Keeping Children Safe at Home project

January 2012

As part of CAPT's work to provide evidence of what works in child accident prevention, we are part of the Keeping Children Safe at Home (KCSH) research project, a major research project which aims to improve understanding of children's accidents and effect a change in behaviour with parents and families around child safety.

The project, which runs from 2009-2014, is funded by a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Programme Grant and looks at the following areas:

  • house fires
  •  falls
  •  scalds; and
  •  poisoning.

CAPT is the only charity involved in the project which is led by the University of Nottingham. The following universities and trust are part of the project:

  • Newcastle University
  • University of the West of England Bristol
  • University of Leicester; and
  • Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Injury prevention briefings

As part of the research, an injury prevention briefing (IPB) on specific aspects of the prevention of injuries in the home to pre-school children is being developed that will be trialled in a group of children's centres.

This part of the project follows the NICE approach to developing guidance by bringing together the scientific evidence of what works in injury prevention and best practice, with the practical experience of people who run injury prevention programmes both in children's centres and elsewhere.

By combining the evidence with experience, this means the guidance addresses practical issues and is likely to be an effective tool for practitioners that will make a real difference.

The first IPB will be sent in 2012 to children’s centres in the four study areas: Nottingham, Bristol, Norwich and Newcastle. Some will also receive support from the project team to help them take forward key messages in the IPB. When the 12-month trial has been completed, we hope to be able to revise and then disseminate the IPB outside these study areas.

The impact of the IPB, with and without support, will be measured by researchers using a randomised controlled trial. The research will determine whether, as a result of the use of the IPB, there are changes in some home safety practices of families.

The briefing encourages children's centres to work in partnership with relevant local agencies when carrying out their prevention work.

The IPB has been compiled from the following sources of evidence:

  • Systematic reviews of what interventions and health promotion approaches in preventing injuries from home accidents work best with families of pre-school children.
  • Cost effectiveness analyses.
  • Surveys and interviews with children's centre managers about injury prevention initiatives in their areas.
  • Interviews with parents of pre-school children about home safety practices.
  • Workshops with local practitioners in the four study areas: Nottingham, Bristol, Norwich and Newcastle.

The IPB contains information aimed at three groups of professionals:

  • Commissioners of children's services: making the case for injury prevention, the economic case, the links to deprivation.
  • Children's centre managers: making the case, children centres as a hub for home safety work.
  • Practitioners in children's centres: safety exercises including discussion ideas and quizzes.

Towards the end of the project, IPBs on other injury topics will be developed, although these will not be subject to the randomised controlled trial employed for the initial IPB.

More information

If you would like any more information on this project, please contact Mike Hayes from CAPT at: mike.hayes@capt.org.uk

Updated June 2013