Child safety and wellbeing – information for parents and carers

Here you will find links to information, advice, guidance and support on some of the safeguarding challenges facing children and young people, and their parents and carers today.

New for 2020!  New resources providing information on a range of topics and support available for families. This trustworthy, evidenced based resources package can be accessed 24/7 and aims to build confidence from pre-conception to pregnancy, through infant feeding and while transitioning into parenthood. The offer includes a website, app and education series of animations.

Avoidable injuries occur in children of all ages and there are steps that we can all take to reduce the risks of these happening.

In Somerset the highest admission to hospital for unintentional injury occurs in children under 5 in their own homes.  This admittance to hospital is a result of injuries caused by:

  • falls (down stairs into hard pieces of furniture and from high surfaces),
  • burns and scalds and consuming inedible household items such as button batteries, liquitabs and bleaches,
  • choking and strangulation.

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It is everyone’s responsibility to prevent unintentional injury of children of all ages.

Speak to a health or social care practitioner for more information.

 

Safer sleep advice gives simple steps for how you can put your baby to sleep to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDs) which is commonly known as cot death. It can give you the peace of mind to enjoy this special time.

The ABC of Safer Sleep, reminding you that the safest place for a baby to sleep during the first 6 months is;

A – always Alone;

B – on their Back;

C – in their own Cot.

Find out more in the Lullaby Trust’s ‘Do’s and Don’ts’ video.

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/carers who wish to keep their babies as close as possible.  Baby wearing (sling) supports parents in and outside of the home to keep active and mobile when enjoying time together.

Keeping your baby close supports the release of Oxytocin. This is a hormone that provides a feeling of well-being for baby and care-giver and supports a close and loving relationship.

Safe sling wearing can be supporting by accessing Sling Libraries (talk to your Health Visitor) and referring to the The T.I.C.K.S. Rule for Safe Babywearing.

Knowing when and how to talk to your child about staying safe can be difficult. NSPCC has a range of resources to help you do this including leaflets and videos for children and adults with Special Educational Needs or Disability.

They have developed a simple Underwear rule – PANTS:

Privates are private
Always remember your body belongs to you
No means no
Talk about secrets that upset you
Speak up, someone can help

To download the leaflets and to find out more go to: NSPCC

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

For information to support you and your children to maintain good oral health and teeth see the Healthy Somerset Website. You can use the advice from the moment the first baby tooth erupts in to adulthood. Following the advice will help you to prevent pain and the need for tooth extraction.