Culture of Safety
In programs, all managers, staff, and families embrace the belief that children have the right to be safe by creating a culture of safety. They provide "an environment that encourages people to speak up about safety concerns, makes it safe to talk about mistakes and errors, and encourages learning from these events." Children are safer when managers, staff, and families work together to improve the strategies they use in homes, centers, and the community so children don't get hurt. Explore the resources below to learn more about creating a culture of safety.
10 Actions to Create a Culture of Safety
New! Head Start program managers, staff, and families keep children safe by creating a culture of safety. Everyone contributes to an environment that allows people to speak up about safety concerns. They also make it all right to talk about mistakes and errors, and encourage learning from these events. Children are safer when everyone works together to improve the strategies they use in homes, centers, and the community. Explore 10 Actions to Create a Culture of Safety [PDF, 810KB] to learn more. Note: This resource is under review.
Culture of Safety Video Series
It's important to understand that injuries are not accidents. Most injuries are predictable and can be avoided. This Health Chat is intended to introduce Head Start and Early Head Start staff to safety and injury prevention strategies and resources. Presenters focus on how to make your program an agent for change using the first four actions in "10 Actions to Create a Culture of Safety" as a guide.
This is the second of a two-part presentation. During this Health Chat, presenters continue discussing the topic of safety and injury prevention focusing on actions five through 10 in the "10 Actions to Create a Culture of Safety."
A Home Visitor’s Guide to Safety Conversations [PDF, 942KB]
Safety and Injury Prevention Resource List [PDF, 204KB]
Public Playground Safety Handbook [PDF, 1.1MB]
Manual de Seguridad para Parques Infantiles Públicos [PDF, 2.5MB]
CFOC Incident Report Form [PDF, 164KB]
- Supervising Children on Head Start Buses
- Keeping Children Safe Using Active Supervision
- Digging Deeper Into Safety and Injury Prevention Data
Last Reviewed: November 2015
Last Updated: February 7, 2017