Category Archives: Strategies, Targets, & Legislation

UK: PUBLICATION OF JOINT INSPECTION OF THE INVESTIGATION AND PROSECUTION OF FATAL ROAD TRAFFIC INCIDENTS

An assessment of how police forces and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) investigate and prosecute road death cases, was published in February 2015.
The report from Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) found that overall the police’s investigation of fatal road traffic incidents (FRTI) was professional and thorough. However the recommendations reflect the conclusion that there is room for improvements in the way police and prosecutors deal with fatal crashes.

 

ENGLAND & WALES: NEW POWERS TO TACKLE DRUG DRIVING

A new law to make it easier for police to catch and convict drug drivers took effect 2nd March 2015 in England and Wales.

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.

ENGLAND & WALES: NEW PROPOSED SENTENCING FOR HEALTH AND SAFETY OFFENCES

New guidelines proposed for courts could mean fines of up to £10 million for the most serious health and safety offences and of more than £20 million for organisations convicted of corporate manslaughter.

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.

 

SCOTLAND: SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT DEBATE ON HOME SAFETY EQUIPMENT SCHEMES

In November 2014, Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) acknowledged the importance of home safety equipment fitting schemes in a parliamentary debate.  The debate recognised that young children are at risk of serious accidents in the home and can be protected with vital information and the use of some simple equipment.  d

 

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.

 

NEW WHO-EUROPEAN STRATEGY: “INVESTING IN CHILDREN: CHILD AND ADOLESCENT HEALTH STRATEGY FOR EUROPE 2015-2020”

The strategy recommends adopting a life course approach that recognizes that adult health and illness are rooted in health and experiences in previous stages of the life course.  Targeted effort is needed to break the negative cycles in childhood and adolescence such as poor early childhood development and lack of support in growing through adolescence. This will enable children and young people to develop into healthy, happy and competent individuals who can make a positive contribution to their own health and to  society.

 

EUROPE: NEW EU RULES ON LIQUITABS AIM TO PROTECT CHILDREN FROM HARM

From 1st June 2015, manufacturers of detergent capsules will have to adapt how they produce their products and packaging.  This new legislation will help protect and deter children from harmful consumption of detergent. The changes to liquitabs and detergent capsules involves adding a bitter tasting agent to deter children from swallowing the contents; to improve the strength of the soluble coating and for the products to contains warnings of the danger of consumption.

 

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.

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.

 

SCOTLAND: FIVE YEARLY CHECKS ON ELECTRICS IN RENTED HOMES

Electrical Safety First are delighted to announce that the Scottish Housing Bill has been passed, including an amendment requiring five yearly checks on electrics in rented homes. In addition to this, a joint report has been published with Shelter on standards in the private rented sector.

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.

ENGLAND: NEW PHE REPORT – REDUCING UNINTENTIONAL INJURIES IN AND AROUND THE HOME AMONG CHILDREN UNDER FIVE YEARS

Public Health England (PHE) has launched two new reports on preventing accidents to children and young people in the home and on the road.  RoSPA and CAPT were commissioned by PHE to undertake this work and these were launched to coincide with Child Safety Week, which as you know is taking place this week.

WORLD: 67TH WORLD HEALTH ASSEMBLY ADOPTS HISTORIC RESOLUTION “STRENGTHENING THE ROLE OF THE HEALTH SYSTEM IN ADDRESSING VIOLENCE, IN PARTICULAR AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS, AND AGAINST CHILDREN”

On 24 May 2014, the 67th World Health Assembly (WHA) adopted a historic resolution entitled “Strengthening the role of the health system in addressing violence, in particular against women and girls, and against children”.

Among other tasks, the resolution calls on WHO to prepare its first ever global plan of action on strengthening the role of the health system in addressing interpersonal violence, in particular against women and girls, and against children, which WHO is invited to present through the Executive Board to the 69th WHA in 2016. 

UK: WHY CHILDREN DIE

UK children are at a higher risk of premature death than their Western European counterparts due to the growing gap between rich and poor and a lack of targeted public health policies to reduce child deaths, finds a new report from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) and the National Children’s Bureau (NCB).

Why Children Die reviewed existing UK evidence on child deaths and their causes, and one of the recommendations states “local authorities should make maximum use of children’s centres, health visiting services and safety equipment schemes to educate and equip parents to keep their children safe; with a focus on water safety, safe sleeping and blind cord injury prevention”.

SCOTLAND: JUSTICE STRATEGY FOR SCOTLAND

The Scottish Government states “ Our vision is of a justice system that contributes positively to a flourishing Scotland, helping to create an inclusive and respectful society in which all people and communities live in safety and security, individual and collective rights are supported and disputes are resolved fairly and swiftly”.

The Strategy mentions a series of priorities including ‘Reducing crime, particularly violent and serious organised crime’ and ‘Reducing the damaging impacts of drug and alcohol problems’.

EUROPE: INJURIES AND INEQUITIES – GUIDANCE FOR ADDRESSING INEQUITIES IN UNINTENTIONAL INJURIES

This policy guidance aims to support national, regional and local policy-makers in Europe to prepare, implement and follow up policy actions and interventions to reduce inequities in unintentional injuries.  Unintentional injuries, including road traffic injuries, falls, burns, drownings and poisonings still constitute a major public health problem, killing almost half a million people in the WHO European Region each year and causing many more cases of disability.

ENGLAND: CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER HIGHLIGHTS THE NEED FOR PEDESTRIAN AND CYCLIST SAFETY

The need for improved safety for pedestrians and cyclists has been highlighted in the Chief Medical Officer’s annual report. The publication website notes:

‘Safety for pedestrians and cyclists must be improved if we are to encourage people to walk and cycle more and reap the associated health benefits. The risk of serious injury for each kilometre travelled on a bike is 21 times higher than by car. The CMO says that the relative risks of walking and cycling are unacceptably high and must be reduced and that an integrated approach to improving safety for all road users must be taken.’

 

 

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: 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.

SCOTLAND: NEW CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE BILL PASSED

Children’s Minister Aileen Campbell has welcomed Parliament’s backing for new laws to provide greater support for children and families.  For the full story on the Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill please click here.

ENGLAND: NEW REPORT – ‘IMPROVING THE PUBLIC’S HEALTH’

Countries Covered: England
Date: 2014

A new report has been published by the King’s Fund.  It’s called ‘Improving the public’s health’ and, although primarily aimed at English local authorities because of their new role in public health, the document offers many recommendations relating to accident prevention for both children and older people.

http://www.kingsfund.org.uk/publications/improving-publics-health

 

ENGLAND’S CMO’S ANNUAL REPORT 2012: OUR CHILDREN DESERVE BETTER: PREVENTION PAYS

Countries Covered: England
Date: 2013

England’s annual report on children and young people’s health from the Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally C Davies,  contains lots of information on accidents and accident prevention.  The report can be downloaded at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/chief-medical-officers-annual-report-2012-our-children-deserve-better-prevention-pays

BLIND CORD SAFETY – NEW LEGISLATION

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 2013

In early 2014 new regulations will come into force regarding window blind safety.  The revised standard will ensure that new blinds must be safe by design or be supplied with the appropriate child safety device installed.

