An estimated 10,000 children will attend Accident & Emergency in Glasgow as a consequence of an accident this year.
For young children the home is the place where they are most likely to have an accident.
A new multi-agency funded project is setting out to provide local people in Glasgow's East End with practical advice and materials which will assist in preventing accidents in the home and the opportunity to become involved within their local community.
East End Child Safety Project is developing a home visiting programme that will provide local people living in the East End of Glasgow with the prospects to train to recognise hazards within the home that could lead to child suffering an accident and additional training on many aspects of child safety.The project will provide additional training that will equip project workers with the skills to install and fit home safety equipment.
The project will open its doors on Wednesday, Jun 22nd, at 2.30 p.m., where the local community will be able to access the new premises as well as meeting some of the project funders.It is anticipated that the project will create employment and volunteering opportunities for the members of the local community.
David Radford, Senior Health Promotion Officer for Injury Prevention, NHS Greater Glasgow, said:"A serious accident to a child can have long-term physical and emotional effects on a child's health.When a child is seriously injured the consequences do not just effect the child but the family as a whole.
"The East End Child Safety Project is the first of its kind in Scotland and offers a unique combination of being an outlet for accident prevention advice as well as a centre where local people can develop their awareness and capacity in a range of child safety issues."
John Casey is a Development Worker with the East End Health Action is delighted this project is happening in the East End.He added:"This local initiative will provide an opportunity for the community to take ownership of local home safety issues and provide local solutions.In addition, the project will provide a step for many local people back to employment."
Child Safety Week (20th-June 24th) is the Child Accident Prevention Trust's annual awareness week.The theme for this years campaign is ‘Not Every Accident is a Lucky Escape'.
The East End Child Safety Project will open its doors on Wednesday, June 22nd, between 2.00 p.m. and 3.00 p.m.In attendance will be local community members, children from Parkhead Community Nursery and representatives from the agencies who have helped fund the project.
Accidental injury is a leading cause of death among children and young people in the UK and puts more children in hospital than any other cause.Last year almost 300 children and young people died as a result of accidents and 120,000 were admitted to hospital.
Many childhood accidents can be prevented by fitting simple safety equipment and carrying out some basic safety checks.We want to make parents, children and young people aware of the main causes of childhood accidents and how they can be prevented.
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