Kidsafe WA and the Constable Care Child Safety Foundation (CCCSF) have announced an exciting new joint venture project: the WA Child Safety Awards. Building on the success of the prestigious Constable Care Child Safety Awards, which have taken place each year since 2012, Kidsafe WA will now be partnering with CCCSF to host these awards.
The first WA Child Safety Awards will take place in August 2017. Past awards have attracted much media attention, with coverage by Channel 7, the West Australian and Mix 94.5 among others. The 2015 awards attracted over 400 attendees, including high-profile Western Australians such as Her Excellency the Governor Kerry Sanderson, the WA Chief Justice Wayne Martin, three State Government Ministers and Shadow Ministers, three Commissioners, several members of Parliament and many senior figures from the corporate world.
David Gribble, CEO of CCCSF, states that "Kidsafe WA and Constable Care have both played very important roles in keeping the children of WA safe for many years, and we are looking forward to sharing our knowledge and collaborating on many more projects in the future. The Safety Awards have helped to dramatically raise the profile of child safety, and importantly put harm prevention strategies firmly on top of the community agenda. We are excited to partner with Kidsafe WA to work towards our shared mission of protecting, educating and empowering our most valuable asset, the children of WA."
Nominations open: 27th February 2017
Tickets on sale: 6th March 2017
WA Child Safety Awards: 5th August 2017
Kidsafe WA offers a range of presentations and workshop available to new parent groups, child care centres, playgroups, community members and child and allied health professional groups. The focus of these is to raise awareness of the common causes of childhood injury and reduce the rates by providing simple and practical prevention tips.
Workshops available include:
Professional Development: This workshop focuses on the priority areas and the risk factors that contribute to unintentional injuries in children 0-15years of age, specific to your region. It is targeted at child & school health nurses, injury prevention, health promotion & population health officers, allied health staff and child care workers. (45 minutes)
Keeping Kids Safe: Provides a practical overview of child safety and is a good options for groups wanting to focus on more than one child injury prevention topic. This workshop covers topics relating to safety at home, during play and on the road. It is an interactive presentation and provides practical steps on how to reduce the risk of injuries such as strangulation, poisoning, falls, burns, child car restraints and driveway safety, also covering relevant first aid. Runs for approximately 45mins
Focused Child Safety Workshops: These sessions focus on the more common injury issues providing a focused look at injury prevention around certain injuries such as:
Each workshop runs for approximately 45mins.
Naturally Kids Play: Are you interested in finding out more about Natural Playspaces? Not sure where to start? This workshop covers ways to create playspaces that support children’s development, learning and wellbeing, it looks at the benefits of natural play, how to link with Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and National Quality Standard (NQS) and how they relate to the Australian Standards for playgroups. Using uniquely Australian photos to inspire you to create a safe, stimulating and cost effective outdoor environment for children. The workshop is great for staff, parents and owners/operators of licensed children’s services, OSHC, playgroups and schools.
School Classroom Incursions: Keeping WA Kids Safe is an interactive incursion for pre-primary, year 1, 2 and 3 students led by Kidsafe WA. Sessions take place in the classroom and run for 40 minutes, covering key injury prevention topics of safety at home, at play and on the road. (fee of $110 for one session, $55 per additional consecutive sessions on the same day)
Guided Safety Demonstration House Tour: A guided tour will provide and introduction to Kidsafe WA and unintentional child injury in Western Australia, tips on child injury prevention for the most common causes of injury including drowning, car and road, falls, burns and poisoning. This is followed by an interactive walk through to see and experience child injury prevention measures. See and experience physical examples of household items with child safety features.
Kidsafe Australia's annual event for raising awareness of the preventability of child injuries for children less than 15 years of age.
For further information on how to get involved contact Kidsafe WA on 08 9340 8509.
For further information contact Meerilinga Young Children's Foundation on 9489 4022 or visit their website www.childrensweekwa.org.au
Water is a big part of the Australian lifestyle and with plenty of hot days still to come it is important to continue to remain vigilant when children are around water. Drowning is the most common cause of preventable death for Australian children aged between 0-4 years. Figures from the Royal Life Saving Society WA Drowning Report 2014/15 show there were two toddler drowning deaths recorded and also that 40 children aged 0-4 were hospitalised for a non-fatal drowning.
