The Keep Watch campaign has been running for over 20 years and aims to prevent drowning deaths of children under five years. Drowning is one of the leading causes of death in young children. Between 1 July 2002 and 30 June 2016, 430 children drowned in Australian waterways.
These deaths can often be prevented by proper supervision. Simple, everyday distractions can take your attention away for a matter of seconds, but that’s all it takes for a child to drown.
All the items on the site relate to common distractions that have cost a child’s life. So our key message is simple – Always Keep Watch.
Children under 5 need all of your attention, all of the time. The Keep Watch program teaches four key actions:
2. Restrict Access
3. Water Awareness
A young child left unattended by the pool can drown in less than 60 seconds. Quicker than it takes to go inside and check the oven. No distraction is worth a child’s life.
Keep Watch, no matter what.
We work in collaboration with various life saving and child care NGOs from where we learnt that the first 1-2 minutes are very important while you are in a situation where a child has just drowned. Also, there are several programs conducted by the Australian Government that train parents and their child as to how to stay safe and how to immediately react in such situation. After this training program, the amount of child deaths due to drowning has considerably reduced in Australia. Child safety to the fullest laws have bought a lot of migrants to Australia. If you would like to shift to Australia, you can check this article on ‘How to Immigrate to Australia‘.