This week is Child Safety Week 2022 (6-12 June), an annual community awareness campaign led by the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) to raise awareness of the risks of child accidents and how they can be prevented.

As part of our activities to reduce the harms caused by accidents in childhood, the iHV was delighted to support the launch of The Harper-Lee Foundation button battery awareness Parliamentary Reception on Tuesday 7 June. Alongside numerous other organisations, we signed the ‘button battery pledge’ which pledges to raise awareness of the risks associated with button and coin cell ingestion in local communities. Please join with us and sign the pledge, either as an individual or an organisation.

At the Parliamentary Reception, from the left: Georgina Mayes, Policy and Quality Lead at iHV; Katrina Phillips, Chief Executive at CAPT; Ian Evans, Training and Consultancy Manager at CAPT; and Pam Prentice, Campaigns Manager at CAPT

The Harper-Lee Foundation was established last year following the tragic death of Harper-Lee Fanthorpe who sadly passed away after ingesting a coin-cell battery. The charity is working alongside Government, charities, and industry to reduce the risk to children of accidents and death from foreign body ingestion.

The Parliamentary Reception was hosted by Jo Gideon MP and sponsored by the British and Irish Portable Battery Association (BIPBA). At the event, The Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) launched a joint awareness and information campaign on button cell safety, designed to provide expert information and guidance to parents and professionals working with babies, children, and families on how to handle button batteries safely. Representatives from CAPT were on hand to discuss the initiative with parliamentarians and also share their fabulous free educational resources.

Katrina Phillips, Chief Executive of CAPT, said:

“Button batteries cause corrosive burns inside the body if they’re swallowed and get stuck. Young children have died or been left with life-changing injuries. But too few parents know about the risks or how to keep their children safe. As trusted professionals supporting families UK-wide, health visitors have a vital role to play in raising awareness.”

It is important that we all work together to raise awareness of the preventable harms that button batteries pose to children and ensure that all parents and carers are aware of the important safety messages. Button batteries are powering a growing number of household products and have been linked to serious injuries among small children. Lithium cell batteries are a particular concern as they are larger and have a higher voltage.

Here is a video from the CAPT charity about the dangers of button batteries that you can share with parents (warning – it is not an easy watch…):

The new initiative will help parents, carers and professionals understand the risks and keep children safe. There is a raft of resources available for health visitors to access, please visit: for further information. Thanks to generous support from the Office for Product Safety and Standards, CAPT resources are all free to order from their online shop and they have a special fund that enables them to refund the costs of postage and packaging!

Georgina Mayes, iHV Policy and Quality Lead, said:

“I was delighted to attend this event in Parliament to raise the profile of the work of the Harper-Lee Foundation, so that communities across the United Kingdom will become more aware of the dangers of button battery ingestion. Health visitors have a vital role to play in raising awareness of the dangers that button batteries pose to babies and children. Health visitors reach every baby that is born in the UK through the delivery of the Healthy Child Programme and, through using their specialist public health nursing skills, they can prevent serious and catastrophic harm to babies and children.”

National Button Battery Awareness Day, 12 June 2022

The Westminster launch of The Harper-Lee Foundation coincided with Child Safety Week (6-12 June) and, this Sunday 12 June, marks National Button Battery Awareness Day. It would be brilliant if you could share the CAPT video and post on social media, using the hashtags #ButtonBatteryAwareness, #IamButtonBatteryAware, and #NeverAgain.


This week, the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) has launched a campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of button batteries and other items that are commonly ingested by children.


If swallowed, button batteries (also known as button cell batteries or coin batteries) can burn through the throat or stomach and can cause major damage to other internal organs.


The #NilByMouth campaign will focus on equipping local practitioners and families with knowledge on how to prevent young children from ingesting these batteries, as well as other dangerous items such as magnets and household cleaning products.

Share the video below, and download and share the poster on the link below.

OPSS is keen for groups, businesses, and individuals to support and share the materials on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by using the hashtag #nilbymouth.

Share because you care  

Child Safety Week is an annual community education campaign run by the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT), acting as a catalyst for thousands of safety conversations and activities UK-wide.

We want all children to have the freedom to grow and learn, safe from serious harm.

This year, Child Safety Week runs from Monday 7th to Sunday 13th June – with the theme Share because you care.

All free resources are listed in the ‘What resources can I get?’ section of the Child Safety Week Information Pack.

Grab resources available now!

First aid and prevention for burns webinar – 8 June, 13:00-13:45

This free webinar is a fantastic opportunity for parents you work with to:

  • understand the biggest burns risks to their child
  • learn how simple first aid can make all the difference if their child is burnt
  • make really simple changes to stop burn accidents happening in the first place.

Tickets are free, but limited, so please share this link for the Eventbrite booking page with your families and share our  on your own page.

As part of Child Safety Week 2020, iHV is delighted to share its latest resource for parents: iHV Parent Tips – Accidental poisonings , written with support from the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT).

The largest number of childhood accidents happen in the home. Coronavirus “lockdown” means that children will be spending much more time at home and we need to more careful to keep them safe from harm. Our homes and gardens are full of harmless-looking products that we use everyday which can be dangerous if your child accidentally puts them in their mouth or swallows them.


Please share.

This Parent Tip joins our suite of Parent Tips  – our helpful factsheets to help parents to find expert advice on key areas of looking after their new baby from when they are born to when they go to school. Written by experts in the field, they cover topics such as feeding, health, behaviour and development, and are based on up-to-date research and the experience and knowledge of real-life health visitors working across the UK.

Child Safety Week (1-7 June) is the Child Accident Prevention Trust’s annual campaign to equip anyone working with families with essential, practical child safety advice they can share.  It will be different this year but as important as ever.

