By Julia Bruce
Home should be a place of safety for children, but unfortunately this is not always the case, accidents do happen. During Child Safety Week this in June this year the Child Accident Prevention Trust reported a 50% rise over the past ten years in the number of children under five admitted to hospital with burn injuries sustained in the home.
In an attempt to prevent accidents like these, this week the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents are hosting the European Child Home Safety Conference. RoSPA will be working directly with the European Child Safety Alliance addressing such questions as the safety of television in the home and what part do school science lessons play in safety in the home. Whats more, with the school curriculum changing and developing each year perhaps there is a need or more focus on health and safety in the home.
Janice Cave, RoSPA director of public affairs, who represents the charity in the European Child Safety Alliance, part of EuroSafe, said: “Most children have very little choice about the homes they grow up in, so society has an obligation to help reduce the dangers they may face there.”
Every year over 67,000 children experience an accident in the kitchen – 43,000 of these are aged between 0-4 years, 58,000 children have accidents on the stairs. Furthermore, with the pace at which the modern world moves it can be difficult for parents to keep on top of all the new technologies and the treats they can cause to home life.
This weeks conference will not just see a discuss of how to improve child safety in the home. Errol Taylor, RoSPA deputy chief executive will be introducing a Government funded programme called Safe at Home will be introduced. Safe at Home will be supplying home safety equipment and advice to disadvantaged families in the 141 areas of England with the highest accident rates.
However there is a danger that as a society we become too over protective of our children. The experience of growing up would be not be complete without a few bumps and bruises along the way, and it is often these mistakes that make us wiser and more cautious as a result. At the end of the day this weeks European Child Home Safety conference aims to educated and not scare parents. The UK accident rates for children in the home remain some of the lowest in Europe, and RoSPA aim to keep it this way.