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
Surrey Trading Standards and Which? have issued a warning over illegal car seats that pose a serious threat to child safety. When the seats were tested it was found that the fabric did not meet the British safety standards. CAPT is urging parents to buy car seats made by established companies, and where possible have them fitted by an expert.
The strategy recommends adopting a life course approach that recognizes that adult health and illness are rooted in health and experiences in previous stages of the life course. Targeted effort is needed to break the negative cycles in childhood and adolescence such as poor early childhood development and lack of support in growing through adolescence. This will enable children and young people to develop into healthy, happy and competent individuals who can make a positive contribution to their own health and to society.
From 1st June 2015, manufacturers of detergent capsules will have to adapt how they produce their products and packaging. This new legislation will help protect and deter children from harmful consumption of detergent. The changes to liquitabs and detergent capsules involves adding a bitter tasting agent to deter children from swallowing the contents; to improve the strength of the soluble coating and for the products to contains warnings of the danger of consumption.
The #SaveKidsLives is a Worldwide and official campaign for the Third United Nations Global Road Safety Week (4-10 May 2015). This campaign is calling for action to save children’s lives on the road around the World.
‘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.
10 Cities and 5 countries have been selected to take part in the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS) 2015-2019. This programme aims to reduce fatalities and injuries from road traffic crashes in low- and middle-income countries. The chosen cities will receive support in implementing road safety initiatives; technical assistance from the world’s leading road safety organizations and training to police officers and relevant staff.
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.
The following video was created Sicheres Vorarlberg, a safety organisation in Austria (http://www.sicheresvorarlberg.at/videothek/)
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
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).
It is up to parents to teach children how to stay safe, according to children in Scotland who took part in a home safety survey conducted by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).
A major resource from the Keeping Children Safe at Home project is now freely available for downloading from http://tiny.cc/kcspage. The resource Injury Prevention Briefing: Preventing unintentional injuries to the under fives: a guide for practitioners offers activities and advice focusing on preventing falls, scalds, fire-related injuries and poisonings.
The Briefing includes sections dealing with general prevention issues such as the link between accidents and deprivation, and evaluation methods; eleven activities to be run with parents; and background information about each of the injury topics.
FURTHER INFORMATION: http://tiny.cc/kcspage
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
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/
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
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/
Parachute is a Canadian charitable organisation dedicated to preventing injuries and saving lives.
Information, tools and guides are available for the following injury topic areas:
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 All Party Parliamentary Group on Alcohol Misuse is calling on political parties to commit to 10 measures to minimise alcohol-related harm in the UK. These have been picked up widely by the media, in particular the proposals to include a health warning on all alcohol labels and to reduce the blood alcohol limit for driving in England and Wales to 50mg/100ml.
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.
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
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
The BBC produced a documentary ‘Protecting our Parents’ based on the activity of Birmingham’s older adults care teams over the course of a year, from the perspective of the professionals, families and the elderly.
This was broadcast over 3 episodes 1 May to 17 April 2014 and featured issues such as the impact of falls. Although the programmes are no longer available to view online, the related BBC website provides a description of the episodes and a number of video clips.
The website also provides a number of statistics, including those relating to falls and fractures, and links to further useful resources.
FURTHER INFORMATION: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b041mq9q
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has updated the ‘Clinical Knowledge Summary’ on falls risk assessment and the ‘falls in older people pathway’, and also signposts on-going research .
CLINICAL KNOWLEDGE SUMMARY: http://cks.nice.org.uk/falls-risk-assessment#!topicsummary
FALLS IN OLDER PEOPLE PATHWAY: http://pathways.nice.org.uk/pathways/falls-in-older-people
ON-GOING RESEARCH: https://www.evidence.nhs.uk/topic/falls
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.
Gas Safe Register is launching its fourth national Gas Safety Week on the 15th– 21st September. Gas Safety Week is a national campaign to raise awareness of gas safety amongst the UK’s 23 million gas consumers. Its aim is to educate people on how to stay safe at home and protect themselves from the risks of unsafe gas appliances, such as carbon monoxide poisoning, gas leaks, fires and explosions. By law, only Gas Safe registered engineers can work on gas. So far over 1,400 organisations have pledged their support for the week to raise awareness of gas safety. They’re helping to remind the public to always check their engineer is registered and qualified for the work they need doing by checking their Gas Safe ID card. Have you pledged your support too? Further information: www.GasSafetyWeek.co.uk
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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)).
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.
RoSPA’S free ‘Directors’ Safety E-Book’ is designed to inform senior managers and company directors what they need to do to meet their legal health and safety duties.
For 10 years the EU Rapid Information system (RAPEX) has been guarding European consumers against un-safe non-food products. In 2013 a total of 2,364 measures were taken by EU Member States. This figure indicates a 3.8% rise in alerts compared to 2012 and continues the increasing trend which has been apparent since the establishment of RAPEX in 2003.
IOBI have produced new analyses comparing the incidence of serious injury in the five IOBI countries and nine English regions by comparing emergency hospital admissions for serious injury. By focusing on serious injuries – injuries that are very likely to be admitted to hospital – IOBI have been able to minimise differences in hospital admission thresholds and produce more comparable international data for the incidence of serious injury. Furthermore, serious injuries are associated with greater risk of mortality, disability and increased costs.
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
WHO recently launched an online library of road safety video and audio campaigns to inspire governments and other agencies wishing to develop their own mass media campaigns.
