Keeping under 5’s safe
Information, links and resources for parents, community workers and staff are organised by topic area:
We can provide a number of publications and resources to staff and community groups on request. A list of current resources is provided with this request form HERE.
Home Safety Check Scheme
Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council Home Safety Check Scheme works with those considered a risk of having a home accident; people aged 65 and over, families with children under the age of 5; vulnerable adults and children, those with a disability or other special need.
The scheme aims to prevent accidents from happening in and around the home. On request, by a referral partner or a self-referral, a Home Safety Officer (HSO) will carry out a phone, home safety assessment, offering information and advice regarding avoidance of accidents, also highlighting potential hazardous within the home likely to cause accidents. Referrals considered priority can be indicated on the Referral Form and we will aim to make contact within 7 days.
Where there is a need, free safety equipment can be provided. Equipment issued to older persons is free. Also to under 5s referrals, when in receipt of certain qualifying benefits. Safety equipment we provide is listed below.
Under 5s: nursery fire guard, stairgate, carbon monoxide alarm, cupboard locks, anti-tipping TV & furniture straps, door jammer, corner cushions, edge guards, blind cord safety clips.
With the householders consent, HSO’s can refer onto other agencies who can assist them, i.e., NIFRS (fitting of smoke alarms), NIHE (housing issues/repairs), Community Safety (fear of crime), SHSCT (OT), etc.
Under 5s Referral Form’s, can be submitted to email@example.com ‘.
For information on resources, training, useful links, campaigns and press releases, please see below.
- National Burns Awareness Day
- Burns Fact Sheet
- Road Fact Sheet
- Water Safety
- How safe is your garden?
- Stopping Breathing
- Poison tips
- Safe bedtime (Family Safety Week Posters)
- Safer Mealtimes (Family Safety Week Posters)
- Safer Play times (Family Safety Week Posters)
- Buttons/batteries campaign leaflet
- Take Action today fairy checklist
- Finger food flyer choking prevention
- Tool Box Talk U5s
- Window Blind Standards Holiday Homes
- Cleat fitting instructions
- Stay Safe at Home
- Lullaby Trust
Summer safety – advice on keeping babies safe when the weather is hot
Sleep position – covers what to do when babies start to roll
Bedding – advice on what basics a baby needs for safer sleep and how to choose the right mattress.
- Toy safety
Play is not risk-free – and nor should it be – but we can control most of the hazards children are exposed to. Toys must be safe by law, but how they are used and the age of the child are important factors in preventing accidents.
Many accidents involving toys occur when people trip over them and when babies play with toys intended for older children.
- PHA warns of dangers of ‘button batteries’ this Christmas
Parents and carers are being warned to be alert to the dangers of ‘button batteries’ this Christmas, with the Public Health Agency (PHA) highlighting how easily things can go wrong.
Lithium cell batteries, also known as ‘button batteries’, are common in many children’s toys but are a significant danger to a child or adult’s health if swallowed.
They can cause choking, poisoning, or burning, and can lead to life-changing injuries or even death.
- Christmas Safety
Christmas is a time when your home is likely to be full of people, and it’s in the excitement of the season that accidents can easily happen.
But one of the good things about Christmas is that there are typically more people around to supervise children and, with a little more care and forward planning, most accidents could be avoided.
- National Burns Awareness Day is on 14th October 2020. Burns and scalds account for an overwhelming majority of the accidents that happen in the under 5 age group and most of these accidents happen in the home. See the new publication below by Child Burns Trust to promote an awareness of burns prevention and the action to take in the event of a burn or scald.
The following video link explains what to do in the event of a burns accident – Cool, Call and Cover
Child Safety Week 5 -11th June 2023
Child Safety Week is an annual campaign run by the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) to raise awareness of the risks of child accidents and how they can be prevented.
This year’s theme: Safety Made Simple
Accidents often happen when there’s a lot going on. So accident prevention needs to be simple.
- Simple changes for parents to stop the scariest accidents.
- Simple ways for practitioners to get involved even when under pressure.
And, for practitioners, our brand-new resource centre brings together all our free safety resources.
Download our Child Safety Week information pack to learn more.
FREE Child Safety training
To give you a better understanding of what causes injuries at home:
21st September, 10am – 12 noon
Email to register: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information/resources/talks for your groups locally, contact
Sean.email@example.com or call 02837563947
- Parents and carer urges to check the safety of blinds during lockdown
The Office for Product Safety and Standards and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accident (RoSPA) are urging parents and carers to check that the cords on blinds found in the home do not pose a risk of strangulation.
Blinds might look harmless enough, but to a young child the looped cords can be deadly if they get them caught around their neck.
Family Safety Week 29 March – 3 April 2020
Family Safety week is an annual ROSPA home safety campaign.