Child safety grants

by Anonymous Author

Selwyn groups which work with families to promote child safety in the home are being invited to apply for a grant.

The grants are being made available through ACC and Safekids Aotearoa — Make Your Home a Safety Zone programme.

ACC injury prevention manager Adele Blackwood said the most common place for children to get hurt is in the home.

“Every year around 47 children are killed and 2,775 are hospitalised due to accidents in the home.

“It is estimated that New Zealanders spend 70% of their lives indoors, which highlights the importance of addressing hazards in the home that can lead to injuries — some of which can be serious.”

She said ACC and Safekids set up the Make Your Home a Safety Zone Grant to encourage organisations, services and community groups in Selwyn and around the country, to promote child safety in the home.

Groups can apply for grants in two categories: Home safety education for parents and caregivers with young children, or home safety education along with safety devices for installation in the family’s home.

Applications close October 27 and for grant guidelines and to apply online visit www.safekids.nz. Successful applications will be notified directly and also posted on the Safekids website in November.