CREATING AN ACTIVE WALES

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 2013

The Welsh Government has released a progress report about the progress made on the strategic aims for the Creating an Active Wales action plan.

 

NEW WELSH ROAD SAFETY FRAMEWORK

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 2013

The new Road Safety Framework for Wales published last month (22 July 2013) sets a target for a 40% reduction in the total number of people killed and seriously injured (KSI) on Welsh roads by 2020.

The framework, published by the Welsh Government, also includes targets for a 25% reduction in the number of motorcyclists KSI and a 40% reduction in the number of young people (16-24 yrs) KSI in the same timeframe.

EU-CONSULTATION H&S POLICY

The Commission launched a public consultation on the new EU occupational safety and health policy framework. The main purpose of this consultation is to gather insights and contributions from the public further to results of the evaluation of the European Strategy on Safety and Health at Work 2007-2012.

EUROSAFE CALLS ON EC: LEGAL REQUIREMENT ON INJURY DATA NEEDED

In a joint statement, EuroSafe and  seven related EU-level organisations  representing a broad social and economic spectrum in Europe, urge the  Commission to revise its proposal for a  Regulation on the Market Surveillance  of Products (COM(2013)75) and to  include a clear and binding provision  that requires Member States (MSs) to  collect data on product related injuries
and to enable the Commission to create an EU-funded accident and injury  data system that embraces all MSs.

ESC RESPONSE TO PARLIAMENTARY REPORT ON PRIVATE SECTOR HOUSING

The Electrical Safety Council (ESC) has welcomed the Communities and Local Government (CLG) Select Committee’s recommendation that private sector landlords be required to undertake a mandatory five-yearly check of electrical installations in their properties.

NEW REPORT WARNS OF IMPACT ON ROAD SAFETY OF CUTS TO TRAFFIC POLICING

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

Road safety charity Brake says that a reduction in numbers of traffic police in forces across the UK will leave the public at risk from dangerous, drunk and drugged drivers.

CHILD DEATH REVIEW PROGRAMME FOCUSES ON DEATHS IN MOTOR VEHICLES

Country: Wales
Date: 2013
A programme set up to look at trends in child deaths in Wales has published the findings of a review into deaths of teenagers in motor vehicles. Public Health Wales, which hosts the Child Death Review Programme, recommends in its report that the Welsh Government looks at different ways of licensing teenage drivers to prevent fatal road crashes.

PRIORITIES FOR TACKLING SUBSTANCE MISUSE IN WALES

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 2013

The third delivery plan of the Welsh Government’s 10 year Substance Misuse Strategy, “Working Together to Reduce Harm”, sets out the actions to be taken to reduce the harm caused by drug and alcohol misuse.

 

 

 

ASSET-BASED APPROACHES TO PUBLIC HEALTH IN SCOTLAND

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date: 2013

An interesting article has been posted on the ScotPHO website which explains the latest thinking on assets and asset-based approaches to public health in Scotland.  It describes the community development approaches which build positive assets that are perceived as ways of taking a preventative and ‘early intervention’ approach to some of the problems of health inequalities.

 

CROSS PARTY GROUP ON ACCIDENT PREVENTION AND SAFETY AWARENESS

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date: 2013

RoSPA Scotland recently supported an application by Clare Adamson MSP to establish a Cross Party Group on   Accident Prevention and Safety Awareness, which has been accorded recognition by the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee.

 

 

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND’S: ROAD SAFETY STRATEGY 2013-2020

Countries Covered: Ireland
Date: 2013

The Irish government is aiming to reduce the number of road deaths to 124 per year by 2020. Last year, 162 people lost their lives on Irish roads.

The target is contained in the government’s fourth Road Safety Strategy, Closing the Gap, which has just been launched. It is also aiming to reduce the number of serious injuries arising from road accidents to 330 per year by 2020.

EXPERTS BACK REPORT ‘HEALTH FIRST – AN EVIDENCE-BASED ALCOHOL STRATEGY FOR THE UK’

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

More than 70 health organisations (PDF) from across the UK have backed a new independent alcohol strategy calling for the UK Government to prioritise Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP), amongst a set of key policies aimed at curbing the nation’s drink problem.

SOURCE: University of Stirling News

WHO’S GLOBAL STATUS REPORT ON ROAD SAFETY 2013 – SUPPORTING A DECADE OF ACTION

Countries Covered: World
Date: 2013

The Global status report on road safety 2013 presents information on road safety from 182 countries, accounting for almost 99% of the world’s population.

CONSULTATION ON WORKPLACE HEALTH, SAFETY AND WELFARE REGULATIONS

Countries Covered: Great Britain
Date: 2013

A consultation on the revised Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) L24 – ‘Workplace health, safety and welfare’ has been issued by the Health and Safety Executive.

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.

 

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND’S: ROAD SAFETY STRATEGY 2013-2020

Countries Covered: Ireland
Date: 2013

The Strategy – ‘Closing the Gap’ – will run until 2020 and aims to make Ireland one of the safest countries in terms of road deaths in the EU. It will also focus on new measures to reduce the number and severity of serious injuries arising from road collisions.

The new Strategy sets a specific target for 2020 to reduce the number of road deaths to 124 a year (from 162 in 2012) and serious injuries to 330 per year (from 485 in 2012). This drop is necessary to close the gap between Ireland and other best performing countries such as the UK, Netherlands, Sweden and Australia.

AN EVIDENCE-BASED ALCOHOL STRATEGY FOR THE UK

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

This Institute of Social Marketing report sets out a strategic plan with key recommendations, and the evidence to underpin them, to reduce the harm from alcohol.

PRIORITIES FOR TACKLING SUBSTANCE MISUSE IN WALES

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 2013

The third delivery plan of the Welsh Government’s 10 year Substance Misuse Strategy, “Working Together to Reduce Harm”, sets out the actions to be taken to reduce the harm caused by drug and alcohol misuse.

GUIDANCE ON THE USE OF SEAT BELTS ON SCHOOL BUSES

Country Covered: Wales
Date: 2013
The Welsh Government has published new guidance for bus companies, governing bodies and local authorities about the use of seat belts on school transport which will be compulsory on school transport from October 2014.

ACTIVE TRAVEL BILL

Countries Covered: Wales
Date:  2013

The Active Travel Bill places a legal duty on councils to create a network of routes for walking and cycling, and will require them to continuously improve them.

CARBON MONOXIDE ALARMS IN NEW NI HOMES NOW COMPULSORY

Countries Covered: Northern Ireland
Date: October 2012

Carbon monoxide alarms have become a legal requirement in all new homes in Northern Ireland.

