Category Archives: Tools & Guides

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/

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

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.

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: FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION PREVALENCE DATASET

The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) has developed a new ‘Female Genital Mutilation Prevalence Dataset’. This is a monthly return of aggregated patient data generated by acute hospital providers in England.

Data is now being reported online monthly at regional level.

 

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/

 

UK: AN INSPECTOR CALLS – WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN A H & S INSPECTOR VISITS

If you’ve never been visited by a health and safety inspector – and, depending on the nature and level of risk of your workplace, many of you won’t have been – there is perhaps a tendency to worry or be nervous about what might happen during a visit, but if you’ve been managing your health and safety in the right way, there’s no need to be concerned.

 

 

 

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.

 

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

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.

 

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/)

SCOTLAND: RoSPA GUIDE TO HELP LOCAL COUNCILLORS IN SCOTLAND PREVENT ROAD CASUALTIES

A step-by-step guide to help local councillors in Scotland prevent road tragedies has been published by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

UK: KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE AT HOME – NEW GUIDE OFFERING ACTIVITIES AND ADVICE ON HOME SAFETY

A major resource from the Keeping Children Safe at Home project is now freely available for downloading from http://tiny.cc/kcspage.  The resource Injury Prevention Briefing: Preventing unintentional injuries to the under fives: a guide for practitioners offers activities and advice focusing on preventing falls, scalds, fire-related injuries and poisonings.

The Briefing includes sections dealing with general prevention issues such as the link between accidents and deprivation, and evaluation methods; eleven activities to be run with parents; and background information about each of the injury topics.

FURTHER INFORMATION: http://tiny.cc/kcspage

ENGLAND: POTENTIAL YEARS OF LIFE LOST DUE TO INJURY

The Health and Social Care Information Centre has released a set of new ‘Clinical Commissioning Group Indicators’.These include,  in ‘Domain 1 – Preventing People Dying Prematurely’, indicator 1.1 ‘Potential years of life lost (PYLL) from causes considered amenable to healthcare’. This provides the ability to compare PYLL due to injuries compared to other causes, by year(s) and sex, at national and clinical commissioning group level

Further information: http://nww.indicators.ic.nhs.uk/webview/  NHS and restricted public health -only access   https://indicators.ic.nhs.uk/webview/     public access

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

PARACHUTE – A CANADIAN CHARITABLE ORGANISATION DEDICATED TO PREVENTING INJURIES AND SAVING LIVES

Parachute is a Canadian charitable organisation dedicated to preventing injuries and saving lives.

http://www.parachutecanada.org/

Information, tools and guides are available for the following injury topic areas:

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

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 & IRELAND: RoSPA’S DIRECTORS’ SAFETY E-BOOK

RoSPA’S free ‘Directors’ Safety E-Book’ is designed to inform senior managers and company directors what they need to do to meet their legal  health and safety duties.

EUROPE: RAPID ALERT SYSTEM ON DANGEROUS PRODUCTS – RAPEX 2013

For 10 years the EU Rapid Information system (RAPEX) has been guarding European consumers against un-safe non-food products. In 2013 a total of 2,364 measures were taken by EU Member States. This figure indicates a 3.8% rise in alerts compared to 2012 and continues the increasing trend which has been apparent since the establishment of RAPEX in 2003.

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.

WORLD: WHO: NEW TOOL FOR CAUSE-OF-DEATH DATA ANALYSIS

The WHO Department of Health Statistics and Information Systems recently launched a new tool for analysing mortality level and cause-of-death
data version 2 (ANACoD V.2). One of the unique features of ANACoD V.2 is that it contains a module for detailed analyses of external causes of injury deaths. The release of this new tool is one of WHO’s efforts to maximize the use of mortality and cause-of-death data by all Member States for health policy planning, practice, monitoring and evaluation.

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”.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

 

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.

 

EUROPE: NEW CHILD PRODUCT SAFETY GUIDE RELEASED BY ECSA

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 2013

On Thursday 5th December, the European Child Safety Alliance along with its country partners and 3 key sponsors, Underwriters Laboratories (UL), Kid Rapt Ltd. in the United Kingdom and the Consumer Safety Commission (CSC) in France (3), released the Child Product Safety Guide: Potentially dangerous products. This Guide has been written to    increase knowledge as a step toward reducing child injuries related to products that are in regular use by children and their caregivers. It provides comprehensive information on 26 products that child safety experts in Europe and evidence-based research have identified as posing injury risks to children.

 

CHANGING BEHAVIOURS IN PUBLIC HEALTH

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

This LGA briefing for councillors and officers explains how behavioural change interventions – or nudge theory as it is dubbed – can help local authorities fulfil their public health responsibilities.

BULLYING SURVEY 2013

Countries Covered:UK
Date: 2013

This report provides a wealth of bullying statistics and how susceptibility to bullying can vary between 52 different demographic profiles.

ALCOHOL AND YOUR CHILD

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

This section of the Drinkaware  website provides advice and age appropriate tips about talking to children about alcohol.

