Posted on November 25, 2015

Hamad International Training Center (HITC) recently held a training course on the safe transport of children with special needs. Part of the successful Child Passenger Safety Training (CPST) courses at HITC, the course was designed to help families of special needs children to find safe and practical solutions to keep their children safe in cars.

The two-day course was conducted by Professor Marilyn Bull and her assistant, Mr. Jason Skinner from The National Center for the Safe Transportation of Children with Special Healthcare Needs, USA. It was attended by healthcare workers (who are already trained by HITC/ Kulluna to be Child Passenger Safety Technicians – CPSTs) who are actively working with children with special needs and their families. “Some children have special requirements which prevent them from fitting into an ordinary car seat safely,” said Dr. Khalid Abdulnoor Saifeldeen, Director of Hamad International Training Center.

HITC has bought specialized car seats that can accommodate a range of physical and behavioral issues that can be used in family vehicles, school buses or ambulances. The seats cater for all ages from newborn up to young adults. “The course itself was a mixture of lectures, workshops and practical exercises using real cars and the special car seats. On the second day some families with special needs children joined the course to receive specific help and advice on keeping their children safely and appropriately restrained in their cars,” Dr. Saifeldeen said.

He mentioned that it was the first time the course had been conducted in the region. “HITC is delighted that we will now be able to give parents, families and care givers advice and support on keeping all children in Qatar safe when being transported in a car,” he said. ConocoPhillips Qatar President, Gary Sykes commented, “Safety is the ultimate core value at ConocoPhillips and as founding sponsor we are glad to see Kulluna’s CPST taking it to another level, reaching out to all parents in the community and making sure that more children are safe.”

The CPST initiative was launched in 2013 in partnership with HITC, Safe Kids Worldwide and under the umbrella of Kulluna, with support from ConocoPhillips.