Home Safety Webinar

Home Safety webinar

Using Data to Improve Home and Product Safety

Accidents to children are a significant health issue, being a major cause of preventable death, serious injury and long-term disability across the UK.

Under-5s are particularly at risk of being injured in home accidents, with falls accounting for the majority of non-fatal accidents and threats to breathing such as suffocation, strangulation and choking causing the highest number of deaths.

Most home accidents are preventable through increased awareness, improvements in the home environment and greater product safety.

Good quality data is a vital tool in promoting and improving home and product safety, but obtaining this data is often complex. While much of the data that we need is not routinely collected, significant steps are being made to improve data collection.

Why attend the Home Safety Webinar?

This free-to-attend webinar will look at some initiatives that aim to improve the way data is collected, which are already providing insights than can help to enable greater awareness of key safety issues.

Session highlights include:
  • RoSPA’s work with five local hospitals to tease out what data is available from accident and emergency departments that will support work to improve product safety, supported by the Office of Product Safety and Standards (OPSS).
  • The new National Child Mortality Database, which is shedding new light on the circumstances surrounding child deaths and has given new impetus to awareness raising.
  • How monitoring the number of incidents involving children swallowing magnets has led to a major campaign to tackle the issue and prevent these injuries.
  • Insights into injury data from the Scottish Trauma Network.

You will have an opportunity to ask your questions to the speakers in the Q&A session at the end of the event.

Who should attend the Home Safety Webinar?

The event is free-of-charge to attend, and will benefit anyone who works within public health.



Introduction – Ashley Martin, Public Health Adviser, RoSPA

The Pilot Product Safety Data Project: Finding data in the accident and emergency department

Geraldine Cosh MSc, Director at Geraldine Cosh Consulting Ltd

How do we fill the data gap so we can know more about accidents involving everyday products and how to prevent them?

Supported by the Office of Product Safety and Standards (OPSS), RoSPA is working with five hospitals to discover what data is available from accident and emergency departments that will support work to improve product safety. Gathering data specifically with regards to those injuries caused by everyday household items and consumer products, it is hoped that the project will fill a huge gap in unintentional injury data. Geraldine Cosh, the project manager, will share the story so far, and some of the data found.

The National Child Mortality Database – Influencing improvements in child accident prevention

Vicky Sleap, NCMD Programme manager, University of Bristol

This talk will cover the work of the National Child Mortality Database (NCMD) Programme including the real-time surveillance system set-up in response to COVID-19 and the alert system which has provided a mechanism for Child Death Overview Panels (CDOPs) to highlight anything they feel requires urgent national action. The talk will also be an opportunity to hear about how the above systems and processes have led to work to raise awareness of the dangers of window blind cords for young children.

A Scottish Perspective on Injury Data

Alison Gilhooly, Scottish Trauma Network

The Scottish Trauma Network works with the Scottish Trauma Audit Group to gather data across the patient pathway for the seriously injured in Scotland. We have recently appointed a Senior Information Manager, and are keen to share the work being undertaken to improve access to data relating to the injured person, and support telling the story of the network.

Prevention is better than cure – A paediatrician’s viewpoint on how sharing hospital experiences can stimulate awareness-raising and prevention

Dr. Julie-Ann Maney, Consultant in paediatric emergency medicine, Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children

Julie-Ann has worked closely with RoSPA, and, in conjunction with them, has launched and supported several child safety campaigns. She has highlighted the risks of hair straighteners, button batteries and more recently, magnet ingestion in children. Working in partnership with RoSPA has allowed a wider platform for child safety messages to be heard by the public and has undoubtedly saved lives.

Q&A Session


Geraldine Cosh is a product safety expert with over 17 years’ experience in product safety, risk assessment and risk management. Geraldine has worked with many organisations, training over 1,000 people on risk assessment and product safety. She is also the Technical Author on PAS (Publicly Available Specification) 7055 for button and coin batteries and is currently working on PAS 7100 and PAS 7050.

Geraldine has experience in injury data collection, currently working with RoSPA on the collection of injury data in the UK and as an expert for the EU-funded project on the “Feasibility and modalities of an EU injury and accident database.” Geraldine also works as a BSI (British Standards Institute) CPIN (Consumer & Public Interest Network) Coordinator, supporting consumer representation on global standards and is a consumer representative on numerous technical committees.

Geraldine has a Master’s degree in Science and in 2018 completed the Certificate in Product Safety Management at Saint Louis University (USA).

Julie-Ann’s primary role is consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine in the Emergency Department of the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children. In addition, she holds the position of Northern Ireland representative on the Emergency Standards Committee at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. Julie-Ann is a forensic medical examiner for the Police Service of Northern Ireland and works in the Rowan SARC (Sexual Assault Referral Centre) for Northern Ireland. She is also a member of the research steering group for PERUKI (Paediatric Emergency Research of the UK and Ireland).

Julie-Ann graduated from the Queen’s University of Belfast and has trained in paediatrics and paediatric emergency medicine in London and Northern Ireland. In recent years Julie-Ann has worked closely with RoSPA, and, in conjunction with them, has launched and supported several child safety campaigns.

Vicky Sleap is the Programme Manager for the National Child Mortality Database (NCMD) which collates data on all child deaths in England with the aim of improving and saving young lives. With 11 years’ practical experience in the field of child death reviews, she has used her in-depth knowledge to train child death review (CDR) professionals on the CDR process and influence that process at a national level. Notably, Vicky has contributed to the writing of revised legislation and new national statutory and operational guidance on child death reviews, and she has contributed to the development of forms used within the process in England. Vicky has also acted as an international consultant, advising and assisting other countries in setting up child death review processes, and now frequently provides advice and support to child death professionals via webinars and conferences.

Vicky is involved in ongoing collaboration with colleagues at the National Crime Agency, Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch, MBRRACE-UK (Mother and Babies: Reducing the Risk through Audits and Confidential Enquiries across the UK) and the British Association of Perinatal Medicine.

Alison has been Programme Manager of the Scottish Trauma Network since it was established in 2017, working alongside Kate and Martin to implement the ambitions set out in the Chief Medical Officer's report "Saving Lives, Giving Life Back".

Alison has worked with NHS National Services Scotland for several years, working in various projects across the organisation both in support and management roles. Immediately prior to joining the STN, Alison was Programme Manager for the Care of Burns in Scotland (COBIS) and Scottish Paediatric and Adolescent Infection and Immunology (SPAIIN) Managed Clinical Networks.


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Wednesday, June 23


13:00 BST

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