Category Archives: Great Britain

WALES: POISONING IN CHILDREN AGED 0-18 YEARS IN WALES (2007 – 2012)

The following analyses conducted by CAPIC and AWISS (All Wales Injury Surveillance System) contain Emergency Department figures and hospital admissions for poisoning injuries in children aged 0 – 18 years.

Figures are presented by cause of poisoning, age, gender and year from 2007 – 2012 (ED attendances 2009 – 12, Inpatient Admissions 2007 – 11)

Please refer to the ‘Summary’ page for further information about the data sources, data quality issues and guidance on interpreting the results.

Poisoning in Children Aged 0 – 18 years in Wales (2007 – 2012)

WALES: UNINTENTIONAL INJURIES IN CHILDREN AGED 0-4 IN WALES (2010 – 2013)

The following analyses conducted by CAPIC and AWISS (All Wales Injury Surveillance System) contain Emergency Department attendance figures for unintentional injuries in children aged 0-4 years living in Wales.  Percentage of children admitted to hospital and average length of stay are also presented.

Emergency department figures have also been stratified by year, age, gender, mechanism of injury, Local Authority and area-level deprivation.

Please refer to the ‘Summary’ page for further information about the data sources, data quality issues and guidance on interpreting the results.

Unintentional Injuries in Children aged 0-4 years living in Wales

WALES: HEAD INJURIES IN CHILDREN AGED 0-18 IN WALES (2010 – 2013)

The following analyses conducted by CAPIC and AWISS (All Wales Injury Surveillance System) contain Emergency Department attendance figures for head injuries in children aged 0-18 years living in Wales.  Percentage of children admitted to hospital and average length of stay are also presented.

Emergency department figures for head injuries have also been stratified by year, age, gender, and area-level deprivation.

Please refer to the ‘Summary’ page for further information about the data sources, data quality issues and guidance on interpreting the results.

Head Injuries in Children aged 0-18 in Wales

ENGLAND & WALES: NEW POWERS TO TACKLE DRUG DRIVING

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

ENGLAND & WALES: VIOLENCE AT WORK: FINDINGS FROM THE 2013/14 CRIME SURVEY

The number and incidence rate of violent incidents at work has declined over the last decade.

Findings from the 2013/14 Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) show that:

  • the risk of being a victim of actual or threatened violence at work is similar to the last five years with an estimated 1.1% of working adults the victims of one or more violent incidents at work (CSEW)
  • in 2013/14, the survey estimated 257 000 adults of working age in employment experienced work related violence including threats and physical assault
  • there were an estimated 583 000 incidents of violence at work according to the 2013/14 CSEW, comprising 269 000 assaults and 314 000 threats. This was lower than the estimated 656 000 incidents in the 2012/13 survey but this change is not statistically significant.
  • the 2013/14 CSEW estimated that 1.0% of women and 1.2% of men were victims of violence at work once or more during the year prior to their interview

FURTHER INFORMATION: www.gov.uk/government/statistics/violence-at-work-findings-from-201415-crime-survey-for-england-and-wales

ENGLAND: SUICIDE PREVENTION: SECOND ANNUAL REPORT

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

The report:

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

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

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

ENGLAND: DFT CYCLING DELIVERY PLAN

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

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

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

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

UK: CHILD SAFETY WEEK IS COMING EARLY THIS YEAR

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

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

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

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

 

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/

 

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.

 

 

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

 

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.

 

NEW CAPIC REVIEW DATABASE GOES LIVE!

The new CAPIC Injury Prevention Review Database went live today.  It is a searchable online database designed to support injury prevention practitioners with limited time to conduct their own literature reviews. It contains both reviews and systematic reviews in the areas of safety promotion and injury prevention.

WALES: BURDEN OF INJURY REPORTS FOCUSING ON ROAD TRAFFIC COLLISIONS, ASSAULTS, POISONINGS AND FALLS.

Following on from the 2012 Wales Burden of Injuries report, PHWs in association with CAPIC, have produced four interim reports focusing on data updates in four key areas; road traffic collisions, assaults, poisonings and falls.  These reports  present additional figures from 2011 and 2012, as well as more detailed socio-economic profiles.

There are still a number of data completeness and coding issues and some of the differences reported here may reflect variations in data quality. Nevertheless, the best way to improve data quality is to use the data and stimulate interest in the results.

To download the reports please click on the links below:

The Burden of Injury in Wales – Road Traffic Collisions

The Burden of Injury in Wales – Poisonings

The Burden of Injury in Wales – Assaults

The Burden of Injury in Wales – Falls

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).