Children are naturally attracted to water, they have little fear and no understanding or awareness of its danger. The biggest risk for toddler drowning is the home swimming pool, however there are a number of other high risk locations including the bathtub, fishponds, dams and buckets.
Adequate adult supervision and vigilance around water is key to preventing the risks of toddler drowning. Children should be supervised around any depth of water and this should be constant and within arm’s reach. If you are at gatherings where there are a number of adults or children, allocate a responsible adult to take charge of the supervision of children and ensure everyone knows who this is.
If no one is available to supervise children then restrict access to water locations, for the home swimming pool ensure fencing is in good condition, the gate is in good working order and never propped open and there is nothing children can use to climb the fence. Empty out any other water locations as soon as you are finished with them, these include the bathtub, buckets and paddle pools.
Parents and carers are often the first person on the scene in an emergency involving children. Completing a first aid course or updating your skills could help reduce the seriousness of injury in an emergency.
Toddler drowning is preventable therefore teaching children the rules around water and swimming skills are important, however these do not remove the need of adequate adult supervision.
For more information on how you can reduce the risk of toddler drowning take a look at our Water Safety Fact Sheet http://www.kidsafewa.com.au/fact-sheets-at-home.
On average, more than 500 Western Australian children present to the Princess Margaret Hospital Emergency Department for a poisoning injury every year. Most accidental poisonings occur to children under five years of age, with this age group accounting for almost half of all poison presentations. Childhood poisoning is largely preventable when poisons are handled and stored correctly, and when children are taught about the dangers of poisons. Kidsafe WA has launched a new Poisons Animation, developed with the support of the Western Australian Department of Health. The animation provides tips to reduce the risk of these injuries occurring.
The new animation was launched at Goodstart Early Learning Banksia Grove along with Cotsville who showed their new animation ‘Baby Thomas’, which also promoted important safety messages. The kids and parents enjoyed the animations and the activities provided, which helped them to learn about poisons around the home and how to prevent poisoning injuries. Thank you to Goodstart Early Learning Banksia Grove for hosting the animation launch, Cotsville for joining us and providing activities, Sandbox Post Production for developing the animation and Verity James for voicing.
Check out the animation for tips to prevent poisoning in children and for poisons safetyhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQob-pwLZJ8.
Kidsafe WA and Horizon Power have once again teamed-up to promote electrical safety messages to regional communities in the Kimberley, Pilbara, Mid West and Goldfields. Horizon Power provides high quality, safe and reliable power to residents and businesses across regional and remote Western Australia. This partnership aims to increase the reach of electrical safety messages across Western Australia and to add value to communities that Horizon Power operates within.
Kidsafe WA visits each of these regions once a year to promote injury prevention messages to primary school students, community members and health professionals. Electrical safety has become a key part of Kidsafe WA’s home safety messages, educating members of the community about the dangers of electricity.
With the support of Horizon Power, Kidsafe WA has also created an Electrical Safety fact sheet to reflect the key safety messages of both organisations and to provide tips on how to prevent injuries from electricity. Kidsafe WA’s Electrical Safety Fact Sheet can be found at www.kidsafewa.com.au/fact-sheets-at-home
Children are adventurous, curious and are busy exploring their world, anything they find they tend to put in their mouths, this can be a problem when the item is poisonous. Children under five years of age are at the greatest risk of poisoning, they are developing skills that make them more mobile which means that potentially poisonous products can be easily reached.
Every year hundreds of children need medical care for poisoning from products that are commonly found around the home. Over half of poisoning presentations to Princess Margaret Hospital are from pharmaceuticals. The most common product involved in poisoning cases is paracetamol, a common painkiller found in most households.
Paracetamol tends to be easily accessible for children, as it is something we take to make ourselves feel better it isn’t seen as the same poison risk as products like bleach or cleaning products. Paracetamol can often be found in hand bags, nappy change bags or left on benches or bedside tables.
It is important to be aware of the risks that pharmaceuticals can pose to children and ensure they are secured away like other poisonous products. Some tips to prevent poisonings from pharmaceuticals include:
If a poisoning is suspected call the poisons information line as soon as possible on 13 11 26, they are available 24/7 and can help with adult child and pet poisonings.