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING FOR TOYS? READ CAPT’S ESSENTIAL TOY SAFETY GUIDE

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

As Christmas approaches, help spread the word to parents about toy safety and what to look for when buying toys by sharing CAPTS essential toy safety guide.

 

MANAGING RISK IN PLAY PROVISION: GUIDANCE REVISED AND UPDATED

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

The Play Safety Forum has produced Managing Risk in Play Provision  to help strike a balance between the risks and the benefits of offering children challenging play opportunities.

 

ROSPA PRODUCE INFOGRAPHIC OF HSE ANNUAL STATISTICS

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

RoSPA have produced an infographic displaying the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) annual figures, which highlight the number of those killed or injured at work.

http://rospaworkplacesafety.com/2013/11/07/safety-statistics/

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

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

PROTECT CHILDREN, PREVENT NICOTINE POISONING: WHERE DO YOU KEEP YOURS?

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 2013

Children in Wales and Public Health Wales have produced an information sheet on the dangers of nicotine poisoning. All products containing nicotine, such as cigarettes, ashtrays, gum, patches, sprays, lozenges and e-cigarettes, should be kept away from children as these products can be attractive to curious children.

 

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.

NEW APP FOR ADVISE ON NEW BORN BABIES

The Essential Parent Company launches a free app so new parents have trusted advice at their fingertips.

FACING UP TO FALLS VIDEO

RoSPA has created a short film, Facing up to Falls, as part of its Safer Homes project in England.  The film aims to provide families and older people with practical steps to avoid falls by highlighting key issues that lead to a fall.  The film contains advice on preventing a fall and involves real-life experiences of older people.  To view this short film click here and please do share it with others.

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’.

STRENGTHENING ROAD SAFETY LEGISLATION: A PRACTICE AND RESOURCE MANUAL FOR COUNTRIES

Country: World
Date: 2013
WHO launches manual aimed at strengthening road safety legislation in support of the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND ABUSE: PROFESSIONAL GUIDANCE

Country: UK
Date: 2013
This DH guidance helps health professionals including midwives, health visitors and school nurses to recognise factors that may indicate domestic violence and abuse and describes steps to ensure appropriate support and referral where necessary. 

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.  

FALLS PREVENTION EVIDENCE

This new document from Age UK explains the research base for falls prevention exercise to give a better understanding of the programmes that have been shown to be effective in preventing falls. The guide also provides examples of evidence-based programmes that are currently in practice and demonstrates how they contribute to an integrated falls care pathway.

GUIDE TO GET YOUNG PEOPLE ACTIVE

This guide produced by Sustrans gives people working in schools and colleges tips and advice on how to engage 11 to 18-year-olds in cycling, walking and public transport use.

EVIDENCE REVIEW ON ALCOHOL AND DRUG MISUSE IN PREGNANT WOMEN

This Public Health Wales report sets out the epidemiology of substance misuse in Wales and provides a review of the evidence for interventions to identify and treat substance misuse in pregnant women.

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.

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

THE MISUSE OF GASES, AEROSOLS AND SOLVENTS

Community for Recovery is a website set up by Re-Solv and Solve It, which provides direct access to professional advice, online counselling and peer support for those misusing volatile substances (VS-users) and their family and/or friends.

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.

NEW LOCAL ROAD SAFETY INDEX TOOL

Country: UK
Date: 2013

This new tool presents data specifically relating to roads that are within the 500 metre radius around British schools. The tool has been developed  to help local authorities, parents, teachers and drivers have a better understanding of the road risks in specific local areas. The data looks at all road related incidents that are reported to the police.

NEW FIRE SAFETY RESOURCE FOR LANDLORDS

Firemark’ is a programme developed by DSFRS that will provide fire and rescue services and their partners with information to support landlords through a short interactive training and advice session.

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.

 

 

 

“LIGHTING THE WAY” – A NEW BOOKLET TO HELP THE FAMILIES AND FRIENDS OF PEOPLE BEREAVED THROUGH SUICIDE

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

“Lighting the Way”  is an accessible information resource for those bereaved through suicide. The booklet contains important information on the practical and emotional  processes involved immediately after the suicide.

SELF-HARM FIRST AID ADVICE

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

The British Red Cross have worked with YoungMinds to produce video and Facebook first aid advice on the first  actions to take on discovering someone who has taken a harmful substance.

 

 

WHO AND PARTNERS LAUNCH PEDESTRIAN SAFETY: A ROAD SAFETY MANUAL FOR DECISION-MAKERS AND PRACTITIONERS

Countries Covered: World
Date: 2013

Jointly developed by WHO, the FIA Foundation, the Global Road Safety Partnership and the World Bank, this road safety manual equips the reader with necessary information on: the magnitude of pedestrian death and injury; key risk factors; how to assess the pedestrian safety situation in a country or area and prepare an action plan; and how to select, design, implement and evaluate effective interventions.