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

ENGLAND: OLDER PEOPLE INJURY ADMISSIONS LOCAL AUTHORITY INDICATORS

The Public Health Outcomes Framework includes 2 related indicators of emergency hospital admissions in older people: indicator 2.24 – ‘injuries due to falls in people aged 65 and over’ in the ‘Health Improvement’ domain and indicator 4.14 ‘hip fractures in people aged 65 and over’ in the ‘Healthcare and Premature Mortality’ domain. Each is measured separately in age groups 65 and over, 65-79 and 80 and over, and the falls in age 65 and over also includes a males/females split. The indicator is available at both upper and lower tier local authority level and trend data can be viewed for the years 2010/11, 2011/12 and 2012/13. Local Authorities can also be grouped and compared by deprivation level or type of area.

 FURTHER INFORMATION: http://www.phoutcomes.info/

ENGLAND & WALES: LATEST ON CRIME IN ENGLAND AND WALES (PERIOD ENDING MARCH 2014)

The Office for National Statistics has published the latest annual statistical bulletin: ‘Crime in England and Wales, Year Ending March 2014’ which draws on two principal sources of data: the Crime Survey for England and Wales and police recorded crime. The crime survey covers a broad range of victim based crimes and includes crimes which do not come to the attention of the police.

Key messages include:

  • a 20% fall in violence compared to the previous year according to the crime survey
  • a 6% increase in police recorded ‘violence against the person’ thought due to improved recording
  • Sexual offences recorded by the police saw a 20% rise from the previous year and continues the pattern seen in recent publications. This rise is related to the effect of the Operation Yewtree investigation, connected to the Jimmy Savile inquiry, whereby more victims are coming forward to report offences to the police. Improved compliance with the recording standards for sexual offences in some police forces may also be a factor.

FURTHER INFORMATION:
http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/crime-stats/crime-statistics/period-ending-march-2014/stb-crime-stats.html

 

 

GREAT BRITAIN: LATEST PROVISIONAL STATISTICS ON ROAD CASULATIES

The Department for Transport published their latest quarterly report 7 August 2014 on ‘Reported road casualties in Great Britain provisional estimates: Jan to Mar 2014’

In reported road traffic accidents for the year ending March 2014:

  • road deaths increased by 4% compared to the year ending March 2013, to 1,750
  • killed or seriously injured (KSI) casualties increased to 24,160, a 2% increase compared with the previous year
  • there were 189,880 reported road casualties of all severities, 1% higher than the 188,884 for the year ending March 2013
  • motor traffic levels rose by 3% compared with the 12 month period ending March 2013. The overall casualty rate per vehicle mile decreased by 2% for the same period

Between January and March 2014:

  • there were 380 road deaths, 13% higher than the same single quarter in 2013
  • KSIs and slightly injured casualties increased by 17% and 15% respectively

THE REPORT: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/reported-road-casualties-in-great-britain-provisional-estimates-jan-to-mar-2014

QUARTERLY STATISTICAL TABLES: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/ras45-quarterly-statistics

 SOURCE: Department for Transport

GREAT BRITAIN: REPORTED ROAD CASUALTIES INVOLVING ILLEGAL ALCOHOL LEVELS

The Department for Transport published a report 7 August 2014 on ‘Reported road casualties in Great Britain, final estimates involving illegal alcohol levels: 2012’

Key messages include:

  • 230 people were killed in drink drive accidents in 2012, which was not significantly different from 2011
  • 1,200 people were seriously injured in drink drive accidents in 2012, a 6% fall from 2011
  • drink drive accidents accounted for around 13% of road deaths and 6% of killed or seriously injured casualties in 2012
  • drink drive deaths and serious injuries in 2012 were both around 85% down on 1979

Detailed statistics on reported drinking and driving (‘RAS51’) are also available in Excel format and are updated annually.

 THE REPORT: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/reported-road-casualties-in-great-britain-final-estimates-involving-illegal-alcohol-levels-2012

 ANNUAL STATISTICAL TABLES: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/ras51-reported-drinking-and-driving

 SOURCE: Department for Transport

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: HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS BY SCOTTISH LOCAL AUTHORITY

RoSPA have produced a spreadsheet providing information on the numbers and rates of hospital admissions due to unintentional injuries, for children under the age of five and also for adults aged 65 years and over,for each of Scotland’s local authority areas as well as Scotland as a whole.

These figures are available for the ten years from 2003/04 to 2012/13 and highlight those injuries that have happened in the home as well as on the road (along with those that are recorded as ‘other’ and ‘unknown’).

Hospital admissions spreadsheet: http://www.injuryobservatory.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/LA-Hospital-Admissions.xls

This information should be read in conjunction with the attached Notes page and can be found directly from the ISD website at http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Emergency-Care/  (select Unintentional Injures (published 25th Feb 2014)).

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.

