Doing the safest thing for your child can be very confusing - there are many websites with guidelines about car restraints for children. Ask 5 parents/carers and you're likely to get 5 different answers!
A set of guidelines to help cut through the confusion has been developed by a biomechanical engineer working with Neuroscience Research Australia - download HERE . There is also other information about child injury in motor vehicle accidents on their website HERE
Information about choosing and using restraints is available on the Child Restraint Evaluation Program WEBSITE
Correct use of restraints should always be NOT NEGOTIABLE with children - don't let them argue
Size is more important than weight when deciding which type of restraint is safest
Don't move them to the next type of restraint too soon.
Poisons Information Centre
Phone: 13 11 26
24 hours a day, 7 days a week - Australia wide
Prevention, first aid and fact sheets from the Poisons Information Centre based at Westmead Children's Hospital.
First Aid Fact Sheets - St John Ambulance Australia
A comprehensive range of factsheets on first aid.
PCYC Lake Illawarra - Illawarra Road Safety Park
Road safety and bicycle education programs. Bikes, helmets and supervision provided.
Reddall Parade LAKE ILLAWARRA
Ph: 4296 4448
Raising Children Network
Provides information on many safety topics and video clips of safety demonstrations. Helps parents and carers understand that risks vary depending on the age of the child.
Community Services (formally NSW Department of Community Services)
Toddler safety: lots of tips to help keep your toddler safe at this age of developing independence.
A comprehensive website with information about how to keep your family safe in a variety of settings.
The Children's Hospital at Westmead
Safety Factsheets: a comprehensive range of factsheets on all aspects of safety for your child ~ baby products and furniture, home safety, outdoor play safety and road safety.
ABC Parenting - CPR for babies under 12 months
Easy to follow instructions on how to perform CPR on babies under the age of 12 months.
ABC Parenting - CPR for children over 1 year
Easy to follow instructions on how to perform CPR on children over the age of 1 year.
ABC Parenting - How to stop choking
What to do when a child is choking.
ABC Parenting - Safe sleeping
A simple guide to safe sleeping positions for your baby.
A website with lots of child safety information on many topics, from backyard safety to internet safety.
Safety Around Farms Education
Information about farm safety, farm and home safety educational shows and lots of fun activities featuring Scallywag Scarecrow.
Keep Watch is a public education program of the Royal Life Saving Society Australia, aimed at preventing drowning deaths of children in all aquatic locations. There are four main strategies of the Keep Watch program that parents and carers of children are encouraged to undertake to prevent children from drowning.
Keep Watch Strategies
- Supervise your child
- Provide barriers to water locations
- Familiarise your child with water
- Learn resuscitation
Residential Swimming Pool and Spa Safety Checklist
Shellharbour City Council's website - download pdf at bottom of page.
Home Pool Safety Checklist
To make sure no one you love becomes a statistic, make this weekend your Home Pool Safety Weekend by using the free checklist to make sure your fence is in working order and the area around it is safe for small children. It's quick, simple and it could save a life.
Download the free checklist HERE .
SWIMMING LESSONS - see the page on Swimming
Road and Car Safety
RTA (Roads and Traffic Authority NSW)
This website has information about how to choose the correct car restraint for your child's age and size to keep them safe in the car.
Shellharbour Hospital Baby Capsule Hire 4296 6666
Kids and Traffic
Early childhood road safety education program. Information about this free resource is available to all licensed children's services, plus free downloads, eg. songs about road safety and fun educational activities.
Safety in the sun
Sunsmart Early Childhood Program
The Cancer Council New South Wales has resources for child care centres and parents regarding sun safety for young children.
TIPS FOR ENJOYING (OR SURVIVING) CAR TRIPS WITH YOUNG CHILDREN
Tips from Shellharbour City Council staff - click HERE
More travel with kids tips, including: packing for baby, combating car sickness, secrets to happy car travel, driving itineraries, and car games.
Raising Children Network ~ Travel with Children
Lots of suggestions for safer, happier travel of different types with young children. Information about what to take, car, bus, train and air travel tips, and avoiding travel sickness.
Office of Fair Trading
Detailed information on the safety of children's products such as baby products, safe toys and children's nightwear.
Keeping Kids Safe
Community Services (formerly DoCS)
Mandated reporters have a statutory duty to report a child who is under 16 to Community Services (formerly DoCS), if they have current concerns for his or her safety, welfare or well-being. Risk of harm includes physical and psychological abuse, physical or sexual assault.
Mandatory reporting for members of the general public Ph: 132 111
Helpline with Community Services (formerly DoCS) Ph: 133 627 (13DoCS)
Shellharbour Office: Lot 5 Burra Place SHELLHARBOUR CITY CENTRE
Phone: 4255 6666
Wollongong Office: Level 1/7-11 Bridge St CONISTON
Phone: 4222 8600
Illawarra Office: Level 2/7-11 Bridge St CONISTON
Phone: 4222 8400