Child Safety Week
Child Safety Week is CAPT’s flagship community education campaign. Through Child Safety Week, we raise awareness of the accidents that seriously injure or kill children and how to prevent them.
Our emphasis is on helping families make informed decisions about safety rather than wrapping children up in cotton wool.
Each year we support thousands of community groups, nurseries, children’s centres and schools to run events to highlight child safety. We also get practical safety messages out to families through the media. In this way, we reach millions of families across the UK.
One in ten parents told us they made their children safer from serious accidents as a direct result of Child Safety Week.
You can see more detailed information on the dedicated Child Safety Week website:
Local Child Safety Week events
Each event is unique, designed to engage local communities and tackle the issues that are most important in the area. Examples of events include:
- Car seat checking days
- Safety themed ‘pub quizzes’ for parents
- First aid training for school children
- Safety-themed games and play sessions for children
You can see more examples of Child Safety Week activities in the case studies section.
The Child Safety Week theme
Each year the Week has a theme to encourage families to think about child safety in their everyday lives.
- The theme in 2012 was 'Small steps to safety' and we highlighted that the steps to safety are small but by taking these steps families can make a big difference to children’s safety.
- The theme in 2011 was 'Take a second look for safety' and we encouraged parents to take a second look for safety so that safety habits become automatic.
- The theme in 2010 was ‘Make time for safety’ and we asked families to give a little of their time to make children safer from serious accidents. Almost 800 days were pledged.
- The theme in 2009 for Child Safety Week was ‘Safer, Together’ highlighting the benefits of working together to make children safer.
Why is it just one week?
We work all year round to promote child safety. But, for most organisations, it’s not their main job.
And, for parents, there are only so many hours in the day!
Through Child Safety Week, we put the spotlight on the real risks to children and on practical solutions. That way, families, and the groups who support them in their local communities, can build safety into their everyday routines, all year round.
Dates for Child Safety Week
If you want to get involved with future Child Safety Week activities, join our mailing list, and put these dates in your diary:
Child Safety Week 2013 - Monday 24 June 2013 to Sunday 30 June 2013
Child Safety Week 2014 - Monday 23 June 2014 to Sunday 29 June 2014