Category Archives: Initiatives & Campaigns

UK: SAFETY TIPS FOR CYCLISTS IN LONDON

UK: NEW FALLS INFORMATION ZONE TO SUPPORT OLDER PEOPLE AT RISK OF A FALL

A new information zone to support older people at risk of a fall has been launched on NHS inform.  The Falls Information Zone has been developed by Scottish Government’s Falls Programme team in association with NHS 24 Health Information Services.

Falls amongst older people are extremely common and are often associated with injury, hospitalisation and loss of confidence and independence. However, falls are not an inevitable consequence of getting older. Simple steps can be taken by older people, their families and carers to reduce their risk of falling and the risk of harming themselves if they do fall.  The new Falls Information Zone provides quality assured information for people at risk of falling, their carer’s and families to help reduce the physical, emotional and psychological harm caused by falls.

As well as providing information on the causes of falls, when to seek help and support, and what to do in the event of a fall, detailed advice and information is offered on ‘Keeping Well’ and ‘Safety at Home’.  The Zone also features short films demonstrating strength and balance exercises, information on falls and dementia, and a comprehensive section on fear and anxiety about falling. Visit: nhsinform.co.uk/falls.

WORLD: HARD-HITTING VIDEO COULD SAVE TODDLERS’ LIVES

Footage showing how easy it is for a toddler to be killed by household furniture has been released by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.  In it, a dummy is crushed by a falling chest of drawers and television.

Further Information: http://www.anchorit.gov/

UK: ROSPA’S 2ND FAMILY SAFETY WEEK

Monday, March 2 marked the beginning of RoSPA’s second national Family Safety Week

ENGLAND: SUICIDE PREVENTION: SECOND ANNUAL REPORT

This report summarises the latest trends, research and developments on suicide prevention in England

The report:

  • calls on services to be more ambitious about suicide prevention, and challenge the assumption that suicide is inevitable
  • highlights 3 areas in England that have already adopted a zero suicide ambition
  • outlines how services can improve by adopting this new attitude and effective interventions

The annual report has been prepared with the input of leading experts in the field of suicide prevention, including the members of the National Suicide Prevention Strategy Advisory Group.

FURTHER INFORMATION: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/suicide-prevention-second-annual-report

ENGLAND: DFT CYCLING DELIVERY PLAN

The Department of Transport has outlined a10 year strategy on plans to increase cycling and walking across England.

The cycling delivery plan includes an ambition to double cycling levels by 2025 and increase the percentage of school children aged 5 to 10 years walking to school to 55% by 2025.

WORLD: NEW STUDY HIGHLIGHTS NEED TO SCALE UP VIOLENCE PREVENTION EFFORTS GLOBALLY

The Global status report on violence prevention 2014 reveals that 475 000 people were murdered in 2012, and homicide is the third leading cause of death globally for males aged 15-44 years, highlighting the urgent need for more decisive action to prevent violence.

UK: CHILD SAFETY WEEK IS COMING EARLY THIS YEAR

This year Child Safety Week comes early, running from Monday 1 to Sunday 7 June

WALES: NEW GUIDANCE ON MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS AND SUBSTANCE MISUSE PROBLEMS

Having both a mental health problem and a substance misuse problem – whether severe or moderate – can cause people and their families’ significant distress. The new guildlines will ensure services deliver: Prevention and early intervention; A holistic, person centred approach; Good communication; Co-production and Prudent healthcare

The Welsh Government is investing more than £580m in mental health services in 2015-16, with some £50m being invested in programmes to tackle drug and alcohol misuse over the same period

 

WORLD: WHO: INJURIES AND VIOLENCE: THE FACTS 2014

A new document by WHO highlights that more than 5 million people die each year as a result of injuries, resulting from acts of violence against oneself or others, road traffic crashes, burns, drowning, falls, and poisonings, among other causes.

 

EUROPE: CHILD MALTREATMENT: ACTION PLAN FOR WHO– EUROPE

On 17 September 2014 the 64th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe adopted a resolution to implement the European child maltreatment prevention action plan 2015–2020.

 

ENGLAND: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TOOLKITS

Public Health England has supported two initiatives to raise awareness and tackle the problem of domestic violence:

  • the ‘Intervention Initiative toolkit’ – an educational toolkit and programme to encourage students to stand up against and prevent sexual coercion and domestic abuse in university settings. The programme is to be used by universities, ideally as part of their curriculum.
  • the ‘violence toolkit for business’ – a guide and toolkit aimed at businesses that lack an infrastructure to deal with domestic violence. This provides resources for businesses to take part in the ‘16 Days of Action’ campaign (25 November to 10 December) and to raise awareness of an issue that impacts health, wellbeing, absence and turn over in the workplace.

INTERVENTION INITIATIVE TOOLKIT: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/bl/research/interventioninitiative/thetoolkit.aspx

VIOLENCE TOOLKIT FOR BUSINESS: http://16daysofaction.co.uk/

 

WORLD: SOCIAL MEDIA SUICIDE PREVENTION TOOL

Facebook have launched a new tool in the US to help users who are worried about a friends risk of suicide.  If an individual sees a concerning post they can report it to facebook.  Facebook then reviews the post  and if the person is thought to be in distress then suggestions for getting help will display when they next log on.

SCOTLAND: NEW WATER SAFETY INITIATIVE

A new water safety group has been established by RoSPA Scotland to prevent drowning and water–related deaths across Scotland. One of the first actions of ‘Scotland’s Water Safety Reference Group’ has been to issue a new document the ‘Water Safety Policy in Scotland – A Guide’. This guide  sets out key information to enable local authorities to create a localised water safety policy.

 

 

WORLD: WHO GLOBAL REPORT ON DROWNING AND EUROPEAN COMMENTARY

The World Health Organization (WHO) has published  the ‘Global report on drowning – preventing a leading killer’.

Drowning claims the lives of 372 000 people a year worldwide, with over 90% of these deaths occurring in low- and middle-income countries. In the WHO European Region, drowning causes the loss of 37 000 lives every year. It is the second leading cause of death in children aged 5–14 years and the fourth leading cause among young people aged 15–29 years.

WORLD: BURN AWARENESS WEEK 2015

Burn Awareness Week, observed during the first full week of February, is designed to provide an opportunity for burn, fire and life safety educators to unite in sharing a common burn awareness and prevention message in our communities. The Burn Prevention Network joined with the America Burn Association on focusing on getting the word out about scald prevention.

 

 

UK: HEALTH & SAFETY FAILINGS: THE DEVASTATING COSTS IN NUMBERS

When an organisation has a strong health and safety record, a serious accident seems like a distant possibility. However, nobody is immune – just one slip-up could realise your worst fears. The following infographic is a reminder that the financial and personal cost of failure is high. Whilst prevention is the best cure, it’s essential that even the best health and safety management systems include contingency plans to be followed in the event of a major accident or incident.

