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Events and Training

Events

Child Passenger Safety Week 

Every year, Child Safety Link and our Maritime partners celebrate Child Passenger Safety Week (CPSW) with a different theme related to protecting children in vehicles. 

September 18-24 will be Child Passenger Safety Week 2022.

View CPSW 2021 tools and activities here

Are you interested in planning an event in your community or have other questions? If you need advice, resources or have questions please feel free to contact our Health Promotion Specialist for Child Passenger Safety, Katherine Hutka at katherine.hutka@iwk.nshealth.ca or by calling 902-470-7324.

Training opportunities 

Child Passenger Safety Technician training

Child Safety Link supports Child Passenger Safety Technician training opportunities throughout the Maritimes offered through the Child Passenger Safety Association of Canada (CPSAC). Help parents and caregivers choose and use car seats and booster seats safely.  Child Passenger Safety Technician training is offered in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI, and Newfoundland & Labrador. Space in these training classes is limited and often reserved for those who work with vulnerable families and newcomers to Canada. 

Register for scheduled training courses or add your name to the waitlist to be contacted for upcoming opportunities. 

Why is this important?

Motor vehicle collisions are a leading cause of fatal injury for Canadian children.  Children are especially vulnerable to these injuries when they are not properly buckled in the right car seat, booster seat or seat belt. 

How are families using car seats in the Maritimes?

In a 2012 roadside study of children in Nova Scotia:

  • 73% of car seats observed were installed or used incorrectly.  
  • 30% of children using a booster seat did not meet the weight minimum (40 lbs) and should have been buckled in a harnessed seat.
  • 52% of children in Nova Scotia using the seat belt are safe to do so and should be using a booster seat. 

Parents and families love their children and want to keep them safe.  Together, we can help make sure that all families have the support they need to do just that!

Other child passenger safety training opportunities for professionals

In addition to, Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) Training, Child Safety Link supports specific direct child passenger safety training for the following roles:

  • Community Services Training
  • Health Care Personnel (Nurse) Training
  • Law Enforcement Training

For more information or to register email Katherine Hutka at katherine.hutka@iwk.nshealth.ca or by calling 902-470-7324. 

 

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