NEW INTERNATIONAL TASKFORCE TO ADVISE NHS STAFF ON PATIENT SAFETY

Countries covered: England
Date: March, 2013

“International experts are being asked to form a taskforce to advise NHS staff on ways to help keep their patients safe from harm.”

For further information please click here

WIDER DEFINITION FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND ABUSE

Countries covered: England and Wales
Years: 2013

The government has announced that the definition of domestic violence will be widened to include those aged 16-17 and wording to reflect coercive control. The decision follows a Government consultation which saw respondents call overwhelmingly for this change.

NEW POWERS TO PROTECT ADULT VICTIMS OF SUSPECTED ABUSE

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 
2013

It has been announced that new powers to protect adults suspected of being victims of abuse are to be proposed in Wales.

WELSH GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN AGAINST DOMESTIC ABUSE

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 
2013

Live Fear Free is the latest part of the Welsh Government’s six-year strategy aimed at ending violence against women in Wales.

SUICIDE PREVENTION STRATEGY LAUNCHED

Countries Covered: England
Date: 
2013

The Department of Health has launched a new cross-government strategy ‘Preventing suicide in England’. The strategy will focus on supporting bereaved families and preventing suicide amongst at risk groups and is backed by a call to action led by the Samaritans and up to £1.5 million for new research.

CONSULTATION: EXAMINING THE SPEED LIMIT FOR HGVS OVER 7.5T ON SINGLE CARRIAGEWAY

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2013

The consultation ended on 01 February 2013, but the aims was to examine whether the speed limit for Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) over 7.5 tonnes on single carriageways, is set at the right level.
This consultation follows a commitment published in ‘The Logistics Growth Review – Connecting People with Goods’ document in November 2011, and is supported by industry stakeholders who say the 40 mph speed limit causes unnecessary costs to vehicle operators, congestion, avoidable overtaking collisions and creates an uneven playing field for businesses.

IOBI WELCOMES WELSH ASSEMBLY’S MOVE TO ENCOURAGE MORE 20MPH LIMITS

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 
2013

IOBI has warmly welcomed a move by the Welsh Assembly to encourage local authorities in Wales to implement more 20mph limits, in recognition of the proven road safety benefits. The Assembly voted on and passed the motion during an open debate today. The Assembly’s move comes only two weeks after the UK government produced new guidance for local authorities in England encouraging them to implement 20mph limits in residential areas, in areas where lots of people walk or cycle (or where there’s the potential for such), and where there is local community demand for lower limits.

THE FALLS AND FRACTURES DECLARATION

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2013

The National Osteoporosis Society and Age UK have launched theFalls and Fractures Declaration, a collaborative response to the changes and reforms within the NHS. This declaration is the result of a commitment from the National Osteoporosis Society and Age UK to reducing hip fractures and falls related inju-ries in older people over the next 5 years.

EU HEALTH PROGRAMME: CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2013

The 2013 Work Plan of the Health Programme was published on 8 December 2012. It sets the annual priorities for implementation of EU Health Programme. Based on the decision of 8 December 2012, the Executive Agency for Health and Consumers (EAHC) launched on 20th of December the calls for proposals for joint actions, operating grants, projects and conferences. The calls for tenders will be launched in the course of year 2013. In order to be alerted of when open calls for tender are launched, you are advised to sign-up to the mailing list.

ROSPA’S BIG BOOK ON ACCIDENT PREVENTION

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2013

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents have produced a booklet aimed at ‘decision makers in public health’ to highlight the impact that effective accidental injury prevention can have on the health of their populations.

NATIONAL DEBATE ON YOUNG DRIVERS

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date:
 2012

Young Drivers are disproportionately represented in road accidents. In Scotland they are involved in around 25% of incidents. The Scottish Government document Road Safety Framework to 2020 has highlighted young drivers as a priority group. As a commitment to this priority a National Debate on Young Drivers was conducted and the report published in December 2010.

CONSULTATION ON ACTIVE TRAVEL BILL

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 
2012

The active travel proposals are aimed at enabling more people to walk and cycle and travel by more active methods.

GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE ON SETTING LOCAL SPEED LIMITS

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2012

The government has published for consultation draft guidance to local authorities on setting local speed limits. They propose to make it easier for local authorities to implement lower speed limits on urban and rural roads.

ANEURIN BEVAN HEALTH BOARD HOME SAFETY STRATEGY

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 
2012

The Aneurin Bevan Health Board has launched a Home Safety Scheme Strategy setting out the direction of home safety for under-5s in the region.The strategy aims to reduce unintentional injury through the co-ordination and standardisationof current home safety.

PROTECTING AN AGEING POPULATION FROM RISK OF FIRE IN THE HOME

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2012

The Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) have launched a new National Older Persons Strategy which aims to provide guidance and support to fire and rescue services and their partners to enable them to rise to the challenge of keeping older and more vulnerable members of the community safer from the risk of injury and death as a result of fire in the home.

AGENDA FOR LATER LIFE 2012 REPORT

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2012

This Age UK report is an annual audit of how public policy is meeting the challenges of an ageing society against five key indicators: work and learning; finances; travel and lifestyle; health and wellbeing; and home and care.

CONFIRMED PUBLIC HEALTH INDICATORS FOR INJURY PREVENTION

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2012

IOBI welcomes the inclusion of several injury prevention indicators in the new Public Health Outcome Framework. The Public Health Outcome Framework, published in January 2012, sets out the desired outcomes for public health across England and how these will be measured.

GOVERNMENT’S ALCOHOL STRATEGY

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2012

The Government’s Alcohol Strategy is a welcomed attempt to address the problems alcohol causes in a coherent way, but its focus on public order overshadows health issues, warn MPs on the Health Committee in a new report.

CONSULTATION ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DISCLOSURE SCHEME

Countries Covered: England and Wales
Date: 
2011

The Home Office has launched a consultation asking whether the protection of victims of domestic violence can be improved by the establishment of a national domestic violence disclosure scheme and, if so, how such a scheme could work in practice.

CORONER INCREASING NARRATIVES AND THEIR IMPACT ON SUICIDE RATES

Countries Covered: England and Wales
Date: 
2011

The Office for National Statistics have conducted a recent
analysis and conclude: ‘Since 2001 narrative verdicts have been more widely used by coroners. In some cases it can be difficult to code the underlying cause of death from the information provided by the coroner in the narrative. ONS and other organisations have been concerned about the impact of narrative verdicts on the quality of the statistics on cause of death. The increase in the use of narrative verdicts has not had a statistically significant impact on published suicide rates in England and Wales and so no revision to these rates is needed. However, if current trends in the use of narrative verdicts continue, the effect on mortality rates may become large enough to affect the reliability of National Statistics.’

INJURY AND POISONING MORTALITY, 2009

Countries Covered: England and Wales
Date: 
2011

The latest national level report on injury and mortality was released by the Office for National Statistics on 1 March 2011.

