Helping to keep children and young people safe in Derby and Derbyshire
Accidental injuries are a major health problem throughout the United Kingdom. They are one of the most common causes of death in children over one year of age and leave many thousands permanently disabled or disfigured.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents report that every year more than two million children under the age of 15 experience accidents in and around the home, that require treatment at accident and emergency units. Many more are treated by GPs and by parents and carers.
The information below is for parents and carers and for practitioners working with children. You can also refer to the multi-agency DDSCP Family Safety Advice Guidance .
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Most accidents in the home are preventable through increased awareness, improvements in the home environment and better product safety. Information about accident prevention can be found on the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents website. Key general home safety advice includes:
Smoke alarms - the easiest way to protect children and families from fire is a smoke alarm.
Fire escape plans - having a fire escape plan could save the lives of your family.
To find out more about fire safety, including fire prevention, smoke alarms, bedtime checks and fire escape plans see the Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service website. You will also be able to find information about Safe and Well Visits, targeted for those who are most vulnerable to fire, to help families make their homes a safer place.
Also remember that skin products which contain paraffin, such as white soft paraffin, white soft paraffin plus 50% liquid paraffin and emulsifying ointment, present an increased fire risk. This means that there is a greater risk of clothing, medical dressings and bed clothes catching fire. You can read more about this on the GOV.UK website.
Safe sleep practice reduces the risk of cot death in babies and infants.
See the DDSCP multi-agency Guidance to Support Safe Sleeping Practices in Babies and Infantsand CDOP Safe Sleep Alert. Please also see Co-sleeping and SIDS - a guide for health professionals and the Lullaby Trust website.
It is very dangerous to shake babies and infants as it can cause serious injury or death.
Midwives and Health Visitors can provide support to parents with babies under six months and have the following information to help them with practical tips about how to respond when their baby cries for long periods, doesn't sleep or settle:
The DDSCP multi-agency Prevention of Non-Accidental Head Injury in Infancy Guidance has been developed to help reduce the incidence of ‘shaken baby’ syndrome. You can also access the NSPCC Coping with Crying - helping parents soothe their crying baby webpage.
If a child swallows Methadone, other medication, drugs or alcohol they could be seriously harmed or die.
Information about drug and alcohol services for family members is available on Derby Drug and Alcohol Services and includes how to obtain advice and support, including safer storage.
Derby City Council has also published drug and alcohol safety advice leaflets:
Never leave a baby or young child unsupervised with a dog, even for a moment, no matter how well you know the dog.
The DDSCP have published Safeguarding Children from Dangerous Dogs Guidance to help practitioner's work with families to help prevent dog bites and attacks.
The Think! website has a large range of information about road safety for children, young people, parents and professionals.