 

UK: THE ABC OF OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH (OSH)

As every safety and health professional knows, there’s a near endless list of issues which need to be considered if we are going to ensure every employee returns safely home to their families each night. In the short posts below, RoSPA look at the first 12 letters of the alphabet and what they mean for the OSH professional…

PART 1: http://rospaworkplacesafety.com/2015/01/15/the-abc-of-osh-part-1-2/

PART 2: http://rospaworkplacesafety.com/2015/02/03/the-abc-of-osh-part-2/

 

SCOTLAND: CHILD LIQUITAB INJURIES ‘PLUMMET’ IN GLASGOW AREA AFTER CAMPAIGN

Children can mistake liquitabs for sweets, due to their bright colours and jelly-like texture.

NHS GCC launched “Not for play – keep them away” together with the Royal Society for the Protection of Accidents (RoSPA).  As part of the campaign, families were given free cupboard catchers and information packs, containing instructions on how to keep all household cleaning products securely stored away from children.

 

UK: GAS SAFETY WEEK 2014 REPORT

Gas Safety Week, coordinated by Gas Safe Register, took place from 15th– 21st September 2014.  The aim was to raise awareness of gas safety in the home.

“New research, carried out among registered engineers, revealed that at least 68,000 homes escaped from deadly gas incidents, such as gas leaks, fires, explosions and deadly carbon monoxide poisoning, in the last year. Around half of these dangerous appliances were attributed to the fact that people had failed to get their gas appliance regularly serviced and it had been left in a poor state” Taken from the Gas Safety Week 2014 Report.

UK: ‘KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE AT HOME’ PROGRAMME

Every year in the UK, over a quarter of a million children under the age or 5 have to go to hospital because of a fall, scald or swallowing something that may be harmful. Most of these accidents happen in the home or garden.

Not much is known about the best ways of stopping accidents at home, which is why University of Nottingham are doing this study. The aim is to develop guidelines (“Injury Prevention Briefings”) for organisations who work with children about important home safety advice for families, and the best way in which to provide this.

 

 

UK: NEW INVENTION PROVIDES PROTECTION AGAINST HAIR STRAIGHTENER BURNS AND HOUSE FIRES

CAPT has teamed up with AOK-Design to raise awareness of the high number of accidental burns from hair straighteners and the risk of house fires from hair appliances left switched on.

AOK-Design have created the DAIO™ (pictured), a stylish but safe way of storing hair straighteners, curling tongs and styling wands

 

WALES: PUBLIC HEALTH WALES SUPPORTS ‘GAS SAFETY ROADSHOW’ FOR SCHOOLS IN SOUTH WALES

The Gas Safety Charity is running a programme which aims to teach school-age children in South Wales the importance of gas safety.  The charity are using a theatre roadshow to deliver the important messages of gas safety.

SCOTLAND: KEEPING SCOTLAND’S OLDER PEOPLE SAFE FROM FIRE IN 2015

Scotland’s Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) have released adverts on how to protect yourself and older people in the community from preventable house fires. The SFRS has urged the pubic to arrange Home Fire Safety Visits  where local firefighters will come out to the property to check for fire hazards and to provide advice

 

ENGLAND: FALLS AND FRAGILITY FRACTURES POPULATION HEALTHCARE PROGRAMME LAUNCH

Public Health England launched the Falls and Fragility Fractures (FFF) Population Healthcare Programme at an event held 4 December in London.

The Programme, involving partnership work between Public Health England, the ‘Better Value Healthcare’s FFF Population Healthcare Programme’ and local stakeholders, aims to support service improvement through the collection and sharing of evidence based outcome data.

 

UK : ‘GOT YA BACK’ CAMPAIGN

Students from the City of Bath College have launched a campaign aimed at ensuring young people get home safe after a night out. The campaign hopes to encourage students to carry ICE (in case of emergency) cards as well as working with taxi operators, pub and club owners to help young people get home safely.

 

SCOTLAND: NEW ROAD SAFETY APP FOR CHILDREN

A new road safety app aimed at 8-11 year olds has been downloaded over 17,000 times since it was launched just over a week ago by Transport Minister Derek Mackay. The app called ‘KLANG: The Road Home’ has been developed by Road Safety Scotland, part of Transport Scotland, and the Scottish Government using gaming technology to get across important road safety messages

UK: SAFETY SIGNPOST: ILLEGAL CAR SEATS THAT RIP APART ON IMPACT AT 30MPH HAVE BEEN DISCOVERED ON SALE IN THE UK

Surrey Trading Standards and Which? have issued a warning over illegal car seats that pose a serious threat to child safety. When the seats were tested it was found that the fabric did not meet the British safety standards.  CAPT is urging parents to buy car seats made by established companies, and where possible have them fitted by an expert.

 

WORLD: #SAVEKIDSLIVES

The #SaveKidsLives is a  Worldwide and official campaign for the Third United Nations Global Road Safety Week (4-10 May 2015). This campaign is calling for action to save children’s lives on the road around the World.

ENGLAND: TRAUMA AND INJURY PATHWAY DATA FOR CLINICAL COMMISSIONING GROUPS

‘Commissioning for Value’ data packs have been produced for each Clinical Commissioning Group in England through a collaboration between NHS England, Public Health England and NHS Right Care. New topic-specific ‘Pathways on a page’ packs, first published November 2014, address 13 conditions including a ‘Trauma & Injury Pathway’. The pathways are presented in chart form showing a series of indicators that depict the pathway from initial contact to end of treatment and how the CCG compares with a similar group of CCGs. The pack also picks out ‘headlines for your health economy’ for each CCG.

 

WORLD: BLOOMBERG INITIATIVE FOR GLOBAL ROAD SAFETY (BIGRS) 2015-2019

10 Cities and 5 countries have been selected to take part in the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS) 2015-2019. This programme aims to reduce fatalities and injuries from road traffic crashes in low- and middle-income countries.  The chosen cities will receive support in implementing road safety initiatives; technical assistance from the world’s leading road safety organizations and training to police officers and relevant staff.

EUROPE: HOME SAFETY VIDEO DEMONSTRATES HAZARDS FROM A TODDLER’S PERSPECTIVE

The following video was created Sicheres Vorarlberg, a safety organisation in Austria (http://www.sicheresvorarlberg.at/videothek/)

UK: ILLEGAL CAR SEATS THAT RIP APART ON IMPACT AT 30MPH HAVE BEEN DISCOVERED ON SALE IN THE UK

Surrey Trading Standards and Which? have issued a warning over illegal car seats that pose a serious threat to child safety.

UK: RoSPA RAISES AWARENESS OF CHILDREN’S RIGHT TO SAFETY IN THE HOME

It is up to parents to teach children how to stay safe, according to children in Scotland who took part in a home safety survey conducted by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

WORKBOOST WALES – FREE CONFIDENTIAL ADVICE ON HOW TO MAKE YOUR BUSINESS PLACE A SAFER PLACE TO WORK

Wookboost Wales offers free confidential and professional help on how to make your business a healthier and safer place to work..  For further information please click on the following link http://www.workboostwales.com/

 

ENGLAND: SUICIDE PREVENTION STRATEGY REPORT

The first annual report on England’s cross-government suicide prevention strategy, ‘Preventing Suicide in England: One Year On’, sets out key actions that local areas can take to prevent suicides.

