Nursery Today magazine

Child seat training course launched to tackle 71% failure rate

New figures from Good Egg Safety, one of the UK’s largest in-car safety campaigners, reveal that 71% of child car seats are either fitted incorrectly or are incompatible to the child or car.

The figures, collected from just under 3,000 child car seat checks throughout Britain in 2015, suggest child seat safety remains a significant problem, with many parents either unaware how to fit seats or given incorrect advice at the point-of-sale.

To help tackle the problem, TRL, the Transport Research Laboratory, has launched a new CPD (Continuous Professional Development) accredited Advanced Child Seat Training Course, delivered in partnership with Good Egg Safety. The training course, aims to address the problem of child seat safety by providing retailers, road safety professionals and child safety advocates with the training and information needed to correctly advise members of the public on the correct installation and use of car seats.

The one-day course provides participants with an understanding of key areas including; how car seats are tested, how to choose the right car seat and how to install them correctly within vehicle. The CPD accreditation means that any individuals attending the course can also gain CPD credits, which will count towards professional accreditation.

The CPD Certification Service helps organisations formalise knowledge into a structured and recognised approach to learning. In order to gain CPD accreditation, the training course went through a rigorous and independent assessment process to verify that all training is delivered to the highest standards. Successful achievement of CPD accreditation, an internationally recognised scheme, signifies that the training course not only provides high quality training, but delivers tangible development benefits to both participants and organisations.

Tanya Robinson, Child Safety Centre Manager at TRL commented; “Choosing and installing the right car seat can be a minefield for parents, so it’s vital that they are getting the right advice from retailers, manufacturers and road safety professionals. That’s exactly what the training course sets out to do.

“The CPD accreditation reinforces the value of the course and also demonstrates our commitment to continuous development as a company. Organisations now have the assurance of a recognised and approved training scheme, and participants can include the CPD certificates in their individual training records.

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