ROSPA HOME SAFETY POSITION STATEMENTS

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

RoSPA’s revised home safety position statements are now available.  The position statements cover a wide range of home safety issues and concerns.

 

 

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.

CAPT GUIDE TO COMMISSIONING

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

CAPT has produced a free, downloadable guide to commissioning effective child accident prevention services, both as a standalone programme and as an integral part of wider services for children and families.

 

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.

 

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.

 

NEW ACCIDENT PREVENTION HANDBOOK LAUNCHED

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

A new accident handbook titled ‘Delivering Accident Prevention at local level in the new public health system’  has just been launched by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), supported by Public Health England (PHE) and funded by the Department of Health.

 

NEW ROAD SAFETY OBSERVATORY

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

A Road Safety Observatory has been launched to offer access to independent road safety research and information for anyone working in road safety and for members of the public. It provides summaries and reviews of research on a wide range of road safety issues, along with links to original road safety research reports.

WHO AND PARTNERS LAUNCH PEDESTRIAN SAFETY: A ROAD SAFETY MANUAL FOR DECISION-MAKERS AND PRACTITIONERS

Countries Covered: World
Date: 2013
This manual equips the reader with necessary information on: the magnitude of pedestrian death and injury; key risk factors; how to assess the pedestrian safety situation in a country or area and prepare an action plan; and how to select, design, implement and evaluate effective interventions.

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.

MAKING THE LINK: ENGAGING WITH PARENTS AND FAMILIES

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

The Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) has produced a number of topic briefings of relevance for those who commission services for children and families. These briefings will help commissioners understand what an effective accident prevention programme looks like in terms of parental engagement, working with the voluntary section, and injury prevention co-ordination. Links to briefings are available on the Making the Link website: www.makingthelink.net/topic-briefings

CAPT GUIDE TO COMMISSIONING

Countries Covered: UK
Date: March 2013

CAPT has produced a free, downloadable guide to commissioning effective child accident prevention services, both as a standalone programme and as an integral part of wider services for children and families.

Further information: http://www.capt.org.uk/who-we-are/news/capt-guide-commissioning

ROSPA HOME SAFETY POSITION STATEMENTS

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

RoSPA’s revised home safety position statements are now available.  The position statements cover a wide range of home safety issues and concerns.  The document can be viewed within the home safety section of the RoSPA website but here is a direct link to it: http://www.rospa.com/HomeSafety/PositionStatements/index.html.

MENTAL WELLBEING GUIDE FOR SCHOOLS

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2013

A guide to help schools improve the emotional and mental wellbeing of their students has been launched by the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition.

HOME SAFETY QUIZ, ROSPA WALES

Home Safety Quiz in Welsh

PREVENTION PACKAGE FOR OLDER PEOPLE

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2013

UK Department of Health’s Prevention Package for Older People – The package sets out how preventing health problems before they occur can help older people live better and healthier lives.

INTERPRETING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY GUIDELINES FOR OLDER ADULTS

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2013

The British Heart Foundation National Centre (BHFNC) has produced a series of three booklets designed to assist those who work with older people to interpret the UK physical activity guidelines into appropriate messages. The three booklets are designed to reflect the differences among the older population.

AGE UK AND FALLS PREVENTION

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2013

The briefing ‘Don’t Mention the F-Word’ by Age UK, summarises the findings from the research report Encouraging Positive Attitudes to Falls Preven-tion in Later Life. This report gives advice to practitioners on communicating falls prevention methods to older people and is well worth a read.

LASER ALLIANCE: NEW RESOURCE PROFILER

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2013

The free online tool primarily reinforces the use of the “10 principles for effective safety education” and has been de-signed to support the work of LASER Alliance, its members, and those involved in producing resources, to support practical safety and risk education. The Profiler can help identify resources’ strengths; sharing effective practice to promote risk competence.

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.

PREVENTING CHILD MALTREATMENT

Countries Covered: World
Date: 
2012

To help meet the prevention challenges, WHO has collaborated with the International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) in the development of ‘Preventing child maltreatment’.

GUIDANCE ON EMERGENCY DEPT DATA SHARING TO REDUCE VIOLENCE

Countries Covered: England and Wales
Date: 
2012

The Centre for Public Innovation has developed a website to provide advice and case studies on ‘Reducing Violence in our Community: Emergency Department Datasharing’. This website is designed to give all the tools needed to understand and set up local Datasharing arrangements using an Anonymised Assault Victim Dataset between your local Emergency Departments (EDs) and the Community Safety Partnership.

RESPONDING TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2012

The RCGP document provides guidance to general practitioners to help them respond effectively to patients experiencing domestic abuse.

INVENTORY OF YOUTH SERVICES IN THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

Countries Covered: Ireland
Date: 
2012

The National Suicide Research Foundation has published an inventory of services for young people. The inventory was developed in response to requests from professionals, volunteers and young people who expressed a need for an inventory of services that young people can turn to for general and mental health issues. The inventory is available at the NSRF’s website.