It highlights the importance of responsive and high quality care for people who self-harm. It also includes a joint statement on better sharing of information between organisations and families to help prevent suicide.

FURTHER INFORMATION: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/progress-on-suicide-prevention

UK: ALL-PARTY PARLIAMENTARY GROUP ON ALCOHOL MISUSE MANIFESTO

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Alcohol Misuse is calling on political parties to commit to 10 measures to minimise alcohol-related harm in the UK. These have been picked up widely by the media, in particular the proposals to include a health warning on all alcohol labels and to reduce the blood alcohol limit for driving in England and Wales to 50mg/100ml.

UK: BBC PROGRAMME – PROTECTING OUR PARENTS

The BBC produced a documentary ‘Protecting our Parents’ based on the activity of Birmingham’s older adults care teams over the course of a year, from the perspective of the professionals, families and the elderly.

This was broadcast over 3 episodes 1 May to 17 April 2014 and featured issues such as the impact of falls. Although the programmes are no longer available to view online, the related BBC website provides a description of the episodes and a number of video clips.

The website also provides a number of statistics, including those relating to falls and fractures, and links to further useful resources.

FURTHER INFORMATION: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b041mq9q

 

ENGLAND: NICE GUIDANCE AND RESEARCH ON PREVENTING FALLS IN OLDER PEOPLE

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has updated the ‘Clinical Knowledge Summary’ on falls risk assessment and the ‘falls in older people pathway’, and also signposts on-going research .

CLINICAL KNOWLEDGE SUMMARY: http://cks.nice.org.uk/falls-risk-assessment#!topicsummary

FALLS IN OLDER PEOPLE PATHWAY: http://pathways.nice.org.uk/pathways/falls-in-older-people

ON-GOING RESEARCH:   https://www.evidence.nhs.uk/topic/falls

 

 

WORLD: WHO AIMS TO RELEASE THE GLOBAL REPORT ON DROWNING LATE 2014

The World Health Organization (WHO) aims to release the Global report on drowning prevention late 2014. This will cover drowning in all countries of the world across all ages, will set out what is known about drowning and drowning prevention, and will call for a substantial scaling-up of comprehensive efforts and resources targeted at prevention.

 

UK: GAS SAFETY WEEK 15th– 21st SEPTEMBER 2014 – FIGHTING FOR A GAS SAFE NATION

Gas Safe Register is launching its fourth national Gas Safety Week on the 15th– 21st September.Gas-Safety-Week-14-web-banner-300x250 Gas Safety Week is a national campaign to raise awareness of gas safety amongst the UK’s 23 million gas consumers. Its aim is to educate people on how to stay safe at home and protect themselves from the risks of unsafe gas appliances, such as carbon monoxide poisoning, gas leaks, fires and explosions. By law, only Gas Safe registered engineers can work on gas. So far over 1,400 organisations have pledged their support for the week to raise awareness of gas safety. They’re helping to remind the public to always check their engineer is registered and qualified for the work they need doing by checking their Gas Safe ID card. Have you pledged your support too? Further information: www.GasSafetyWeek.co.uk

ENGLAND: NEW RESOURCES TO SUPPORT THE USE OF HEALTH DATA IN LOCAL VIOLENCE PREVENTION

In Autumn 2014, the Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University, will be publishing a suite of resources to help local areas address and prevent violent behaviour. The resources* focus on the use of health data (e.g. emergency department, ambulance service and hospital admissions data) to inform the development and targeting of violence prevention activities, aiming to:

  • Detail the health data sources available at a local level and demonstrate how they can be analysed;
  • Highlight how health data can inform violence prevention, including practical examples of use from areas across England;
  • Provide guidance on setting up health data sharing systems, including good practice case studies from a range of locality types.

The resources have been produced as part of the project Optimising the use of health data in local violence prevention, funded by the Department of Health. *Resources will include: violence profiles, illustrating how health data can be analysed at a local level; good practice case studies, providing detailed accounts of data sharing systems between emergency departments and local partners; and a guide to using health data in local violence prevention. For further details see: http://www.cph.org.uk/optimising-the-use-of-nhs-intelligence-in-local-violence-prevention-and-measuring-its-impact-on-violence/ For more information please contact: Zara Quigg, Senior Researcher, CPH/LJMU, z.a.quigg@ljmu.ac.uk

WORLD: WHO-ONLINE LIBRARY OF ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGNS

WHO recently launched an online library of road safety video and audio campaigns to inspire governments and other agencies wishing to develop their own mass media campaigns.

UK: RoSPA LAUNCH NEW CHILD SAFETY SEAT WEBSITE

The UK charity RoSPA is launching its Child Car Seat website, offering advice on which seat to choose for your child and car and how to use them, the law and things drivers ought to know if they carry other people’s children in the car. This new website helps parents make the right choices.

UK: NO TO CO! – PETITION TO ENSURE CO ALARMS ARE FITTED WITH CARBON BURNING APPLIANCES

The family of a newlywed, who died of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, has set up an e-petition calling on the government for new legislation to ensure CO alarms are fitted with carbon burning appliances. RoSPA supports this suggestion, but warns that while an alarm will alert people to CO in the home, it is no substitute for using a registered engineer to ensure appliances are regularly serviced and maintained.

WORLD: JOIN THE WORLD’S LARGEST SWIMMING LESSON

Please join the international drowning prevention campaign by helping to spread the word about the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson (WLSL) taking place on Friday, June 20th, 2014. The WLSL event is a wonderful tool to help generate awareness about the vital importance of teaching children to swim.

UK: BLIND CORD SAFETY

It has come to light that a two year old girl has died after getting entangled in a window blind cord during a game of hide and seek with her older brother.  Her mother found her behind a curtain in their home in Sunderland – www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/sophie-allen-death-mums-agony-3470110.

Please can you all continue to raise awareness of the dangers surrounding looped cords to help prevent these tragic accidents from happening.  RoSPA have a lot of information on their website http://www.rospa.com/about/currentcampaigns/blindcords/ and please also have a look at the revised Make it Safe leaflet on blind cord safety

SCOTLAND: CHILD SAFETY SCOTLAND WEBSITE

To compliment the Go Safe Scotland resource, IOBI would like to bring your attention to the website that has been developed for parents’ and carers’ – www.childsafetyscotland.org.uk.   This site covers safety in the home, on the road and around water.  The site has information for parents that supports what children will be learning at primary school when using the Go Safe Scotland resource.  Within the site there is a Parents’ Safety Check that helps parents to identify a safe environment for their children and first aid information is also available.

SCOTLAND: HOME SAFETY SCOTLAND CHECKLIST UPDATED

Home Safety Scotland’s popular home safety checklist has now been updated.  The checklist was developed to assist people to identify the changes that will improve their safety and their family’s safety.  This resource can be used for all age groups and can be accessed via the HSS website.  For a direct link to the checklist please click here.

