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

CHIP Visits

Practitioners working with families in Boston and South Holland can now request a CHIP Visit from Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue (LFR). LFR will undertake a home safety assessment of the household, discuss safety practices with the family and supply and fit safety equipment as necessary. This may include:

  • Safety gates (to prevent access to and falls on stairs)
  • Window restrictors (to prevent falls from windows)
  • Fire guards (to prevent access to open fires)
  • Cupboard locks (to prevent access to cupboards containing medicines and poisonous household chemicals)
  • Corner cushions (to minimise the impact of bumping into furniture)
  • Blind cord cleats (to prevent access to blind cords which could cause entanglement and suffocation)
  • Bath mats (to prevent slipping in bath/shower)
  • Hair-straightener pouches (to prevent burns from hot hair straighteners)
  • Smoke alarms
  • Carbon Monoxide alarms

Additional fire safety equipment may be provided as part of LFR’s fire safety check.

Who is eligible for a CHIP Visit?

Families must live in Boston or South Holland districts. The following characteristics indicate that a child/household may be at high risk of unintentional injury-

  • They live in areas of deprivation
  • They live in rented accommodation, poor quality housing or homes of multiple occupancy
  • Their parents are unemployed or have never worked
  • Their parent’s ability to supervise is impaired (i.e. due to mental health problems, health/care needs, substance misuse, chaotic households)
  • They have young or single parents with poor support networks
  • Their parents can’t afford safety equipment

Eligibility criteria is below, however if you have any concerns about a family’s home environment or a child’s safety in the home, please refer. All referrals will be accepted.

  • Child protection plan
  • Child in Need assessment/plan
  • Early Support Care Co-ordination (ESCO)
  • Team Around the Child (TAC) plan
  • Parent/carer is in receipt of any of the following benefits
  1. Income Based Jobseekers Allowance; Income Related Employment Support Allowance; Income Support. Also including Universal Credit
  2. Working Tax Credits or Child Tax Credits
  3. Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independent Payments
  4. Housing Benefit or Council Tax Benefit

How do I refer for a CHIP Visit?

Please ensure you have the consent of the parent/carer before referring to LFR and that the consent box is ticked.

If the parent/carer is a tenant they will need to have permission from their landlord to make certain adaptations to the property, such as the installation of safety gates, window restrictors and other items that require drilling and fixing to walls or frames. Please be sure that the parent/carer has their landlord’s permission before referring to LFR.

It is LFR’s responsibility to assess the household, identify equipment requirements and install the equipment correctly, however an indication from you of the equipment the household might require is always helpful. Please give an indication of how many safety gates are needed as this will help the fitters plan their visit.

Please note: Safety gates are only appropriate for households where there is a child aged less than 24 months. Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue will not install safety gates unless there is a child aged less than 24 months in the property.

Include your contact details on the form in case you need to be contacted for further information. Please give a secure email address as correspondence is likely to contain personal information.
If a child of the parent/carer under 5 years old has had an accident that was treated by a GP, hospital or walk-in centre prior to your visit, please give a brief description of the incident.
Once LFR have completed the CHIP Visit, you will be notified with details of the outcome of the visit and any actions taken. Please record this in the child/family record.

Complete the CHIP Visit Referral Form.

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: 21 March 2018

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