Information and websites for staying safe inside and outside your home.
Should you have any tips and websites you would like to share please do let us know. Thank you.
Being aware of the risks outside the home
It’s a good idea to be aware of the risks that children out alone might face – just to check that you’ve considered ways to minimise them. Risks could include:
- getting lost
- danger from traffic
- bullying from other children
- stranger danger
- running into gangs
- exposure to alcohol or drugs
For full details on how to talk to your child about these issues please visit the NSPCC website here
Police Scotland have set up a Youth Hub which is specifically designed for children and young people aged 5-19 years. There are links which give advice on how to stay safe, where to get help and about their rights. You can access the hub here or the Facebook page here
You can also read their Children and Young People publication here
As part of our work it is essential that we listen to children and young people across all communities and from all backgrounds.
Only by hearing their voices and reacting accordingly, will we make this approach real and constantly test ourselves
to make sure we are delivering a service that meets their needs.
Philip Gormley, QPM, Chief Constable
Little kids love to explore, and when they find something new, what’s the first thing they do? Put it in their mouths. Electronic devices are getting smaller, slimmer and sleeker. There are mini remote controls, small calculators, watches, key fobs, flameless candles and musical greeting cards. Kids love to pick them up, play with them and take them apart, often exposing dangerous button batteries inside. Here are few things to remember to make sure these batteries stay where they belong.
- Keep coin lithium battery-controlled devices out of sight and reach of children. These include remote controls, singing greeting cards, digital scales, watches, hearing aids, thermometers, children’s toys, calculators, key fobs, t-light candles, flashing holiday jewellery or decorations all contain button batteries.
- Keep loose batteries locked away, or place a piece of duct tape over the controller to prevent small children from accessing the battery.
- Share this life-saving information with caregivers, friends, family members and sitters. It only takes a minute and it could save a life.
- If you suspect your child has ingested a battery, go to the hospital immediately. Don’t induce vomiting or have your child eat or drink anything until assessed by a medical professional.
Beware of Blinds
The British Blind and Shutter Association has a free downloadable leaflet of safety tips.
Be Safe Guide, Barnardos – pdf
Car Seats Law
Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT)
The Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) is the UK’s leading charity working to reduce the number of children and young people killed, disabled or seriously injured in accidents. Website
Child Safety Scotland
As children grow and develop they will experience many different things in their lives including an accident or two! Minor cuts and scrapes may well be commonplace however no child should have a serious accident that could have been prevented such as a fall from a window or a scald from a cup of tea.
Very young children are unable to look after themselves so it is important that their environment is made as safe as necessary to help reduce the chance of an accident. As children grow they need guidance and education on how to stay safe and this website will give you invaluable information on how you can help to look after your child whether it is in the home, on the road or on or around water.
Children’s Play and Leisure – Promoting a Balance Approach, Health & Safety Executive
Health and safety laws and regulations are sometimes presented as a reason why certain play and leisure activities undertaken by children and young people should be discouraged. Such decisions are often based on misunderstandings about what the law requires. The HSE has worked with the Play Safety Forum to produce a joint high-level statement that gives clear messages tackling these misunderstandings. HSE fully endorses the principles in this Statement.
This statement makes clear that:
- Play is important for children’s well-being and development
- When planning and providing play opportunities, the goal is not to eliminate risk, but to weigh up the risks and benefits
- Those providing play opportunities should focus on controlling the real risks, while securing or increasing the benefits – not on the paperwork
- Accidents and mistakes happen during play – but fear of litigation and prosecution has been blown out of proportion
Fire Safe Kids
Lots of information on how to be safe around fire, also gives free downloadable information sheets. Visit web here
Go Safe Scotland
A project aimed at preventing children from taking a second trip to A&E has been launched by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) and the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh. Full details on the website
Good Egg Guides
The Good Egg Safety website includes advice on home safety and in car safety.
The Good Egg Guide to keeping your child safe at home is available through the site and you can download free fact sheets.
Guide to Crime Prevention for Kids
Safety and crime prevention are everyone’s responsibility. Staying safe means learning how to behave in our homes, schools, community, and online in ways that protect us from crime. Staying safe isn’t just about not being a victim of crime: We also must learn to protect ourselves from being hurt by things such as fires or floods. Knowing how to protect ourselves is the key to being as safe as we can be wherever we are. You can view web here
Legal Aspects of Safety on Children’s Play Areas, RoSPA
Lets Talk PANTS, NSPCC
Information on the underwear rule from NSPCC. Full details here
NHS 24 Scotland
Tel: 111 Website
Online Safety, NSPCC
Lots of information on how to keep your child online. Full details here
Parents Safety Tips from NSPCC
Road Safety with Ziggy
The Go Safe with Ziggy approach features stories especially written to inspire a child’s interest in road safety learning. For full information click here
Safety Tips Worldwide
Kids are going to fall, crash, slip and tumble. It’s all part of being a kid, and we wouldn’t want it any other way. But there are little things we can all do to ensure that kids avoid the more serious injuries that can lead to disabilities and even death.
And we’re here to make it easy for you.
Think of this website as your go-to source for safety information and safety tips. On this site, you will find tips from top safety experts on everything you need to keep kids of any age safe from preventable injuries. Website
Stay Safe Online, Police Scotland
St Johns Ambulance
If you’re a parent, grandparent, a carer or if you work with children, learning first aid will give you confidence to save a life when it really counts.
With St John’s Ambulance first aid advice for parents, we cover a whole range of different conditions and techniques – from knowing how to put a child or infant in the recovery position if they are unresponsive but breathing, to giving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) if they’re not.
This section First Aid for Parents covers first aid advice for many different conditions, from dealing with a choking child or baby, to recognising the signs of meningitis and much more. Website
You can also view a video from St. John Ambulance teaches parents how to perform CPR on an infant. This has been done in cartoon format and with music for easier folllowing. Link here
Toy Safety from CAPT
Most children’s toys are actually very safe. Accidents involving toys usually happen when a young child plays with a toy that is meant for an older child, or when someone trips over toys that have been left out. The reminders in the link will give you an idea of how to help your children play safely. Link