ENGLAND: LONDON TO BAN LORRIES WITH WHICH HAVE NO PROTECTION FOR CYCLISTS AND PEDESTRIANS

Officials to introduce requirement for trucks to fit side guards and better mirrors, with hefty charge for non-compliance.

 

UK: CAN A PAPER HELMET PROTECT CYCLISTS HEADS?

Half a million cycle trips are made each day in London, and a recent spate of deaths has put cycle safety at the top of the agenda.

One thing that can be important for safe cycling is a well-fitted cycle helmet.

Most helmets are made from polystyrene, but Dr Ayan Panja has been finding out how humble sheets of paper – arranged in an ingenious way – can offer even more protection.

 

UK: TAKE HEAD INJURIES SERIOUSLY AND TREAT QUICKLY, SAYS NICE

Children and adults who suffer a head injury should be taken straight to a hospital with resuscitation facilities to avoid potentially serious complications, including disability or death, says NICE.

In an update to existing guidelines, NICE stresses the importance of early detection and prompt treatment for head injuries. Patients who have suffered a head injury but also begin to show particular signs that the injury may be serious or potentially life-threatening, such as seizures, fracture skull or loss of consciousness, should be given a CT brain scan within one hour.

WORLD: LARGEST EVER GRANT ANNOUNCED FOR DROWNING PREVENTION

Bloomberg Philanthropies has announced a commitment of US$ 10 million to save children from drowning. The Bloomberg Philanthropies Drowning Prevention Project will have a major focus on children aged 1-4 years in Bangladesh, where drowning accounts for 43% of all deaths. Every year in Bangladesh, 12,000 children drown – the equivalent of 32 deaths every day.

 

WALES: NAPPY SACKS AWARENESS RAISING CAMPAIGN 2014

Children in Wales, Public Health Wales and the British Medical Association Cymru Wales have produced a poster highlighting the dangers of nappy sacks and how to reduce the risk of injury.  To inform parents and carers of young children, they are asking the children’s workforce in Wales to display the enclosed posters in their reception and waiting room areas.

Poster download:     www.childreninwales.org.uk/32896.file.dld

Leaflet download     www.childreninwales.org.uk/32897.file.dld

WORLD: WHO LAUNCHES NEW TOOL TO SUPPORT DEVELOPMENT OF STRONG ROAD SAFETY MASS MEDIA CAMPAIGNS

WHO has launched an online library of road safety mass media campaigns, a new resource for governments and civil society organizations. The library, which contains some of the world’s most impactful road safety video and audio campaigns, is intended as inspiration for those planning to produce their own campaigns by offering a range of creative ideas and concepts.

UK: NEW GAS MAP TOOL

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2014

Gas Map is a nationwide interactive map which shows consumers gas dangers and risks in their area simply by entering their postcode. It works in a similar way to the crime maps provided by the police, and is intended to inspire consumer behaviour change around gas safety, encouraging people to get their gas appliances checked or maintained by a Gas Safe registered engineer.

 

‘DEAR MOTORIST’- NEW INITIATIVE TO REDUCE CYCLING FATALITIES IN THE USA

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

In the last 10 years nearly 7,000 cyclists have been hit and killed in cyclist-motorist accidents. The goal of the ‘Dear Motorist’ initiative is to reduce that number by creating an alliance      between Cyclists and Motorists to be more aware of each other and to share the road. The website is encouraging cyclists and motorists to pledge to be more aware of their surroundings on the road, by committing to drive and cycle as responsibly as they can.

 

UK: BUILDING A CHILDREN’S BURNS RESEARCH NETWORK EVENT – 6TH JUNE 2014

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

The Children’s Burns Research Network will be holding our first showcase event next year with a one day meeting on ‘Building a Children’s Burns Research Network’ on 6th June 2014 at the Mshed, Bristol.

This event will be of interest to all disciplines working with children’s burns. The day will include international keynote speakers, presentations of current research, workshops to develop collaborative research ideas and evidence into practice sessions.

 

DISCLOSURES OF CHILDHOOD ABUSE

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

This NSPCC report describes the childhood experiences of abuse of 60 young men and women and how they sought help.

CAPT LAUNCHES 2013 BURNS AND SCALDS CAMPAIGN

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

CAPT have launched a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of burns and scalds and how to prevent them. Further information can be found at the following link:

 

 

TAKE ACTION TODAY – ROSPA ACTS ON CHILD POISONINGS

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

Every year thousands of infants need medical care for poisoning from products commonly found in and around the home, with on average 15 under-5s admitted to hospital each day due to suspected poisoning. With this in mind, RoSPA and the UK Cleaning Products Industry Association have launched a new campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of household cleaning products.

http://www.rospa.com/homesafety/adviceandinformation/childsafety/household-cleaning-products.aspx

CAMBRIDGESHIRE TAKES STEPS TO PROTECT BABIES AND TODDLERS FROM A SERIOUS ACCIDENT

Countries Covered: England
Date: 2013

From this Autumn, all new parents in Cambridgeshire will be given two of CAPT’s bestselling leaflets as part of a scheme to ensure they have good quality information on child health.
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DANGERS OF LIQUITABS – SCOTTISH PARLIAMENTARY RESPONSE

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date: 2013

On 11th September a Parliamentary question was lodged asking the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to warn parents and carers of the danger from children swallowing laundry or dishwasher tablets.  To see the response please click here.

INFOGRAPHIC- WASTED LIVES: CHILD ACCIDENTS AND DEATHS

Countries Covered: England and Wales
Date: 2013

The Safegaurding Children e-Academy has created an infographic giving information about child accidents and deaths. The resource is downloadable as a poster and gives statistics on the number of deaths, hospital admissions, and road accidents that occur in England and Wales. You can access this resource online at http://www.safeguardingchildrenea.co.uk/wasted_lives_child_accidents_and_deaths

MOTHERS’ PERSPECTIVES ON THE DELIVERY OF CHILDHOOD MESSAGES

Countries Covered: Wales & UK
Date: 2013

This research, commissioned by Children in Wales and published in BMC Public Health journal, explored mothers’ knowledge and awareness of child injury prevention and sought to discover mothers’ views about the best method of designing interventions to deliver appropriate child safety messages to prevent injury in the home. The findings suggested that timely childhood injury-related risk messages should be delivered during pregnancy and in line with developmental milestones of the child, through a range of sources including social networks, mass media, face-to-face advice from health professionals and other suitably trained mothers. In addition information on the safe use of home appliances around children and use of child safety equipment should be targeted specifically at those who have recently migrated to the United Kingdom.

ALL PRIMARY SCHOOL PUPILS TO BE TAUGHT ABOUT ABUSE

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

As part of the Now I Know programme run by the NSPCC, more than 4,500 “ChildLine Champions” will teach children between the ages of 9 and 11 about abuse, neglect and what to do if it’s happening to them.

