Child Safety

Live Fear Free

Live Fear Free is a Welsh Government website, providing information and advice for those suffering with domestic abuse, sexual violence and other forms of violence against women.
 

The website is also an important resource for the Live Fear Free Helpline which is managed by Welsh Women’s Aid but wholly funded by Welsh Government.  
 
This is primarily a helpline for those suffering with domestic abuse and sexual violence, but you can call them regarding any form of violence against women and they will refer you to a service in your area.
 

Leaving Your Child Home Alone

Deciding if your child is ready to be left home alone can be a tricky decision.
 
There are lots of things to think about. Plus, there are no hard and fast 'home alone' rules or laws because every child is different. Whether you or your child are comfortable with the idea will often depend on how mature and adaptable your child is – and we all know how much this can vary from child to child.
 
What the law says:
 

Home Safety

The majority of accidents happen in the home.  It is why it is important to ensure that your home is safe for all your family especially for babies and young children.
 
Some dangers around the home:
 

  • Ensure that your child does not play with toys that are not suitable for their age, especially if the pieces are small enough to choke on. Unsafe toys can be very dangerous.  Check the label on any toys for your children.

 

Firework Safety

The Law: 
 
Under 18s cannot purchase adult fireworks, this excludes party poppers and sparklers.
Fireworks can not be set off between 11pm and 7am except on November 5th and December 31st.
Fireworks cannot be set off or thrown in the street or other public places, this includes sparklers.
Fireworks and sparklers can only be purchased from registered sellers for your private use on certain dates. 

Child Protection (Monmouthshire)

Any report of suspected child abuse is treated seriously. It is seen as a priority for prompt action and help.
 
Monmouthshire County Council believe that all children and young people in Monmouthshire have the right to be safe from harm and deserve the opportunity to fulfil their potential.
 
Its role and responsibilities are recognised in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, including the contribution it must make to working together with other agencies to ensure the well-being of the children in the county.
 

Child Car Seats

The law requires all children travelling in the front or rear seat of any car, van or goods vehicle must use the correct child car seat until they are either 135 cm in height or 12 years old (which ever they reach first). After this they must use an adult seat belt. There are very few exceptions.
 
It is the driver's responsibility to ensure that children under the age of 14 years are restrained correctly in accordance with the law.
 
The law is different for buses, coaches and minibuses with seat belts fitted.
 

Child Accident Prevention

The Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) is the UK’s leading charity working to reduce the number of children and young people killed, disabled or seriously injured in accidents.
 
Find information about how to keep your child safe, whether in the home, in the garden, or on the road.  Find out how to prevent falls, burns and scalds and every day risks.  Take the online quizzes, read the fact sheets and get involved in Child Safety Week.
 
 
Web address: www.capt.org.uk/

Bullying Prevention

Monmouthshire County Council aims to encourage development of an environment where children and young people are less likely to be bullied.
 
We all have a role to play in creating an environment and climate in which children and young people feel safe and valued, and in which bullying cannot flourish.