child safety

Rhyme for a reason

Budding poets have been helping to make homes safer by using rhymes to cut down on accidents.

The City Council’s Healthy Homes team have organised a competition in which schools composed rhymes aimed to cut down on the number of accidents affecting children in their homes.

Between April 2011 and March 2012, 6,154 children attended Alder Hey Hospital with injuries caused by accidents in the home with a further 407 going to the Royal Liverpool emergency department.

Primary school age children have the highest number of accidents in the home resulting from trips, falls, burns, poisoning, cuts and choking.

To help to cut these figures Healthy Homes commissioned Activate Theatre in Education Company to deliver an interactive performance across 52 schools to 1,549 pupils

They used the information from the performances to compose a rhyme for the completion. Four schools have been shortlisted for the final. They are; Our Lady of Good Help, Wavertree: Belle Vale Community Primary School: St Christopher’s Catholic Primary School, Speke and Croxteth Community Primary School.

Their rhymes have been recorded at Parr Street studios.

Councillor Ann O’Byrne , cabinet member for housing , said:  “Too many children are injured in their homes and this competition is an imaginative way of getting across safety messages to the group most likely to have accidents. The children have really entered into the spirit of the competition and you will be able to hear some great rhymes from our talented young people.”

Radio City are hosting the final between 16 and 22 June and  you can listen to the entries online at www.radiocity.co.uk and vote for the winner.  Winning school to be announced on breakfast show on Radio City on 23 June.

The winning school will have a tour of the Radio City tower and a ride on the Liverpool Wheel.

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