SEFTON COUNCIL LAUNCHES INITIATIVE TO REDUCE BATHWATER SCALDS

Sefton Council is the first council in the UK to offer a free thermostatic mixing valve to every family with a child under the age of 5

GO SAFE SCOTLAND – NEW SAFETY TOOL FOR CHILDREN

An interactive safety resource for primary school children in Scotland, called Go Safe Scotland, has been launched in Glasgow.  This resource will help to deliver key safety messages and support the aims of the Curriculum for Excellence.  Many partners have been involved throughout the creation of the resource and RoSPA in Scotland is pleased to be involved with this great initiative.

SCOTLAND: NEIGHBOURHOOD ALERT SYSTEM

The Neighbourhood Alert System, is a new tool used to communicate with Neighbourhood Watches and other local residents about local and national safety issues.  Information and alerts that are relevant to you, your area and your interests can be received by registering via the NWS website and clicking on the big green ‘Join’ button.

SPORT INJURY PREVENTION: UK-PARTNERSHIP

Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), the UK’s leading accident prevention charity, and Sportscover, established in 1986 as a worldwide specialist sports and leisure insurer, will collaborate  on safety campaigns, policy and industry initiatives. A key focus will be on identifying emerging risks leading to injuries and accidents in the sector to create a better understanding of what is at the root of these problems and how to tackle them.

MORE THAN A MILLION CHILDREN IN UK UNABLE TO SWIM

More than a million primary schoolchildren are unable to swim, says a major survey out today.

A report by swimming’s governing body, the Amateur Swimming Association, shows that 51 per cent of seven to 11-year-olds are unable to swim the length of a typical pool (25 metres).

POISONING RISKS POSED BY E-CIGARETTES

The levels of nicotine in e-cigarettes can kill a child, and one child has died after recently ingesting the liquid nicotine solution in e-cigarettes.

CAPT’S CHILD SAFETY WEEK – A SUPER SUCCESS

Countries covered: UK
Date: 2013

This year’s Child Safety Week, led by the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) was a great success with incredible media coverage and thousands of activities and events taking place across the UK.

KIDS IN THE CAR CAMPAIGN

Keith Brown MSP, Minister for Transport and Veterans, has launched Road Safety Scotland’s new and ground-breaking Parental Influence campaign.  The aim of this campaign is to reduce casualty rates, now and in the future, through encouraging parents to think about how important they are as role models to their children in the car.

 

REDUCING POISONING – ‘LOCK UP YOUR LIQUI-TABS’ FREE POSTER

Children in Wales and Public Health Wales have produced a new free poster, ‘Lock up your Liqui-tabs’.  The aim of this poster is to inform parents about the dangers of ‘liqui-tabs’.

PUT MENTAL HEALTH ON TIMETABLE, SCHOOLS URGED

Country: UK
Date: 2013
Mental health lessons should be on the timetable in every secondary school in the UK a new charity has urged.  MindFull has launched an online counselling service to support and advise 11- to 17-year-olds.  

APPLIED SUICIDE INTERVENTION SKILLS TRAINING

Country: Wales
Date: Autumn 2013
Mind Cymru’s Positive Choices project, is running public ASIST courses in autumn 2013.
29-30 October Newport / 9-10 December Cardiff / 5-6 September Ceredigion / 22-23 October Swansea

SAFE STREET PLAY

Country: UK
Date: 2013
Playing Out is a not-for-profit information and advice resource for street play, which aims to increase children’s safe access to informal play in residential streets

NEW HOME SAFETY SCOTLAND WEBSITE

A new website has been developed by the group, Home Safety Scotland.  This group consists of home safety officers, community safety officers, health promotion officers and others from various local authorities and health boards and representatives from private companies.  The group meets every two months to discuss different ways to take home safety forward.

UK OLDER PEOPLE’S DAY

Older People’s Day is on 1 October 2013 to coincide with the UN International Day of Older Persons. The main aim for the day is to be a national celebration of the achievements and contributions that older people make to society and to the economy.

HOME OFFICE: THIS IS ABUSE – NEW ADVERT

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

A series of three new hard hitting TV adverts has been launched as part of the This is Abuse campaign to raise awareness and challenge abusive behaviour in teenager relationships.

 

 

UN GLOBAL ROAD SAFETY WEEK

Countries Covered: World
Date: 2013

The Second UN Global Road Safety Week took place on 6-12 May 2013. This week drew attention to the urgent need to better protect pedestrians worldwide.

 

 

SCOTLAND’S HOME SAFETY EQUIPMENT SCHEME

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date: 2013

RoSPA have secured funding from the Scottish Government to roll out Scotland’s Home Safety Equipment Scheme (SHSES).  This pilot project will involve working with eight local areas to ensure that 800 families  benefit from a comprehensive package of safety equipment.

For further details on the project please contact Carlene McAvoy on cmcavoy@rospa.com

 

 

GLASGOW HOUSING ASSOCIATION ISSUES FREE CHILD SAFETY PACKS

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date: 2013

Glasgow Housing Association (GHA), Scotland’s biggest social landlord, has issued over 2,750 free child safety packs to its tenants with children under 5 in social housing.

 

 

HIGH QUALITY PRACTICAL SAFETY EDUCATION (HQPSE) EVENT

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

The LASER Alliance is running a High Quality Practical Safety Education (HQPSE) event on 30th October at the at the Risk Factory in Edinburgh.

 

NEW CHILD SAFETY WEBSITE

Countries Covered: Ireland
Date: 2013

A new child safety website has been developed by the Department of Public Health Midlands to support its Child Safety Awareness Programme (CSAP). The aim of the programme is to reduce and prevent unintentional injury to children within the home by supporting parents and carers to make the necessary changes to promote child safety.

HEALING FOUNDATION CENTRE FOR CHILDREN’S BURNS RESEARCH OPENS

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

A £1.5 million research centre to fund new advances in the prevention and treatment of children’s burns was opened in Bristol on June 10th 2013.

CHILD SAFETY IN WALES; EXAMPLES OF INTERVENTIONS IN PRACTICE

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 2013

To highlight just some of the local accident prevention work taking place across Wales, Children in Wales have produced a document “Child Safety in Wales; Examples of  Interventions in Practice”.  This bilingual publication shares experiences of 14 child safety projects and includes useful information on: partnerships; how each project started; how it is implemented; project costs; sustainability; challenges and lessons learned.  The aim of this document is to share practice and experiences across Wales in order to support, encourage and enable practitioners and local policy makers to increase child safety activity in their areas.

 

DUBLIN JOINS UNITED NATIONS WOMEN SAFE CITIES GLOBAL PROGRAMME

Countries Covered: Ireland
Date: 2013

Dublin City Council has joined the United Nations Women Safe Cities Global Programme (SCGP). The programme was launched in 2010 and works in cities across the globe to prevent and reduce sexual harassment and violence in public places.

 

 

HIGH QUALITY PRACTICAL SAFETY EDUCATION – TRAINING CLASS

HQPSE training will be taking place in Scotland on Wednesday 30th October at the Risk Factory in Edinburgh.  Please click here for more information and a booking form.