SCOTLAND: FUTURE OF SCOTTISH FIRE STATISTICS – RESULTS OF 2014 USER CONSULTATION

In January 2014, Scottish Government invited users to provide their feedback on future data requirements in relation to The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS).  Users were asked to provide their views on the two main statistical publications relating to the SFRS (Fire Statistics Scotland and Fire and Rescue Service Statistics Scotland), including proposed changes to these publications as a result of single service reform.

The results and outcomes of this user consultation have now been published and are available at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2014/06/9317

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.

ENGLAND: NEW INFANT INJURY ADMISSIONS LOCAL AUTHORITY INDICATOR

The Public Health Outcomes Framework now includes an indicator of admissions due to injury in age group 0-4 years by local authority.This is presented in the ‘Health Improvement’ domain alongside the existing ‘2.07’ indicators for age groups 0-14 years and 15-24 years.The indicator is available for comparisons at both upper and lower tier local authority level and trend data can be viewed for the years 2010/11, 2011/12 and 2012/13.Local Authorities can also be grouped by deprivation level or type of area for comparison.

SCOTLAND: JUSTICE STRATEGY FOR SCOTLAND

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

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

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.

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

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

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

 

 

ENGLAND AND WALES: VIOLENT CRIME IN ENGLAND AND WALES FALLS AGAIN, A&E DATA SHOWS

Violent crime is continuing a long-term fall in England and Wales, according to annual figures from NHS hospitals.

SCOTLAND: HOME SAFETY SCOTLAND CHECKLIST UPDATED

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

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

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

 

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.

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

WALES: NEW CHAPPIE INFORMATION BULLETIN RELEASED

Contains all the latest news, research and reports from the field of Child Accident Prevention.

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

 

WALES: UNINTENTIONAL INJURY LOCATIONS IN 0-24 YEAR OLD’S (2009 – 2013)

The following analyses conducted by CAPIC and AWISS (All Wales Injury Surveillance System) contain Emergency Department attendance figures for unintentional injuries in children and young adults aged 0-24 years living in Wales.  Unintentional injuries are presented by year, age and location type (e.g. home, school, public highway etc.)

Please refer to the ‘Summary’ page for further information about the data sources, data quality issues and guidance on interpreting the results.

Unintentional Injury Location in 0-24 year olds (2009 – 2013)

IOBI WISHES PROF. DAVID STONE ALL THE BEST IN HIS RETIREMENT!

IOBI would like to extend a huge thank you to Professor David Stone for all of his support over the years and wish him all the best in his retirement!
Further information about David’s career and contribution to the field be found here.

 

 

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

Countries Covered: England
Date: 2013

From this Autumn, all new parents in Cambridgeshire will be given two of CAPT’s bestselling leaflets as part of a scheme to ensure they have good quality information on child health.
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ENGLAND’S CMO’S ANNUAL REPORT 2012: OUR CHILDREN DESERVE BETTER: PREVENTION PAYS

Countries Covered: England
Date: 2013

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

DANGERS OF LIQUITABS – SCOTTISH PARLIAMENTARY RESPONSE

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date: 2013

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

INFOGRAPHIC- WASTED LIVES: CHILD ACCIDENTS AND DEATHS

Countries Covered: England and Wales
Date: 2013

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

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.

 

MOTHERS’ PERSPECTIVES ON THE DELIVERY OF CHILDHOOD MESSAGES

Countries Covered: Wales & UK
Date: 2013

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

EXTERNAL CAUSES ARE 2ND LARGEST CONTRIBUTOR TO INEQUALITIES IN LIFE EXPECTANCY IN WALES

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 2013

The CMO for Wales new Annual Report 2012-2013 shows that external causes are the 2nd largest contributor to inequalities in the life expectancy gap. A graph on page 14 of the CMO’s report shows that when comparing most and least deprived quintiles in Wales between 2008-2010, external causes contribute to 14.7 months of the life expectancy gap, with circulatory disease being the main contributor at 19.9 months.

SEFTON COUNCIL LAUNCHES INITIATIVE TO REDUCE BATHWATER SCALDS

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

GO SAFE SCOTLAND – NEW SAFETY TOOL FOR CHILDREN

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

SCOTLAND: NEIGHBOURHOOD ALERT SYSTEM

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

BRITAIN’S DRUGS AND ALCOHOL PROBLEM

Countries Covered: Britain
Date: 2013

This Centre for Social Justice report lays bare the reality of substance abuse and addiction in Britain today.

CREATING AN ACTIVE WALES

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 2013

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

 

ROAD DEATHS AND SERIOUS INJURIES REACH RECORD LOW IN WALES

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 2013

The number of people being killed or seriously injured on Welsh roads has reached a record low, according to new statistics released by the Welsh Government.

NEW WELSH ROAD SAFETY FRAMEWORK

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 2013

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

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

KIDS IN THE CAR CAMPAIGN

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

 

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’.

