Water safety

If you are concerned about the welfare of a child contact the Southampton Children's Resources Service on 023 8083 3004.

Call 999 if you are concerned that a child is in immediate danger.

Water safety is important for children of all ages. Drowning is among the leading causes of accidental deaths and claims the lives of more than 50 children every year in the UK. In the last five years, 50% of children aged seven and under who accidentally drowned did so at home. Accidental drownings reflect normal everyday activities, and can happen throughout every stage of life.

It is essential children know about water safety - even very young children can learn how to be safe near water. It is important to have a discussion about water safety with your child/children on a regular basis to ensure they are aware of the dangers and how to safely play in and around the water.

Teach your children the Water Safety Code

  • STOP AND THINK. Look for dangers. Always read the signs and understand what they mean
  • STAY TOGETHER. Never go near water on your own. Always have an adult with you
  • FLOAT. If you fall in or become tired, stay calm, float on your back and call for help. Throw something that floats to someone who has fallen in
  • CALL 999. Ask for the Fire Service when inland and the Coastguard if at the coast. Don't enter the water to rescue

Resources for parents and carers

Children are often drawn to open water, particularly during the summer months, this includes places such as the sea, lakes, reservoirs, ponds, canals, rivers, and even paddling pools.

Underestimating the dangers of water can have tragic consequences.

Bath safety SHOW

Toddler water safety SHOW

Paddling pool safety SHOW

Beach safety SHOW

Open water safety SHOW