 

 

CHILD SAFETY WEEK 2013 THEME ‘BE A SAFETY HERO’

Child Safety Week is the Child Accident Prevention Trust’s flagship annual community education campaign, raising awareness of serious childhood accidents and how to prevent them, without wrapping children in cotton wool.

This years Child Safety Week runs from Monday 24 to Sunday 30 June, with the theme ‘Be a Safety Hero’.

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THE BIG TASTE TEST – HELPING TO PREVENT CHILDHOOD POISONING

Q. How can you drive home to parents the message about childhood poisoning and the real risks lurking under their kitchen sinks?

A. Get them to taste Bitrex® the bitterest substance on Earth.

The Big Taste Test will run on Thursday 27 June and the manufacturers of Bitrex® are offering Child Safety Week organisers free kits to run your own activity.

SOURCE: Child Safety Week website

BRIGHTON AND HOVE INTRODUCE EXTENSIVE 20MPH SPEED ZONE

Countries Covered: England
Date: 2103

Brighton and Hove Council is one of the latest to adopt a 20mph speed limit in most roads in central Brighton and Hove. Read more about the council’s approach and the benefits of 20mph zones.

CAPT: DO YOU KNOW A SAFETY HERO? IF SO, NOW’S THE TIME TO NOMINATE THEM!

Countries Covered: UK
Year: 2013

CAPT (Child Accident Prevention Trust) want to celebrate and thank the thousands of Safety Heroes out there who do so much for children and young people. This Child Safety Week, you can nominate your Safety Hero – whoever they are, whatever they’ve done, CAPT want to know so that they can personally acknowledge their invaluable contribution. Find out more on the CAPT website

RESOLUTION ON CHILDREN’S RIGHT TO HEALTH

Countries Covered: World
Date: 2013

The United Nations General Assembly Human Rights Council (of which the UK is a member) has recently adopted a Resolution on Children’s Right to Health and highlights that families’ and caregiver’ capacities to provide the child with care and a safe environment should be promoted.

Specifically, in Section 24, the Resolution calls on member states to reduce the burden of child injuries, and to adopt measures to reduce road traffic accidents, drowning, burns and other accidents in the home.

 

‘SAFE DRIVE STAY ALIVE’

An award winning initiative to prevent young people being killed or seriously injured on our roads. A live stage show based around a filmed reconstruction of a road traffic collision delivering hard-hitting messages about the dangers associated with driving.

BBC DOCUMENTARY ‘LICENSE TO KILL’ HIGHLIGHTS THE DANGERS FACED BY YOUNG DRIVERS

After her own accident left her unable to walk, Sophie Morgan wants to know why traffic collisions are the single biggest killer of young people – and how that can be stopped. With exclusive access and insight into a number of high profile cases from the moment of the crash through to resolution in the courts, she meets people who, like her, have seen their lives changed forever in a single instant – whether they were injured or they were driving the car.

 

SCOTLAND’S HOME SAFETY EQUIPMENT SCHEME

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date: 2013

Hundreds of families are being given the opportunity to secure essential home safety equipment in areas of Scotland as part of a special scheme.

Scotland’s Home Safety Equipment Scheme, which was launched by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) on April 11th 2013, has been made a reality thanks to £265,000 of funding from the Scottish Government. This approach supports the Early Years Collaborative, which aims to make Scotland the best place in the world to grow up by reducing inequalities for all families across the country and ensuring that all children have the best start in life.

HOME OFFICE: THIS IS ABUSE – NEW ADVERT LAUNCHED

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013
A series of three new hard hitting TV adverts has been launched as part of the This is Abuse campaign to raise awareness and challenge abusive behaviour in teenager relationships

NEW FIRE KILLS CAMPAIGN ‘ON YOUR CHILD’S LIFE’

Countries Covered: UK
Date: March, 2013

Fire Kills – the Government ‘s channel for promoting fire safety – has launched a brand new campaign to urge people to do one extra thing when they put their clocks forward this year: check their smoke alarm.

WALES FIRE SERVICE WARNING ABOUT CARBON MONOXIDE

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: March 2013

Firefighters are warning of the dangers of carbon monoxide following incidents in homes in west and north Wales.

JOIN THE FIGHT AGAINST FIRE

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date:
 2013

Strathclyde Fire & Rescue’s latest advertising campaign is urging members of the public to ‘Join the Fight against Fire‘. The campaign is aimed at reducing fire, fire casual-ties and fatalities in the home and is one of the most innovative and extensive multi media campaigns undertaken by a Fire & Rescue Service in response to high numbers of fires in the home.

FIRE SERVICE SEE 37% FALL IN STAFF INJURIES USING ROSPA’S QUALITY SAFETY AUDIT

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2013

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service has secured a top health and safety award from RoSPA, after they reduced the number of staff injuries by nearly 40 per cent in three years. Devon & Somer-set Fire & Rescue Service launched an improvement programme on the back of recommendation by RoSPA, which led to staff injuries dropping from 216 during 2009/10 to 136 in 2011/12 – a fall of 80 casualties.

NEW GO20 CAMPAIGN

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2013

A new national campaign, Go 20, is set to encourage drivers in the UK to slow their speed to 20 mph in their communities and built up areas so that children, families and adults can walk and cycle in safety. Brake charity is heading the campaign to raise awareness amongst drivers. NHF is a supporter of the campaign. Visit the Road Safety Week website to read more about the Go 20 campaign.

RoSPA – ACTION STILL NEEDED TO SAVE LIVES 30 YEARS AFTER SEATBELT LAW

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2013

Greater compliance with seatbelt legislation could help save lives in road crashes says RoSPA, as it marks the 30th anniversary of the law coming into force. There is evidence to show that seatbelt use in Great Britain remains high, with 95 per cent of car drivers and front seat passengers complying with the law. But RoSPA is concerned that seatbelt use is lower in the rear of cars (89 per cent) and in the front seat of other vehicles (69 per cent).

BRIGHT IDEA TO TACKLE CYCLISTS’ DEATHS

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2013

A graduate entrepreneur has invented a handlebar mounted bike lightwhich projects a laser image of a cyclist on to the road ahead, in an attempt to cut cyclist deaths.  Her invention, ‘Blaze’, gives an early warning to drivers and pedestrians of a cyclist’s presence, aiming to combat this type of collision. Ms Brooke is currently attempting to raise £25,000 on ‘crowd-funding’ site Kickstarter to fund manufacturing of the product.

BLINDSPOT SYSTEM SHOULD IMPROVE CYCLISTS’ SAFETY

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2013

In a move to attempt to reduce cyclist casualties in London, Transport for London (TfL) has approved a detection system which warns a HGV driver if there is a cyclist, pedestrian or other vehicle in a blind spot.
Of the 16 cyclist fatalities in London during 2011, nine involved a HGV.
To help combat this, TFL has approved the use of the ‘Blindspot Detection System’, produced by Bridgend-based company Backwatch, for its Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS).