NATIONAL SURVEY OF THE INJURY PREVENTION ACTIVITIES OF CHILDREN’S CENTRES

Children’s centres were established across England to provide a range of services including early education, social care and health to pre-school children and their families. The authors surveyed children’s centres to ascertain the activities they were undertaking to prevent unintentional injuries in the under fives. The authors concluded children’s centres need further support if they are to effectively tackle this important public health area.

ENGLAND – CHILD HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS DUE TO INJURY

The Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHOF) now contains an injury indicator for children and young people – ‘Hospital admissions caused by unintentional and deliberate injuries in children and young people aged 0-14 and 15-24 years’.

Further information

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

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.

THE LINTEL TRUST – FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

The Lintel Trust’s revised Grants Programme comprises small funds for older people and equalities, in addition to donor-advised grants for specific geographical areas/groups.

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.

 

 

 

ABUSE RESEARCH

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 2013

The Unit for Development in Intellectual Disabilities at the University of Glamorgan has released the findings of their Looking into Abuse research

 

 

SCOTLAND’S HOME SAFETY EQUIPMENT SCHEME

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date: 2013

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

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

 

 

GLASGOW HOUSING ASSOCIATION ISSUES FREE CHILD SAFETY PACKS

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date: 2013

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

 

 

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.

 

TRENDS IN AVOIDABLE MORTALITY 2001 TO 2011

Countries Covered: England and Wales
Date: 2013

The Office for National Statistics have produced a report on trends in avoidable deaths. An underlying data table   includes a breakdown of trends for England, Wales and England and Wales combined by cause of death, sex and 5 year age groups. Injury-specific cause categories include: transport accidents; accidental injury (excluding transport); suicide and self-inflicted injuries; homicide/assault; misadventures to patients during surgical and medical care.

 

CROSS PARTY GROUP ON ACCIDENT PREVENTION AND SAFETY AWARENESS

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date: 2013

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

 

 

KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDES AND MOTIVATIONS TO HEALTH 2008-11

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date: 2013

The report shows (amongst other things) that 84% of adults have the knowledge that heart disease is less likely among regularly active people.  It also highlights that 88% have knowledge that overweight and obesity is also less likely among active people.  However, only 21% were aware of the connection with regular activity and a reduction in injuries and accidents.

CONSULTATION ON WORKPLACE HEALTH, SAFETY AND WELFARE REGULATIONS

Countries Covered: Great Britain
Date: 2013

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

BRIGHTON AND HOVE INTRODUCE EXTENSIVE 20MPH SPEED ZONE

Countries Covered: England
Date: 2103

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

‘SAFE DRIVE STAY ALIVE’

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

SCOTLAND’S HOME SAFETY EQUIPMENT SCHEME

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date: 2013

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

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

PRIORITIES FOR TACKLING SUBSTANCE MISUSE IN WALES

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 2013

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

GUIDANCE ON THE USE OF SEAT BELTS ON SCHOOL BUSES

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

ACTIVE TRAVEL BILL

Countries Covered: Wales
Date:  2013

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

WALES FIRE SERVICE WARNING ABOUT CARBON MONOXIDE

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: March 2013

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

NEW INTERNATIONAL TASKFORCE TO ADVISE NHS STAFF ON PATIENT SAFETY

Countries covered: England
Date: March, 2013

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

For further information please click here

WALES: UNINTENTIONAL FALL INJURIES RESULTING IN A HOSPITAL ADMISSION IN WELSH RESIDENTS AGED 60 AND OVER (2000 – 2012)

The following analyses conducted by CAPIC and AWISS (All Wales Injury Surveillance System) contain unintentional fall related hospital admissions in Welsh residents aged 60 and over.

Number of falls admissions are presented by year from 2000 – 2012

In addition, for the year 2012, the number of fall injuries are broken down by age, gender, Local Authority and area-level deprivation.

Please refer to the ‘Summary’ page for further information about the data sources, data quality issues and guidance on interpreting the results.

Hospital admissions for unintentional falls in Welsh residents aged 60 and over

WHERE TO FIND INJURY DATA AND STATISTICS IN THE UK AND IRELAND?

Countries Covered: UK and Ireland
Date: 
2013

To help injury practitioners find relevant and up to date injury related statistics; IOBI have produced guides on where to find injury data in the constituent countries of the UK and Ireland. As well providing guidance on where to find general statistics, links to themed statistics (e.g. road accidents, self-harm, falls) are also provided. England and Wales guides also include: injury related strategies, policies and reviews, and further information on selected injury databases.