SAFETY IN BASKETBALL – LAUNCH OF SPORTS TASK FORCE REPORT

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2012

three-years study by the EuroSafe -Safety in Sports Task Force confirms that it is possible to anchor injury prevention more strongly into the education and training of coaches as well as players and thus to increase the health benefits of playing basketball by decreasing injury risks. Coaches play a decisive role in translating the prevention evidence into practice and are the most important mediators for integrating safety aspects within current training and practices.

BOOKLET ON MOTORWAY DRIVING IN THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

Countries Covered: Ireland
Date: 
2012

Ireland’s motorway network has expanded in recent years and there has been an increase in motorway traffic incidents. The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has published a new information booklet to help drivers to safely use motorways.

SCORSA DRIVING RISKS @ WORK TOOLKIT

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date:
 2012

The Scottish Occupational Road Safety Alliance (ScORSA) launched its ScORSA Driving Risks @ Work Toolkit on 11th May 2011 to coincide with the United Nations launch of the Decade of Action for Road Safety. The ScORSA DR@W Toolkit is free to Small and Medium sized businesses in Scotland and has been promoted through a series of seminars in Fife, Glasgow, Hamilton and Aberdeen.  Statistics reveal that people who drive in the course of their work are involved in between a quarter to a third of all incidents on Scotland’s
roads.

CHILDREN’S TRAFFIC CLUB

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2012

The Children’s Traffic Club is a proven and effective child road safety programme, focusing on helping parents/ carers teach their children how to keep safe when out and about – but have fun at the same time!

ROAD SAFETY: ACTION KIT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

Countries Covered: World
Date: 
2012

In April this year, YOURS – Youth for Road Safety, a global youth-led organisation that acts to make the world’s roads safe for young people – officially launched the Youth and Road Safety Action Kit at the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration meeting in Washington DC, USA.

HOME ELECTRICAL SAFETY CHECK’ APP FROM ELECTRICAL SAFETY COUNCIL

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2012

The new ESC app allows anyone – whether they live in the home or are looking to move into it – to do a quick, visual check, to ensure its electrically safe. Designed to be as easy-to-use as possible, the app highlights potential dangers in each room and explains how to resolve simple, non-technical problems.

FREE FUN KITS FROM ELECTRICAL SAFETY COUNCIL (ESC)

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2012

The ESC has produced a fun free kit for kids aged 4-8 years about electrical safety.

YOUTUBE VIDEO ON FALLS PREVENTION

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2012

Oxfordshire Falls Prevention Service has produced a video on falls prevention. The video offers advice to older people and their carers on how to reduce an older person’s risk of falling.

FALLS PREVENTION RESOURCE PACK

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2012

This Royal College of Physicians pack includes quality improvement best practice measures for assessing the impact of the number of falls in clinical hospital wards as well as preventing and managing falls.

REDUCING FALLS IN CARE ENVIRONMENTS

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2012

East Midlands Health, Innovation, Education Cluster have developed a falls reduction educational package for carers in care homes which includes resources such as DVD and social media support.

LASER ALLIANCE: EXPERIENCING RISK IS CRUCIAL IF YOUNG PEOPLE ARE TO LEARN ABOUT SAFETY AND BEING ACTIVE

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2012

Helping children and young people develop skills to make responsible decisions about safety and risk is the aim of a new LASER Alliance. The LASER Alliance, which currently has 215 registered members (individuals and organisations), promotes “learning about safety by experiencing risk”. It believes risk taking is an important part of life and that, by learning to manage risks through high quality practical safety.

CHIMAT ACCIDENT PREVENTION REPORT

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2012

Accidents are a major health issue for children: injuries in and around the home are the most common cause of death in children over the age of one. Looking at this report will help you gain a better understanding of unintentional injuries for children in your local area.  The report includes information about: deprivation; electrical safety; smoke alarms; fire and rescue service activity; domestic and other violence; road injuries; falls; burns and scalds.

ENGAGING, EFFECTIVE RESOURCE FROM CAPT FOR PREVENTING SERIOUS FALLS IN UNDER 5S

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 
2012

Working closely with Karen McFarlane at Children in Wales, CAPT has identified that falls are the leading cause of accidents for children under 5 in Wales.  Look who’s falling is a DVD pack focusing on three common falls scenarios for young children: a fall from a window, a fall down stairs and a fall from a high chair. It will enable you to easily run a session on falls prevention.

NEW NATIONAL WEBSITE SUPPORTING CHILD PROTECTION

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date:
 2012

The Scottish Government has launched a new national website offering help and support to vulnerable children and families on child protection issues. The new site includes clear, accessible information on what the public should do if they are concerned for a child’s welfare. It also features a range of information and links to downloadable materials for children themselves, including cartoons and online games providing child safety tips.

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.

