause of death for children and young people after cancer (Child Accident Prevention Trust 2012) 

The Child Accident Prevention Trust believe that:

 “Accident prevention is not about restricting children or wrapping them up in cotton wool, instead it is about creating safer environments, both in the home and elsewhere, to enable children to thrive and lead a healthy active life.”

Children need to explore, experiment and begin to take risks as they grow-up and learn about the world they live in. In time they begin to get better at judging risks but they can sometimes over-estimate their ability and as they gain more independence they begin to challenge things that adults tell them.

School Nurses are often informed about a child’s visit to an A&E or minor injury department and they may contact parents to follow this up. Please contact the School Nurses if you have any questions.

There are lots of things you can do to help prevent accidents. Check our related information and useful websites for top tips on keeping children safe. 

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