Please also refer to Data and Statistics in the Cross-Cutting Themes section

WIDER DEFINITION FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND ABUSE

Countries covered: England and Wales
Years: 2013

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

NEW POWERS TO PROTECT ADULT VICTIMS OF SUSPECTED ABUSE

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 
2013

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

WELSH GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN AGAINST DOMESTIC ABUSE

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 
2013

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

PROTECTING PEOPLE, PROMOTING HEALTH: A PUBLIC HEALTH APPROACH TO VIOLENCE PREVENTION FOR ENGLAND

Countries Covered: England
Date: 
2013

The North West Public Health Observatory (NWPHO) released a report titled ‘Protecting People, Promoting Health A public health approach to violence prevention for England‘ in October last year.

This report presents new figures on the cost of violence, estimating national costs to the NHS and a wider cost to society, in order to provide information and evidence for policy makers and commissioners to use in developing preventative approaches with stra-tegic partners. It aims to increase awareness and strengthen commitment to prevention across government, NHS, local authori-ties, private and voluntary sectors as well as education, employers and other agencies.

SUICIDE PREVENTION STRATEGY LAUNCHED

Countries Covered: England
Date: 
2013

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

THE REAL COST OF ALCOHOL

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2013

This Alcohol Concern map provides regional data on hospital admissions, deaths and costs relating to alcohol.

LOCAL ALCOHOL PROFILES FOR ENGLAND UPDATED

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2013

The North West Public Health Observatory has updated the Local Alcohol Profiles for England (LAPE) for 2012. Alcohol indicators are provided at both local authority and primary care trust level. There is also a monthly bulletin, ‘Alcohol e-Shot’, highlighting the latest alcohol research evidence, reports, media articles and other resources.

FIRE STATISTICS SCOTLAND

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date:
 2013

Statistical bulletin providing a detailed overview of Scottish fire at Scotland and fire and rescue service level.

FIRE STATISTICS WALES

Fire related statistical headlines, releases and bulletins.

LATEST FIRE STATISTICS SCOTLAND

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date:
 2013

The Fire Statistics Scotland bulletin, containing data on incidents attended by Scottish Fire and Rescue Services is now available.

JOIN THE FIGHT AGAINST FIRE

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date:
 2013

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

INTERVENTIONS TO PREVENT INJURIES IN CONSTRUCTION WORKERS

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date:
 2013

Additional strategies are needed to increase the compliance of em-ployers and workers to the safety measures that are prescribed by regulation. Continuing company-oriented inter-ventions among management and construction workers, such as a targeted safety campaign or a drug-free work-place programme, seem to have an effect in reducing injuries in the longer term.

Citation: Van der Molen HF, Lehtola MM, Lappalainen J, Hoonakker PL, Hsiao H, Haslam R, Hale AR, Frings-Dresen MH, Verbeek JH. Cochrane Database Syst. Rev. 2013 12(ePub): CD006251

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

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 
2013

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

RESEARCH DOCUMENT ON PREVENTING UNINTENTIONAL INJURIES

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date:
 2013

NHS Health Scotland have released the following report ‘Evidence Summary: Public Health Interventions to prevent unintentional injuries among the under 15s”. The research considers injuries that happen in both the home and road environments.

HOME SAFETY QUIZ, ROSPA WALES

Home Safety Quiz in Welsh

EARLY YEARS COLLABORATIVE

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date:
 2013

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

CAPIC SYSTEMATIC REVIEW DATABASE & SAFETYLIT

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2013

CAPIC SYSTEMATIC REVIEW DATABASE & SAFETYLIT

A huge amount of research on preventing injuries is carried out across the world. It is difficult for injury prevention practitioners to keep up to date with the latest scientific evidence. Increasingly, scientists are pulling together all the high quality studies on particular topics and collating the results in systematic reviews.

WALES BURDEN OF INJURY REPORT

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 
2013

The Collaboration for Accident Prevention and Injury Control (CAPIC), an IOBI collaborator, have produced a report titled ‘ The Burden of Injury in Wales’ in collaboration with Public Health Wales. It is the first report in 10 years to focus on the burden that injuries place on the Welsh population. A key finding is that injuries result in three deaths, 115 hospital admissions and 1,200 A&E attendances every day in Wales

PUBLIC HEALTH OUTCOMES FRAMEWORK (PHOF) DATA TOOL

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2013

The Public Health Outcomes Framework ‘Healthy lives, healthy people: Improving outcomes and supporting trans-parency’ sets out a vision for public health, desired outcomes and the indicators that will help us understand how well public health is being improved and protected.

STATSWALES

Countries Covered: Wales

StatsWales is a free-to-use service that allows visitors to view, manipulate, create and download tables from the most detailed official data on Wales.  Both deaths by cause and year of registration (year age-group, gender) and age standardised death rates by Local Authority (gender, year, L.A.) are available for Wales in Stats Wales.

