Child Safety Week - Stockport Council

In Stockport a multi-agency partnership coordinated activity across the city throughout Child Safety Week.

The partnership met before the week to plan a range of safety sessions for parents and carers, and games for children. They ran two large events – one at the beginning of the week, and one at the end, to bring all of their safety advice together in one place. Throughout the week there were various mini-events at children’s centres across the area including:

  • Talks on specific dangers, such as burns and scalds. Parents were all given a free bath water thermometer to help them test the water, and a copy of CAPT’s ‘How safe is your child from burns and scalds’ leaflet.
  • Car seat checking days. Parents had a free car seat check, and opportunity to chat to an expert about in-car safety.
  • First-aid training. Parents were invited to a workshop to give them the skills to deal with common injuries.
  • Home fire safety checks for parents and a poster competition for the children.
  • A safety-themed ‘storytime and rhyme’ for children.

ImageThe theme of the week was ‘Make time for safety’ and parents were asked to pledge a few minutes of their time to check their homes and place dangerous items out of reach. Parents in Stockport pledged over 9 hours – enough to perform 9 full home safety checks, fit safety catches on 18 windows, or check 180 smoke alarms.

By the end of the week, the Stockport safety partnership, led by Stockport Council, had delivered safety messages to over 800 parents and carers, and 360 children.

The activities received lots of positive feedback, with 97% of parents and carers saying they found the advice and free items useful. One parent said “I learned about the fire safety advice – I didn’t know you could get this free.”