Figures from 2022 showed a worrying 46% increase in the number of children accidentally drowning in the UK, compared to the 5-year average. In light of this alarming rise in child drownings, the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) and Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS) are joining forces to bring increased awareness around drowning prevention.

RLSS UK Charity Director, Lee Heard, said: “The only charity of its kind, the work of the Child Accident Prevention Trust is invaluable in preventing tragic accidents and drownings among children and young people in the UK.

“We have strongly aligned aims and objectives as organisations seeking to educate and keep children safe, and there is so much potential for our future. CAPT has already achieved so much, and we are looking forward to collaborating to share our knowledge and skills to educate more people on water safety and save lives.”

Reducing avoidable deaths

Katrina Phillips OBE, Chief Executive of the Child Accident Prevention Trust, said: “Our mission is to reduce avoidable deaths and serious injuries to children. The increasing numbers of children drowning is a real cause for concern for our charity.

“Through this partnership with Royal Life Saving Society UK, we can work together to reach more families with vital water safety education and reduce the number of young lives lost to drowning. We look forward to our close collaboration.”

The partnership will see a number of projects in 2024, including sharing and amplifying key safety awareness campaigns, exchanging research and insights intro children’s water safety and learning education resources and programmes.

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