90% of serious accidents to children under five happen in the home.  This has obvious implications for children during lockdown and as it begins to ease.

Challenging as current circumstances are, they also bring great opportunities to harness practitioners’ energy and determination to support and engage with families in need.

So CAPT are offering more free content than usual, which they’ve made really quick and easy to share – it’s crammed with practical safety advice for families during lockdown and beyond.

Child Safety Week (1-7 June) is a great opportunity to share it.  But if you can get their advice out sooner, please don’t wait as the need is now.

Lockdown help

CAPT has developed a range of new content that you can use to support families under pressure in lockdown. This includes articles, fact sheets, illustrations and social media posts.

So far, CAPT has focused on their top tips for lockdown safety plus burns and poisons – two risks that may be heightened during lockdown – with more topics to come.

CAPT has also developed a Parents Pack for practitioners to refresh their knowledge and share with families far and wide.

Child Safety Week, 1 to 7 June

Throughout Child Safety Week, CAPT will have a focus on social media, with lots of posts and tips to share, making it easy for families to get relatable, helpful advice to keep children safe.

Make sure you get them by following or @childsafetyweek

Beyond Child Safety Week

CAPT is reworking the Child Safety Week Action Pack as an essential year-round resource, for use once practitioners can undertake face-to-face group work again.

Sign up for your free action pack and CAPT’s free safety campaigns, advice and resources at

In our continued support of #ChildSafetyWeek, we are delighted to share 2 more updated resources for families and parents.

Continuing the week’s theme of Family life today: where’s the risk? today’s updated resources are:

Updated Parent Tips – Safety in the Home/ Suffocation and Strangulation

  • These Parent Tips give parents and families tips on how to reduce suffocation and strangulation as there are a number of hazards in the home which can cause suffocation or strangulation in babies and children.

Updated Parent Tips – Preventing choking

  • These Parent Tips give parents and families tips on how to prevent choking. Keeping your little one safe is vitally important to all parents. Babies and small children are at high risk of choking on small items because they examine unfamiliar objects by putting them in their mouths.

During #ChildSafetyWeek, we are delighted to share 2 more updated resources for families and parents.

Continuing the week’s theme of Family life today: where’s the risk? today’s updated resources are:

Updated Parent Tips – Staying Safe in the Sun

  • These Parent Tips give parents and families tips on how to stay safe in the sun. Sun safety is vitally important, particularly for babies and children who have delicate skin that burns easily.

Updated Parent Tips – Safety in the Home/Water Safety

  • These Parent Tips give parents and families tips on how to keep babies and young children safe around water. Babies can drown in just 3cm of water. For this reason it’s vitally important to never leave your baby alone in the bath, not even for a moment.

The Institute of Health Visiting (iHV) announces the publication of new Parent Tips aimed at helping parents and carers reduce the risk of dogs harming babies and children.

Having a dog in the family has many benefits – from making children very happy and confident, through to teaching them about responsibility and learning how to respect living things. We often see dogs as being “part of the family”, but we do need to remember that dogs are a different species.  This guide provides advice to parents looking forward to welcoming a new baby into the home, as well as those who already have children and a dog in the household. This advice should be shared with friends, neighbours, carers and relatives.

Dr Cheryll Adams CBE, executive director, iHV, said:

“Far too often we hear tragic news stories of a baby or young child being attacked by the family pet.  As a parent, it’s important you take steps to ensure your child and your dog can live happily together – making sure your young child knows how to behave around your dog will help to keep them safe. There is a lot that parents can do to reduce the risk of dogs harming babies and children – and our new Parent Tips provides this advice for parents and carers.”

From the dog’s point of view, children behave very differently to adults – they are unpredictable and make a lot of noise. In addition, children tend to interact with dogs in the same way as they do with their friends – they hug them, cuddle them and tell them off. Children also use very close facial contact which is very different to dog social behaviour and many dogs can find it threatening.  It is for these reasons that children are more likely to be bitten than any other population group. Research also shows that people are far more likely to be bitten by a dog owned by their own family than an unfamiliar dog. This means that children are in the highest risk group for being bitten by their own family dog.

Dr Adams continued:

“Dogs are an intrinsic part of many families’ lives so it’s important that parents take appropriate steps to ensure that their children and dogs can live together safely and happily.  Please share our tips with friends and family.”

Parent Tips - Keeping babies and children safe around dogs in the home

Parent Tips – Keeping babies and children safe around dogs in the home

We are delighted to publish these Good Practice Points support health visitors working with families where a baby or young child may be at risk of harm from a dog.

Approximately 40% of households in the UK have pets (Pet Food Manufacturers Association, 2016). Working animals and livestock animals may also play an important role in many families. The most popular household animals are dogs and cats but people also keep more exotic creatures such as snakes and tree frogs.

Interaction with animals can have developmental and therapeutic benefits for children. However, interaction can also result in harm. For example, cat faeces can contain a parasite that causes toxoplasmosis infection, which can cause miscarriage or stillbirth in some pregnant women. A specific risk of harm to babies and children is from dog bites.

Please note that this GPP is available to iHV members only.

If you’re not a member, please join us to get access to all of our resources.

The iHV is a self-funding charity – we can only be successful in our mission to strengthen health visiting practice if the health visiting profession and its supporters join us on our journey. We rely on our membership to develop new resources for our members.

So do join us now!

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The Secretary of State has announced £8m funding available for Maternity Safety Training.

All Trusts are being encouraged to apply with a minimum of £40k to be allocated to every Trust.  Bids will go to the nominated Regional Leads who are undertaking the shortlisting process; this will be followed by a panel review to determine the level of award to each Trust (this can be up to £80k).

The deadline to submit bids is 5pm Friday 18 November 2016.