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Child safety the focus for second online forum

Monday 2nd November 2015

Road Safety GB’s second online forum will take place on 3 December and will focus on child car seats and in-car safety for children.

The announcement of a second event follows the success of last week’s motorcycling forum, which attracted more than 17 questions which were answered during the live session.

A similar forum on the subject of children in cars took place during Global Road Safety Week earlier this year but concerns about car seat safety have been heightened in recent weeks.

A BBC Watchdog programme aired on 8 Oct revealed that out of 50 retail stores visited, only one managed to correctly fit its own brand child car seat; while results from just under 3,000 child car seat checks carried out by Good Egg Safety in 2015 showed that 71% of the seats were either fitted incorrectly or incompatible.

The forum will be jointly hosted Kat Furlong from Good Egg Safety and Julie Dagnall and Claire Waterhouse from Child Seat Safety, who will answer questions submitted by parents, grandparents and anyone else interested in this important safety issue.

As road safety manager for Good Egg Safety, Kat Furlong attends car seat checking events with her team of experts and also delivers a car seat awareness workshop for professionals who travel with children (social services, foster carers, child minders etc).

Julie Dagnall and Claire Waterhouse are acknowledged experts in the field of child in-car safety. Both enjoyed long careers as local authority road safety officers before setting up Child Seat Safety in 2011. The pair were specialist advisors to the BBC Watchdog programme.

Participants are invited to submit questions in advance, or during the forum, which will be answered in real time by the experts.

Click here to submit a question in advance of the forum which takes place on Thursday 3 December, 12.30-1.30pm.


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