UK: ROSPA INFOCENTRE

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2012

RoSPA’s Infocentre, based at the Society’s headquarters in Birmingham, houses a unique collection of safety-related documents and provides an extensive enquiry service on all aspects of safety and health. For RoSPA Members the service is free, included as part of the annual subscription.

STREET LEVEL CRIME MAPS

Countries Covered: England and Wales
Date: 2011

New online crime maps for England and Wales have been launched, allowing users to see which offences have been reported in their local streets.

WHO RELEASES NEW SERIES OF SHORT COURSES ON VIOLENCE AND INJURY PREVENTION

Countries Covered: World
Date: 
2011

Violence and Injury prevention short courses provide a complete training resource for facilitators around the world. Each course addresses a specific injury or violence area and is designed to be delivered over 2-5 days.

ECONOMIC INCENTIVES TO IMPROVE SAFETY AT WORK

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2011

Newly published research by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) suggests that economic incentive schemes encouraging companies to invest in risk prevention are a cost-effective option for governments looking to cut the numbers of work-related accidents and illnesses. The EU-OSHA report on economic incentives was launched at a conference of the International Occupational Hygiene Association (IOHA) ‘Health, Work and Social Responsibility’ in Rome on 29 September 2010.

SAFETY CHECKLISTS FOR SPORTS COACHES

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2011

SafeSport-UK web site has published a safety check list for sport coaches. SafeSport was formed to offer a unique reference point on playing sport safely. SafeSport examines a wide rnage of popular sports and explains how to reduce the risk involved.

ROAD SAFETY EVALUATION WEBSITE

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2011

free website to help road safety practitioners evaluate their education, training and publicity activities was launched today by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents and the Department for Transport. At the heart of the Road Safety Evaluation website is E-valu-it – an interactive toolkit which helps practitioners evaluate their road safety work.

IN-VEHICLE DRIVER DISTRACTION

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2011

The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) has published a new report on minimising in-vehicle distraction, which is part of ETSC’s PRAOSE project, “Preventing Road Accidents and Injuries for the Safety of Employees”. Vehicles are increasingly becoming “moving offices”, an environment in which employees are likely to receive or make phone calls, check text messages or even check their e-mails, without appreciating the enormous road risk that this type of behaviour poses while driving to work.

CRASHMAP: ROAD TRAFFIC ACCIDENT WEBSITE

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2011

To coincide with the publication of Road Casualties GB 2010, a new website has just been launched to allow members of the public to search for and look up details of every road traffic crash reported to police since 2005. Using a fully searchable map, users can locate crashes in a particular area, see what date they occurred on and how serious an incident it was; a detailed collision report can then be downloaded.

FALLS PREVENTION GUIDELINES ISSUED BY THE BRITISH AND AMERICAN GERIATRICS SOCIETIES

Countries Covered: World
Date: 
2011

The British and American Geriatric Societies have issued the updated guideline ‘Clinical Practice Guideline: Prevention of Falls in Older Persons’ The Guideline for the Prevention of Falls in Older Persons was originally published in May 2001. The present publication updates the earlier guideline by evaluating evidence and analyses that have become available since 2001 and by providing revised recommendations based on these evaluations.

NICE GUIDANCE ‘PREVENTING UNINTENTIONAL INJURIES AMONG UNDER-15S’

Countries Covered: UK
Date:
 2011

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has recently published three guidance’s which aim to reduce unintentional injuries among the under 15’s. Please click on the link’s below for further information:

ALCOHOL AND YOUNG PEOPLE: A TOOLKIT

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2011

As part of its commitment to supporting the development of health promotion and prevention approaches for young people ‘Calling Time’ – the South West Alcohol Improvement Programme has published Alcohol and Young People: A Toolkit, Supporting Vulnerable Young People at Risk of Alcohol Related Harm. This Toolkit has been produced in partnership with Alcohol Concern and aims to inform and guide professionals and carers, concerned with looked after children and young people with special educational needs.

HEALTHY NIGHTLIFE TOOLBOX

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2011

The Healthy Nightlife Toolbox is an international initiative that focuses on the reduction of harm from alcohol and drug use among young people. The core of the online Toolbox is formed by three databases (evaluated interventions, literature, and details of experts within the field) and a Handbook providing guidance on creating a healthy and safe nightlife.

CHILDREN IN WALES: HOME SAFETY GUIDES

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 
2011

Children in Wales have developed new bilingual home safety guides to help health visitors, practitioners, families and other organisations, prevent home accidents in children under 5 years. The guides have been specifically designed to prevent home accidents that commonly cause serious, fatal and disabling injuries in children under 5 years.

GUIDANCE FOR SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE ADULTS IN GENERAL DENTAL PRACTICE

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 
2011

Public Health Wales has published guidance on the roles and responsibilities of the dental team in promoting the safety and well being of children, young people and vulnerable adults they come into contact with during the course of their work. The guidance includes information on local arrangements for support and advice and contains a range of links to access further information.

