May 16, 2018

Water Safety Month


With the weather getting warmer and summer break around the corner, you'll likely be doing more water activities like swimming. Swimming is a fun activity and a great way to keep cool, but it’s important to know how to stay safe in and around water. Drowning is swift and silent - there may be little splashing or cries for help. It can take as few as 20 seconds to sink below the water and only minutes to drown, but you can stay safe by following these tips - whether around a bathtub, pond, lake, river, ocean, or pool.


Top Tips


  • Watch kids when they are in or around water, without being distracted. Keep young children within arm’s reach of an adult.
  • Empty all tubs, buckets, containers and kiddie pools immediately after use. Store them upside down so they don’t collect water.
  • Close toilet lids and use toilet seat locks to prevent drowning. Keep doors to bathrooms and laundry rooms closed.
  • Install fences around home pools. A pool fence should surround all sides of the pool and be at least four feet tall with self-closing and self-latching gates.
  • Know what to do in an emergency. Learning CPR and basic water rescue skills may help you save a life


DCF Water Safety for Kids


The Center’s Prevention Publications - including a section on Water & Summer Safety


QPI Pool & Water Safety Training Video

Recently Added Resources:




Psychotherapeutic Psychotropic Medication


Florida's Child Welfare Professional Training: Claiming Title IV-E Training Costs


Special Education: An Overview

Upcoming Events

QPI FL Live Webinar: A Relentless Pursuit towards Permanency: Tools and Skills to Help Children Achieve Permanency, Thursday, May 31, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (Eastern)


The Permanency Values training is designed to explore the importance of permanency and create a sense of urgency around achieving permanency for youth in out-of-home care. Permanency can provide stability and lifelong support for youth in care. However, achieving permanency for older youth with multiple placements over multiple years in care is frequently challenging. This training provides a compelling case for permanency, and effective tools and strategies to increase the likelihood of achieving permanency for older youth.


Click HERE for additional information and to register.


The Florida Coalition for Children 2018 Annual Conference, July 23 - 25, 2018, Boca Raton, FL


The conference will be focused on the agencies and individuals who work on the behalf of Florida’s abused, abandoned, neglected and at-risk children. The conference is expected to see over 700 attendees, 30 exhibitors and provide access to over 24 continuing education units.


Click HERE for additional information and to register.




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