Merton Council supports child safety week

Merton Council is supporting Child Safety Week 2009 (22-28 June) and encouraging residents to learn more about the role they can play to keep children safe in the community.

Child Safety Week is the Child Accident Prevention Trust’s flagship community education campaign. It aims to raise awareness of the number of accidents that seriously injure or kill children and how to prevent them.

The official theme for Child Safety Week 2009 is ‘Safer together’. Everyone in the community has a part to play, no matter how small, in child safety whether they are a parent, teacher, childminder or family member,.

As well as supporting this year’s campaign, Merton Council is giving parents an opportunity to get a free copy of the ‘Understanding your teenager’ handbook delivered to their door free of charge by phoning 020 8545 4866.

The handbook, produced by the Merton Local Safeguarding Children’s Board (MLSCB), is packed full of information and advice to help guide parents through some of the most important and challenging times they may face with their teen. Internet safety, drug and alcohol use, sexual health and bullying are just some of the issues covered in the handbook, making it a must have for parents.

Councillor Debbie Shears, cabinet member for children’s services at Merton Council says: “Child Safety Week is an opportunity for us all to think about the impact we can have on keeping children safe in the home, at school, on the roads and anywhere else in our community.

“No matter how big or small your involvement with children is, you have a part to play. I would encourage all adults, children and young people to make this week count and take some time to find out how a few small changes can make a big difference to improving child safety in Merton.”

Residents can visit Merton’s local safeguarding children’s board webpage at http://www.merton.gov.uk/lscb for valuable child safety advice and information for adults and carers as well as tips for children and young people about how to stay safe.

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To learn more about child safety week and for free advice and information visit http://www.childsafetyweek.org.uk.

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