Whoops Keeping Children Safe at Home

The Children’s Foundation’s Whoops! Child Safety Project is working with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) to provide home safety advice and install free safety equipment to disadvantaged families through it’s ‘Safe at Home’ scheme.

‘Safe at Home’ was launched nationally last year after RoSPA was selected by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) to run a new £18million national home safety equipment scheme.  The DCSF committed to launching the scheme with the aim of reducing accident rates among young children through targeted support for disadvantaged families in 141 areas in England with the highest accident rates.  Safety experts at the Whoops! Child Safety Project have been enlisted to offer advice, carry out safety checks and also install safety equipment in homes, such as safety gates, child-proof locks and window restrictors.

The team have so far carried out assessments, and fitted safety equipment in over 170 homes in South Tyneside, over 100 in North Tyneside and 425 in Gateshead.  They continue to receive further referrals from Health Visitors and Sure Start Centres for families who are vulnerable and in need of expert advice.

Carole Hewison, Whoops! Child Safety Project Director said:

“It takes a second to change a child’s life forever – leaving the child scarred, disfigured or disabled.  The guilt placed on families following an injury like this to a child is almost too great a cost to bear.

“Education around prevention is something that we at Whoops! excel in, reaching thousands of parents and carers each year.  Now with the addition of safety equipment through Safe at Home, we are hopeful that admissions to hospital as a result of home accidents will become fewer and that more children in the North East grow up without ever having a serious accident.”

In addition to providing safety equipment, the Safe at Home scheme will provide safety information and support to as many families with children under five as possible.