NHS launches video to help keep kids safe this summer

Commissioners in east Berkshire have launched an online video to keep kids safe in the summer holidays.

Called ‘Keep your kids live and kicking this summer’, the short video highlights the risks of leaving babies and infants unsupervised near water or open windows, particularly when parents and carers get distracted.

Up to 60 children drown every year in the UK. However, most of these deaths could be prevented.

Babies and infants need constant supervision around water – whether this is in the bath, paddling or swimming pool, by ponds, rivers or lakes. They also need supervision around open windows.

Debbie Hartrick, Associate Director of Safeguarding for east Berkshire’s three NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGS), said: “While incidents of drowning or near drowning in east Berkshire are thankfully rare, it is really important that the safety of infants and children around water and open windows remains at the forefront of our minds, especially at this time of year.”

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