Child reaching for ball in above ground pool

The ‘Kids Can Drown Without a Sound’ campaign from Kids Health at The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network aims to raise water safety awareness and encourage families to take appropriate precautions when children are in or near water. The campaign has released a number of new resources, including free online CPR Training for Parents.

In NSW an average of 13 drowning deaths and 84 non-fatal drowning incidents occurred in children aged 0-17 years in the period 2002 to 2015. Non-fatal incidents can cause permanent damage to the child’s brain, heart and lungs. Most parents think they will be able to hear if their child is drowning, but in fact it is very silent and quick.

To help prevent child drowning, parents and carers should:

  1. Have a compliant pool barrier that is used correctly and maintained regularly
  2. Supervision of children by a responsible adult (within arm’s reach) in and around water is essential
  3. Teach children water familiarisation and swimming skills
  4. Learn CPR and remember that any attempt is better than none at all

Recent research reveals that across all ages, people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and newly arrived to Australia are at higher risk of drowning incidents. This is likely to be due to lack of familiarity with water activity and swimming ability in some people.

The ‘Kids Can Drown without a Sound!’ resources are available for download in 17 different languages from the Kids Health website. Printed copies can be ordered free of charge.

A free online ‘CPR Training for Parents’ is also available to teach parents and carers the skills needed to perform basic CPR on a baby or child.

Access the resources online

Order printed copies of the resources

Access the free online CPR Training for Parents

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