Activities to prevent unintentional injuries to children in Northumberland
Universal service plus additional targeting as needed by Health Visiting NHS Team.
Regular discussion of safety issues from primary visit onwards.
3-4 month contact carried out by Health Visitor or Nursery Nurse which explicitly addresses child safety - Universal.
Universal Home safety assessment, advice on safety issues, referral to free or low cost safety equipment scheme.
Vulnerable families referred to Fire and Rescue Service for home and fire safety assessment and fitting of smoke alarms.
Additional contacts up to 1 year with some families targeted for additional contacts. Safety issues advised as necessary.
Home visits, targeted -as identified by Health Visiting Team following child’s attendance at A&E with an unintentional injury.
Baby lifesaving and first aid courses - bespoke.
Child accident prevention courses for parents and carers - bespoke.
Children’s Centres - variety of activities throughout county, including the following, but varying in different areas. Services are universal but may be targeted in some areas.
Provide child safety information and welcome pack to all new births via children’s centre registrations.
Target home safety assessments and referral to free or low cost safety equipment schemes as appropriate.
Referral to Fire and Rescue Service for home and fire safety assessment and fitting of smoke alarms.
Regular child safety events throughout year, including child safety week, safety days with other agencies, child safety road shows, poster displays.
Child Safety locality groups to engage with relevant partners and joint promotion of locality themes.
Baby lifesaving and first aid courses - variable.
Child prevention for parents and carers e.g. car seat safety workshops.
Other courses provided including for example safe babysitting, fire safety stay and play, fire safety training.
Target specific groups of areas of concern including: high attendances at A&E, e.g. gypsy traveller safety and rural child safety.
Car restraint training for mums, dads and carers.
Provision of high visibility jackets for first school aged children.
One off and regular events including Child Safety Week, Road Safety Week and ‘Beep Beep’ Day.
Injury Prevention Coordinators (NHS)
Collaborate with child safety locality groups to maintain a coordinated approach to preventing unintentional injuries among child and young people 0-19 years.
Identify and contribute to national and local safety themed campaigns.
Deliver child safety and accident prevention training to frontline practitioners.
Promote resources to support injury interventions.
Contribute to education campaigns to encourage water, road and cycle safety.
Public Health School Nursing
Address safety as part of targeted health needs assessment.
School health support for children and young people with particular behaviours and lifestyle risks, identifying risk factors and promoting resilience and engagement.
Northumberland County Council Road Safety Department
Safer Routes to Schools - a dedicated School Travel Advisor who assists all Northumberland schools with producing school Travel Plans. These address road safety concerns such as dangerous parking around school gates and include measures to encourage walking, cycling and other healthier, more sustainable ways of getting to school.
School Crossing Patrols.
20 mph zones and advisory signing.
A child pedestrian safety training scheme, ‘Kerbcraft’ targeting year 1 and year 2 children.
A Road Safety Training presentation, ‘safer places’ and ‘Crossroads’, adapted for children between preschool age and 11 years.
A recent new road safety resource, ‘Ghost Street’ is now being introduced into schools, aimed at the 11 yr - 16 yr age groups.
Present/facilitate Road Safety scenarios at ‘Safety Works’ in Newcastle, whenever schools from Northumberland attend.
Support and have an ongoing cycle training scheme, ‘Bikeability’ for both level 1 & 2, targeting children between the ages of 8 yrs to 11 yrs.
Work with the ‘Northumberland Community Initiatives’, (Castle Morpeth Disability Association), visiting 1st schools providing road safety messages from the perspective of disabled people.
Participation with the ‘Good Egg Guide’ National safety campaign programme for the correct fitting of child car safety seats, with Sure Start Children’s Centres within Northumberland. It is intended to develop this programme as an information safety resource within Northumberland.
An annual poster campaign relating to Drink Driving at Christmas time, particularly targeting the young driver.
Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service
Home Fire Safety Checks (including Enhanced Check)
Home Fire Safety Checks (HFSCs) are assessments of fire risk in the home, which are conducted by NFRS personnel throughout Northumberland.
This service, which includes the installation of smoke alarms, is free of charge and also involves the provision of alarms designed for those who are hard of hearing. Referrals are received from a number of partner agencies including Adult Services, Supporting Families Team and Social Housing providers.
Young Firefighters Association (YFA)
YFA is a cadet scheme, branches of which are based at a number of fire stations throughout Northumberland. Membership is open to young people aged 13-18 years and, as well as learning basic firefighting techniques and working towards a BTEC in Fire and Rescue Services in the Community, cadets learn about the importance of keeping themselves and their communities safe.
Schools and Community Education
NFRS personnel deliver key safety messages in schools and to other community settings; e.g. Sure Start, where the focus of education provided for parents centres on a reduction in the number of burns and scalds sustained by children. Sessions in schools tend to cover broader safety areas including water and road safety and raise awareness of the role of the Fire and Rescue Service in keeping with the community safe.
Firesetters Intervention Programme
Education about the dangers and consequences of fire-setting or making hoax calls is delivered by NFRS personnel to children and young people who have been responsible for such behaviour. Referrals are received via a number of routes including Target Adolescent Services, family members and schools.
Prince’s Trust Team Programme
A twelve week personal development programme aimed at 16-25 year olds who are not in employment, education or training. Whilst the course’s primary focus is on improving the employability prospects of young people through raising self-esteem and developing key skills, this is fostered in an environment that fosters safety and well-being. Although unintentional injuries are less pertinent for this age group, young people may experience injury as a symptom of other ‘unintentional’ issues such self harm associated with poor mental health.