To access the statistical bulletin and accompanying national trend data tables for 2005 to 2009 please click on the following link.

DEATHS RELATED TO DRUG POISONING IN ENGLAND AND WALES, 2011

Countries Covered: England and Wales
Date: 
2011

The Office for National Statistics have released their latest figures on deaths related to drug poisoning in England nd Wales for the last five years.

FIRE FUTURES REPORTS: GOVERNMENT RESPONSE

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2011

The Fire Futures Government Response outlines how the Government intends to take forward with the sector the public service reform agenda in the context of fire and rescue services at the local level and in terms of national resilience.

NEW STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK FOR ROAD SAFETY

Countries Covered: Great Britain
Date:
 2011

The Government’s new Strategic Framework for Road Safety was launched on 11 May 2011 to coincide with the launch of the UN Decade for Action on Road Safety. This sets out the Government’s approach to continuing to reduce killed and seriously injured casualties on Britain’s roads. The focus is on increasing the range of educational options for drivers who make genuine mistakes and can be helped to improve, while improving enforcement against the most dangerous and deliberate offenders. Additionally, at the local level, there will be an increase in the road safety information that is available to local citizens.

NEW DRINK-DRIVING LIMITS COME INTO EFFECT IN THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

Countries Covered: Ireland
Date: 
2011

New drink-driving limits came into effect in the Republic of Ireland on 27 October. The blood alcohol concentration limits were decreased from 80 milligrams (mg) to 20 mg for learner, novice and professional drivers,50 mg for all other drivers. The reductions bring Ireland’s drink-driving limits into line with other European countries.

REDUCING HOME ACCIDENTS – A STRATEGIC APPROACH FROM NORTHERN IRELAND

Countries Covered: Northern Ireland
Date: 
2011

In 2004, the Northern Ireland Department for Health, Social Services & Public Safety (DHSS&PS) produced a five year Home Accident Prevention Strategy and Action Plan. The main objectives of the Strategy were to reduce home accidents, particularly in those most at risk (under 5s and over 65s); to raise awareness of the causes and promote effective preventative measures; to promote and facilitate effective training, skills and knowledge across all relevant organisation, groups and individuals.

CORDS ON WINDOW BLINDS: STANDARDISATION MANDATE TO CEN

Countries Covered: England and Wales
Date: 
2011

On 2nd December 2010 a joint press release was issued by ANEC (The European consumer voice in standardisation) and the European Child Safety Alliance. Window blind cords: Time for action. After a child died in the UK from strangulation by a window blind cord, the European safety standard, EN 13120 was improved in 2009, however there were still concerns that the safety standard did not cover some types of window blinds such as Roman shades.

DEPARTMENT FOR HEALTH ANNOUNCES EARLY IMPLEMENTER HEALTH VISITING SITES

Countries Covered: England and Wales
Date: 
2011

Twenty sites have been selected to lead the way in delivering the new health visiting service. The new service, announced in February 2011, will improve the health and well-being of children, families and communities, and health visitors will play a central role in making this happen. An extra 4,200 health visitors are being recruited over the next 4 years and ex-health visitors are being encouraged to return to the profession.

WORLD HEALTH ASSEMBLY ADOPTS RESOLUTION TARGETED AT SAVING THE LIVES OF CHILDREN FROM INJURY

Countries Covered: World
Date: 
2011

On 24 May 2011, the Sixty-fourth World Health Assembly adopted a resolution on child injury prevention, the first ever on the topic. The resolution, spurred by the WHO/UNICEF World report on child injury prevention, provides a platform to support action on preventing child injuries, which are the leading cause of death for children over the age of 5 years. More than 830,000 children die each year from road traffic crashes, drowning, burns, falls and poisoning.

EUROPEAN TOY SAFETY DIRECTIVE COMES TO FORCE

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2011

The new European Toy Safety Directive, published in 2009, came into force on  the 20th July 2011. From this date, all Member States have to comply with new rules and safety requirements to protect children and reduce accidents with dangerous toys.

ALCOHOL CONCERN FACTSHEET, ‘GRASPING THE NETTLE: ALCOHOL AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE’

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2011

This Alcohol Concern factsheet is an updated overview of the research on the association between alcohol and domestic violence and a clear outline of the

GUIDE TO CALCULATE COST-EFFECTIVENESS AND COST-UTILITY OF INJURY PREVENTION INTERVENTIONS

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2011

THE WHO regional office has published a guide for use of standardised methods to conduct cost-effectiveness and cost-utility analyse on injury prevention interventions. The guide is designed to assist public health experts, researchers and policy makers who are interested in estimating cost-effectiveness and cost-utility of injury prevention programmes.

TWO INJURY PROJECTS REMOVED FROM NICE WORK PROGRAMME

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2011

The Department of Health have decided that six topics, including two relating to accident prevention, previously referred to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), are not appropriate for NICE public health guidance and should be removed from its work programme.

THE NATIONAL AUDIT OF FALLS AND BONE HEALTH IN OLDER PEOPLE

Countries Covered: England, Wales, and Northern Ireland
Date: 
2011

There is unacceptable variation in the quality of NHS services for the care and prevention of falls and fractures, an audit reveals. The National Audit of Falls and Bone Health in Older People calls for more prevention in this area. It recommends that health and local authority commissioners should provide therapeutic exercise programmes for older people to prevent falls, and says emergency departments and minor injury units should introduce routine screening for falls risk and osteoporosis among older people presenting with falls and fractures.

ACCIDENT PREVENTION KEY RESPONSIBILITY FOR LOCAL AUTHORITIES

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2011

The Department of Health has published a progress report on the new approach to public health confirming that accidental injury prevention will be included within the new role and responsibilities of local authorities.

CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER FOR WALES SUPPORTS INJURY PREVENTION

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 
2011

Dr Tony Jewell’s 2010 Annual Report on the health of the people of Wales has recently been published. It is heartening to see the recognition of injury as a major public health issue and the support expressed throughout the Report for injury surveillance and targeted prevention initiatives.

EUROSAFE POLICY BRIEFINGS

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2011

Eurosafe have produced 19 policy briefings covering all areas of injury prevention.

TOGETHER WE CAN END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS STRATEGY

Countries Covered: England and Wales
Date:
 2010

The Together We Can End Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy signals a new focus on preventing violence from happening. From 2011, preventing violence in relationships w ill be included in personal, social, health and economic education in schools. This w ill ensure that attitudes w hich condone and perpetuate violence against women are addressed before they become entrenched in young people.

NEW STRATEGY TO ENSURE THAT ALL WOMEN AND CHILDREN HAVE ‘THE RIGHT TO BE SAFE’

Countries Covered: Wales
Date:
 2010

‘The Right to be Safe’ Violence Against Women Strategy is an integrated strategy and implementation plan that will address all forms of violence against women in Wales, extending beyond domestic abuse to tackle issues such as honour based violence, female genital mutilation and forced marriage.

