National Child Safety Week begins today (June 21), and a range of activities are taking place across the borough to give advice to families.
Bolton Children’s Safeguarding Board is encouraging parents and carers across the borough to reduce the likelihood of serious accidents by giving just a few minutes of their time.
Bolton Safeguarding Child Board will also be encouraging parents to sign up to the Child Safety Week Time Pledge using the link on the right hand side.
Activities organised across Bolton include:
- A family safety road show at Tonge Moor Children’s Centre on June 21 involving demonstrations and talks from Road Safety, Police and Fire Safety
- A child car seat awareness session at Egerton and Dunscar Health Centre on June 23 in the morning and at Great Lever Health Centre in the afternoon
- A family worker drop in information session at Leverhulme Children’s Centre on June 23 from 11am to 12.30pm
- Horwich Fire Service open day on June 26 at Horwich Fire Station.
The theme of Child Safety Week is ‘Make time for safety!’, which reflects the fact that although serious injuries take months or years to heal, many accidents can be prevented by taking a moment to move a hot drink, check a smoke alarm, lock the medicine cabinet, switch off the dryer or take your foot off the accelerator.
Just one minute can stop a child being poisoned by detergent capsules, two minutes can stop a child being badly burnt by hair straighteners, three minutes can stop a child dying in a house fire while 30 minutes can prevent anything from falls from windows to a serious road accident.
Councillor Ebrahim Adia, Executive Member for Children’s Services at Bolton Council, said: “It is so important to make sure that children and young people stay safe, both in and out of the house. The sessions next week will give practical advice on how parents and carers can remove a lot of dangers to their children with just a few simple steps. I hope as many parents and carers as possible take advantage of the range of events on offer.”
Mike Tarver, Chair of Bolton Safeguarding Children Board said: “Child Safety Week is a great way to learn about preventing serious accidents while also having fun. We offer practical information and solutions that just take a moment to put into practice.
“Just a little time can make a big difference to children’s safety. We hope to support the good work carried out in Child Safety Week with a follow up event on Bolton’s Victoria Square where there will be lots of fun activities and information available to prevent serious accidental injury to children and young people in our area.”
Bolton Safeguarding Children Board is made up of representatives from: Bolton Council; NHS Bolton; Greater Manchester Police; Greater Manchester Probation; Royal Bolton Hospital; schools; Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service; and the faith and community sector.
For further advice visit the Child Safety Week website using the link on the right hand side.