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MSP lends her support to Child Safety Week

Written by Elisabeth Ann Bardell.
 
 
 
 
 
Published at 12:12 GMT on Friday, June 21st, 2013.

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CLARE Adamson, right, SNP MSP representing Central Scotland region, supports the Child Accident Prevention Trust’s flagship annual community education campaign, Child Safety Week, running next week from Monday 24th to Sunday 30th June.

The campaign seeks to raise awareness of serious childhood accidents and how to prevent them by providing practical and realistic tips for parents and individuals who work with children. The Child Accident Prevention Trust’s website (www.capt.org.uk) provides free resources, and the Trust will additionally be hosting fun activities and events throughout the UK to raise awareness. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents also provides information on Child Safety on their website. (www.rospa.com/childsafety)

The message of the 2013 campaign is: ‘You don’t need to be superhuman to be a Safety Hero! It’s the small things you do that can stop children suffering serious harm.’

Ms Adamson said: “This is an excellent opportunity for all members of our community to have fun with their children while learning how to make them safer. As the Convenor of the Accident Prevention and Safety Awareness Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament, I am committed to increasing safety awareness in local communities. The Cross Party Group meets on Wednesday next week (26th June) when Aileen Campbell MSP, the Minister for Children & Young People will speak and the Group will be focusing on Child Safety Week. As part of this there will also be speakers on the potential dangers to children of liquitabs.”

“There are small measures we can all take to make our households, places of work, and transportation safer. The Child Accident Prevention Trust’s initiative provides important information on how to keep our children safe, the most important safety concern any parent has.”


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Child Safety Week has had a significant impact already. Following last year’s campaign, awareness of Child Safety Week among parents was at an all-time high of 31%. This year, the Child Accident Prevention Trust seeks to increase awareness and inspire safer practices around children.

Ms Adamson said: “I encourage all those who engage children to participate in this fun, interactive learning experience. As a mother, I am always looking for ways to ensure I am parenting to the best of my ability. I commend this campaign for providing resources for myself and others for the safety of our children.”

Clare has lodged a Motion on this in the Scottish Parliament. It reads as follows:

Title: Support Child Safety Week
That the Parliament commends the Child Accident Prevention Trust’s (CAPT) flagship annual community education campaign, Child Safety Week, which runs from 24 to 30 June 2013; notes that the campaign raises awareness of serious childhood accidents and how to prevent them by providing practical and realistic tips for those affected; applauds the provision of free resources by CAPT, using fun activities and UK-wide events to inspire families to participate in safer practices; praises the 2013 Child Safety Week message, You don’t need to be superhuman to be a Safety Hero!, which it considers an excellent way to engage people in improving safe practices around children; congratulates CAPT in raising awareness of Child Safety Week to 31% of parents in 2012, which it believes is an all-time high, and encourages all families and individuals around children in Scotland to learn more about Child Safety Week in order to improve the safety of all children.


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