STATISTICS ON DRUG MISUSE: ENGLAND, 2009

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2010

This NHS annual statistical report presents a range of information on drug misuse amongst both adults and children. It also includes a focus on young adults. The report is primarily concerned with the use of illicit drugs.

DELIBERATE SELF HARM IN NORTHERN IRELAND

Countries Covered: Northern Ireland
Date: 
2010

Data from the pilot of Northern Ireland’s Registry of Deliberate Self Harm were published in January 2010. The pilot was part of the rollout of Northern Ireland’s Suicide Prevention Strategy ‘Protect Life – A Shared Vision.’ Data were collected in three accident and emergency departments in the Western Health and Social Care Trust area of Northern Ireland during 2007 and 2008.

NATIONAL REGISTRY OF DELIBERATE SELF HARM ANNUAL REPORT 2009

Countries Covered: Ireland
Date: 
2010

The National Suicide Research Foundation recently published the eighth annual report of the National Registry of Deliberate Self Harm. It is based on data collected on persons presenting as a result of deliberate self harm to any of the 39 hospital emergency departments that operated in Ireland in 2009.

GO SAFE ON SCOTLAND’S ROADS IT’S EVERYONE’S RESPONSIBILITY: SCOTLAND’S ROAD SAFETY FRAMEWORK TO 2020

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date:
 2012

The Scottish Government, as part of their continued commitment to road safety, have developed a new framework for improving road safety in Scotland over the next decade. It is the first time that Scotland has set their own road safety targets, with new targets to reduce the number of serious injuries on Scotland’s roads by half and the number of fatalities by 40 per cent.

PACTS PUBLISHES A ROAD SAFETY REVIEW AFTER 10 YEARS OF THE “TOMORROW’S ROADS: SAFER FOR EVERYONE” STRATEGY

Countries Covered: Great Britain
Date:
 2010

The Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety(PACTS) has recently published its independent analysis of progress towards the 2010 road casualty reduction targets. The analysis is based on data up to the end of 2008.  Confirmed casualty data for 2010 will not be available until June 2011.

GUIDANCE ON THE CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL BY CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2010

The Chief Medical Officer’s guidance for parents, children and young people is based on the most comprehensive ever review of the scientific evidence and follow s an extensive public consultation. The final guidance is the first time advice on children and alcohol has been set out for parents and will be the basis of a new national campaign on alcohol and children to be launched by the  Department for Children School’s and Families. The campaign will provide support and advice to parents and young people on the effects and harms of alcohol.

GIVING CHILDREN A HEALTHY START: A REVIEW OF HEALTH IMPROVEMENTS IN CHILDREN FROM BIRTH TO FIVE YEARS

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2010

This report assesses the local implementation of national policy from 1999 to 2009 on the health of children from birth to five years of age in England It examines local service planning and delivery, including priority setting, and how local bodies can improve service delivery and access for vulnerable groups such as black and minority ethnic (BME) communities, lone and teenage parents.

INITIATIVE FOR A WHO RESOLUTION ON CHILD INJURY PREVENTION

Countries Covered: World
Date: 
2010

The Executive Board of the World Health Organization, which is the major steering instrument within the WHO-governance structure counting 34 members elected by the 193 WHO-member states, strongly endorsed the proposal for issuing a WHO-Resolution on Child Injury Prevention. The proposed Resolution, which was initiated by the Dutch government in response to the World Report on Child injury prevention that has been jointly launched by WHO and UNICEF in December 2008.

DOCTORS MUST REPORT KNIFE INJURIES TO POLICE UNDER NEW GMC GUIDANCE

Countries Covered: Great Britain
Date:
 2009

Doctors should report knife injuries to the police despite the general obligation to keep patients’ information confidential, says new guidance from the General Medical Council. Currently doctors are required to report gunshot wounds to police, but the revised guidance, which comes into force on 12 October, requires them for the first time also to report attacks with a knife, blade, or sharp instrument, whether the patient is an adult or a child.

DRUG-RELATED DEATHS IN THE UK CONTINUE TO RISE

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2009

A report released by St George’s, University of London reveals there were 1,952 UK drug-related deaths in 2008, an increase of 2.7 per cent from the previous year. Heroin and morphine remain the substances involved in most deaths, according to the Drug-related deaths in the UK Annual Report 2009. England, Wales and Northern Ireland actually saw a slight reduction in deaths, but record figures for Scotland boosted the total.

ALCOHOL ATTRIBUTABLE MORTALITY AND MORBIDITY: ALCOHOL POPULATION ATTRIBUTABLE FRACTIONS FOR SCOTLAND

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date:
 2009

The aim of this study was to calculate alcohol population attributable fractions for Scotland, using the best possible estimates based on the current evidence available in the epidemiological literature and specific estimates of population drinking in Scotland. These were then applied to mortality and morbidity data to estimate more fully the burden of alcohol attributable harm in Scotland.

INDICATIONS OF PUBLIC HEALTH: DRUG MISUSE

Countries Covered: UK and Ireland
Date: 
2009

The Association of Public Health Observatories (APHO) has published the 10th report in its Indications of Public Health in the English Regions series. The new report contains 46 different indicators of drug use relating to the individual, community and population across all nine English regions, with additional analysis of sub-regional inequalities where possible. The data is intended to improve both prevention initiatives and the lives of drug users through informing a better understanding of their treatment needs.

STREET DRUG TRENDS 2009

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2009

This DrugScope report found a reduction of the purity of drugs such as cocaine and heroin. This was leading to an increase in mixing drugs such as ketamine, ecstasy, cannabis and alcohol among both problem drug users and recreational teenage users. The report looks at information supplied by 70 drug services, police forces, drug user support groups and drug action teams working in 20 areas in the UK.

A SAFER WAY: CONSULTATION ON MAKING BRITAIN’S ROADS THE SAFEST IN THE WORLD

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2009

This consultation document includes proposed targets for reductions in deaths and serious injuries to be achieved by 2020. The views received in response to the proposals put forward will influence the final shape of the Department’s next road safety strategy, which is due to be published at the end of the year.

PROMOTING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, ACTIVE PLAY AND SPORT FOR PRE-SCHOOL AND SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE IN FAMILY, PRE-SCHOOL, SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY SETTINGS

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2009

This guidance represents the views of the Institute and was arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available. Those working in the NHS, local authorities, the wider public, voluntary and community sectors and the private sector should take it into account when carrying out their professional, managerial or voluntary duties.

SAVING LIVES. REDUCING HARM. PROTECTING THE PUBLIC. AN ACTION PLAN FOR TACKLING VIOLENCE 2008 – 2011

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2008

This plan sets out a range of actions that the Government will be driving forward to reduce priority crime types, including gun and gang-related crime; knife crime; and sexual and domestic violence. Serious violence covers a wide range of offences, including homicide and serious wounding, offences involving weapons, domestic violence, hate crime and serious sexual offences including rape.

