RoSPA Home Safety Congress

Protecting our Future

November 8th, 2017 - Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

2017 marks a glittering year for RoSPA as we prepare for our 2017 Home Safety congress during our centenary year. To add to the celebrations we have partnered up with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health who are celebrating 21 years of achievement in paediatrics.

RoSPA's 2017 National Home Safety Congress 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.


09:30 Registration, refreshments and exhibition

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

10.05 Hospital admissions due to non-intentional injury
To be confirmed, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

  • In 2014-15 there were 45,168 non-intentional injury-related hospital admissions across England, Scotland and Wales for children under five years
  • Injuries are non-random, preventable events. Yet non-intentional injuries remain a major cause of ill health and serious disability in children that require continued focus on safety improvements
  • Around 72% of non-intentional injuries in children occur in the home
  • Injury reductions can be achieved at low cost, particularly through parent education and local coordination

10:35 Reducing Unintentional Injuries in and around the home among children Under Five Years
To be confirmed, 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 Keeping Children Safe: a multicentre program of research to increase the evidence base for preventing unintentional injuries in the home in the under-fives
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
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 17deaths 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


Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
5-11 Theobalds Road

  020 7092 6000
  020 7092 6001

  Public transport

We are on Theobalds Road at Jockey's Fields, opposite the Holborn library.

We are within a short walking distance of several tube stations: Holborn (Central line), Chancery Lane (Central line), Russell Square (Piccadilly line) and Farringdon (Metropolitan, Hammersmith & City and Circle Line).

The nearest train stations are London Euston, King's Cross St Pancras and Farringdon.

Plan your journey using public transport


You can park and lock your cycle outside the Holborn library. The Transport for London's Santander cycles are also available for hire across central London, and a drop-off point is just a minute's walk away.

  Car parking

A few car parks are within a short walking distance: Farringdon, EC1R 0BD; Saffron Hill, EC1N 8XA and Covent Garden, WC2B 5NT. Some metered street parking with a two hour maximum stay is also available.


Our building has an accessible entrance with ramp. Our two lifts are compliant with tactile call buttons and an audible announcement of the level reached. We have accessible restrooms on the ground, 5th and 6th floors.

In the event of an emergency evacuation, we have an evacuation chair and staff trained on its use.

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.

Congress Sponsor – Kid Rapt Ltd

Kid Rapt Ltd is a well-established equipment supplier. Since 1992 we have been working with local authority based health professionals and have built up an excellent reputation for not only providing quality equipment, but also for offering consistent, relevant and useful advice, expert guidance and best practice information relating to child safety and accident reduction. We consider ourselves a 'partner' in your schemes, rather than just a supplier and welcome the opportunity to engage at the early stages of your scheme.

We can offer help in identifying the needs of the project, to offer the correct equipment to get the best results and hence increase the sustainability of your scheme.

Kid Rapt, under its 'Elderly Products' banner, has also for many years provided a range of products aimed at older people. We offer a range of basic domestic aids - grabbers, grab rails, jar openers etc, bath, shower and barrier mats, touch lamps, anti tipping TV straps, shoe horns, pill dispensers, magnifiers, lockable first aid cabinets, window restrictors, slippers and electric blankets, to Health Visitors, OT's, Environmental Health, Home Safety Officers, the NHS as well as to specific projects in this sector.


Standard rate: £30 + VAT

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