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.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has published the ‘Global report on drowning – preventing a leading killer’.
Drowning claims the lives of 372 000 people a year worldwide, with over 90% of these deaths occurring in low- and middle-income countries. In the WHO European Region, drowning causes the loss of 37 000 lives every year. It is the second leading cause of death in children aged 5–14 years and the fourth leading cause among young people aged 15–29 years.
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Posted in 2014, Children & Young People Safety, Cross-Cutting Themes, Drowning, Fire Safety, Home Safety, Occupational Safety, Older People Safety, Road Safety, Sports & Leisure Safety, Tools & Guides, What's new posts, World
The World Health Organization (WHO) aims to release the Global report on drowning prevention late 2014. This will cover drowning in all countries of the world across all ages, will set out what is known about drowning and drowning prevention, and will call for a substantial scaling-up of comprehensive efforts and resources targeted at prevention.
Please join the international drowning prevention campaign by helping to spread the word about the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson (WLSL) taking place on Friday, June 20th, 2014. The WLSL event is a wonderful tool to help generate awareness about the vital importance of teaching children to swim.
Bloomberg Philanthropies has announced a commitment of US$ 10 million to save children from drowning. The Bloomberg Philanthropies Drowning Prevention Project will have a major focus on children aged 1-4 years in Bangladesh, where drowning accounts for 43% of all deaths. Every year in Bangladesh, 12,000 children drown – the equivalent of 32 deaths every day.
Countries Covered: Low and Middle Income Countries
The Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU), with funding provided by Bloomberg Philanthropies, is launching the Saving of Lives from Drowning Grants Initiative to fund 2-3 projects focusing on innovative interventions for drowning prevention in low- and middle-income countries. Grants will be typically in the range of US$ 50,000 – 75,000 (inclusive of all costs) for a period of no more than 12 months for each award.
Preference will be given to projects from low-middle income regions/countries with a known high burden of drowning and that are innovative in nature, either testing innovative interventions or using innovative methods to evaluate existing interventions (even if they have previously been tested in high-income countries).
Applications must be submitted no later than 5pm Eastern Standard Time (USA) on Monday, 6 January 2014 via email to email@example.com.
For more information on how to apply, visit www.jhsph.edu/research/centers-and-institutes/johns-hopkins-international-injury-research-unit/research/grants-proposals/
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.
Posted in 2013, Children & Young People Safety, Cross-Cutting Themes, Drowning, Fire Safety, Home Safety, Initiatives & Campaigns, Road Safety, Scotland, Sports & Leisure Safety, Tools & Guides
Young Scottish and Welsh men, some watersports and areas with the greatest amount of inland water should be targeted for drowning prevention campaigns, according to the findings of a pioneering analysis of water fatality figures.
More than a million primary schoolchildren are unable to swim, says a major survey out today.
A report by swimming’s governing body, the Amateur Swimming Association, shows that 51 per cent of seven to 11-year-olds are unable to swim the length of a typical pool (25 metres).
Countries Covered: UK and Ireland
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
Posted in Children & Young People Safety, Cross-Cutting Themes, Data & Statisics, Drowning, England, Fire Safety, Great Britain, Home Safety, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Occupational Safety, Older People Safety, Road Safety, Scotland, Self-Harm & Suicide Prevention, Sports & Leisure Safety, United Kingdom, Violence Prevention, Wales
Countries Covered: Europe
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.
Posted in 2013, Children & Young People Safety, Cross-Cutting Themes, Drowning, England, Europe, Fire Safety, Great Britain, Home Safety, Ireland, Latest Research, Northern Ireland, Occupational Safety, Older People Safety, Road Safety, Scotland, Self-Harm & Suicide Prevention, Sports & Leisure Safety, United Kingdom, Violence Prevention, Wales, World
Countries Covered: UK
A new resource has been launched to collect and share better data on fatal and non-fatal drownings, injuries and near misses. The Water Incident Database (WAID) has been developed by the National Water Safety Forum to address the lack of data and information on water-related deaths and injuries.
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