A NATIONAL ACTION PLAN TO REDUCE SUICIDE AND SELF HARM IN WALES 2008-2013

Countries Covered: Wales
Date:
 2008

The five year action plan will raise awareness of suicide and self harm and help people understand that it is often preventable. The plan is aimed mainly at people who are at highest risk. The national action plan outlines the challenges and priorities and how organisations, working together, will deal with them. It also looks at the causes of emotional distress and tackles many of the issues which people, particularly young people, may face.

WORKING TOGETHER TO REDUCE HARM. THE SUBSTANCE MISUSE STRATEGY FOR WALES 2008- 2018

Countries Covered: Wales
Date:
 2008

This 10-year-strategy ‘Working Together to Reduce Harm’, proposes a joint approach to drugs, alcohol and other misused substances.   It sets out how the Welsh Assembly Government and partner organisations will work to reduce the damage caused to individuals, their families and society from all substance misuse.

A WHO PLAN FOR BURN PREVENTION AND CARE

Countries Covered: World
Date: 
2008

The plan outlines what WHO would like to promote in terms of: advocacy, policy, data and measurement, research, prevention, health-care services for victims and capacity building. It includes activities that WHO itself commits to undertake in the near future as well what the entire field of burn prevention and control should be accomplishing in the coming decade. The plan is intended to catalyse efforts to improve the scenario for burn prevention and care and so to significantly diminish the burden of death and suffering from burns globally.

STRATEGY TO PREVENT FALLS AND FRACTURES IN IRELAND’S AGEING POPULATION

Countries Covered: Ireland
Date: 
2008

The Health Service Executive, Department of Health and Children and National Council on Ageing and Older people have jointly prepared a strategy to “Prevent Falls and Fractures in Ireland’s Ageing Population”. Falls and fractures in older people can be prevented and this strategy outlines a range of measures that should assist older people to avoid falls, and to protect them from the more serious consequences of a fall or fracture.

A CHILDREN’S ENVIRONMENT AND HEALTH STRATEGY FOR THE UNITED KINGDOM. CONSULTATION DOCUMENT

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2008

This strategy provides an overview of the current impact of the environment on children’s health in the UK and highlights areas where this could be improved. The consultation provides you with an opportunity to give your views on the priority areas identified and invites your suggestions on areas which you consider should be included.

YOUTH CRIME ACTION PLAN 2008

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2008

The youth crime action plan is a comprehensive, cross-government analysis of what the government is going to do to tackle youth crime.  It sets out a ‘triple track’ approach of enforcement and punishment where behaviour is unacceptable, non-negotiable support and challenge where it is most needed, and better and earlier prevention.

VIOLENCE REDUCTION UNIT STRATEGIC PLAN

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date:
 2007

The Violence Reduction Unit Strategic Plan is intended to serve as a framework for securing support and approval and to instigate detailed planning. By explaining their aspirations for Scotland, they hope to encourage and motivate others to become involved in making Scotland a place where violence is considered an aberration, where children, young people and adults no longer face the challenges that interpersonal violence presents in 2007.

ROAD SAFETY AUTHORITY STRATEGY 2007-2011

Countries Covered: Ireland
Date: 
2007

Ireland’s third Road Safety Strategy seeks to build on the progress and understanding provided by the first two strategies (1998-2002 and 2004-2006), with the objective of radically – and sustainably – improving safety on Irish roads. It draws on the insight and experience of countries implementing best practice in road safety, among them The Netherlands, Sweden, United Kingdom, Norway and France. New Zealand, the states of Victoria and Queensland in Australia, and a number of states in the USA also provided valuable input.

TOMORROW’S ROADS – SAFER FOR EVERYONE: THE SECOND THREE-YEAR REVIEW

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2007

This document reports on the second three-year review of the strategy Tomorrow’s roads – safer for everyone. It reports against the 2010 Public Service Agreement (PSA) targets and makes a general assessment of policy implementation, giving examples to illustrate where relevant. Given that there are only a few years left until 2010, this report also identifies the priority areas for attention and sets out what is intended to make Britain’s roads safer. This approach is jointly promoted by the Department for Transport (DFT), the Scottish Executive and the Welsh Assembly Government.

CHILD SAFETY STRATEGY: PREVENTING UNINTENTIONAL INJURIES TO CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE IN SCOTLAND

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date:
 2007

In Scotland, a Child Safety Strategy has been produced in support of the Child Safety Action Plan for Europe. The Child Safety Strategy creates a framework for action with a list of recommendations aimed at developing a strategic approach to preventing unintentional injuries to children and young people in Scotland. Development of the plan was led by RoSPA Scotland and the Child Accident Prevention Trust in consultation with key agencies and departments of the Scottish Government, and also in consultation with children directly.

YOUTH AND ROAD SAFETY IN EUROPE

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2007

This briefing, along with the global report Youth and road safety, highlights some of the risk factors that put young people at increased risk. Although also relevant to all ages, factors such as speed, alcohol, not being conspicuous, not using crash helmets, seat-belts and child passenger restraints and road and vehicle designs that do not have inherent safety features built in increase the likelihood of serious road crashes.

INJURY PREVENTION POLICY BRIEFINGS PRODUCED BY EUROSAFE AND THE REGIONAL OFFICE OF THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2007

Policy 1: The role of public health in injury prevention
Policy 2: Developing national policy for injury prevention
Policy 3: Inequality in injury risks

PROTECT LIFE: A SHARED VISION. THE NORTHERN IRELAND SUICIDE PREVENTION STRATEGY & ACTION PLAN 2006 – 2011

Countries Covered: Ireland
Date: 
2006

The Northern Ireland Suicide Prevention Strategy – ‘Protect Life’ Consultation document was published by the Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety in March 2006. This was the culmination of the work of the N Ireland Suicide Taskforce and also marked the beginning of a collaborative and determined implementation process to see the number of suicides within N Ireland reduced. A particular focus was placed within the strategy on reducing the number of suicides in young males and also to addressing the rising rates of self harm.

CHILD AND ADOLESCENT INJURY PREVENTION: A WHO PLAN OF ACTION 2006 – 2015

Countries Covered: World
Date: 
2006

This document presents a framework for the World Health Organisation’s approach to child and adolescent injury prevention, to guide its efforts to reduce fatal and non-fatal injuries among children and young people.  The plan results from an extensive process of consultation with organisations and individuals concerned with child health, and with child injury prevention in particular.  It focuses on the main areas where WHO has added value in relation to injury prevention for children and adolescents, including surveillance, research, prevention, capacity development and advocacy.

COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL ON ACTIONS FOR A SAFER EUROPE

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2006

This document focuses on the prevention of accidents and injuries in the Member States by public health actions. It provides a strategic framework in form of a Community action plan which will help the Member States prioritise their actions in reducing accidents and injuries.

