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Keeping children safe

Preventing accidents at home

The ‘Keeping Children Safe at Home’ research programme aims to find the best advice about preventing accidents in young children at home, and to work with Children’s Centres to find suitable ways of passing on this advice to parents.


Why is this important?

Every year in the UK, over a quarter of a million children under the age or 5 have to go to hospital because of a fall, scald or swallowing something that may be harmful.  Most of these accidents happen in the home or garden.

Not much is known about the best ways of stopping accidents at home, which is why we are doing this study.

We want to develop guidelines ("Injury Prevention Briefings") for organisations who work with children about important home safety advice for families, and the best way in which to provide this.

What is an Injury Prevention Briefing (IPB)?

An IPB sets out how different types of injury can be prevented, providing detailed advice about what can be done by a range of organisations, working with the NHS.


Key facts about the research programme

This research programme:

  • is a 5 year programme (running from 2009 to 2014)
  • is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (part of the NHS)
  • involves the Child Accident Prevention Trust 
  • involves local parents to help design the study
  • has been reviewed and approved by local Research Ethics Committees and Research and Development Departments

Research questions


We have devised six research questions to help us.  Each question will be investigated using one or more studies

Our findings

A summary of the results will be sent to all people who have taken part in the study and who have expressed interest in seeing the results. 

We will also write reports of the findings for organisations involved in preventing accidents in young children, and write articles for research journals and conferences.

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Taking part


This research programme involved thousands of parents of under-fives, together with Children's Centre staff and other child health professionals.  


Research Tools

Some copies of questionnaires used in this research are available for information only here.  There are restrictions on using our questionnaires, so please contact us if you wish to use any of our questionnaires for research purposes.  

For more information please contact:

Pam Pepper 
Admin Support 
Division of Primary Care 
School of Medicine
University of Nottingham 
13th Floor, Tower Building 
University Park 
Nottingham NG7 2RD

t: 0115 8466901
e: Pam Pepper

Contact us


The project is being conducted by University and NHS researchers from Nottingham, Bristol, Norwich, Newcastle and Leicester.

The Child Accident Prevention Trust and local Primary Care Research Networks, NHS Trusts and Children’s Centres are also involved.


To find out more about the Keeping Children Safe at Home programme contact:

Denise Kendrick
Professor of Primary Care Research
Division of Primary Care
School of Medicine
University of Nottingham
13th Floor, Tower Building
University Park
Nottingham NG7 2RD

t: 0115 8466914
e: Denise Kendrick




Injury Epidemiology and Prevention Research

The University of Nottingham

telephone: +44 (0) 115 846 6901