WHO MORTALITY DATABASE

Countries Covered: England and Wales

Provides annual reported data on mortality statistics by age, sex, and cause of death as obtained from civil registration systems in countries. Mortality data indicate numbers of deaths by place, time and cause. WHO’s mortality data reflect the underlying cause of death coded by the national authority.

Underlying cause of death is defined as “the disease or injury which initiated the train of morbid events leading directly to death, or the circumstances of the accident or violence which produced the fatal injury”, in accordance with the rules of the International Classification of Diseases.

Wale’s and England’s figures are combined in this database.

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.

FIREBRAKE WALES RESEARCH WITH LOCAL MIND ASSOCIATIONS (LMAS) AND COMMUNITY DRUG AND ALCOHOL TEAMS (CDATS)

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 
2012

Firebrake Wales have collaborated with LMAs and CDATs, to produce reports detailing the impact that mental health issues and alcohol misuse have on fire safety in Wales. The reports also provide suggestions on what can be done to mitigate these risks.

STAFFORDSHIRE FIREFIGHTERS PERFORM YOUTUBE HIT

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2012

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

NHS BRISTOL – NON-COLLISION CYCLING SURVEY

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2012

NHS Bristol, Cycling City and the West of England Road Safety Partnership have been working together to conduct and publicise the results of a survey investigating the causes and circumstances of non-collision incidents (NCI). The survey found slipping on ice to be the main cause of NCIs, accounting for 1 in 4 NCIs. As a result, NHS Bristol has subsequently employed Lifecycle to work with employers to help them raise awareness of the hazards cyclists face when travelling to work in freezing conditions.

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.

NATIONAL DEBATE ON YOUNG DRIVERS

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date:
 2012

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

CONSULTATION ON ACTIVE TRAVEL BILL

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 
2012

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

DfT: ROAD ACCIDENT AND SAFETY STATISTICS Countries covered:Great Britain

Countries Covered: Great Britain
Date:
 2012

Road Accident and Safety statistics produced by the Department for Transport. Most statistics are based on accidents reported to the police (STATS19 system). These provide detailed statistics about the circumstances of personal injury road accidents, including the types of vehicles involved and the consequent casualties.

ANEURIN BEVAN HEALTH BOARD HOME SAFETY STRATEGY

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 
2012

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

CAN THE HOME EVER BE SAFE?

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date:
 2012

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

NHS BRISTOL RESEARCH – PREDICTING FUTURE NEEDS OF FALLS SERVICES

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2012

NHS Bristol have also been involved in a falls related project ‘Falls—into the future’. This project aims to model trends in fall related emergency admissions of older people, to help predict future needs of falls services. As well as highlighting the need for specialised services to identify and assist people at risk of falling, this analysis also helped make a business case for a Fracture Liaison Service and the development of the Falls/Primary Prevention Services.

CHARITY CALLS ON WELSH PUBLIC TO RULE OUT ELDER ABUSE

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 2012

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

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 IT SAFE CAMPAIGN EXPANDS IN SCOTLAND

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date:
 2012

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

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

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2012

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

FAMILY NURSE PARTNERSHIP

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date:
 2012

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

EVALUATION OF THE ‘YOU FIRST’ PROGRAMME FOR YOUNG PARENTS

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date:
 2012

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

CONFIRMED PUBLIC HEALTH INDICATORS FOR INJURY PREVENTION

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2012

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

PROJECT TO INFORM INJURY DATA COLLECTION IN A&E DEPARTMENTS IN ENGLAND

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2012

The South West Public Health Observatory has been working on a project to define a standard dataset for enhanced injury-related collection in emergency medicine in England, and is currently evaluating the viability of this through a pilot collection. The dataset was defined and refined drawing on: an earlier report commissioned by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents which outlined the requirements of enhanced data collection; a collection already underway in Wales; EU requirements; a steering group comprising experts in the field of injury prevention and members of the College of Emergency Medicine.

‘INJURY PROFILES’ WEBSITE SHOW BURDEN OF INJURIES BY LOCAL AUTHORITY

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2012

The Injury Profiles provide a snapshot of injuries occurring in each local authority in England. Interactive maps and charts enable comparisons to be made regionally and nationally for over 40 injury related indicators.

A&E CASUALTIES’ POLICE TIP-OFFS HELP CUT CARDIFF CRIME

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 
2011

Information gathered from casualties admitted to A&E has been helping police target crime “hotspots” in Cardiff, reducing cases of violence. A four-year study saw 42% fewer woundings in the city compared with 14 similar cities in England and Wales. The World Health Organisation (WHO) is now calling for the project to be rolled out in other countries.

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.

