Child car seat advice

Child being secured into a car seat.

We offer free, impartial advice on choosing and fitting your child car seat. In addition, we offer training to local retailers to ensure you receive all the specialist advice you need.

Recent research shows that, despite the introduction of ISOFIX (International Standards Organisation Fix), almost two out of three car seats are still not fitted correctly.

Child car seats and the law

Since 2006, the law states that all children must use a car seat or high-back booster until they are 135cms tall (4ft 5") or reach their 12th birthday.

Seatbelts are designed for use by adults who are 5ft and taller.  Without the appropriate child car seat to redirect the belt, the seatbelt alone will sit high across a child’s tummy and cut across the neck with potentially life-changing consequences.

In car safety

We will consider the provision of specialist car seats or alternative in car safety equipment for children who have been assessed by a health care professional or the children with disabilities, social care occupational therapy team. 

Requests will also be considered where a family are in receipt of child in need support and who may require assistance to purchase a specialist car seat. 

For more information contact children's referral and assessment team.

Free child car seat checking events

Do you want peace of mind that your child's car seat is correctly fitted or do you simply need advice?

Please see the dates and locations where our experts will be on hand to check existing seats or give advice. No appointment necessary.

Car seat centre

Try before you buy

Not every car seat fits every car.  Before buying a seat, come along and view our large selection of seats to find which one fits your car. We offer friendly help and advice to parents, grandparents and carers on the correct use and fitting of all child car seats.

Already have a seat? 

We can check it is fitted properly to give you peace of mind and help keep your precious cargo safe.

Book an appointment

We do not sell seats, we can only provide advice. The service is free to anyone who lives or works in the London Borough of Bromley and who transports children in their car.

Book a free one hour appointment 

Our car seat fitting centre is based at: Community Vision Children & Family Centre, Woodbine Grove, London SE20 8UX.

Please note that the car seat centre closes at the end of March 2020.



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Tel: 020 8313 4546

Civic Centre, Stockwell Close, Bromley, BR1 3UH