There are many sources of information to help you keep your child safe.
Safety in the home
NHS Choices has detailed information on how to avoid accidents in the home. ROSPA - the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents has a leaflet about the risks to young children from looped blind cords and chains and their website has detailed advice on preventing accidents and making your home safer.
Find out more about cycle training for adults, bike maintenance and cycle safety. ROSPA has information about drivers and cyclists safely sharing the roads.
Safety in the car
Children must use a child seat when travelling by car until they are 12 years old or 135 centimetres tall. There are very few exemptions to this; find out more about child car seats and the law.
ROSPA has a dedicated child car seats website with information on safety. This includes advice on including choosing and fitting a car seat.
It is the driver's responsibility to ensure that children use the appropriate restraint when travelling in a car. Failure to do so could result in a fine. Find out more about seatbelts and the law.
Leaving children at home alone
There is no legal minimum age for leaving a child at home on their own. However, it is an offence to leave a child alone if it puts them at risk.
Before leaving a child on their own you should consider:
- their age
- their level of maturity and understanding
- where they will be left
- how long the child will be left alone, and how often
- whether or not there are any other children in the household.
Some parents feel their child is old enough to be left at home on their own once they start secondary school and walk to school, or the bus by themselves. The NSPCC has guidance on when it is safe to leave your child home alone.
How we can help
Our Road Safety team aims to reduce injuries to pedestrians, cyclists and car passengers.
Some Children’s Centres hold courses to try to reduce accidents in the home.
We also have an Emergency Management team that ensures that the most effective systems are in place should a major incident occur in Cambridgeshire. Find out more about emergency planning and the council’s role in this.