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Drowning Prevention Week

Queen's Park High School is urging parents to make sure their children know how to stay safe and enjoy the water this summer. 

As summer is fast approaching and with many of us opting for staycations once again this year, the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), fears that families will flock to beaches and inland water locations over the holidays, without considering the potential dangers, putting themselves and others at risk. Or for those of us who will be venturing abroad for their summer holiday, they may find themselves using non-lifeguarded pools and therefore be at risk if they do not have the necessary water safety skills.

Figures indicate that around 25 per cent of primary pupils leave school unable to swim, and experts fear that as a result of the pandemic many young people lacking the ability to swim or self-rescue.

Drowning Prevention Week 2022

Queen's Park High School is supporting RLSS UK’s national Drowning Prevention Week campaign, this year running from 18th-25th June 2022. Drowning Prevention Week aims to equip everybody across the UK and Ireland with the skills and knowledge, to make the right decisions about water safety.

Over 400 people accidentally drown in the UK and Ireland every year and many more suffer injury, sometimes life-changing, when they survive drowning.

As children (especially boys) enter their late teens, they become increasingly more likely to take risks, with more than 402 people accidentally drowning every year.

We are urging our Queen's Park families to access the charity’s free online resources to ensure their children have the skills to enjoy a lifetime of fun in the water.

Visit www.rlss.org.uk to access the Charity’s free water safety resources.

The Royal Life Saving Society UK has issued the following advice:

Water Safety Online Event

To coincide with UK’s national Drowning Prevention Week, Cheshire CCG safeguarding are offering a water safety lunch and learn event to discuss causes leading to drowning, areas where this happens and how to stay safe. This online event will take place on MS Teams on Thursday 23rd June from 12pm-1pm.

 To book your place please email: Cheshireccg.safeguardadmin@nhs.net