With the goal of informing and training on the most important aspects of young children's safety, the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia UNED (the Spanish distance education university) and Fundación MAPFRE have launched a new ‘Infant and child safety in cars' course.
The course will be taught on an open platform from 18 November to 20 December. Registration opens on 11 November and is completely free. There are approximately 25 hours of class. Furthermore, you have the option of getting European course credits through ECTS, the European Credit Transfer System.
The goal is for everyone who completes the course to be able to pass this knowledge on to the people around them who also transport children in their vehicles. The fact remains that adults are the only people responsible for the safety of young children when they travel. If children are traveling in the safest way possible, this contributes to improving children's road safety and reducing the number of children injured in road accidents.
The course is designed for anyone who transports children by car and wishes to improve their knowledge of children's road safety, i.e., medical professionals such as gynecologists; midwives, pediatricians; child car seat manufacturers and retailers; road safety education teachers and trainers; car dealership employees; workers at educational centers such as schools or day care centers; police and traffic officers; child minders and experts in road safety such as investigators or prosecutors, among others.
The course will be analyzing road accident rates and current legislation in detail. Following on from this, there will be a particular focus on the different kinds of child restraint systems available and how young children should travel by car from birth until they reach the point when they can use a seat belt. The course also underscores how important it is for children to travel in a rear-facing position for as long as possible, how pregnant women should travel by car and whether or not they can drive and the most frequent mistakes made when installing child car seats as well as practical tests of CRS use, among other topics.
The teaching body for this course is comprised of:
- Ms. Rosa Goig Martínez, from the Research and Diagnostics Methods in Education I Department of the UNED's Faculty of Education
- Mr. José Quintanal Díaz, from the Research and Diagnostics Methods in Education I Department of the UNED's Faculty of Education
- Mr. Jesús Monclús González, from Fundación MAPFRE
- Mr. Fernando Camarero Rodríguez, from Fundación MAPFRE