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Last edited
Retrospectively registered
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Recruitment status
No longer recruiting

Plain English Summary

Not provided at time of registration

Trial website

Contact information



Primary contact

Prof Denise Kendrick


Contact details

University of Nottingham
Division of Primary Care
14th Floor
Tower Building
University Park
United Kingdom

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Study information

Scientific title

Keeping children safe at home: cluster randomised controlled trial of the implementation of an injury prevention briefing in children's centres for the prevention of specific types of injuries


Study hypothesis

Many children have accidents, some are very serious and they are a major cause of death in children aged 1-4 years. Many accidents are preventable This study aims to find out the best way to help Children’s Centres to provide home safety information about preventing fires to parents and carers of young children.

36 Children’s Centres in four study centres (Nottingham, Bristol, Norwich, Newcastle) will be recruited to the study. 30 families will be recruited from each Children’s Centre. Children's Centres serving the most deprived populations will be eligible to take part . Families will be eligible to take part if they have attended a participating Children’s Centre in the previous three months, have parents who are 16 years or older, have a child under three years old and live within the catchment area of that Children’s Centre. When 30 families have been recruited that Centre will be allocated, at random, to one of three groups. Children's Centres in group one will be provided with guidance about preventing fire-related injuries (an Injury Prevention Briefing (IPB))and help and support to implement the IPB, the second group will be sent the IPB and the third group will not be provided with the IPB (“usual care”). Children's Centres will devise their own programmes of safety advice for parents based on the IPB.

At recruitment and 12 months later, families and Children's Centres will complete questionnaires about fire safety practices. Children’s Centres will also complete a paper-based tool about the implementation process at 12 months. Information about barriers and facilitators to implementing the IPB will be collected through interviews with Children’s Centre staff.

Ethics approval

Current ethics approval as of 06/02/2019:
Derbyshire Research Ethics Committee, 18/03/2011, ref. 11/EM/0011.
University of the West of England, Bristol, Research Ethics Committee, 22/07/2011, ref. HSC/11/06/61.

Previous ethics approval:
First MREC, 18/03/2011, ref: 11/EM/0011

Study design

Randomised interventional prevention process of care study

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Secondary study design

Randomised controlled trial

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Trial type


Patient information sheet

Not available in web format, please use the contact details below to request a patient information sheet


Primary Care Research Network for England


Injury Prevention Briefing
This arm will be sent the IPB to use, but will not receive facilitation to implement it.

Injury Prevention Briefing + Children's Centres allocated to the Injury Prevention Briefing (IPB):
Facilitation will be provided with an IPB (developed by the study team) that documents evidence based interventions known to reduce injuries, and strategies to get these into practice. The research team will facilitate the use of the IPB in this group.

Usual care group:
Will receive usual care delivered by Children's Centres.

Follow Up Length: 12 months

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Not Applicable

Drug names

Primary outcome measure

The proportion of families who have a fire escape plan (ascertained from self-completion questionnaire measured at 12 months

Secondary outcome measures

No secondary outcome measures

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Reason abandoned (if study stopped)


Participant inclusion criteria

There are two levels of participation:
1. Children's Centres as participants, who will be delivering the intervention
2. Families as participants, who will be receiving the intervention

Children’s Centres:
Phase 1 Children’s Centres in the four study areas (Nottingham, Newcastle, Bristol and Norwich)
Phase 2 Children’s Centres in more disadvantaged areas (defined as those who have more than 50% of under 5 year-old children in their Centre catchment area who live in one of the 30% most disadvantaged Super Output Areas).

Any family who has attended the participating Children’s Centre in the previous three months, who have a child under three years old, and lives within the catchment area of that Children’s Centres.
Male or female participants, aged over 16 years.

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Target number of participants

Planned Sample Size: 1080; UK Sample Size: 1080; Description: 36 Children’s Centres 30 parents from each Children’s centre = 1080

Participant exclusion criteria

Children’s Centres:
Phase 2 Children’s Centres that are not in more disadvantaged areas as defined above and phase 3 or subsequent wave Children’s Centres.

1. Families who attend a participating Children’s Centre who do not have any children under the age of 3 years
2. Any parent who is under-16 years of age

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Countries of recruitment

United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

University of Nottingham
United Kingdom

Sponsor information


University of Nottingham (UK)

Sponsor details

Research Innovation Services
Kings Meadow Campus
Lenton Lane
United Kingdom

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Funder name

NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research (UK) ref: RP-PG-0407-10231

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Results and Publications

Publication and dissemination plan

Not provided at time of registration

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Participant level data

Not provided at time of registration

Basic results (scientific)

Publication list

1. 2014 protocol in:
2. 2014 qualitative study results in:
3. 2015 results in:
4. 2015 results in:
5. 2015 recruitment and retention strategies in:
6. 2017 results in:
7. 2017 results in:

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Additional files

Editorial Notes

06/02/2019: The following changes were made: 1. The primary contact was updated. 2. The ethics approval was updated. 3. Publication references added. 31/05/2016: Publication reference added.