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Child Accident Prevention

Overview - Child Accident Prevention

Accident prevention is an important concern for anyone who is in regular contact with young children. Thousands of children are hospitalised for accidental injuries every year, with over 2 million visits to Accident and Emergency. What’s more is that over half of these injuries occur not in traditionally hazardous settings, but in the home. It is therefore imperative that parents, carers and practitioners know how to safeguard their children by:

  • Identifying common risks
  • Preventing everyday accidents

This CPD-accredited course provides a sound introduction to accident prevention. Aimed at parents and carers, it draws on a combination of statistical data and industry standard supplementary guidance to help you:

  • Develop your knowledge and understanding of unintentional childhood injuries
  • Identify the most common causes of accidental injury
  • Learn mitigate risk and prevent accidents
  • Know what action to take in the event of an accident

The course is designed to be engaging and accessible. It does not require pre-existing knowledge of child safety concerns, and the content has been developed with parents and carers in mind.

There is a strong focus on injury prevention throughout, but you will also find modules that are dedicated to helping you identify common risk factors, and plenty of links to supplementary learning so that you can continue your personal development, and gain a better understanding of child injury prevention.

Lesson Plan

To help you develop a full understanding of child accident prevention, this course provides interactive content split into 6 sections:

  • Welcome and Learning Objectives
  • Overview
  • What is the Risk and Risk Factors
  • Inequality of Risk and Reducing Risk
  • Prevention and Consequences
  • Supplementary Information


This course has been independently verified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines. It contributes 1-2 hours towards your CPD.


On completion of this course, you will be able to download an an accredited professional development certificate from Virtual College, which can be used to demonstrate your knowledge and training in this important subject.


For the average learner, this course on child accident prevention should take between one and two hours to complete.

Please note that this course duration is only a guideline. All Virtual College courses are designed to be self-paced, and you can proceed as quickly - or as slowly - as you like.

Target Audience

This module is suitable for anyone who is in regular contact with children, but it has been specifically designed to help practitioners, parents and carers develop an awareness of risk and vulnerability of children in their care.

Entry Requirements

This course is designed to provide an introduction to child accident prevention. As such, there are no specific entry requirements for this course

How It Works

How it Works

This is an online course which is studied via the Virtual College Learning Management System, Enable. All of the training is taken online. The course is self-paced so you decide how fast or slow the training goes. You can also revisit the training material, even after you have completed the course.

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You can purchase more than 10 courses online, however if you wish to purchase more than 10 courses, and you would like to be invoiced in advance, you can e-mail us on or contact our sales team on 01943 885 085.

Step 3: Take the course

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You will get a better learner experience if you have sound enabled. Most computers come with built-in speakers, but the narration will generally be written in text on the screen for you to read if you don't have sound turned on.

The course is interactive and you may need to click on parts of the screen before you can advance. This will be obvious as the narration and text will tell you what to do or the links will pulse and flash. The system will remember where you left off and take you back there, but you can go over any part of it as many times as you want to and take as long as you want.

You can write your own notes for the course and print them off or simply store them to access later any time you view your course.

When you get to the end, you will be presented with an assessment to check your understanding. Don't worry; in most cases you can take this assessment three times at no extra cost, and we have policies and procedures in place for adding further attempts.

Step 4: Your certificate

You will be able to print your own certificate at the end of the course.

Some courses also include the option of a high-quality posted certificate, for example our Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene courses.


Bulk discounts

Bulk discounts are available on purchases of 10 or more courses.

If you wish to discuss a large individual order for this course, and/or would like to be invoiced in advance, please call our sales team on 01943 885 085 to make an enquiry.

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