A new training course to make the fitting of child car seats safer has been launched.
The new course, created by Child Seat Safety and accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), will assist retailers in providing the right advice to parents and parents-to-be.
Julie Dagnall, Wirral council’s principal RSO and a Road Safety GB specialist with regard to child car seats, is one of the co-founders of Child Seat Safety. Julie said: “This qualification fills a huge gap within the nursery industry.
“Parents, especially first-time parents, trust the advice they’re given by retailers when it comes to choosing the right car seat for their child. It is, therefore, vital that the staff providing advice and fitting or checking the car seats, are aware of the health and safety issues surrounding what they’re doing.”
A Which? undercover investigation into child car seat fitting, published in October 2011, found that many high-street and independent stores across the UK fail to give accurate advice, and half the shops investigated failed to install seats correctly.
The new course will educate anyone who provides advice or fits/checks children’s car seats, up to the standards required by Which? magazine’s Child Car Seat Retailer Best Practice Charter.
Using interactive learning the course covers topics such as legislation, ergonomics, child development and in car safety.
Alan Kennedy, chair of Road Safety GB, said: “This qualification is a huge step forward in the road safety field.
“It is a much needed and long overdue qualification that will give hundreds or even thousands of people who check car seats, the confidence in knowing that they have received high quality training, to ensure our children are safe in cars. Congratulations to the team and I wish them the very best for the future.”