RoSPA Chosen By DCSF To Host 'Safe At Home'

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The Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) has announced the launch of a new £18m National Home Safety Equipment Scheme with an aim to reduce accidental deaths and injuries among under-fives. The scheme is to be known as 'Safe At Home'.

Each year at First Personal Injury we handle many cases involving innocent, young children from local communities who have been injured, sometimes fatally, through no fault of their own. I welcome this new scheme and hope RoSPA's participation will effectively and quickly reduce the number of accidental deaths among the under-fives age group

The Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) has announced the launch of a new £18m National Home Safety Equipment Scheme with an aim to reduce accidental deaths and injuries among under-fives. The scheme is to be known as 'Safe At Home'.

It has also been confirmed that RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) has been selected by the DCSF, to host Safe At Home from February 2009 - March 2011. The main focus of the scheme will be to target and provide assistance and support to the most disadvantaged families in areas with the highest accident rates. Support will be provided through information, training and home safety equipment. This in turn will be provided through a network of new and existing local home safety equipment schemes that in many areas RoSPA already has in situ.

Statistics shown in the 'Better Safe Than Sorry' report, February 2007, Audit Commission/Healthcare Commission make for sad reading and reveal the harsh reality of just why it is important that communities succeed in reaching out to those who most need assistance and support. The statistics demonstrate that children from disadvantaged backgrounds are more likely to suffer accidental injuries or deaths.

Shockingly, children who live in homes where parents are long-term unemployed or who have never worked are 13 times more likely to die as a result of unintentional injury. Children living in such environments are 37 times more likely to die from exposure to smoke, fire or flames than those children whose homes are with parents who are employed in managerial or professional occupations.

Safe At Home has been designed to promote an understanding of the importance of home safety and to create the ability of local communities to run their own schemes providing equipment and advice to families within their communities. As an experienced specialist in this area the DCSF clearly concluded that RoSPA is already well placed to help communities build services which generate sustainable benefits for the local economy by reducing accident rates during and after the life of Safe At Home.

Michael Jefferies of First Personal Injury is delighted with the new initiative. "Each year at First Personal Injury we handle many cases involving innocent, young children from local communities who have been injured, sometimes fatally, through no fault of their own. I welcome this new scheme and hope RoSPA's participation will effectively and quickly reduce the number of accidental deaths among the under-fives age group".

If you have a child who has been injured accidentally, then specialist, sympathetic assistance and advice is available to you. First Personal Injury can be contacted on 0800 014 1629.

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