CONSULTATION ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DISCLOSURE SCHEME

Countries Covered: England and Wales
Date: 
2011

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

CORONER INCREASING NARRATIVES AND THEIR IMPACT ON SUICIDE RATES

Countries Covered: England and Wales
Date: 
2011

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

INJURY AND POISONING MORTALITY, 2009

Countries Covered: England and Wales
Date: 
2011

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

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

DEATHS RELATED TO DRUG POISONING IN ENGLAND AND WALES, 2011

Countries Covered: England and Wales
Date: 
2011

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

EVALUATION OF THE NEIGHBOURHOOD ROAD SAFETY INITIATIVE

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2011

The Department for Transport established the Neighbourhood Road Safety Initiative (NRSI) in 2002. Fifteen Local Authorities (LAs) in England were funded to develop schemes to reduce road casualties in their most disadvantaged areas. A team led by the University College London (UCL) evaluated the impacts of the NRSI using a mixed methods approach. The evaluation showed a significant reduction in casualties during the NRSI.

THE IMPACT OF 20 MPH TRAFFIC SPEED ZONES ON INEQUALITIES IN ROAD CASUALTIES IN LONDON

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2011

Conclusions: The implementation of 20 mph zones targeted at deprived areas has mitigated widening socioeconomic differentials in road injury in London and to some degree narrowed them, but there is limited potential for further gain.

Citation: Rebecca Steinbach, Chris Grundy, Phil Edwards, Paul Wilkinson, Judith Green. J Epidemiol Community Health doi:10.1136/jech.2010.112193.

NEW STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK FOR ROAD SAFETY

Countries Covered: Great Britain
Date:
 2011

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

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

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2011

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

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.

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.

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

Countries Covered: Great Britain
Date:
 2011

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

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.

TAKE ACTION FOR FREE RANGE KIDS

Countries Covered: Great Britain
Date:
 2011

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

THE NATIONAL AUDIT OF FALLS AND BONE HEALTH IN OLDER PEOPLE

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

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

CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER FOR WALES SUPPORTS INJURY PREVENTION

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 
2011

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

ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY (A&E) ATTENDANCES IN ENGLAND 2009-10

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2011

The report ‘Accident and Emergency Attendances in England (Experimental Statistics) 2009-10’ and accompanying summary data tables were published in January 2011. This is the third annual publication on A&E attendance data within Hospital Episode Statistics (HES). It covers the period 1 April 2009 to 31 March 2010 and draws on just over 15 million detailed records of attendance at major A&E departments, single specialty A&E departments, minor injury units and walk-in centres in England.

UPDATED LOCAL ALCOHOL PROFILES FOR ENGLAND

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2011

The Local Alcohol Profiles for England (LAPE 2010) contain 23 alcohol-related indicators for every local authority and 24 for every primary care trust in England. This year, key Indicators in healthcare, criminal justice, benefits claimants, drinking patterns and life lost due to alcohol have been used in combination to identify and map those areas experiencing different overall levels of alcohol-related harms.

EXTERNAL CAUSES AND PLACE OF DEATH

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2011

recent report examines variation in deaths by external cause in England in the years 2007-2009, with a particular focus on information relevant to end of life care. Variation is shown by age group, sex, external cause and place of death. The report ‘External Causes of Death’ was produced by the South West Public Health Observatory for the National End of Life Care Intelligence Network.

TOGETHER WE CAN END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS STRATEGY

Countries Covered: England and Wales
Date:
 2010

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

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

Countries Covered: Wales
Date:
 2010

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

NEW REPORT SHOWS EXTENT OF PEAK IN A&E ATTENDANCES FOR ASSAULT ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHTS

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2011

Hospital records published by The NHS Information Centre reveal for the first time the pattern of people attending A&E due to assault. Of the nearly 13.8 million recorded attendances at A&E in 2008/09, 1.3 per cent (181,568) were due to assault – with attendances for assault peaking sharply on Friday and Saturday nights.

STATISTICS ON DRUG MISUSE: ENGLAND, 2009

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2010

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

THE EFFECTS OF SMARTER CHOICE PROGRAMMES IN THE SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL TOWNS

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2010

To evaluate the results from ‘Sustainable Travel Towns’ carried out in Darlington, Peterborough and Worcester, a full independent report was  commissioned. The report shows that the ‘Smarter Choice’ packages which were implemented in these towns, resulted in increases in cycling, walking and bus use, and decreases in car use. The evaluation was led by Transport for Quality of life Ltd, with a team involving TRL, University of Aberdeen, AEA and the University of the West of England.

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.

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

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date:
 2012

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

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

Countries Covered: Great Britain
Date:
 2010

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

LONDON MOBILE PHONE AND SEAT BELT SURVEY 2009

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2010

The following study has found that the number of car drivers illegally using hand-held mobile phones at the w heel has doubled in the past two years. Similar patterns were observed among taxi and van drivers.

