Woolworths Childsafe Research and Educational Centre

Childsafe South Africa has a dedicated Research and Educational Centre built at the Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital, where their experienced staff focuses on improving child safety and injury prevention. The Woolworths Childsafe Research and Educational Centre offers education and skills training programmes to patients' families as well as the general public on child safety. It also conducts essential research through the collection of relevant trauma data. By providing input into child safety legislation, adequate and appropriate standards regarding children's products and safer environments are created. The centre hosts a 'Safety Demonstration House' that models existing setups in lower income households where parents/care-givers can learn how to best assemble their home (particularly kitchen, bathroom and living room areas) to prevent and reduce the incidence of child accidents and injuries.


Under FedEx’s sponsorship, The Walk this Way project has been opportune to continue its implementation of multi-level pedestrian safety interventions in low-income elementary schools located along ‘high-risk route’ areas in South Africa. 2017 saw the scale up from five to 10 schools across Cape Town and Johannesburg.

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Safe Travel to School PROGRAMME

The Safe Travel to School Programme (STTS) launched in 2014 and has seen remarkable and unprecedented growth since then. The Programme is a collaboration between Discovery and Childsafe aiming to help make the daily journey to and from school a safer one for children, by focussing on the learner transport driver.

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safer candle project

The safer candle project was researched and developed in 2005/2006 by Dorothy Schulman (a childsafe volunteer and retired registered nurse) following thousands of shack fires in informal settlements in Cape Town. Its aim is to reduce fires causing severe burns and often death in children and adults; and to reduce the destruction of homes and property especially in impoverished communities.

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