Watch your child at all times, as children do not understand danger!
The aim of the Child Safety Programme (CSP) is to reduce and prevent 'unintentional injury' to children within the home. It does this by empowering and supporting parents and carers to make the necessary changes to promote child safety.
Communication, education, participation and empowerment are key elements to the delivery of the programme.
One of the programme's key messages is - watch your child at all times, as children do not understand danger. This references the fact that close supervision is key to preventing unintentional injuries to children. However, supervision is not an isolated activity - it is helped by:
- Knowing what your child is capable of
- Providing a safe space for your children
- Using appropriate toys and play equipment
- Setting safety rules
The information on our webpages will assist with all of these.
The words we use:
"Accident" implies an unpredictable and therefore, unavoidable, event. But we know that most childhood injuries, and the events leading to them, are predictable and preventable. So the Child Safety Programme favours the use of the term "unintentional injury".
The CSP is delivered by Public Health Nurses at their child health surveillance visits. The programme targets parents and carers of children in the 0 - 5 year age group and is divided into three specific age and developmental stages: 0-11 months, 12-23 months and 2-5 years.
CSP resource materials were developed at the outset of the programme to support its implementation. These are currently being revised. In the meantime an "easy to print" A4 document is available to download. It contains lots of child safety information - things to look out for and steps to take to make the home safer.
Further materials have been developed over the years which supplement the programme. For instance:
The CSP Project Leader in the Midlands works to incorporate relevant safety information from other organisations into the CSP programme. Such organisations include:
The Project Leader also works closely with local partners - for instance, the Gardai, the local authorities (Longford, Laois, Offaly and Westmeath), including the Fire Service - and HSE staff from across all disciplines throughout the country.
For more information on the CSP, please contact Ms Brenda Shannon, CSP Project Leader.
Most unintentional injuries (often called accidents) can be prevented:
Remember the key message where child safety is concerned -
Watch your child at all times, as children do not understand danger