The Institute of Home Safety started in 1976 as the Association of Home Safety Officers. In 1988 at its AGM the Association agreed to amend the constitution to become an Institute. Anyone who has an involvement with home safety will be aware that there are limited opportunities for training. In fact, those entering the field for the first time often find themselves at a loss as to where to start.

The Institute works towards raising the profile of home safety in order to try and keep it firmly on everyone’s agenda and continues to campaign to make it a statutory function, similar to that of road safety. There is also still a need to ensure that there is adequate funding and resources dedicated to its promotion.

The Institute is represented on several national committees, including the RoSPA National Home and Leisure Safety Committee and has been involved in the past with the Department of Health Accident Prevention Task Force, Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT), and the Parliamentary All-Party Working Group on Home Safety. It is regularly consulted on many issues involving safety equipment and new legislation. Members of the Executive Committee meet regularly with other safety organisations to assist in the formulation of accident prevention modules in recognised training courses.

Members come from many and varied backgrounds: Consumer Protection, Environmental Health, Trading Standards, Public Safety, Health Promotion, Public Safety , Health Authorities and commercial businesses interested in promoting child safety.

In 2012 Mary Creagh MP kindly agreed to become our President.

Mary Creagh