In this section we aim to provide useful documentation and links to parents, carers and professionals on how to keep children safe. We are constantly adding information to this section, however if there is something missing then please check the South West Child Protection Procedures

For general crime and safety awareness the fearless website has lots of information for parents, young people and professionals.

Last year over 1000 Somerset children aged 0-14 years were admitted to hospital as a result of injuries caused by accidents such as falls, burns and scalds and eating inedible household items. 2 Falls account for two in five (42%) of these admissions, which is more than any other type of accident.

Somerset County Council, working in partnership with Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Health Visiting Teams and getset family support workers, have launched a ‘Safer Homes’ project to support families to prevent accidents in the home.

Reducing the risk

It is not yet known how to completely prevent sudden infant deaths (sometimes called cot death) but you can significantly reduce the risk by following this advice while your baby is asleep:

Always place your baby on their back to sleep, with their feet at the foot of the cot
Place your baby to sleep in a separate cot or Moses basket in the same room as you for the first 6 months, even during the day

Keep your baby smoke free during pregnancy and after birth.  For help and advice contact www.smokefree.nhs.uk

Use a firm, flat, waterproof mattress that is clean and in good condition, or a baby sleep bag of the correct size for the weight of your baby

Never sleep on a sofa or in an armchair with your baby

 Don’t cover your baby’s face or head while sleeping or use loose bedding

Don’t sleep in the same bed as your baby if you smoke, drink, take drugs or if your baby was born prematurely or was of low birth weight

Avoid letting your baby get too hot

These tips should be followed at all times of sleep, not just at night.

Somerset County Council is encouraging parents to be ‘sunsmart’ to protect their children from the harmful effects of the sun this summer.

More people develop skin cancer in Somerset on average compared to the rest of the country. Somerset has the 14th highest incidence of skin cancer diagnosis compared to other areas in England and on average between 2013-15 there were 37 skin cancer deaths each year.

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An increasingly popular choice, baby slings are being chosen by parents who wish to keep their babies as close as possible, to practice “attachment parenting” – a process of keeping the baby close to the parent to encourage bonding. Promoted by experts as a method of calming fussy babies or a way to breastfeed more comfortably, they allow the parent to keep their hands free whilst providing support and comfort for their baby.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents has expressed concern over the number of fatalities recorded by parents using certain types of baby slings.

For more information on types of slings, risks involved and the best way of using a baby sling/carrier please visit