Child Accident Prevention Foundation of Australia

2017 National Kidsafe Day

A split second is all it takes for a serious child injury to occur. A cup of hot tea or coffee left in reach of a child; backyard swimming pool gates left open; household cleaners found under the sink; handbags containing medications; a car reversing out of a driveway and accessible button batteries are some of the hazards that can change the life of a family in the blink of an eye.

As part of National Kidsafe Day 2017, Kidsafe is highlighting that 'child safety is no accident' - the majority of serious child injuries that can change lives in just a split second, are preventable.

National Kidsafe Day Facts and Tips

'Split Second' blog

Click here for the media release.


Drowning is one of the leading causes of death for Australian children under 5 years of age. Statistics from the Royal Life Saving Society of Australia’s National Drowning Report show that in 2016/17, toddler drowning incidents increased by 32%. During this period, 29 Australian children aged 0-4 years drowned. The majority of these drowning incidents (45%) occurred in backyard swimming pools. While safety barriers can be effective in reducing the risk of drowning incidents, evidence suggests that a large number of drowning deaths are the result of barriers that are faulty, or non-compliant with Australian standards.

Make a pledge today to join the Kidsafe Pool Party. It might be cold. It might only last a few minutes. It will save lives!

Daylight saving starts on October 1. So, when you set your clock for summer, check your pool barrier is set for summer too. It only takes a few minutes and it could save lives. And if you don't have a pool, take the pledge to tell someone who does! All you need is a tape measure, the Royal Life Saving Society of Australia's checklist and 15 minutes.

For more information to assist you to check the safety of your pool and spa barrier, please click on the resources below:
‘Safe Barriers Save Lives’ campaign DL flyer
‘Safe Barriers Save Lives’ campaign A3 poster

'Safe Barriers Save Lives’ video – checking the safety of your pool barrier with Matt Welsh
Kidsafe's 'Saving Lives' Pool Party Video
Royal Life Saving Society of Australia’s Home Pool Safety Checklist

This campaign is proudly supported by Safetech Hardware.

Kidsafe Sleep

Safer Infant Sleep Tips Brought To You By Kidsafe And The Gro Company

Provide your baby with a safer sleep environment by following simple steps by Kidsafe and the Gro Company.

Download our quick reference guide on Safer Infant Sleep Tips here.

Download the 'Safer Sleep Tips Checklist' or go through each safety tip by clicking here!


Australian Battery Recycling Initiative Survey

The Australian Battery Recycling Initiative with the support of Kidsafe are running a pilot program to develop and test a battery collection and recycling structure for Australia.

We would like your support with this initiative by completing a short survey from the University of Technology Sydney. This will assist the design of a safe recycling system for button cell batteries.

Click here to complete the survey

Thank you in advance for your support.



'Make Passenger Safety a Priority'

Kidsafe Australia with the support of NRMA Insurance and SGIO  have developed the ‘Make Passenger Safety a Priority’ animation to reduce the risk of injury to children whilst travelling in your car this Holiday Season. In Australia, transport related injuries are the leading cause of death and the second most common cause of hospitalisation for children aged zero to 14 years. Fortunately there are simple things you can do to make it safer for your children whilst travelling on the road.

To view the animation Click Here or on the image below.

Have a safe and wonderful festive season, and make sure you make passenger safety a priority over this holiday period! For more information download a copy of A Parents Guide to Kidsafe Roads or visit the Child Restraint Guidelines webpage

Major Sponsor:




Keeping children as safe as possible while travelling in motor vehicles

The National Guidelines for the Safe Restraint of Children Travelling in Motor Vehicles have been developed by Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) and Kidsafe - The Child Accident Prevention Foundation of Australia. The National Guidelines provide best practice recommendations that have been approved by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

NeuRA and Kidsafe want to see all children as safe as they can be when travelling in cars. Ensuring that parents receive straightforward, consistent advice from all sources on how to keep children safe in cars is an important step in making this happen.

For more information click here


  The Honourable Mr Justice Charles Leycester Devenish Meares, AC, CMG (1909-1994)
  led a distinguished career as a barrister, soldier and Judge of the Supreme Court of
  NSW for a period of 10 years from 1969.

 Justice Meares ‘championed’ child safety and would have turned 
 105 years of age on 16 January 2014.

He held many positions of great importance, including Chairman of the NSW Bar Council (1961-63), First President of the Australian Bar Association (1963-64), on the Council of the Professions, and Chairman of the NSW Law Reform Commission. He had been appointed a QC in 1954. On his retirement in 1979 he pursued his interest in working with national organisations whose aim was to assist those with a disability and to advocate for injury prevention particularly among children. In fact, he played a leading role in establishing the Child Accident Prevention Foundation (CAPFA), otherwise known as Kidsafe.  The Hon CLD Meares was Vice President of the Foundation for 10 years. According to The Hon. Raymond Reynolds (NSW Supreme Court Judge from 19967-83), had it not been for the commitment with which The Hon CLD Meares pursued the idea with state governments and in medical and road safety circles, to make a good idea an established and funded reality, it is very doubtful that the Foundation would have become the major children’s advocacy organisation it now is.

In 1995, CAPFA established a perpetual trust known as The Leycester Meares Bequest as a result of the significant financial contribution of $50,000 from the Estate of Justice Meares, and in honour of the valuable support he provided to Kidsafe over many years. An additional $50,000 was contributed to the Bequest from barristers and members of Bar Associations across Australia. Investment derived from the Bequest supports national Kidsafe projects including National Kidsafe Day. 

Kidsafe continues to advocate on child safety issues, providing the community, parents and carers with information, advice, guidance and support. The Trustees of The Leycester Meares Bequest provide on-going commitment to Kidsafe for projects with a national focus.

For information on Kidsafe’s national profile and projects visit 

To donate to the Bequest contact Kidsafe on 02 9845 0894 for further information.


Click on the links below to find out more about what we've been up to

27 March 2013 - Kidsafe Victoria launch new Road Safety Campaign (click here to find out more)

25 March 2013 - Kidsafe NSW launch 'Grow me Safely' website

19 February 2013 - Kidsafe SA launch new Driveway Safety CSA

23 October 2012 - Parents urged to go 'back to basics' on National Kidsafe Day 2012 (Click here for more)


"An estimated four children per week in Australia present to an emergency department with a button battery related injury," Queensland Injury Surveillance Unit’s Director, Dr Ruth Barker said.

Button batteries found in remote controls and other household electronic devices are a severe and little known risk for young children. A joint campaign by Energizer, Kidsafe, and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is being launched today (April 3, 2012).

"The Battery Controlled campaign is being launched to alert parents and carers about the danger that coin-sized batteries pose to children if swallowed," ACCC Commissioner Sarah Court said.

The Battery Controlled campaign is calling on parents to keep batteries out of reach of children, get help fast if swallowed, and to spread the word about the danger. 

More information can be found at and on the Product Safety Australia website ( and social media channels: @ProductSafetyAU Twitter account and the ACCC Product Safety Facebook page. 

Media Release - 3 April 2012

 Kidsafe ACT Button Battery Research Report


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