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Parental pressures put children's safety at risk
Research released by the Child Accident Prevention Trust has revealed child safety is at risk as British parents struggle to find time to prevent accidents.
The research shows that work demands and the economic crisis are causing so much stress to parents that they pay less attention to their children’s safety and 4 in 10 admit they fail to think about protecting their children from serious accidents.
The charity, which works to reduce the number of children and young people killed, disabled or seriously injured in accidents, also found that exhaustion from working long hours affects 7 in 10 parents.
Asked about their parents’ generation, more than half of parents say that they are under more stress. Four in 10 indicate they need advice about keeping their children safe, according to the UK-wide survey of 2,000 parents.
The findings coincide with the launch of Child Safety Week (18-24th June), which gives parents support to recognise the real risks to children’s safety and practical steps they can take to prevent serious accidents.
Activities at nurseries to mark Child Safety Week include the national Big Taste Test on Thursday, 21st June, which will get parents to taste Bitrex, the world’s bitterest substance. It will also see charity Action on Hearing Loss call on parents to protect their children’s hearing by ensuring they wear ear defenders when exposed to loud noise.