LONDON ROAD SAFETY COUNCIL CALLS FOR RENEWED GOVERNMENT COMMITMENT

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2013

The London Road Safety Council (LRSC) has criticised the Governmentfor a lack of leadership in tackling road deaths and has called for renewed commitment to road safety.  The LRSC comprises officer and elected member representatives from the 33 London boroughs.

TOO HOT TO HANDLE CAMPAIGN

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2013

RoSPA in Northern Ireland have launched a hair straightener campaign called Too Hot to Handle to help raise awareness of the dangers of hot hair straighteners. A blog on this campaign can be found on our blog spot Safety Gone Sane. There is also an accompanying campaign video.

NEW PROJECT ON FALL-PREVENTION IN EU

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2013

The ICT Policy Support Programme as part of the Competitiveness and Innovation framework Programme (CIP) will support a new project that aims to bring together innovative initiatives, individual solutions, local, regional and na-tional programmes for falls prevention in Europe. This project, called “Prevention of Falls Network for Dissemination (ProFouND)”, will the issue of the rising toll of fall injuries.

EU FALLS PREVENTION NETWORK

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2013

In March 2013 the Prevention of Falls Network for Dissemination (ProFouND) will be launched. ProFouND is a The-matic Network with 21 partners from 12 countries, and currently associate members from a further 10 countries. Pro-FouND will act to disseminate and implement best practice in falls prevention across Europe. ProFouND’s objective is to embed evidence based fall prevention programmes for elderly people at risk of falls by using novel ICT in at least 10 countries/15 regions by 2015 so as to facilitate widespread implementation.

EARLY YEARS COLLABORATIVE

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date:
 2013

The Early Years Collaborative was launched on 1 October 2012 at a multi-sector event hosted by Ministers, the Chief Medical Officer and COSLA as chairs of the Early Years Taskforce. The multi-agency Early Years Collaborative works on the basis that there is strong evidence about costs and out-comes of current practice, but much of this is not being used in daily work. The Collaborative will help organisations close that gap by creating a structure in which partners can easily learn from each other and from recognised experts in areas where they want to make improvements.

GLOBAL CAMPAIGN FOR VIOLENCE PREVENTION (GCVP)

Countries Covered: World
Date: 
2012

The World Health Organization launched its Plan of Action for theGlobal Campaign for Violence Prevention (GCVP) for 2012 and the following seven years. The plan aims to unify the efforts of the main actors in international violence prevention and identify a focussed set of priorities for the field.

STAFFORDSHIRE FIREFIGHTERS PERFORM YOUTUBE HIT

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2012

Staffordshire firefighters turned their station into a disco to perform a cover of the Sugababes’ hit Push the Button to promote fire alarm testing. The pop song’s lyrics have been adapted to encourage people to regularly test whether their alarms work. To date the video has had more than 66,000 YouTube views from people watching their cover version online.

IT’S TIME TO TEST: CHANGE YOUR CLOCK, TEST YOUR SMOKE ALARM

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2012

new hard-hitting Fire Kills campaign, urges people to make a potentially life-saving move when they change their clocks on 25th March 2012, by taking a moment to test their smoke alarm too. The twice-yearly clock change is a task that everybody takes for granted. While timekeeping is a vital part of our lives and we all keep our clocks working to stay on track, it’s shocking to find that many people forget to ensure the safety of themselves and their loved ones by keeping their smoke alarm in the same working order.

FIRE SAFETY FILM – POST MORTEM

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2012

The Fire Kills campaign is once again reminding people to maintain and test their smoke alarms through its new Post Mortem film.

HEATHLY WORKPLACES CAMPAIGN

Countries Covered: Europe
Date:
 2012

Healthy Workplaces Campaign 2012–13 ‘Working together for risk prevention’ has been launched by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA). It aims to encourage managers, workers and other stakeholders to join forces to improve safety and health in work places. The Campaign is co-coordinate by EU-OSHA and partners in the EU’s 27 Member States.

ETSC LAUNCHES SAFER CYCLING INITIATIVE

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2012

The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) has launched an initiative to improve the safety of cyclists on European roads. ‘BIKE PAL’ will begin with a thorough analysis of cycling safety in EU member states, which will include ranking countries according to their level of safety.

For more information contact Mircea Steriu, ETSC communications officer, on mircea.steriu@etsc.eu

FREE GAS SAFETY CHECKS

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2012

The Gas Safe Register is encouraging people, and in particular the elderly, to take advantage of free gas safety checks if they are eligible to help ensure they have well maintained and safe gas appliances. It has been reported that “£134 million worth of potentially life-saving gas safety checks offered free by the energy suppliers go unclaimed every year.

CAN THE HOME EVER BE SAFE?

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date:
 2012

Fife Council has welcomed its first tenants into its first set of newly built Council homes in over two decades. This development in Rosyth not only marks the first of five new build council house developments currently underway in Fife, it also means that Fife is the first Council in Scotland to incorporate all the recommended safety features from RoSPA’s policy document Can the Home ever be Safe?

CHARITY CALLS ON WELSH PUBLIC TO RULE OUT ELDER ABUSE

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 2012

Age Cymru has launched a campaign to introduce a legal duty to be placed on public bodies, including local authorities, to investigate cases of abuse or potential abuse reported to them.

CARE HOMES CAMPAIGN

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2012

Fresh ties is calling for independent volunteer care home visitors who can act as a confidential listening ear/advocate for residents and family members . Their reports could provide a central log of concerns (as well as good practice). The inspection body and local authority would then have a basis for investigation; and family members/residents would no longer be lone voices.

MAKING IT SAFE CAMPAIGN EXPANDS IN SCOTLAND

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date:
 2012

RoSPA have announced that five new regions in Scotland will be taking part in the ‘Make it Safe’ campaign. The ‘Make it Safe’ campaign aims to provide information about the dangers of looped blind cords to families, empowering them to make informed decisions about buying blinds with looped cords. It also aims to help families change their current practices with existing blinds with looped cords. 12,000 cleats and Make it Safe leaflets will be handed out across the City of Edinburgh, West Lothian, West Dunbartonshire, East Lothian and the Western Isles.

MAKING THE LINK – NEW CHILD INJURY PREVENTION WEBSITE DEVELOPED BY CAPT

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2012

Making the Link is networking site and knowledge hub for people working to prevent accidental injury to children and young people across England. The site is open to anyone in policy, frontline children’s services, or the voluntary sector working to reduce accidents and injuries to children and young people. The tool is developed by the Child Accident Prevention Trust and supported by the DCSF.

TACTICS – TOOLS TO ADDRESS CHILDHOOD TRAUMA, INJURY AND CHILDREN’S SAFETY

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2012

TACTICS is a European initiative to promote healthier ways of life and reduce major diseases and injuries by tackling health determinants, with a particular focus on improving child safety.

TRANSFORMING YOUNG PEOPLE’S TRAVEL

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2012

Sustrans have produced a report to demonstrate how important it is to help young people be active through walking and cycling, and the benefits this has for themselves, and their schools, families and communities.