REACH OUT. NATIONAL STRATEGY FOR ACTION ON SUICIDE PREVENTION

Countries Covered: Ireland
Date: 
2005

The national strategy for action on suicide prevention, titled Reach Out, was published in September 2005.1 The definition of suicide used by the authors was ‘suicide is a conscious or deliberate act that ends one’s life when an individual is attempting to solve a problem that is perceived as unsolvable by any other means’. Reach Out makes the point that social changes have impacted on the nature and extent of suicidal behaviour in Ireland. Suicide rates doubled during the 1980s and 1990s. This was a time when society experienced considerable transition from an agricultural rural economy to an urban service-orientated one.

CHILD AND ADOLESCENT INJURY PREVENTION: A GLOBAL CALL TO ACTION

Countries Covered: World
Date: 
2005

This document provides the facts and overview about child and adolescent injury and injury prevention.

A FAIR FUTURE FOR OUR CHILDREN. THE STRATEGY OF THE WELSH ASSEMBLY GOVERNMENT FOR TACKLING CHILD POVERTY

This is a 3 year strategy designed to meet the 2020 target of eradicating child poverty. In addition to income levels, the quality of life of children and young people is influenced by access to education or healthcare, decent housing and concerns about crime and security. The strategy’s strongest focus is upon children’s earliest years.  By making £50 million available between 2005 and 2008 for an initiative for disadvantaged children in their early years. The document sets out guiding principles, issues, proposed methods and yardsticks for success.

NATIONAL SERVICE FRAMEWORK FOR CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE & MATERNITY SERVICES

Countries Covered: Wales
Date:
 2005

The National Service Framework sets out the quality of services that children, young people and their families have a right to expect and receive in Wales. The framework has been developed as a partnership between health and social care with links to education, housing, leisure, the voluntary sector and other stakeholders including parents/ carers, children and young people.

CONSULTATION ON FIRE STRATEGY FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE 2006 – 2010

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2005

The Fire and Rescue Service Strategy for Children and Young People is a five-year high level strategy intended to deliver effective reduction of fire risk and fire crime. It seeks to draw together and build on the strengths of the Service in all these areas. The Strategy aims to ensure excellence in work with children and young people, especially those in deprived communities, supported by effective partnership working and early intervention.

THE NATIONAL HEALTH PROMOTION STRATEGY 2000-2005

Countries Covered: Ireland
Date: 
2005

The purpose of this new health promotion strategy is to set out a broad policy framework within which action can be carried out at an appropriate level to advance the strategic aims and objectives.

POLICY, PLANNING AND DESIGN FOR WALKING AND CYCLING

Countries Covered: Wales
Date:
 2004

This strategy for Wales sets out the policy context that supports the promotion of pedestrian and cycling facilities.  It also describes common design principles for pedestrian and cycle provision.

DJACENT AND SHARED USE FACILITIES FOR PEDESTRIANS AND CYCLISTS

Countries Covered: Wales
Date:
 2004

This strategy for Wales aimed to make it easier for people to walk or cycle to provision of shared or adjacent routes.  Improving safety for vulnerable road users is crucial in promoting the feasibility of these forms of transport.  All possibilities here are considered.

TOMORROW’S ROADS SAFER FOR EVERYONE. THE FIRST THREE – YEAR REVIEW

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2004

The Government’s road safety strategy Tomorrow’s roads – safer for everyone published in March 2000 set out a framework for delivering further improvements in road safety over the next decade and established new long term 10 year casualty reduction targets to be achieved by 2010.

THE FUTURE OF TRANSPORT

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2004

This is a strategy looks at the factors that will shape travel and transport networks.  It sets out the government’s vision for transport and how they will respond to those pressure, safeguarding economic and social well being and environment.  The document is built around three key themes:  (i) Sustained investment over the long term (ii) Improvements in transport management (iii) Planning ahead.

HOME ACCIDENT PREVENTION STRATEGY & ACTION PLAN 2004-2009

Countries Covered: Ireland
Date: 
2004

The overall aim is “To reduce the number of accidental deaths and injuries in the home.” It is recognised that this aim will take time to achieve and therefore this 5 year plan represents only the first phase of a long-term strategy to increase people’s awareness of the dangers and to highlight ways to prevent home accidents. In addition, the aim will only be realised through an integrated partnership approach including statutory, voluntary and community sectors.

EVERY CHILD MATTERS: CHANGE FOR CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE & DRUGS

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2004

To support delivery of Every Child Matters: Change for Children and the Updated National Drug Strategy, the Department for Education and Skills, the Home Office, and the Department of Health have agreed a joint approach to the development of universal, targeted and specialist services to prevent drug harm and to ensure that all children and young people are able to reach their potential. The document sets out how those responsible for delivering children and young people’s services and the drug strategy should work together to improve the futures of young people, their families and community. Strategic Guidance on drugs and young people setting out national expectations for local delivery on young people’s substance misuse is included.

TACKLING HEALTH INEQUALITIES. A PROGRAMME FOR ACTION

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2004

This plan sets out a Programme for Action for achieving two goals – the national health inequalities target and the wider challenges set by the underlying causes of health inequalities.

WALKING AND CYCLING: AN ACTION PLAN

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2004

This is an 8 year plan aiming to promote the health, travel, social benefits of walking and cycling. The barriers to walking and cycling have developed over a long period of time and the intention is to work towards long-term changes to overcome those barriers. This action plan sets out short-term, practical steps which Government and its partners will take with the aim of increasing levels of cycling and walking with safety in mind throughout.   The report discusses methods of improving the walking and cycling environment, providing better facilities for walking and cycling and  influencing travel behaviour.

ROAD SAFETY STRATEGY FOR WALES

Countries Covered: Wales
Date:
 2003

This is a 7 year programme is aimed at to reduce real and perceived danger for all road and footway users in Wales in order to promote safe and sustainable access.  The areas discussed in this document include road safety (e.g. targets, reducing road danger, joint working with other policy areas), delivering road safety standards, investigating collisions and causalities, safety for children, speed management, safety for pedestrians and cyclists, safety for horse riders, safety for motor vehicle users and safety for motorcyclists.

WALKING AND CYCLING STRATEGY FOR WALES

Countries Covered: Wales
Date:
 2003

This strategy aims to promote walking and cycling and their role in how we travel in Wales. The document points out the disadvantages of using private cars, particularly for short journeys. It highlights the benefits that walking and cycling can bring e.g. health, environmental, etc.  Delivering the strategy will mean that eh Welsh Assembly Government and its stakeholders will have to work together in partnership to make change happen.

THE STRATEGY FOR OLDER PEOPLE IN WALES

Countries Covered: Wales
Date:
 2003

This strategy for Wales aims to provide a framework for future polices and programmes reflecting the needs of an ageing society. Many issues are highlighted in this document about how government at all levels affects older people and their lives. The need to improve services for older people such as health, housing, social services, transport is recognised and the strategy will help to confront discrimination against older people, tackle stereotypes of old age and improve the engagement with and participation of older people in our communities.

