Category Archives: Children & Young People Safety

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.

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

 

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.

 

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.

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”.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.