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Tuesday, 14 December 1999

Launch by Commissioner Peter Ryan of The Child Safety Handbook

Police Commissioner Peter Ryan today launched the latest edition of the NSW Police Legacy 'Child Safety Handbook'

First published a little more than two years ago the Handbook is produced in partnership between Police Legacy, Millbank Publications and the Protective Behaviours Consultancy Group of NSW.

'On average some 5,000 children require medical treatment as a result of unintentional injury every day in Australia. 200 are admitted to hospital and 1 or 2 die,' Commissioner Ryan said.

'The aim of the Handbook is to reduce the number of children who are being injured and the medical costs associated with those injuries.'

'The most likely place for a child to be hurt is their own home. Children aged under five comprise 60% of those injuries with those aged 1 and 2 at greatest risk.'

'Sadly, for children under five, home injuries also account for half of all unintentional deaths with pool drowning and fire topping the list of causes.'

'The Handbook contains everything from emergency numbers to information on safety in the home, yard, street and school as well as child abuse, sexual assault and drug awareness.'

'It is available free to school children in years 5 and 6 with some 200,000 copies already distributed throughout the state, and I strongly recommend it to all parents.' Mr. Ryan said.

Police Legacy Chairman Inspector Phil Holder said the group became involved with the project both as an organisation caring for the children of deceased officers and also as serving police who see the sometimes awful results of accidents involving children.

'For Police Legacy the well being of children under our care is paramount, while as police officers we want children to grow up in an environment that is safe.' Inspector Holder said.

'Anything that contributes to this aim is most important.'

'This is a new edition of the Handbook that will be distributed in the Sydney Metropolitan area. I would particularly like to thank all the local businesses whose generosity in placing advertising in the book has helped to promote the interests of child safety.' Inspector Holder said

'The book also allows Police Legacy to raise much needed funds that go towards the welfare and support of our 1300 Legatees.'

Dr. Chris Webber of the Sydney Children's Hospital at Randwick recommends the book to all parents, teachers and even older children.

'Often information on the safety and well being of children can be difficult to find or is spread out over a number of publications.' Dr. Webber said.

'The Child Safety Handbook is an excellent resource that contains useful information in a concise and easy to read format.'

Kelly Moss, whose son Joshua was hit by a car while riding his scooter, has also praised the handbook.

'It is important for everyone to know and follow the rules of the road.' she said. 'Things such as the use of pedestrian crossings, even if it means going a little out of your way, could prevent accidents like the one that happened to Joshua.'

For Further Information Contact:

Catharina Boer, Public Affairs Manager Tel: 9382 3571 - Mob:0411 730 842

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