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Child Safety Week is the flagship community education campaign run by the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT). Through Child Safety Week, CAPT raises awareness of the accidents that seriously injure or kill children and how to prevent them.

Accidents are the second biggest killer of UK children. Thousands more children are left with injuries that take years to heal. The long-term psychological impact on children, and their families and friends, can last a lifetime, as can the scars.

Yet the steps that keep children safe from serious accidents are the small steps taken every single day by so many parents, grandparents and carers as well as by children and young people themselves. Be it putting their hot drink safely out of reach, teaching children how to cross the road safely, strapping their child into their car seat each time or fitting, and regularly checking, smoke alarms.

That’s why the theme for Child Safety Week 2012 is “Small steps to safety”.

Child Safety in East Lothian

The Carefree Kids project in Tranent aims to:

  • promote child and family health and home safety.
  • reduce the risk of home accidents by offering practical assistance, advice and support; and
  • provide information and advice on relevant health issues.

Who they help:

  • Families on low income living within East Lothian who have a child under the age of 5 or with special needs.

How they help:

  • By lending much needed safety equipment thus reducing the risks of home accidents.
  • They also have an information library that is available to both referring agents and families.

Referrals for the service must be made through an approved agent – Health Visitor, Social Worker, etc.

Families are visited in their own home to ensure that the equipment loaned is suitable for the stage of their child’s development. A wide range of equipment is available.

The Carefree Kids Advice and Information Centre is open daily and allows families to drop in on an informal basis. There is a wide range of leaflets and publications on home and child safety issues.

They also sell, at reduced cost, smaller safety items – socket covers, cupboard catches, etc.

This Centre is based at 70 High Street, Tranent, EH33 1HH.  Telephone 01875 619605.

There is also a toy library open to all families living within East Lothian.  It is stocked with a wide range of educational and stimulating toys for children from birth to 5 years.Carefree Kids also offer First Aid for Children courses, depending on securing additional funding. Parents completing this course will obtain a certificate valid for 3 years along with a First Aid manual.

They can attend Baby Clinics with a display and information on child and home safety issues.

For further information contact Paula Edmond,Project Manager,1 Civic Square,Tranent,East Lothian,EH33 1LH.
Tel. (01875) 616618  Fax. (01875) 614505  E-mail: Paula Edmond

Free resources

Ideas bookletCAPT have loads of free, downloadable resources to help you run all your activities and events for Child Safety Week 2012.

The downloadable ideas booklet has everything you need to run successful Child Safety Week activities and events including six steps to planning your activities, success stories to inspire you and competitions and quizzes.

Download the ideas booklet

Download either the interactive online PDF or download the printable version below.

Interactive ideas booklet

Ideas booklet

Printable ideas booklet

Ideas booklet

More resources

To download the quizzes and competitions separately, visit the pages below.

  • Quizzes: download wordsearches and child safety quizzes.
  • Competitions: download quizzes for children with some great prizes to be won.
  • Poster: download the A3 Child Safety Week poster