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.

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.

HEALTH BEHAVIOUR IN SCHOOL-AGED CHILDREN (HBSC) SCOTLAND

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date:
 2010

The Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) Scotland National Report has been published. The report, produced by CAHRU (Child and Adolescent Health Research Unit) with funding support from NHS Health Scotland, provides a unique picture of the health of young people aged 11, 13 and 15 years in Scotland over the last two decades.

ANALYSIS OF INPATIENT ADMISSIONS DATA FOR INJURIES ACROSS BRITAIN AND IRELAND

Countries Covered: Great Britain and Ireland
Date:
 2010

IOBI have developed a specification which will enable comparative analysis of inpatient data across the 5 countries in Britain and Ireland. Agreeing consistent case definitions and appropriate methodologies for use across all five nations was a major focus of the work. This was important because inpatient data varied from country to country in terms of availability, definitions, inclusion and exclusion criteria, coding systems, coding practices and reporting timeframes.

DOCTORS MUST REPORT KNIFE INJURIES TO POLICE UNDER NEW GMC GUIDANCE

Countries Covered: Great Britain
Date:
 2009

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

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.

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

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date:
 2009

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

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.

CHILDREN IN DEPRIVED AREAS AT MOST RISK OF ROAD INJURIES

Countries Covered: Great Britain
Date:
 2009

Child pedestrians from the most deprived areas in Great Britain are four times more likely to be killed or injured on the roads than those from wealthier districts, a report by a cross party group of MPs said. Death rates among child pedestrians in Great Britain are worse than in France, the Netherlands, Japan, Austria, Australia, and Belgium, in terms of the number killed as a proportion of the population, says the report by the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee.

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’.

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.

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

Countries Covered: Wales
Date:
 2008

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

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

Countries Covered: Wales
Date:
 2008

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

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.

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.

CAPIC ANALYSIS: FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICES

Countries Covered: Wales

CAPIC has analyzed the Fire and Rescue Services’ FDR-1 forms, which collects data on the nature and cause of the fire and limited data on casualties. The FDR-1 statistics are sent to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and appear in several official publications.  These analysis were performed for years ranging from 1999 to 2004.

CAPIC ANALYSIS: STATS19 COLLISION DATA

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 1994-2005

CAPIC has analyzed STATS19 data in Wales, which details the nature and location of the collision and a crude classification of injury severity.  The data are very useful for mapping the locations of collisions to plan road safety interventions.  These analysis were performed for years ranging from 1994 to 2005.

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.

POLICY, PLANNING AND DESIGN FOR WALKING AND CYCLING

Countries Covered: Wales
Date:
 2004

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

DJACENT AND SHARED USE FACILITIES FOR PEDESTRIANS AND CYCLISTS

Countries Covered: Wales
Date:
 2004

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

CAPIC ANALYSIS: HOSPITAL IN-PATIENT DATA – PATIENT EPISODE DATABASE FOR WALES (PEDW)

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 1993-2003

CAPIC has analyzed data from the Patient Episode Database for Wales (PEDW) held at NHS Wales Informatics Service (NWIS).  Records in PEDW are based on episodes of care under a particular consultant, called Finished Consultant Episodes. These need to be linked together to carry out analyses of the number of people admitted/discharged from hospital, how many had particular treatments, and whether they died in hospital.  These analysis were performed for years ranging from 1993 to 2003.

ROAD SAFETY STRATEGY FOR WALES

Countries Covered: Wales
Date:
 2003

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

WALKING AND CYCLING STRATEGY FOR WALES

Countries Covered: Wales
Date:
 2003

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

THE STRATEGY FOR OLDER PEOPLE IN WALES

Countries Covered: Wales
Date:
 2003

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

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

Countries Covered: Wales
Date:
 2003

This is a Wales-wide campaign that aims to provide information and support to people aged 65 and over to enable them to stay fit and healthy through the winter months. The partnership approach of the campaign is its key feature, in which the Welsh Assembly Government works with local government, statutory agencies, and organisations in the voluntary and community sectors to promote the messages of the campaign. This document provides the background to the themes of the campaign and ideas for local authority involvement.

OSTEOPOROSIS AND FRACTURE PREVENTION STRATEGY FOR WALES

Countries Covered: Wales
Date:
 2003

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

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

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date:
 2003

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

KEEP WELL THIS WINTER BUILDING THE CAMPAIGN 2003/04

Countries Covered: Wales
Date:
 2003

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

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

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date:
 2002

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

CAPIC COLLABORATION FOR ACCIDENT PREVENTION & INJURY CONTROL

Countries Covered: Wales
Date:
 2002

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

THE TRANSPORT FRAMEWORK FOR WALES

Countries Covered: Wales
Date:
 2001

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