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Helping children to stay safe


Chichester District Council is encouraging everyone to 'take a second look at safety' during Child Safety Week, which starts on Monday (20 June). Accidents are a leading cause of death and serious injury for children and young people. Many of these accidents can be prevented. The council has a safety equipment scheme for under-fives, which gives some families safety equipment for only £10.

Cllr Eileen Lintill, Chichester District Council's Cabinet Member for Leisure and Wellbeing, says: "The most common types of accidents are falls. Often the accident could have been prevented if a safety gate, fireguard or radiator cover had been fitted.

"We urge everyone to contact one of the council's Wellbeing Advisors to talk about this scheme. Even if you do not qualify for the scheme, you can still get home safety advice."

The scheme aims to reduce the number of accidents to young children by providing:

  • stairgates (for children up to 24 months);
  • kitchen gates (for children up to 24 months);
  • fireguards; and,
  • safety film for glass.

To qualify for the scheme, residents must live in the Chichester district and be in receipt of:

  • Housing Benefit;
  • Income Support;
  • Council Tax Benefit;
  • Disability Living Allowance; or,
  • Income based Job Seekers Allowance.

Residents need to contact their Health Visitor at their local doctor's surgery if they want to take up the scheme. They will be referred to the council and asked to supply proof of their qualifying benefit. A council contractor will then visit and fit the equipment, which will cost £10 at the time of fitting.

A Wellbeing Advisor can be contacted on 01243 521041 or For more information on the scheme, and to see the council's top twelve tips for child safety, go to