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Citation

Sellström E, Bremberg S. Acta Paediatr. 2000; 89(5): 601-607.

Affiliation

Department of Paediatrics, Institute of Clinical Science, Karolinska Institute, Huddinge, Sweden.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2000, John Wiley and Sons)

DOI

unavailable

PMID

10852200

Abstract

In order to create a safe environment in day-care settings, an understanding of factors within the organization of day care, factors which influence safety, is essential. Day-care directors in 83 daycare centres completed a mail-in survey that contained questions about professional experience, the day-care centre's organization of child safety measures and a battery of questions designed to evaluate the directors' perceptions and beliefs about child safety. The day-care directors also carried out a safety inspection at their centre. The results were analysed using the multivariate logistic regression technique. The existence of a continuing plan for continued staff education in child safety was shown to be the strongest predictor of few safety hazards in day-care centres. The day-care directors' perceptions and beliefs about injury prevention were of less importance. This study indicates that in order to promote safety in day-care settings, an on-going plan for continued staff education in child safety should be a matter of routine. The introduction of such a plan should be the concern of the individual day-care directors, policy-makers and managers at the local and national level, and health professionals working in this field.


Language: en

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