Electricity is an essential part of our lives but often it is only when the power goes out that we realise how important it is. It is also a dangerous product and Horizon Power has partnered with Kidsafe WA to further promote electrical safety.
From July 2009 to June 2014, there were 62 presentations to Princess Margaret Hospital Emergency Department for electrical related injuries. That is 62 too many.
Kidsafe WA – an independent not-for-profit organisation dedicated to promoting safety and preventing childhood injuries and accidents in Western Australia – and Horizon Power – which produces, procures, distributes and sells electricity to regional and remote Western Australia – have teamed up to boost the promotion of electrical safety messages to regional communities in the Kimberley, Pilbara, Mid-West and Goldfields.
Electrical safety will also become a key part of Kidsafe’s existing home safety presentations and Kidsafe will update its Electrical Safety fact sheet to include Horizon Power’s safety messages and logos. This partnership aims to increase the awareness of electrical safety across Western Australia and to add value to communities that Horizon Power operates in.
For more information about electrical safety, go to horizonpower.com.au/our-commitments/overview/safety/
Drinking fluids is an important part of participating in any sport or recreational activity. Staying well hydrated reduces your risk of sustaining a heat related injury and can increase physical performance levels.
Children at young ages are more susceptible to heat stress, so parents must be diligent in maintaining and replacing fluids. Exercise increases the body’s need for fluid. This can be further affected by environmental conditions, time and intensity of exercise, heat acclimatisation and personal sweat rates. During summer in WA, particular care should be taken to replace fluids. Cool water is the best choice for children to stay hydrated during sport and physical activity.
For youth participating in prolonged high intensity activity, such as long distance running, there are benefits to using sports drinks containing carbohydrate and salt (electrolytes) replacements. High calorie sports drinks however, are generally unnecessary for most children participating in routine physical activity on the sports field or in the school yard. A high intake of sports drinks can result in an increased risk of weight gain, as well as tooth decay and erosion. Energy drinks containing high amounts of caffeine should NOT be used by any young athlete, even those of elite levels.
Heat related injury
Long periods of high intensity exercise can put the body at risk of heat injury. The risk of heat injury is heightened by hot and humid weather. Signs and symptoms of heat injury can include: fatigue, feeling hot, thirst, nausea, headache, dizziness, light headedness, confusion, collapsing, pale, clammy skin or dry skin and irritability.
If a child is suspected of heat injury, remove them from play and administer the following first aid:
1.Lie down in the shade and raise legs
2.Loosen tight clothing
3.Cool by fanning or sponging with water
4.Apply cool or ice packs to neck, groin and armpits
5.Give cool water to drink if fully conscious
6.If the person does not recover quickly seek medical assistance.
For more information visit www.kidsafewa.com.au/sport-safety-play.
Falls continue to be a leading cause of hospitalisation for children under 15 years of age.
Between July 2013 and June 2014 over 19,000 children presented to Princess Margaret Hospital Emergency Department (PMH ED) with an injury, and of these presentations approximately 38.5 percent (n=7,566) of the injuries were as a result of a fall. This has risen since 2009-10 where 36.6 percent (n=6,111) of the presentations were due to falls.
Fall presentations can be broken down into three groups: fall from the same level, fall from less than one metre high, and fall from more than one metre high. Between July 2013 and June 2014 the most common cause was a fall on the same level, accounting for 56.3 percent (n=19,635) of fall injuries, this was followed by a fall from less than one metre (33.9%, n=11,849) and then a fall from greater than one metre (9.8%, n=3,416). A large proportion of these presentations were minor cases, however it is still important to take the appropriate safety measures to reduce these numbers. The simple steps you can take to reduce the risk of a fall include:
Although some falls may seem difficult to prevent, falls can be prevented!
Watch our falls prevention animation at here
Road safety is one of Kidsafe WA’s priority areas, as too many children are being injured on the road. Each year, over 1,200 children present to the Princess Margaret Hospital for Children as a result of a road traffic injury. These include injuries to children as either a passenger or pedestrian, however a large number of these involve children as pedestrians using either a bicycle or other small wheeled device.
