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Children: Safety

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 15 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many home safety equipment schemes have been established in each region to date. (247391)

The Department for Children, Schools and Families does not collect information on this topic. However, information provided by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents suggests that there are around 760 local home safety equipment schemes operating in England. This information is not broken down by region.

In the Children’s Plan the Government announced an £18 million National Home Safety Equipment Scheme to help disadvantaged families reduce the risk of accidents in the home. The National Home Safety Equipment Scheme will work with local partners in disadvantaged areas with the highest child accident rates to support the expansion of existing schemes and encourage the establishment of new schemes.

Baroness Morgan of Drefelin wrote to local authorities informing them of the Government’s progress in delivering the National Home Safety Equipment Scheme on 21 October 2008. Since then, as part of a competitive tending process, the Department for Children, Schools and Families has received and evaluated bids to host the Scheme. A contract to deliver the scheme will be awarded shortly.