ACRI - Australian child restraint resource initiative – is the No 1 – number one - place to gain training on child restraint use and understanding issues in Australia.
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 covered.
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, read here: Capsule, chair, booster, toddler car seat, infant restraint combination restraint, convertible restraint, because of the road rules and to avoid a fine. No they don’t. Child restraint products ‘have to be used to provide a safer environment for the smaller passengers who are;
1. At risk of using an inappropriate restraint system, read ‘Seat belt’. Or....
2. Under developed, physically and can benefit from specific injury protection practices.
They are the only two reasons that child restraint systems need to be used. The Road rule is only the ‘Big stick’ approach to ‘making people do something’ in protecting child automotive passengers. It has never been the pinnacle practice to aim for as it’s an absolute minimum approach.
Do we need the 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 dis-empower the day to day user. One 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 not a comfort device.