Child Home Injury Prevention (CHIP)

The CHIP scheme aims to reduce the number of children aged 0-5 being injured at home. Each year in Lincolnshire there’s over 5,000 A&E attendances and 500 emergency hospital admissions due to accidental or unintentional injuries in the under-fives.

Injuries occur as a result of predictable and preventable events such as falling, drowning, choking, burns or scalds. Unintentional injuries in and around the home are a leading cause of preventable death for children under 5 and are a major cause of ill health and serious disability.

A range of resources and services will be developed through the CHIP scheme to support parents, carers and practitioners in reducing childhood injuries. For more information contact Sam Crow, Public Health Programme Officer on 01522 552275 or email chips@lincolnshire.gov.uk.

CHIP Visits

Referrals for CHIP Visits are currently on hold while we get ready to launch the scheme countywide.

CHIP Training

Safe Sleeping for Babies - Reducing the risk of SIDS: e-Learning

This excellent course has the latest guidance on safe sleeping for babies and reducing the risk of SIDS. It will give you an increased understanding of what can be done to keep sleeping babies as safe as possible and how to promote and support key safe baby sleeping messages with parents and carers.

The course is accessed through the Lincolnshire Children’s Safeguarding Board (LSCB) site. If you’re not already registered then instructions of how to register are on the page and in the downloads below.

CHIP Course

This half-day event is for all staff who support families with children under the age of 5. It aims to builds on practitioners’ knowledge and skills about child injury risks the home and how to engage parents on accident prevention.

Book your place on Lincs2Learn (Children’s Services > Child Home Injury Prevention Training).

Dates for 2018-19 will be announced soon.

Resources for Practitioners

This Preventing Unintentional Injuries Guide, produced by Public Health England, is for all staff working with children under 5 years and covers the data, actions for practitioners and safety messages for parents and carers. It’s based on PHE’s 5 injury priorities - choking, suffocation and strangulation; falls; burns and scalds; poisoning; drowning - and also includes road and fire safety.

The ‘Keeping Children Safe at Home’ research programme, led by University of Nottingham, has produced an Injury Prevention Briefing (IPB) for practitioners working with children and families. This contains evidence-based injury prevention advice and activities for use with parents and has been endorsed by NICE.

The Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) is the UK’s leading charity working to reduce the number of children and young people killed, disabled or seriously injured in accidents. They lead on Child Safety Week which is held every June - the most recent activity packs are in the downloads section below and have loads of useful links and ideas of activities to do with parents and children. Their website has lots of information and resources are available to buy through their online shop.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) aims to save lives and reduce injuries from accidents. Their website has a ‘Parent Hub’ with advice for parents on keeping their under 5s safe. They offer some free resources, such as nappy sack leaflets, child safety themed height charts and a Safe at Home DVD.

The Lullaby Trust aims to reduce the number of deaths from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and support bereaved families. Their website has safe sleep advice and resources that can be downloaded and printed off.

Safety messages card game
In the downloads is a CHIP card game and answer sheet. This is a good game to play with parents and practitioners alike and helps with learning about potential risks and how to reduce or eliminate them. Simply print off the sheet, cut into cards, shuffle and get people to match the hazard with the correct safety advice.

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Last updated: 23 July 2018

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