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IMPS and children joined forces to recognise Child Safety Week

The Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) designates one week every year in the UK as Child Safety Week. The theme of this year’s campaign was ‘Make a change. Make a difference’ which sent out the message that even small changes in our everyday lives can make a big difference to children’s safety. Manchester IMPS (Injury Minimisation Programme for Schools) supported the initiative by running a competition for all schools who attended IMPS hospital visits to Manchester Royal Infirmary and Booth Hall. As well as interactive injury minimisation, first aid activities and tours of A&E, the IMPS children from Oswald Road, Crossacres and Abbott primary schools were asked to think of small changes that they could make to their routine or environment that would help to improve safety for all children. IMPS Programme Manager Sally Morton said: “The visits went well. The children, who are aged ten and11, have drawn and written some great ideas about how they and other children can stay safe.” IMPS staff from Central Manchester and Manchester Children’s University Hospitals NHS Trust have been presenting small prizes for the best ideas and actions that each class come up with. Sally added: “We awarded home safety items and craft activity sets to the children who had the best and most well presented ideas. Suggestions included keeping lego, peanuts and other small objects away from babies and toddlers as they may choke on them.” The children also said that when you have a hot drink don't leave it in reach of children especially little ones, to wear a helmet while riding your bike so if you fall you are protected, don't talk to people you don't know online and to put a smoke alarm in your house as it might save your life! Child Safety Week which ran from 23rd to 27th June aimed to raise awareness of the impact and consequences that accidental injury plays in the lives of children, young people and their families. It helps the community to better understand and manage the real risks to children and young people so that they can enjoy safer, healthier and more active lives.