RoSPA Home Safety Congress

Achieving Step Changes in Accident Prevention

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 – National Space Centre, Leicester

Serious accidental injury is a significant health issue that often gets overlooked. RoSPA’s 2019 National Home Safety Congress will consider step change in the delivery of evidence-based accident prevention programmes. It will look at new approaches and good practice in child safety and the safety of older people in the home. This will range from core principles of valuing quality of life to evaluating the effectiveness of strategies and programmes. The congress will benefit anyone who works within public health.

This year’s venue, The National Space Centre in Leicester is conveniently placed, with excellent road, rail and airport connections.


What’s on offer?

The Congress organisers are now calling for abstracts on topics including:

  • Evidence-based injury prevention initiatives for older people and child safety
  • Strategic approaches to home injury prevention
  • Effective methods for evaluating home safety programmes for children and older people
  • Innovative ways of promoting home injury prevention in the home
  • Improving quality of life through home safety and education


09:30 Registration, refreshments and networking

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

10:05 Session to be confirmed

10:35 Safe and Active at all ages: A national strategy to prevent serious accidental injuries in England
Errol Taylor, Chief Executive, RoSPA

  • What is NAPS?
  • Why is it needed?
  • Key recommendations to protect those most vulnerable in the home

11:05 Building Safer Communities in Scotland
David McGown, Assistant Chief Officer, and Director, Scottish Fire & Rescue Service

  • The national assessment of harm and injury
  • A partnership approach
  • Next steps - making a difference

11:35 Refreshments, exhibition and networking

Track 1: Child in the home

11:55 How to give safety messages to children
Dr Elizabeth Kilbey, Consultant Clinical Psychologist

  • Information about children’s development and how this affects their understanding of safety
  • How parents can think about safety messaging
  • How to engage young people to reduce risk

12:25 Home Free: A report on children’s views on safety in the home
Elizabeth Lumsden, Community Safety Manager (Scotland), RoSPA

  • Children have the right to be safe
  • Children should be listened to
  • Children respect the advice of a trusted adult

Track 2: Older people in the home

11:55 Vison and falls prevention
Daniel MacIntyre, Population Health Services Manager, Public Health England

12:25 An overview of the Healthy Ageing Research Group's work around falls prevention and ageing well
Dr Helen Hawley-Hague, NIHR Research Fellow, University of Manchester

  • The implementation of evidence-based strength and balance programmes in practice
  • The role of smartphone/smartwatch in supporting older adults to remain active (PreventIT/Together trial)
  • Exergames and gamification and falls prevention.

12:55 Lunch, exhibition and networking

Track 1: Child in the home

13:55 Carrying low birth weight babies in cars – the national picture revealed
Nick Lloyd, Acting Head of Road Safety, RoSPA

  • The latest research on carrying low birth weight babies, including advice on how long they should be left in a car seat
  • The car seat challenge – what it is? And what’s the national picture?
  • Advice for parents and health practitioners when carrying low birth weight babies

14:25 Working together to promote home safety: The Stay One Step Ahead project
University of Nottingham

  • The Stay One Step Ahead project aims to systematically provide evidence-based home safety promotion to prevent child injuries and evaluate its effectiveness.
  • The evidence-based home safety promotion programme was co-produced by practitioners, parents, organisations with a role in child injury prevention and researchers.
  • The project is being evaluated using data from parent and practitioner surveys and interviews, data on service provision, emergency department attendances and hospital admissions and economic measures. Early indications are that the project is having a positive impact

Track 2: Older people in the home

13:55 Implementing the Falls Management Exercise Programme; an evidence-based toolkit for commissioners and providers
Dr Elizabeth Orton, Associate Professor and Consultant in Public Health, University of Nottingham

14:25 Session to be confirmed

14:55 Session to be confirmed

15:25 Close


RoSPA’s Home Safety Congress will take place at the National Space Centre in Leicester.


National Space Centre
Exploration Drive

Getting to the Event

  Travel by road

The National Space Centre is located just off the A6, two miles north of Leicester City Centre, midway between Leicester’s inner and outer ring roads.

Brown road signs with a distinctive rocket logo will direct you from the arterial routes around Leicester.

They have over 400 parking spaces in our car park, including 23 enhanced accessibility spaces, which is free of charge to delegates. Please contact for a parking permit.

  Travel by rail

East Midland Trains and Cross Country Trains serve Leicester Station. From here you can either take a bus or a taxi to the National Space Centre.

First bus 54 runs every 10 minutes Monday to Saturday and every 20 minutes on Sunday from Charles Street, a short walk from the station.

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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

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This congress is free of charge.

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