Working to raise awareness of staying safe around dogs

Written by on 7th June 2018

A programme of work aimed at raising awareness of how to stay safe around dogs is being launched in Sunderland this week – during Child Safety Week.

Activity will be aimed at providing parents, carers, and the general public with practical information about what steps they can take to help keep babies, children and young people safe both in the home and out and about.

The work is being spearheaded by Sunderland Safeguarding Children Board with support from the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, Dogs Trust.

Sir Paul Ennals, independent Chair of the Sunderland Safeguarding Children Board, said the dog smart programme is about getting the right safety  messages across.

“Dogs Trust runs a successful Be Dog Smart programme in schools across the country, so we have enlisted the help of the charity to help us get the message across about dog safety around babies and young children.

“Whilst attacks on children are thankfully exceptionally rare, there are some very basic steps that we can all take to help parents, babies, children, and dogs live together safely and happily.

“The number one message we want to get across is that you should never leave a baby or young child alone with a dog.” – Sir Paul Ennals.

The programme of activity which starts this week will see information leaflets and posters from Dogs Trust being distributed across the city to places such as schools, children’s centres and GP surgeries.

These cover useful information on:

– How to stay safe around dogs in your own home and when you’re out and about
– How to recognise when a dog is stressed or angry
– What to do if a dog approaches or jumps up at you
– Advice for new parents on preparing their family pet for their baby’s arrival and what they should do when the baby arrives

There will also be workshops for professionals, including midwives and health visitors, who regularly come into contact with families who are either expecting or have a baby or young children.

And there will be the opportunity for schools to sign up for workshops/assemblies tailored to school age children.

For further information and details about workshops:

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