Tools for child passenger safety technicians and advocates in Atlantic Canada
- Newsletter: Sign up for the Car Seat Connection Newsletter for news, events and information for Atlantic Canada from Child Safety Link.
- Facebook: Join us at Atlantic Tech Talk to connect with others locally who are supporting child passenger safety in their communities.
- NEW: Please click here to register for The Link: Atlantic Children’s Injury Prevention Community
The Link is a new Community of Practice (CoP) run by Child Safety Link, IWK Health. The Link is an online community for professionals, colleagues, and like-minded individuals that aims to bridge the gap, as children’s injury prevention is related to the work we all do across various sectors. This community will house events, webinars, grant opportunities, promotional materials, as well as act as a space for open dialogue, questions, networking, and collaboration.
Resources for families
View the Car seat and booster seat safety resources for families including videos, a postcard, posters and fact sheets for each stage. Order print versions of these resources for free within the Atlantic provinces. Families with questions can also call our toll-free number at 1-866-288-1388.
New resources provide basic information on child passenger safety basics in the form of videos, posters and print resources in nine languages: English, French, Mi’kmaq, Arabic, Nepalese, Mandarin Chinese, Somali, Swahili and Tigrinya. The video, “Is Your Child in the Right Seat?” walks the viewer through each of the stages of car seats and booster seats, from the first ride home with a new baby, to determining when a child can safely use the adult seat belt.
- The Right Seat resources – supporting all families, but especially designed for newcomer families.
- The Right seat resources – supporting all families, with images especially designed to support Indigenous families in Atlantic Canada.
Do you need photos for a poster or display? We have a photobank with photos of local kids in current, Canadian car seats and booster seats.
Booster seat lesson plan
This 20-minute intervention is evidence-based and well received by children and schools.
This program is a part of the NS curriculum for Grade two and can positively influence booster seat use for this age group.
A letter had been sent to schools in Nova Scotia in collaboration with the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. English / French
Additional resources to support the lesson plan include:
- Certificates for the lesson plan: English / French
- Photo story to support the lesson plan: English / French
- Frequently asked questions about booster seats: English
- *New* Posters to support the lesson plan: English / French / Arabic / Mi’kmaq
Tools for law enforcement
There is evidence for enforcement checks creating community awareness for the need to use car seats and booster seats while reaching families who need support.
- The Roadside Checkpoint Toolkit can help you plan one in your community.
- Wallet cards for police officers in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island.
- Video for police officers on YouTube.
Tools for hospitals and primary health clinics/public health
- Policy and education: The IWK’s evidence-based Infant Car Seat Education Policy is available to review alongside the Nova Scotia Health Infant Car Seat Education policy.
- Resources for nurses to support this policy include a nurse pocket-reference card and an LMS learning module (sample).
The following resources can be ordered at no cost to distribute to all families of newborns on discharge:
Guidance for well-baby visits: This guidance document was created by request with talking points for key well-baby visits that align with the Rourke baby record. Print resources to support this education can be ordered at no cost.
Tools for community service or child care organizations
There is a car seat, booster seat, and seat belt basics workshop for program staff, social workers, volunteers, and care providers who transport children. This 2-3 hour online, on-demand workshop will guide participants through the basics of child passenger safety. Child Safety Link can offer this program at no cost to organizations throughout Atlantic Canada, through a partnership with the Child Passenger Safety Association of Canada. Proof of completion is provided. This is not a certification program. Email Katherine.firstname.lastname@example.org for codes to access this program at no cost.
Other resources developped for past initatives
Road Map: Is your child in the right seat? (poster) PNG format PDF format
Feuille de route: Votre siège d’auto convient-il à votre enfant (affiche) format PNG format PDF
Top 5 for a safe ride (checklist) en français
Other tools for technicians
- Check forms: can be printed or you can order them for free.
- Manual: CPSTs can login on CPSAC.org and download the technician manual.
CPS reports and resources
- Infographic: Kids in Cars in Atlantic Canada – What You Need to Know
- Highlights from the Nova Scotia Child Passenger Safety Strategy from 2005-2015
- Child Passenger Safety Primer (overview of the issue)
Ordering CSL Resources
Child Safety Link offers many different educational resources for parents and families. The most requested resources can be ordered at no cost to you by completing this order form.