TO mark Child Accident Prevention Week, healthcare workers are raising awareness of the dangers children face and what parents can do to minimise risk.

Wendy Thorogood designated nurse consultant for children with NHS Dorset CCG, said: “Unfortunately it is a fact of life that accidents can happen but there are things that parents and guardians can do to reduce the risk to children in their care.

“Last year a campaign ran locally to raise awareness of the dangers of drinking alcohol while looking after young children. This created quite a lot of interest both locally and nationally and the advice is still relevant now we are coming up to the summer and people are enjoying spending time in the garden or outside.

“Many people think safeguarding is about child protection, but our aim is to support all children to thrive and develop to their fullest potential, keeping them safe from harm.

“Child Accident Prevention Week gives us a good opportunity to get some simple messages out there to help keep local children safe.”

Wendy’s top tips for keeping children safe:  Be safe in the sun  When caring for children don’t drink to excess  Clearly label hazardous things around your house  Don’t leave children unattended near obvious hazards such as curtain pulls, water or sharp objects n You wouldn’t leave a pet in a hot car – don’t leave your child.