TRL LAUNCHES NATIONAL DATABASE OF CHILD CAR SEATS

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2011

The Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) is conducting a nationwide analysis of the use of child car seats, or restraints as they are often known to support road safety professionals. In sharing their data with road safety professionals, TRL’s objective is to help them use the data to inform their in-car child safety strategies. Additionally the information will enable TRL to feed into the  development of future policies relating to the regulation of child car passenger safety.

NEW CHILD INJURY PREVENTION BOOK PUBLISHED BY PROFESSOR DAVID H.STONE

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2011

‘Injury Prevention in Children’ published by Professor David H. Stone, provides an introduction to the key principles of child injury prevention, and how these may be translated most effectively into practice and policy making. Although the book is designed as an introductory text for graduates and undergraduate students; professionals and policy makers in the field of injury prevention will also find this an invaluable source.

11 EVIDENCED BASED REVIEWS RELEASED BY THE UK VIOLENCE AND INJURY PREVENTION FOCAL POINT

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2011

The UK Violence and Injury Prevention Focal Point, have released 11 evidenced based reviews (covering on Burns, Child Maltreatment, Childhood Injuries, Elder Abuse, Falls in Older People, Intimate Partner Violence, Road Traffic Accidents, Self Harm and Suicide, Sexual Violence, Sports Injuries and Youth Violence) designed for the non-specialist.

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

SAFER DRIVING FOR WORK HANDBOOK

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2010

In response to popular demand, RoSPA has produced a completely updated and brand new ‘Driving for Work Handbook’. This compact booklet is ideal as an induction and ongoing driver education tool containing all the information a driver needs to help keep them safe on the road.

ROSPA’S TOP TEN TIPS TO STAY WITHIN THE LIMIT

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2010

RoSPA have produced a new poster to illustrate their Top 10 Tips to help drivers stay within the Speed Limit. The poster highlights some simple and practical things drivers w ho find it difficult to stay w ith speed limits can do to help themselves.

ROAD TO SUCCESS

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2010

The Road to Success is a booklet for parents designed to help them safely guide their sons and daughters through the process of learning to drive. It has been produced in response to the very poor crash and casualty statistics for new ly-qualified drivers – they account for more than two in five road deaths in the UK.

BBC’S INTERACTIVE ROAD TRAFFIC ACCIDENT TOOL

Countries Covered: Great Britain
Date:
 2010

The BBC have developed a new interactive tool which provides information on road traffic accidents (RTA) in Great Britain between 1999 and 2008. As w ell as an interactive graphical tool which enables the user to display RTA figure’s by sex, age, vehicle, weather, weekday and road type, it also offers an interactive map displaying all fatal RTA’s from 1999-2008.

PEOPLE POWER BACKS ‘EMBRACE LIFE’ SEATBELT CAMPAIGN

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2010

A Facebook campaign is underway to put Embrace Life, the newest campaign from the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership (SSRP), on TV after it secures the top three search results on Google.com. Released on 20th January 2010, Embrace Life has swept around the internet, pulling hits from across 58 countries around the world. Facebook in particular is driving traffic to the SSRP’s seat belt campaign and a group has been created by one impressed viewer to have it screened on national TV.

SCORSA: SCOTTISH OCCUPATIONAL ROAD SAFETY ALLIANCE

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2010

The Scottish Occupational Road Safety Alliance (ScORSA) website is a unique initiative to help smaller firms tackle one of the most dangerous activities undertaken by Scottish workers: driving. A third of all road accidents in the UK are estimated to involve someone who is driving for work at the time, which means that in Scotland in 2008, around 18 people were killed or seriously injured in such incidents every week.

PROTECTING AND SAFEGUARDING VULNERABLE ADULTS IN WALES

Countries Covered: Wales
Date:
 2010

Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW) has published ‘Safeguarding and Protecting Vulnerable Adults in Wales: A review of the arrangements in place across the Welsh National Health Service‘. The report identifies examples of notable or positive practice, as well as highlighting areas for improvement.

Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) have also published a report with its views of protecting and safeguarding adults in Wales, as well as identifying areas of good practice and areas for improvement.

TACKLING YOUTH DRINKING—DRINKAWARE LAUNCHES NEW SECTION ON WEBSITE

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2010

Drinkaware, a UK charity which aims to reduce alcohol harm, has launched a new section of its website dedicated to offering alcohol advice to professionals who work with young people.

PREVENTING INJURIES IN EUROPE: FROM INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION TO LOCAL IMPLEMENTATION

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2010

WHO and the European Commission have released a report which documents progress made during their three-year project, which aimed to prevent injury and promote safety. The report assesses the implementation of 99 evidence-based programmes, which include not only five causes of unintentional injury and six types of violence, but also measures that alleviate socioeconomic inequalities in injuries and violence and tackle alcohol as a risk factor.

YOUTH WORKERS AND TEACHERS LACK ALCOHOL EDUCATION SUPPORT

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2009

Research by charity Drinkaware shows three-fifths of professionals working with under-18s do not have the support and information they need to provide education about alcohol. 43% of more than 300 professionals who responded to Drinkaware’s survey, said that under-18s currently have too much freedom over their own social lives.

