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Child Safety Week

Monday 3rd – Sunday 9th June 2024

Child Safety Week is an annual campaign run by the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) to raise awareness of the risks of child accidents and how they can be prevented.

The theme for 2024 is ‘Safety. Sorted’ and we are once again working alongside CAPT to raise awareness of the number of children that are seriously burned and scalded each year. Many of these accidents are entirely preventable. ‘Families should feel confident that, with one small change, they can stop a serious accident. And be clear what they need to do to keep their children safe.’

Additional resources

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Burns and Scalds Factsheet
Fire Factsheet
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Parent Pack

Social Media Post Ideas

Each year we produce a set of social posts created for you to share about Child Safety Week and burn prevention. Please feel free to use these posts on your social channels to help promote Child Safety Week. We can support you with your messaging if you tag us and Child Accident Prevention Trust in your posts and use the hashtags #BeBurnsAware #ChildSafetyWeek and #SafetySorted

  • Next week we are supporting @CAPTCharity’s #ChildSafetyWeek. Look out for #SafetySorted for bite-sized safety tips on the main accident risks to children. Learn more about child safety: #BeBurnsAware #SafetySorted @CBTOfficial
  • This week we’re supporting the @CAPTcharity’s #ChildSafetyWeek to help children lead active, healthy lives, safe from serious injury. Learn more about child safety: #SafetySorted #BeBurnsAware @CBTOfficial
  • This year #ChildSafetyWeek is all about sharing the really practical, simple things we can all do to keep children safe. Download @CAPTcharity’s Parent’s Pack for bite-sized facts and safety tips on the main accident risks to children: #SafetySorted #BeBurnsAware #CBTOfficial
  • For #childsafetyweek @CAPT and @CBTOfficial are sharing information about the risks that lead to children being burned – specifically by hot drinks. Do you know the simple safety measures you can take around tea and coffee to prevent burn accidents? Read and share this important information: #beburnsaware #SafetySorted

Awareness of hot drinks around children

A hot drink, even one that’s been made for 15 minutes, can seriously scald a baby.

“Scalds from cups of tea and coffee are one of the commonest preventable injuries in crawling babies and toddlers that we see in the Paediatric Emergency Department. Most parents take safety in the home very seriously, for example fitting safety gates. But they do not always realise the danger caused by hot drinks left on dining tables, coffee tables or kitchen worktops. Children can often reach further than their parents expect, so make sure ‘out of reach’ really is a safe place.”

Dr Rachel Jenner, Consultant Paediatrician Emergency Medicine, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

Hot drinks and young children don’t mix:

  • Hot drinks are the number one cause of serious scald injuries among babies and young children
  • Parents don’t realise how bad the injuries will be until after the event
  • Young children are unpredictable, love exploring and reaching out
  • They can’t be relied on to do what they’re told and they’re too young to understand consequences

If you run a nursery, children’s centre or mother and toddler group, you can order resources to support burn and scald prevention via our website.

Everyone in the Burns Unit was there because of an accident. None of them were born that way and they hadn’t developed a disease to make them disfigured. In a split second their whole life changed

Mum of a little girl injured in a hot drinks accident.

For more accident prevention advice from the Child Accident Prevention Trust go to

A burn injury is for life

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