To reduce the risk of injuries to children as road users, it is important to take the appropriate safety measures and teach children how to be safe when travelling near or on the road.
Follow these steps to keep children safe when near or on the road:
To find out more about how you can educate young children about becoming safe and independent road users, have a look at the Smart Steps education program by School Drug Education and Road Aware. This program is ideal for educators of young children under the age of four years old, and provides the skills required to teach road safety information to young children. For more information visit http://www.sdera.wa.edu.au/programs/smart-steps/.
For more information about road safety visit http://www.kidsafewa.com.au/road or contact Kidsafe WA on (08) 6244 4886.
There are only six more weeks until Christmas which means the finalising of presents, and with Christmas being a time when bikes, scooters, skateboards or other toys with wheels might be exciting gifts given it is important to also remember to provide the safety equipment.
Christmas is an exciting time for children, there are new toys, visiting family and friends and the summer holidays which can also mean an increase in risks of injury. Bikes and small wheeled devices account for a large number of injuries to children, each year over 450 children on average present to Princess Margaret Hospital ED as a result of a bicycle injury. Injuries associated with small wheeled devices such as skateboards, roller blades and scooters account for the largest number of presentations of road traffic injuries, with falls the most common cause of injury.
While preparing and finalising Christmas presents it is important to remember to also include the correct safety equipment. If you are planning to give bicycles, scooters, skate boards or other wheeled device, ensure you also gift suitable safety equipment. Some tips for a safe and happy Christmas when children are using equipment with wheels are:
And teach children the road rules and safety messages for using equipment.
Kidsafe WA has recently launched the ‘Do Not Leave Children in Cars’ campaign. This aims to raise community awareness and reduce the number of children left unattended in parked cars in Western Australia.
Each year approximately 5,000 Australian children are rescued from parked cars. Three-quarters of those children are under four years old. Even on a cool day the temperature in a parked car can be over 30 degrees hotter than outside. In fact, 75% of the total temperature rise can occur within the first five minutes of parking a car. This is why it is important to take children with you, even when running a quick errand.
Kidsafe WA has designed ‘Do Not Leave Children in Cars’ car park signs that can be purchased by organisations to install in car parks to remind community members to take their children with them after parking the car. Kidsafe WA is seeking your help to spread the message and display these signs in your local car parks.
For more information about this campaign or to order car park signs contact us on (08) 6244 4880 or visitwww.kidsafewa.com.au/do-not-leave-children-in-cars-campaign.
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Road traffic injuries are one of the leading causes of childhood injury in Australia and a source of major health problems globally. One of the major concerns are injuries to children as passengers.
In Western Australia between July 2009 and June 2014 over 850 children presented to the Princess Margaret Hospital Emergency Department as a result of an injury as a passenger in a motor vehicle accident. Of these presentations approximately 42 percent required urgent attention. To reduce the risk of injuries as a passenger and ensure children are travelling safely on the road here are some of the things you can do:
It is important that parents and carers follow the child restraint laws for the restraint type for each child. They should also keep in mind that the law sets out the minimum requirements, and children should only progress to the next sized restraint once the child has reached the maximum limit of the present one. Remember a correctly fitted child car restraint can save lives.
For more information on travel safety have a look at the ‘Make Passenger Safety a Priority’ animation produced by Kidsafe, NRMA Insurance and SGIO by visiting http://youtu.be/D_vmdPZ9Igs. If you would like to check that your child car restraint is fitted correctly in your car contact us on 9340 8509.
Preventing road traffic injuries to children is one of the priorities at Kidsafe WA. There are still too many children presenting to the Princess Margaret Hospital Emergency Department (PMH ED) as a result of a road traffic injury. Over 1,500 children present to the PMH ED each year as a result of these injuries, which accounts for just under 10 percent of total injury presentations.
Of particular concern is the high number of children injured as pedestrians using wheeled equipment such as bicycles, scooters and skateboards. For many children using wheeled equipment it is unknown whether they are also using the appropriate safety equipment, such as helmets.
To reduce the risk of injuries whilst children use small wheel devices it is important to take the following safety measures:
Finally, it is important to teach children how to cross the road safely when on foot or using small wheel devices, so teaching children to ‘STOP, LOOK, LISTEN and THINK’!