GUIDANCE ON HOW ADULT DRUG AND ALCOHOL SERVICES SHOULD WORK WITH CHILDREN’S SERVICES

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2009

The Department of Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), the Department of Health and the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse (NTA) have produced ‘Joint Guidance on Development of Local Protocols between Drug and Alcohol Treatment Services and Local Safeguarding and Family Services’. This highlights how adult drug and alcohol services should work with children’s services to ensure children in families affected by drug or alcohol misuse are safe from harm and have the support they need to succeed.

LIFE SAVING KITS TO BE GIVEN TO FAMILIES OF INJECTING DRUG USERS IN GROUNDBREAKING SCHEME

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2009

The National Treatment Agency (NTA) announced families and carers of injecting drug users will be given training in how to respond to overdoses and how to administer a drug called naloxone in the event of a heroin overdose in a groundbreaking new scheme to help save lives.

FIRE SAFETY CONTENT ON DIRECTGOVKIDS

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2009

DirectgovKids has a range of fire safety material that was created in collaboration with the London Fire Brigade (LFB). The material includes comic books, quizzes, videos and online games.

ROAD SAFETY ANALYSIS WEBSITE

Countries Covered: Great Britain
Date:
 2009

A new road safety website was launched in September 2009 at the same time as Road Casualties Great Britain. It is aimed at road safety practitioners and  provides integrated crash and sociodemographic analysis, facilitating decisions about intervention strategies to reduce casualties and increase efficiency.

SOCIAL MARKETING GUIDANCE: WORKING TOGETHER TO TACKLE HIGH RISK DRIVING

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2009

The Department of Health has launched new guidance to help Primary Care Trusts to develop social marketing activity to tackle higher risk drinking behaviour. This guidance is one of a number of tools that are being developed to support PCTs in delivering local and regional programmes to reduce alcohol harm.

OLDER PEOPLE’S PREVENTION PACKAGE

Countries Covered: Great Britain
Date:
 2009

The package sets out how preventing health problems before they occur can help older people live better and healthier lives. It is part of the government’s ageing strategy Building a Society for All Ages.

INTERVENTIONS TO PREVENT ACCIDENTAL INJURY TO YOUNG PEOPLE AGED 15 – 24: EVIDENCE BRIEFING

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2009

This briefing attempts to: identify all relevant systematic reviews, syntheses, meta-analyses and review-level papers on public health interventions to prevent accidental injury to young people aged 15–24; review these papers and highlight effective ways to prevent accidental injury in this population and particularly those in disadvantaged and vulnerable groups;

  • identify cost-effectiveness data for interventions that aim to prevent accidental injury to young people aged 15–24; and
  • highlight any gaps in the evidence and make recommendations for future research.

MIND THE ROAD! ONLINE ROAD SAFETY RESOURCES FOR CHILD MINDERS

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2009

CAPT has launched a new online resource aimed at childminders. Mind the Road! has been produced with the support of the Department for Transport, and brings together a broad range of free downloadable resources to support childminders working with children and families

FREE ONLINE SERVICE HELPS FIRST-TIME PARENTS

Countries Covered: Great Britain
Date:
 2009

A new interactive website to help parents and carers keep their babies healthy, happy and safe is being rolled out nationally today by the Department of Health. NHS Baby LifeCheck is designed to provide information and advice to mums, dads and carers of babies aged five to eight months.

BIRTH TO FIVE ONLINE TOOL

Countries Covered: Great Britain
Date:
 2009

A new interactive online Birth to Five tool has been launched on the NHS Choices website and features 150 pages of NHS-accredited information, videos and interactive tools, providing parents with information on becoming a parent, taking care of themselves and their child and how to access practical help and support.  This website includes a specific section on ‘Accidents, first aid and safety’.

ROUTES TO PLAY

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2009

Sustrans have released a new guide for local authorities and other organisations managing outdoor play space, on ensuring children and young people can get to play areas actively and independently.

GUIDANCE ON WHEN TO SUSPECT CHILD MALTREATMENT

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2009

The advice in this guideline covers the alerting features in children and young people (under 18 years) of: physical, sexual and emotional abuse neglect fabricated or induced illness.

HOW SAFE IS YOUR CHILD AT HOME?

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2009

The Child Accident Prevention Trust have published a leaflet for parents and carers: How safe is your child at home? and a guide for practitioners: Accidents and child development which have been licensed by the Department for Children, Schools and Families for free distribution in England.

NHS TEEN LIFECHECK

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2009

NHS Teen LifeCheck uses an engaging and interactive quiz to offer health and lifestyle information to 12-15 year olds. Hosted entirely online, it guides young people through a set of completely confidential, simple multiple choice questions and then gives them tailored advice on how they can set goals to improve their lifestyles.