KEEP WELL THIS WINTER – THE CONTRIBUTION OF LOACL AUTHORITIES AND THEIR PARTNERS

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, in 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 provides the background to the themes of the campaign and ideas for local authority involvement.

OSTEOPOROSIS AND FRACTURE PREVENTION STRATEGY FOR WALES

Countries Covered: Wales
Date:
 2003

This Osteoporosis and Fracture Prevention Strategy will assist and inform Local Health Boards (LHBs) working with the NHS trusts and social services to address the rising tide of osteoporotic fractures in particular, reducing bed blockage. This approach emphasises the prevention of osteoporotic fractures through the promotion of a healthy active life and the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. The NOS strategy uses an evidence-based approach and links to national priorities, making it a wonderful example of joined-up thinking.

NATIONAL PROGRAMME FOR IMPROVING MENTAL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING: ACTION PLAN

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date:
 2003

This is a 3 year strategy forms a key part of the Scottish Executive’s work on improving health in Scotland and in achieving greater social justice by working to address mental health inequalities and reduce the opportunity gap experienced by people with mental health problems. This document sets out the main aims and areas of activity for national work and provides a suggested outline for local areas to follow.

LIVING PLACES: CLEANER, SAFER, GREENER

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2003

This document sets out the Government’s approach to making cleaner, safer, greener public spaces to enhance the quality of life in our neighbourhoods, towns and cities. The quality of public spaces affects all of us wherever we live and work. Safe, well-maintained and attractive public spaces have a critical role in creating pride in the places where we live which, in turn, is essential to building community cohesion and successful communities. But all too often, we experience places that are unwelcoming, unkempt and difficult – or even dangerous – to use.

CHOOSE LIFE. A NATIONAL STRATEGY AND ACTION PLAN TO PREVENT SUICIDE IN SCOTLAND

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date:
 2002

This National Strategy and Action Plan is a part of the Scottish Executive’s efforts to improve the mental health and well-being of the Scottish population and, ultimately, reverse the serious rise in suicide rates in recent years. It forms part of the Scottish Executive’s drive for social justice and improvements to health, and links to a range of recent Scottish Executive policies.   Scotland has one of the highest suicide rates in Western Europe, the goal is to reduce the suicide rate in Scotland by 20% by 2013.

NORTHERN IRELAND ROAD SAFETY STRATEGY 2002-2012

Countries Covered: Northern Ireland
Date: 
2002

The Northern Ireland Road Safety Strategy seeks to promote an integrated approach to the planning, co-ordination and delivery of the Government’s road safety activities over the next decade, aimed at achieving the casualty reduction targets set out in the next section. It represents the commitment of the departments and agencies, whose activities contribute to road casualty reduction, to addressing the strategic objectives set out in the consultation document.

CHILD ROAD SAFETY – ACHIEVING THE 2010 TARGET

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2002

When the Government’s Road Safety StrategyTomorrow’s Roads – Safer for Everyone, was published in March 2000, it included targets to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured (KSI) in Great Britain as a result of road traffic accidents by 40%, and a more stringent target for children (under 16 years of age). The child target is a 50% reduction compared with the average for 1994-98. This child safety strategy sets out what will be done to improve road safety for children aged up to 15 to help meet the 2010 casualty reduction target, identifying priority areas and producing plans for further action.

CAPIC COLLABORATION FOR ACCIDENT PREVENTION & INJURY CONTROL

Countries Covered: Wales
Date:
 2002

This document has been written by members of the Collaboration in
Accident Prevention and Injury Control (CAPIC), a virtual Wales Injury
Prevention Network, with the support of the Welsh Assembly Government. The Collaboration commends this document for consideration by the Welsh Assembly Government.

PREVENTING ACCIDENTAL INJURY – PRIORITIES FOR ACTION

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2002

This report by the Accidental Injury Task Force offers a practical way forward to cross-Government action which would have the greatest impact in preventing injury. The Task Force has identified where efforts should be focused in future, and how they can have maximum impact through better planning, co-ordination and leadership. It has set out an agenda for delivering real reductions in accidental injury, which result in deaths and serious injuries, and has identified proven practical measures that can be applied now.

THE TRANSPORT FRAMEWORK FOR WALES

Countries Covered: Wales
Date:
 2001

A better and sustainable transport system is the strategic aim of the Transport Framework . The document sets out how the National Assembly for Wales aims to lead and support the delivery of the transport infrastructure and services needed in Wales.     Strategies identified will help guide and determine how and where future developments should be made to meet Wales’ economic, social and environmental needs.

NATIONAL SERVICE FRAMEWORK FOR OLDER PEOPLE

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2001

This National Service Framework is the first ever comprehensive strategy to ensure fair, high quality, integrated health and social care services for older people. It is a 10 year programme of action linking services to support independence and promote good health, specialised services for key conditions, and culture change so that all older people and their carers are always treated with respect, dignity and fairness.

TOMORROW’S ROADS SAFER FOR EVERYONE

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2000

This is a 10 year plan setting out the main ways the government plans to improve road safety.  The target is to reduce deaths and serious injuries overall by 40% and by 50% for children and also to keep slight injuries well below the increase in traffic. Safety is the most important responsibility of anyone involved in transport. Government, local authorities, police officers, civil engineers, car makers all have a role in creating the conditions for safe travel. New technology too will continue to play an important role. But we all have a responsibility as users drivers, riders, walkers, all of us.

TRANSPORT TEN YEAR PLAN 2000

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2000

This plan is designed to deliver the Government’s priorities: reduced congestion, better integration, and a wider choice of quicker, safer, more reliable travel on road, rail and other public transport.

NEW DIRECTIONS IN SPEED MANAGEMENT

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2000

To achieve road safety targets this speed policy review has been developed to contribute to the reduction in death and injury on our roads by aiming for appropriate speeds on all roads.  Best practice in engineering, enforcement, education and publicity to achieve a workable and cost-effective approach has been examined.

CRIME REDUCTION STRATEGY

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
1999

Safe and healthy communities need a strong, shared respect for the proper boundaries of the law and collective condemnation for all those who break them.  Reducing crime and the fear of crime enhances liberty and revitalises communities. The fight against crime is an integral part of the Government’s commitment to make Britain a better place to live.  This is an ambitious programme of work which will – if achieved – represent an unprecedented reduction in levels of recorded crime against the predicted scale.

A NEW DEAL FOR TRANSPORT: BETTER FOR EVERYONE

Countries Covered: UK
Date:
 1998

This document sets out the Government’s manifesto to create a more integrated transport system to tackle the problems of congestion and pollution through better public transport.  Throughout the document safety and injury prevention are considered for all modes of transport. It is recognised that cars will remain important and its use continuing to grow so the priority is maintaining existing roads and better management of the road network to improve reliability.

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