CAPT AWARENESS CAMPAIGN ABOUT THE DANGERS OF ‘CHILD-PROOF’ CAPS

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2012

The Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) are campaigning injury prevention practitioners to make parents and carers aware of the dangers of ‘child proof’ caps. They highlight that one in seven pre-school children are able to open ‘child-proof’ caps, which means they are ‘child-resistant’ instead of ‘child-proof’.

FAMILY NURSE PARTNERSHIP

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date:
 2012

The Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) is a preventative programme for first time teenage mothers and their babies. The second interim evaluation report which focuses on the late pregnancy and postpartum phases of the programme’s implementation.

EVALUATION OF THE ‘YOU FIRST’ PROGRAMME FOR YOUNG PARENTS

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date:
 2012

‘You First’ targets vulnerable parents aged 21 and under, with a child under the age of one, who live in the 15% most deprived areas in Scotland. It aims to provide a boost for young, first time parents by increasing the support that they receive from their peers, the community and existing local services. This report presents findings from the evaluation of the ‘You First’ programme.

SWISS SNOW SPORTS SAFETY CAMPAIGN

Countries Covered: Switzerland
Date: 
2011

The Swiss Council for Accident Prevention (bfu) conducted a snow sports safety campaign from 2007—2010 with the slogan “1000 Accidents a Day”. The major aim of the campaign was to promote helmet wearing among skiers and snowboarders. The campaign was particularly targeted at novice snow sport men and women aged 18-25 years. The evaluation confirmed that the campaign concept had a strong impact and succeeded in reaching the target groups and achieving acceptance of the main campaign message.

For further information: o.bruegger@bfu.ch

INVESTIGATION REVEALS DANGEROUS ELECTRIC BLANKETS ACROSS NORTHERN IRELAND

Countries Covered: Northern Ireland
Date: 
2011

Faulty electric blankets are putting too many people across Northern Ireland at risk of injury and fire, say accident prevention campaigners following a series of safety events.

BENCHMARKING QUALITY OF CARE FOR FRAGILITY FRACTURES IN THE SOUTH CENTRAL STRATEGIC HEALTH AUTHORITY

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2011

This pilot report commissioned by the South Central Quality Observatory for South Central Strategic Health Authority (SC SHA), aims to develop a health intelligence system that co-ordinates, collates and disseminates information on the local organisation of services and quality of care for fragility fractures.

NEW ONLINE VIDEO TO SHOW HOW WINDOW BLINDS CAN BE MADE SAFER

Countries Covered: Great Britain
Date:
 2011

The British Blind and Shutter Association’s (BBSA) film, produced in consultation with Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) and RoSPA, clearly shows how looped cords can be a risk to young children. The film looks at alternative, safer designs and how to ensure that existing looped blind cords can be made safer.

BABY WALKERS: NEW JOINT POSITION STATEMENT ILLUMINATES CONTINUED RISKS

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2011

ECSA and ANEC have released a joint position statement and background paper about the risk of injuries to young children caused by baby walkers. The position statement is supported by ECSA and ANEC country partners, representing expert organisations from over 30 EU countries who are concerned about this product’s use.

WARNING ON SLEEP POSITIONERS

Countries Covered: World
Date: 
2011

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) shares the concerns of Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the safety of sleep positioners, and urges parents not to use these products. Sleep positioners are flat mats with side bolsters or inclined (wedge) mats with side bolsters. They can increase the risk of babies suffocating. The AAP also recommends that parents never use pillows, stuffed animals heavy blankets or other soft or puffy items in babies’ cribs. Soft bedding can end up over their face and block their breathing. Babies should have their own crib, with a firm mattress and a fitted sheet.

TAKE ACTION FOR FREE RANGE KIDS

Countries Covered: Great Britain
Date:
 2011

SUSTRANS defines ‘Free Range Kids’ as children and young people who experience freedom from their front door. They have the confidence to travel independently, play outdoors and explore their local community, and have the skills, opportunities and support to do so safely.  SUSTRANS are making sure that politicians know what the issues are through their Early Day Motion.

OPTIMISING SUICIDE PREVENTION PROGRAMS IN EUROPE

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2010

Fatal and non-fatal suicide acts are significant public health issues in Europe requiring effective preventive interventions. Optimising Suicide Prevention Programs in Europe (OSPI-Europe) comprises of a 5-level intervention which includes training and support for primary care physicians, informing the public about depression, community facilitator training and restricting access to lethal means. The OSPI programme will be implemented in four regions—Ireland, Portugal, Hungary and Germany.

FIRE KILLS’ AWARD-WINNING ‘BREATHE’ ADVERT AVAILABLE ONLINE

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2010

According to the latest the latest Fire Kill campaign, in a house fire, you might think that the smoke would wake you and give you and your family time to escape. But after two or three breaths of toxic smoke you’re unconscious. Your lungs fill up and you can’t breathe. Just like drowning.

ONLINE VIDEO EDUCATES CYCLISTS AND DRIVERS OF HEAVY GOODS VEHICLES ABOUT SAFETY SHARING THE ROAD

Countries Covered: Ireland
Date: 
2010

new on-line video has been produced to educate cyclists and drivers of heavy goods vehicles (HGV) about safely sharing the road, particularly in urban areas.  The initiative was led by the Road Safety Authority in association with the Department of Transport, Dublin City Council, Local Authorities, Irish Road Haulage Association and Cyclist.ie.

‘EMBRACE LIFE’ SEAT BELT CAMPAIGN VIDEO

Countries Covered: World
Date: 
2010

An extremely popular seat belt campaign developed by Sussex Safer Roads Partnership (SSRP) has released a video.

LIGHTER LATER – SAVING THE DAYLIGHT

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2010

Campaigners are urging party leaders to see the light after 10,000 people put their name to call for a change to daylight savings time which would cut road deaths, boost the economy and save energy. 10:10’s Lighter Later campaign is proposing that we move our clocks forward by an hour whilst keeping the spring/autumn changes. Mounting evidence shows that simply shifting our clocks forward by one hour will save lives on our roads, reduce crime and fear of crime, and help us to become happier and healthier by giving us more  opportunities to spend time outdoors.

MAKE ROADS SAFE CAMPAIGN

Countries Covered: World
Date: 
2009

The ‘Make Roads Safe’ report, endorsed by the world’s leading road safety experts, urges UN governments attending the first ever global governmental conference on road safety in Moscow in November, to support a ‘Decade of Action for Road Safety’ between 2010-2020. During the Decade the international community should invest in a $300 million action plan to catalyse traffic injury prevention and re-focus national road safety policies and budgets.

KEEP WELL THIS WINTER BUILDING THE CAMPAIGN 2003/04

Countries Covered: Wales
Date:
 2003

This is a Wales-wide campaign that aims to provide information and support to people aged 65 and over to enable them to stay fit and healthy through the winter months. The partnership approach of the campaign is its key feature, which the Welsh Assembly government works with local government  statutory agencies, and organisations in the voluntary and community sectors, to promote the messages of the campaign. This document outlines the strategic context of the campaign, reports on notable elements of the 2002-03 campaign, and provides a ‘tool kit’ for action for the 2003-04 campaign.