Home Safety Congress 2010

Held between: November 1-2, Glasgow Crowne Plaza Hotel

Experts from several different fields came together at RoSPA's 2010 Home Safety Congress to investigate different interpretations of the value of home safety, and discuss whether a value could be put on quality of life.

The two-day congress, held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow, was supported by the Scottish Government, with additional sponsorship from Strathclyde Fire and Rescue. Fergus Ewing MSP, Scotland's minister for community safety, opened the event with a keynote address.

The economic burden of accidents at home provided the backdrop to the highly-successful congress. Louise Walter, a statistician from TRL, presented her report "Re-valuing the Cost of Home Safety" for the first time, revealing that the total annual cost of home accident casualties treated for their injuries at hospital - around 2.7million people each year - is estimated to be a staggering £45.63billion.

Sheila Merrill, RoSPA's home safety manager for England, said: "The cost to society of home accidents and injuries is absolutely staggering. We have long been aware of the cost in terms of human suffering, but now we have an up-to-date figure for the massive economic cost - and a conservative estimate at that."


The below links will open documents in PDF format.

Monday, November 1

The value of research and data

Chair: Tom Mullarkey MBE, Chief Executive, RoSPA

10:00 Registration, exhibition and networking

10:30 Introduction from chair

Keynote session

10:35 Keynote address
Fergus Ewing MSP, Minister for Community Safety, Scottish Government

11:00 The value of good data – update on the UK-wide injury database (PDF 732kb)
Errol Taylor, Deputy Chief Executive, RoSPA

11:30 Refreshments, exhibition and networking

Data and evaluation

11:50 The home safety digital pen database (PDF 478kb)
Jennifer Parkinson, Senior Environmental Health Officer, Eastern Group Environmental Health Committee

12:15 The value of evaluation (PDF 241kb)
Gail Errington, Research Fellow, University of Nottingham

12:40 Helping to prevent bath water scalds in young children (PDF 782kb)
Denise Kendrick, Professor of Primary Care Research, University of Nottingham
Lorraine McLaren, Neighbourhood Renewal Manager, Glasgow Housing Association
Ioan Humphreys, Research Officer, Swansea University

13:05 Reaction and response

13:10 Lunch, exhibition and networking


14:10 Delegates choose two afternoon workshop(s)

Workshop 1 - Evaluation
Gail Errington, Research Fellow, University of Nottingham

Workshop 2 - New technology
Digital pen database – Jennifer Parkinson, Senior Environmental Health Officer, Eastern Group Environmental Health Committee
Nationwide Education Programme – dbda

Workshop 3 - Discussion on best practice
Discussion on a selection of five minute presentations

15:10 Refreshments, exhibition and networking

15:25 Workshops repeated

16:25 Close

19:30 Conference gala dinner

Tuesday, November 2

The value of strategy and education

Chair: Errol Taylor, Deputy Chief Executive, RoSPA

9:30 Introduction from Chair

Strategy and partnership working

9:35 'Good places, better health': reducing childhood injury (PDF 990kb)
Campbell Millar, Project Manager, Good Places, Better Health, Scottish Government

10:00 The cost of home accidents (PDF 541kb)
Louise Walter, Statistician, TRL

10:25 A whole systems approach to childhood accident prevention (PDF 208kb)
Nicola Isaacs, KTP Associate, UCLan/ East Lancashire

Community Health Services

10:50 Strathclyde fire and rescue partnership (PDF 780kb)
John Hooper, Group Commander
Cathy Barlow, Partnership Officer, Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Partnership

11:15 Questions

11:25 Refreshments, exhibition and networking

Protecting children in the home

11:45 Dangers of baby bath seats – no substitute for supervision
Peter Cornall, Head of Leisure Safety, RoSPA

12:15 Safe storage of hair straighteners (PDF 239kb)
Lesley Nish, Senior Health Improvement Officer, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

12:45 Questions

12:50 Lunch, exhibition and networking

Home safety education

14:00 The home safety cadet programme (PDF 773kb)
Ann Browning, Home Safety Officer – Community Resources, South Lanarkshire Council

14:30 The LV= streetwise safety roadshow – the journey (PDF 1.27mb)
Alison Shelton, LV= Streetwise Manager, Safety Centre
Andrew Glatter, Head of Membership and Social Responsibility, LV=

15:00 Questions

15:15 Closing comments from chair

15:20 Close

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