The UK charity RoSPA is launching its Child Car Seat website, offering advice on which seat to choose for your child and car and how to use them, the law and things drivers ought to know if they carry other people’s children in the car. This new website helps parents make the right choices.
The WHO Department of Health Statistics and Information Systems recently launched a new tool for analysing mortality level and cause-of-death
data version 2 (ANACoD V.2). One of the unique features of ANACoD V.2 is that it contains a module for detailed analyses of external causes of injury deaths. The release of this new tool is one of WHO’s efforts to maximize the use of mortality and cause-of-death data by all Member States for health policy planning, practice, monitoring and evaluation.
In addition to the information from registers in
health services, the European Health Interview
Survey (EHIS) contains questions on self-reported injuries.
The indicator on self-reported ‘Injuries at
home, leisure, school’ gives the proportion of
individuals reporting that they had an accident
at home, during leisure activities, and/or at
school during the past 12 months, which
resulted in injury. It also gives the proportion
of individuals reporting that the injury led them
to seek for a medical treatment.
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.
The family of a newlywed, who died of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, has set up an e-petition calling on the government for new legislation to ensure CO alarms are fitted with carbon burning appliances. RoSPA supports this suggestion, but warns that while an alarm will alert people to CO in the home, it is no substitute for using a registered engineer to ensure appliances are regularly serviced and maintained.
On 24 May 2014, the 67th World Health Assembly (WHA) adopted a historic resolution entitled “Strengthening the role of the health system in addressing violence, in particular against women and girls, and against children”.
Among other tasks, the resolution calls on WHO to prepare its first ever global plan of action on strengthening the role of the health system in addressing interpersonal violence, in particular against women and girls, and against children, which WHO is invited to present through the Executive Board to the 69th WHA in 2016.
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.
UK children are at a higher risk of premature death than their Western European counterparts due to the growing gap between rich and poor and a lack of targeted public health policies to reduce child deaths, finds a new report from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) and the National Children’s Bureau (NCB).
Why Children Die reviewed existing UK evidence on child deaths and their causes, and one of the recommendations states “local authorities should make maximum use of children’s centres, health visiting services and safety equipment schemes to educate and equip parents to keep their children safe; with a focus on water safety, safe sleeping and blind cord injury prevention”.
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’.
This policy guidance aims to support national, regional and local policy-makers in Europe to prepare, implement and follow up policy actions and interventions to reduce inequities in unintentional injuries. Unintentional injuries, including road traffic injuries, falls, burns, drownings and poisonings still constitute a major public health problem, killing almost half a million people in the WHO European Region each year and causing many more cases of disability.
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.
It has come to light that a two year old girl has died after getting entangled in a window blind cord during a game of hide and seek with her older brother. Her mother found her behind a curtain in their home in Sunderland – www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/sophie-allen-death-mums-agony-3470110.
Please can you all continue to raise awareness of the dangers surrounding looped cords to help prevent these tragic accidents from happening. RoSPA have a lot of information on their website http://www.rospa.com/about/currentcampaigns/blindcords/ and please also have a look at the revised Make it Safe leaflet on blind cord safety
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.
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.’
Violent crime is continuing a long-term fall in England and Wales, according to annual figures from NHS hospitals.
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.
We are pleased to announce the launch of the report on National Action to Address Child Intentional Injury, by the European Child Safety Alliance with the support of Vice President of the European Parliament Isabelle Durant and Chair of the European Network of Ombudspersons for Children Bernard de Vos,
The report and press release are available at www.childsafetyeurope.org
The report describes the prevalence of intentional injuries to children in the European Union, including maltreatment, peer to peer violence and self-directed violence, and examines the level of uptake of national level policies to address intentional child injuries in over 25 Member States. This is the first time that national actions to address child intentional injury are being comprehensively assessed and reported on in the EU.
Officials to introduce requirement for trucks to fit side guards and better mirrors, with hefty charge for non-compliance.
Half a million cycle trips are made each day in London, and a recent spate of deaths has put cycle safety at the top of the agenda.
Children and adults who suffer a head injury should be taken straight to a hospital with resuscitation facilities to avoid potentially serious complications, including disability or death, says NICE.
In an update to existing guidelines, NICE stresses the importance of early detection and prompt treatment for head injuries. Patients who have suffered a head injury but also begin to show particular signs that the injury may be serious or potentially life-threatening, such as seizures, fracture skull or loss of consciousness, should be given a CT brain scan within one hour.
Posted in 2014, Children & Young People Safety, Cross-Cutting Themes, Home Safety, Initiatives & Campaigns, Older People Safety, Road Safety, Sports & Leisure Safety, Strategies, Targets, & Legislation, Tools & Guides, United Kingdom, Violence Prevention
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.
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.
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
WHO has launched an online library of road safety mass media campaigns, a new resource for governments and civil society organizations. The library, which contains some of the world’s most impactful road safety video and audio campaigns, is intended as inspiration for those planning to produce their own campaigns by offering a range of creative ideas and concepts.
Contains all the latest news, research and reports from the field of Child Accident Prevention.
Countries Covered: England
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.
Countries Covered: UK
Gas Map is a nationwide interactive map which shows consumers gas dangers and risks in their area simply by entering their postcode. It works in a similar way to the crime maps provided by the police, and is intended to inspire consumer behaviour change around gas safety, encouraging people to get their gas appliances checked or maintained by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
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