Parents of young children know all too well the importance of thoroughly childproofing the home. However, for parents of children with learning, social and behavioral issues, safety is a particularly pressing concern regardless of the child's age.
Parents must modify their children's environment to promote special needs safety well into adolescence and beyond. A few essential safety tips for children with ADHD, Asperger's, and other neurobehavioral challenges include being mindful of sharp objects and reducing the risk of wandering.
You can find out more on the website Safety Tips for Children with Special Needs.
Safety at home
Technology Enabled Care
Technology Enabled Care (TEC) includes sensors that can alert parents to a child's movements. TEC can include:
Seizure activity is often complex but certain types of seizure can be detected electronically via combinations of continuous movements, noise and in some cases pulse rate change. Detectors are usually used overnight under the mattress of your child's bed. Alerts can be raised via a pager or a smart device.
Door alarms can help to ensure your child's safety by notifying you if the child goes through a door. Alarms can be applied to internal or external doors.
Home activity sensors
Home activity sensors use small motion detectors to check on the movements and activity of a child. These can include bed sensors and chair sensors.
This includes smoke or flood detectors to raise alerts remotely when activated.
You can see a range of assistive technology solutions by vising the Smart Flat at Kingfisher Court. Find out more on the Adults Technology Enabled Care page.
Staying Safe Online
Advice for Parents and Carers
Navigate the range of expert advice guides to support children who may be more likely to experience online risks such as those with additional needs, disabilities, or certain lifestyles.
From browsing the internet to gaming online, you’ll find practical tips to equip children and young people with the right tools to thrive online.
The NSPCC also have some useful advice on staying safe online.
You can also visit the ThinkUKnow website which has resources for parent carers as well as for children and young people.
Safeguarding children and young people
Safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility. The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Children Partnership Board has lots of useful information.
If you think that a child or young person is being abused or neglected call
- Peterborough: 01733 864180
- Cambridgeshire: 0345 045 5203
- Outside office hours, at weekends and on public holidays contact the emergency duty team on 01733 234724.