Category Archives: Scotland

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

 

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

 

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

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).

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

 

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.

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.

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.

 

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.

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.

 

 

ASSET-BASED APPROACHES TO PUBLIC HEALTH IN SCOTLAND

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date: 2013

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

 

CROSS PARTY GROUP ON ACCIDENT PREVENTION AND SAFETY AWARENESS

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date: 2013

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

 

 

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.