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Fife Cares Child Safety Scheme

Policy category

Facilitating Positive Transitions to Adulthood

Recommendation Pillars

Support the participation of all children in play, recreation, sport and cultural activities

Countries that have implemented practice

United Kingdom

Age Groups

Adults (age 20+), Young Children (age 0 to 5)

Target Groups

Parents, Low-income Families, Children

Years in Operation

2006  - still operating

Type of Organization Implementing Practice

Private Human Services Organization

Practice Overview

The Fife Cares Home Safety Scheme is a Fife Community Safety Partnership initiative that was launched in 2006. Its goal was to reduce the number of accidents in the home involving children. By visiting individuals and families in their own homes, the service addresses specific needs and provides tailored advice and assistance to families.

The Partnership╩╝s Fife Cares Child Safety Scheme offers families with children aged five and under a free home risk assessment. Assessments are undertaken by two Home Safety Advisers who visit families in their homes and conduct a room by room check for hazards. As appropriate safety advice and education is supported through the provision, and sometimes installation, of child safety equipment tailored to a family╩╝s individual needs. There is no form filling, no waiting list and all the equipment is fitted free of charge.

Information drawn from Child Safety Europe Good Practice Guide: http://www.childsafetyeurope.org/publications/goodpracticeguide/info/casestudies/scotland-fife-cares.pdfpdf

Sustainability

Transferability

Evidence of Effectiveness

Outcome

Treatment Group

Control Group

Outcomes improved (statistically significant)

Percentage of mothers disagreeing with the statement  “Children should be smacked for persistently bad behavior”

54.4%

24.3%

Percentage of mothers agreeing that “Parents enjoy participating in their child’s games”

100%

84.2%

Rosenberg self-esteem scale - Percentage of mothers agreeing with the statement: I do not have much to be proud of

97.4%

76.3%

Percentage of mothers having learnt something during their oldest child’s first year that helped with subsequent children

82.1%

56.7%

Percentage of mothers visiting library on a weekly basis

79%

50%

Percentage of mothers checking homework every night

100%

81.6%

Percentage of children admitted to the hospital because of illness

44.7%

21.1%

Outcomes with no effect

Percentage of subsequent children being breast-fed

24.4%

13.0%

Percentage of children receiving Measles-Mumps-Rubella immunizations

94.7

100

Percentage of children receiving school booster

100

94.6

Percentage of children receiving dental check-ups

89.5%

76.3%

Percentage of children having an accident requiring a visit to the hospital

26.3%

44.7%

Percentage of mothers reading to their child

36%

31.6%

Percentage of children stopping  television by 9 p.m.

97,4%

86.8%

Percentage of children being bullied in school

23.7%

36.8%

Percentage of mothers disagreeing with the statement “Horror videos do not have any effect on children”

84.2%

84.2%

Percentage of mothers agreeing with the statement “It is important for parents to know who their children’s friends are”

100%

100%

Percentage of mothers agreeing on the importance for parents to become involved in their child’s schooling

94.7%

94.7%

Rosenberg’s self-esteem scale – Percentage of mothers agreeing with the statement:

  • I am a person of worth

97.4%

84.2%

  • I have good qualities

100%

94.7%

  • I do things as well as others

94.7%

92.1%

  • I am satisfied with myself

84.2%

73.7%

  • I have a positive attitude toward myself

86.8%

68.4%

  • I want more respect

52.6%

34.2%

  • I feel useless at times

63.2%

55.3%

  • I feel no good at all

97.4%

86.8%

Issue to consider

Contact Information

Name

 Samantha Pairman

Title

 

Organization

 Fife Community Safety Partnership

Address

 

First Floor, North Wing
Kingdom House
Pentland Park, Saltire Centre
Glenrothes
Scotland KY6 2AQ

Phone

 +312(0)8451 55 55 55 Ext: 446140

Email

 samantha.pairman@fife.gov.uk

Website

Available Resources

Evaluation Details

Bibliography

Date

Cost information

Scale of Implementation

Key Lessons Learned

 - When deciding where to place programme, look for situations where strategic direction and governance structures are a fit and monitoring systems and processes already exist in order to increase chances for sustainability. 
 - Modify the programme as needed to make it work within local and regional context. 
 - Start with a smaller pilot to identify what works and what needs improvement before expanding implementation of the programme. 
 - Implement processes to monitor and evaluate the programme, including customer surveys, in order to establish whether the programme processes are working as planned and whether there is an impact on child injuries.