ACRI - Australian child restraint resource initiative – is the number one source of training on child restraint use and understanding issues in Australia. We offer specialised training programs for specific workplace environments.
New South Wales, Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Northern Territory, Australian Capital Territory, Queensland are all catered for by our services. Family day care, automotive service, repair, new car sales, professional installation or fitting services, nannies, child care and Family and community services. The car rental industry is also catered for.
ACRI specialises in sharing solutions for easy understanding of child restraint use issues. Improving child restraint safety for all of our littlest road users and making it easier for parents to satisfy themselves that they are doing it right. Media articles from all stakeholder sectors have been used to highlight that parents ‘Have to use’ child restraints, but have generally failed in making it simpler for everyone.
One example is that people have been told that they need to use a child restraint, (ie: Capsule, chair, booster, toddler car seat, infant restraint combination restraint, convertible restraint etc:) because of the road rules and to avoid a fine. But actually that's not why they have to use them at all.
Child restraint products ‘have' to be used to provide a safer environment for our smaller passengers who may either be;
1. At risk when using an inappropriate restraint system, such as a ‘Seat belt’. Or....
2. They're under-developed physically and can benefit from specific injury protection devices and practices.
These are the reasons that child restraint systems need to be used. The Road rule is the ‘Big stick’ approach to make people do something in protecting child automotive passengers. The road rule has never been the pinnacle practice to aim for as it’s a minimum approach. It's just one step up from doing nothing at all.
Do we need child restraint road rules? Of course, as unfortunately, while we have the culture we currently have there will always be those who don’t act unless threatened by an authority.
Sadly, the child restraint road rules and child restraint use generally have been promoted in ways that disempower the day to day user.
An example of this is the over importance placed on comfort inserts. These may offer some protection from abrasions in some cases, but in most practical usage we find that they hamper correct use of the harness either through twists and or maladjustment. The harness is where the focus should be first, not toward a comfort device.
Another example is to do with car seat or baby capsule installations. Poor messages parents have received over many years include, that they couldn't possibly do the installation themselves and that they must rely on a 'licensed' installer. Both are unhelpful beliefs. Every parent/carer should start their child restraint experience by getting familiar with their restraint gaining understand about how its used, which includes the installation and proving to themselves that they can do it. Secondly, it's largely irrelevant who carries out the initial installation aspect if the day to day user hasn't been briefed on how to monitor its installation as well as correct configuration and use factors every trip.
ACRI providers are trained to empower parents and carers via their services and not create dependency. See our 'Code of Practice'.