RoSPA Child Safety Event

Protecting our future

May 15, 2018, Crowne Plaza Solihull

RoSPA's 2018 Child Safety Event will consider new approaches and good practice in child safety in the home from core principles of valuing quality of life to evaluating the effectiveness of strategies and programmes. The congress will benefit anyone who works with children and young families or who is involved in strategic planning for child injury prevention.

What's on offer?

  • The chance for public health and injury prevention practitioners to contribute to discussions around child safety in the home
  • Discuss ideas with like-minded individuals who are the same goals
  • Receive and learn helpful information from speakers and exhibiting organisations


09:30 Registration, refreshments and exhibition

10:00 Welcome and introduction from the Chair
Errol Taylor, Chief Executive, RoSPA

10.05 The National Accident Prevention Strategy – how to get involved
Errol Taylor, Chief Executive, RoSPA

  • The National Accident Prevention Strategy for England – due for launch in February 2018
  • A whole-person, whole-life approach to the prevention of accidents
  • Sets out priorities for each age group, including on road safety, to encourage local delivery

10:35 Reducing Unintentional Injuries in and around the home among children Under Five Years
Paul Collingwood and Coleen Milligan, Public Health England

Unintentional Injuries in and around the home are a leading cause of preventable death for children under five years and a major cause of ill health and disability. This updated document sets out key action areas for local authorities and their partners that will reduce the number of children injured and killed. It also sets out robust steps that can be taken to build robust accident prevention strategies.

11:05 Injury Prevention Briefing: an online resource for practitioners
Dr Toity Deave, Associate Professor for Family & Child Health, University of the West of England, Bristol

The Keeping Children Safe program produced extensive new evidence on preventing falls, poisonings and thermal injuries in the under-fives, including that an injury prevention briefing did not increase the proportion of families with a fire escape plan, but did improve some secondary outcomes.

11:35 Refreshments, networking and exhibition

12:00 Northern Ireland Strategic Framework for Home Accident Prevention
Hilary Johnston, Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement Manager, Public Health Agency

This presentation will give an overview of the NI Home Accident Prevention Strategy, 2015 – 2025 and describe the implementation structure and cross-sectoral partnership approach for delivering the strategy. Hilary will also give an overview of actions within the Delivery Plan and share achievements to date.

12:30 Take action today – Put them away
Ashley Martin, Public Health Project Manager, RoSPA

Supported by the United Kingdom Cleaning Products Industry RoSPA set up a major pilot programme to prevent child accidents in the home from cleaning products. Launched in eight areas and delivered through at least 120 local partners, the programme provides risk assessment tools and materials, which equipped both professional and consumers with skills and knowledge to ensure they were able to recognise potential dangers.

13:00 Lunch, networking and exhibition

13:45 Buy Wise Be Safe; Accessible advice for parents and carers of the under 5's
Stuart Radnedge, Regional Co-ordination Officer for SWERCOTS, Trading Standards South West and Sharon Sawyers, Senior Trading Standards Officer, Bristol City Council

Buy Wise Be Safe is a long-established safety resource which aims to make an impact on injury reduction and prevention by providing clear advice to practitioners, parents and carers on the practicable steps that can be taken to ensure child safety. This presentation addresses why and how the project was created, who is involved, and the importance of collaborative working with its partners and contributors. It also will focus on the success Buy Wise Be Safe has enjoyed since launching, the various versions that have been created and how the step into the digital medium is spreading safety messages further and wider than ever before. The second part of the presentation will look at how effective campaigns can be in promoting your message, and the importance of adopting a MECC (Making Every Contact Count) strategy for communicating these messages.

14:15 Working in partnership, getting results without legislation
Sheila Merrill, Public Health Adviser RoSPA

Nappy sacks have recently been identified as causing suffocation and choking of babies under one-year-old. Authorities in the UK have become aware of at least 17 deaths associated with individual nappy sacks. There is no specific legislation covering nappy sacks however working in partnership with industry and retailers has resulted in the publication of a set of guidelines which will help to reduce associated with this product.

14:35 Not just ticking boxes – evaluation for real
Karen Garry, Partner, Merida Associates and Polly Goodwin, Partner, Merida Associates

Evaluation does not have to be as difficult as you might think. This session will challenge some preconceptions about evaluation, explore its benefits and provide some practical tips when thinking about evaluating your work.

15:35 Closing remarks from the Chair and conference close


RoSPA's Child Safety Event will take place at the Crowne Plaza in Solihull.


Crowne Plaza Solihull
61 Homer Road
B91 3QD

Getting to the Event

Travel by train

Solihull train station is located a short 6 minute walk from the Crowne Plaza.

Trains regularly arrive to Solihull station from Birmingham Moor Street and Snow Hill.

For more information and to book tickets please visit the London Midland website.

Travel by road

Solihull is conviently located a short distance from the M42 and M6.

Please use google maps for the most up to date directions.


There are 164 car parking spaces at the Crowne Plaza, these are first come first served and are free of charge to the event delegates.

There is also Touchwood centre opposite which has over 1,000 spaces and will cost between £9 - £11 for the day.

Who Should Attend?

The event is aimed at anyone who works with children and young families or involved in strategic planning for child injury prevention. It is also relevant to injury prevention and home safety practitioners, public health officers, fire service staff, council officers from within children's services, housing, adult social care, environmental health and trading standards teams, third sector and charity workers with an interest in home safety for older people and children in particular.

Past attendees include:

  • Home safety officers
  • Accident prevention officers
  • Health visitors
  • Primary care teams
  • Environmental health officers
  • Housing officers
  • Fire prevention managers
  • Police officers
  • Home check officers
  • Housing associations
  • Home improvement agencies
  • Elected members
  • Safety product managers
  • Community practitioners

Sponsor & Exhibit

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents has been at the heart of accident prevention in the UK and around the world for more than 90 years. We can help you:

  • Increase brand awareness
  • Generate high-quality sales leads
  • Meet new decision-making contacts
  • Network with leading industry professionals
  • Launch new products and services
  • Demonstrate your products and services face to face
  • Associate your organisation with cutting-edge event content
  • Work directly with RoSPA, an established and trusted health and safety brand
  • Demonstrate your high level of health and safety commitment to key decision makers
  • Contribute to RoSPA's charitable vision of 'life, free from serious accidental injury'

If you're interested in showcasing your product or services at the event, please contact Letitia Hill at for further information.


Early standard rate: £30 + VAT
Standard rate: £40 + VAT

- Early rate ends April 6, 2018

Booking Information

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