Keep­ing kids safe in drive­ways

Kapi-Mana News - - INSIGHT/NEWS -

Safekids New Zealand is invit­ing com­mu­nity groups and or­gan­i­sa­tions to a work­shop in Porirua on Fri­day on pre­vent­ing chil­dren from be­ing run over by ve­hi­cles re­vers­ing out of drive­ways.

Ev­ery two weeks in New Zealand, a child is hos­pi­talised with se­ri­ous in­juries re­sult­ing from a ve­hi­cle be­ing driven on a pri­vate drive­way.

Five chil­dren are killed the same way each year.

Most chil­dren in­jured in drive­way in­ci­dents are tod­dlers, aged about two. Those not killed of­ten suf­fer se­vere in­juries. The driver is usu­ally a close fam­ily mem­ber.

The dev­as­tat­ing im­pact of these events upon fam­i­lies can­not be over­stated, says Safekids New Zealand di­rec­tor Ann Weaver.

‘‘ The Safekids Cam­paign work­shop is an op­por­tu­nity for Child In­jury Preven­tion prac­ti­tion­ers, agen­cies, com­mu­nity groups, vol­un­teer ser­vices and or­gan­i­sa­tions to re­ceive up-to-date in­for­ma­tion and new re­sources on this in­jury is­sue.’’

The Porirua session is be­ing taken by Petelo Alo­sio on June 24.

Any­one in­ter­ested in tak­ing part in the work­shop should phone 04 238 6077 or send an email to petelo.alo­sio@acc.co.nz.

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