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Accident Prevention

Child Accident Prevention Trust

This page contains useful information in relation to Accident Prevention and the campaigns promoted by the Child Accident Prevention Trust


Road Safety

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Road traffic accidents are the single biggest cause of accidental deaths among 12 to 16 year olds.  The Think website offers important information about road safety for teenagers and also younger children through its section on Tales of the Road


Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Be aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning which can occur from a number of sources including faulty boilers, cooling barbeques in tents and from ashes that have been swept from a log burner and not disposed of safely outside.

A carbon monoxide (CO) alarm can alert occupants to the dangers although almost two-thirds of homes in the UK don't have CO alarms. And it's a chilling fact that - without an alarm - there really is no way to detect this deadly gas. You can't see it, smell it or taste it. That's why it's called the 'silent killer'.

Children are more vulnerable to poisoning as they are smaller than adults.


Child Safety Week

Agriculture has one of the highest fatal injury rates of any industry in Great Britain, but is the only high-risk industry that has to deal with the constant presence of children. Farms are homes as well as workplaces, and visitors, including children, may also be present on farms.

Children and young people up to the age of 18 are regularly killed and injured on farms, either because they are working on the farm or because they are playing there.

The HSE has recently published this helpful guide on preventing accidents to children on farms


Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents publishes much useful guidance relating to accident prevention.  Recent information relates to the hazards of drowning, particularly during spells of hot weather

Barnsley Safeguarding Children Board Policies and Procedures are available here


National organisations for you to contact and give advice are:


childline plus number

ChildLine is the free, 24-hour helpline for children and young people in the UK.

Children and young people can call our helpline on 0800 1111 about any problem, at any time - day or night.

You can contact ChildLine about anything - no problem is too big or too small. If you are feeling scared or out of control or just want to talk to someone you can contact ChildLine.

Website: http://www.childline.org.uk/

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Advice for parents, professionals and young people on the signs of sexual exploitation and how to keep safe.

Barnardo’s has published the set of advice leaflets, available to download for parents, professionals and young people across the UK.

Sexual exploitation affects thousands of children and young people every year. We can all play an important role in reducing that number, helping to cut children free from this abuse.

Website: http://www.barnardos.org.uk/index.htm


The NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) is the UK's leading charity specialising in child protection and the prevention of cruelty to children.

Website: http://www.nspcc.org.uk/fighting-for-childhood/our-services/nspcc-helpline-childline/

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Thinkuknow.co.uk is a website designed to raise awareness of the dangers of the Internet. Website is http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

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Action for Children supports and speaks out for the most vulnerable children and young people in the UK including. We offer help and support for disabled children, young people, children in care and family support.

Website: http://www.actionforchildren.org.uk/

childhood bereavement

The Childhood Bereavement Network is a national, multi-professional federation of organisations and individuals working with bereaved children and young people. We believe that all children have the right to information, guidance and support to enable them to manage the impact of death on their lives.

Website: http://www.childhoodbereavementnetwork.org.uk/


The National Youth Advocacy Service (NYAS) is a UK charity providing children's rights and socio-legal services. They offer information, advice, advocacy and legal representation to children and young people up to the age of 25, through a network of advocates throughout England and Wales.

Website: https://www.nyas.net/




May 2017 newsletter

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Ofsted Inspection

The Bedford Borough Safeguarding Children Board (BBSCB) is judged to be 'Good' in a report published today by Ofsted. For more details of the report and a statement by Jenny Myers, Independent Chair of BBSCB can be found here