TRL CHILD SAFETY SEAT RATING

Countries Covered: World
Date: 
2009

TRL, the UK’s Transport Research Laboratory, have launched a new independent safety rating system for child seats in vehicles, to better inform consumer choice when purchasing a child seat.

PREVENTING VIOLENCE AND REDUCING ITS IMPACT: HOW DEVELOPMENT AGENCIES CAN HELP

Countries Covered: World
Date: 
2008

This document makes the case that violence seriously hampers the development of low- and middle-income countries. It calls for increased attention to, and investment in, violence prevention by development agencies and identifies gaps in their current programming. It recommends a strengthened agenda to prevent violence and reduce its impact in low- and middle-income countries.

MANUAL FOR ESTIMATING THE ECONOMIC COSTS OF INJURIES DUE TO INTERPERSONAL AND SELF-DIRECTED VIOLENCE

Countries Covered: World
Date: 
2008

The manual provides a standardized set of recommendations to estimate the direct and indirect economic costs of interpersonal and self-directed violence. It is intended primarily for economists, public health experts and researchers interested in conducting studies of this nature.

SPEED MANAGEMENT: A ROAD SAFETY MANUAL FOR DECISION-MAKERS AND PRACTITIONERS

Countries Covered: World
Date: 
2008

This speed management manual proposes simple, effective and low-cost solutions to excessive and inappropriate speed that can be implemented on a national or local level. It targets governments, non-governmental organizations and road safety practitioners, particularly those in low- and middle-income countries. The manual is based on a modular structure that provides evidence, examples, case studies and practical steps on how to manage vehicle speed.

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.

PREVENTION OF ROAD TRAFFIC INJURIES AMONG THE ELDERLY

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2007

Prevention of Road Traffic Injuries Among the Elderly – produced by EUNESE

PREVENTION OF ACCIDENTAL POISONING AMONG THE ELDERLY

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2007

Prevention of Accidental Poisoning among the Elderly produced by EUNESE

PREVENTION OF INJURIES DUE TO BURNS, FIRE & FLAMES AMONG THE ELDERLY

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2007

Prevention of Injuries due to Burns, Fire & Flames among the Elderly – produced by EUNESE

PREVENTION OF FALLS AMONG THE ELDERLY

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2007

Prevention of Falls among the Elderly – produced by the European Network for Safety Among Elderly (EUNESE)

WORKING TOGETHER TO SAFEGUARD CHILDREN: A GUIDE TO INTER-AGENCY WORKING TO SAFEGUARD AND PROMOTE THE WELFARE OF CHILDREN

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2006

This document sets out how organisations and individuals should work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.  It is addressed to practitioners and front-line managers who have particular responsibilities for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and to senior and operational managers.

TACKLING HEALTH INEQUALITIES. BEST PRACTICE GUIDANCE TO SUPPORT NHS PLANNERS AND COMMISSIONERS

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2005

The Local Delivery Plan (LDP) Technical Note produced for the service set out the planning requirements for the NHS, including specific requirements relating to inequalities. The aim of this paper is to provide further information on inequalities to support NHS planners and commissioners in doing that. The action outlined in the paper is not mandatory.

FALLS: THE ASSESSMENT AND PREVENTION OF FALLS IN OLDER PEOPLE

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2004

This guidance represents the view of the Institute, which was arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available. Health professionals are expected to take it fully into account when exercising their clinical judgement. The guidance does not, however, override the individual responsibility of health professionals to make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual patient, in consultation with the patient and/or guardian or carer.

GUIDELINES FOR EVALUATING ROAD SAFETY EDUCATION INTERVENTIONS

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2004

This is a 6 year guideline aimed to assist road safety officers and other practitioners to conduct their own evaluations and to better informed when commissioning an evaluation.  Education measures from part of this strategy to improve the road safety of road users. The guidelines are based upon a critical review of recent developments in evaluation techniques and those already in use over the whole field of education, health and safety research undertaken by an expert in the field of evaluation.

FULL GUIDANCE ON LOCAL TRANSPORT PLANS: SECOND EDITION

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2004

This document is aimed principally at transport planning professionals and sets out the Government’s guidance to local authorities on the approaches and methods they should adopt when drawing up their next Local Transport Plans (LTPs).  This guidance’s aim is to facilitate the delivery of better local transport as quickly as possible, by: enhancing the quality of local transport planning; increasing the effectiveness of the LTP system as a performance management system; and focusing efforts on a small number of key priorities.

INTERACTIVE SOCKET OVERLOAD CALCULATOR

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2003

The Electrical Safety Council have developed an interactive electrical socket overload calculator help householders understand how they can avoid overloading their sockets and reduce the risk of fire.

WORLD REPORT ON VIOLENCE AND HEALTH

Countries Covered: England and Wales
Date: 
2002

This is the first World report on violence and health. It is aimed mainly at researchers and practitioners. The latter include health care workers, social workers, those involved in developing and implementing prevention programmes and services, educators and law enforcement officials.

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