Category Archives: 2009

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.

YOUTH WORKERS AND TEACHERS LACK ALCOHOL EDUCATION SUPPORT

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2009

Research by charity Drinkaware shows three-fifths of professionals working with under-18s do not have the support and information they need to provide education about alcohol. 43% of more than 300 professionals who responded to Drinkaware’s survey, said that under-18s currently have too much freedom over their own social lives.

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.

LIFE SAVING KITS TO BE GIVEN TO FAMILIES OF INJECTING DRUG USERS IN GROUNDBREAKING SCHEME

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2009

The National Treatment Agency (NTA) announced families and carers of injecting drug users will be given training in how to respond to overdoses and how to administer a drug called naloxone in the event of a heroin overdose in a groundbreaking new scheme to help save lives.

DRUG-RELATED DEATHS IN THE UK CONTINUE TO RISE

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2009

A report released by St George’s, University of London reveals there were 1,952 UK drug-related deaths in 2008, an increase of 2.7 per cent from the previous year. Heroin and morphine remain the substances involved in most deaths, according to the Drug-related deaths in the UK Annual Report 2009. England, Wales and Northern Ireland actually saw a slight reduction in deaths, but record figures for Scotland boosted the total.

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.

INDICATIONS OF PUBLIC HEALTH: DRUG MISUSE

Countries Covered: UK and Ireland
Date: 
2009

The Association of Public Health Observatories (APHO) has published the 10th report in its Indications of Public Health in the English Regions series. The new report contains 46 different indicators of drug use relating to the individual, community and population across all nine English regions, with additional analysis of sub-regional inequalities where possible. The data is intended to improve both prevention initiatives and the lives of drug users through informing a better understanding of their treatment needs.

DRUG-RELATED DEATHS ON THE UK CONTINUE TO RISE

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2009

A report released by St George’s, University of London reveals there were 1,952 UK drug-related deaths in 2008, an increase of 2.7 per cent from the previous year. Heroin and morphine remain the substances involved in most deaths, according to the Drug-related deaths in the UK Annual Report 2009. England, Wales and Northern Ireland actually saw a slight reduction in deaths, but record figures for Scotland boosted the total.

STREET DRUG TRENDS 2009

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2009

This DrugScope report found a reduction of the purity of drugs such as cocaine and heroin. This was leading to an increase in mixing drugs such as ketamine, ecstasy, cannabis and alcohol among both problem drug users and recreational teenage users. The report looks at information supplied by 70 drug services, police forces, drug user support groups and drug action teams working in 20 areas in the UK.

FIRE SAFETY CONTENT ON DIRECTGOVKIDS

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2009

DirectgovKids has a range of fire safety material that was created in collaboration with the London Fire Brigade (LFB). The material includes comic books, quizzes, videos and online games.

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.

A SAFER WAY: CONSULTATION ON MAKING BRITAIN’S ROADS THE SAFEST IN THE WORLD

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2009

This consultation document includes proposed targets for reductions in deaths and serious injuries to be achieved by 2020. The views received in response to the proposals put forward will influence the final shape of the Department’s next road safety strategy, which is due to be published at the end of the year.

MAKE ROADS SAFE CAMPAIGN

Countries Covered: World
Date: 
2009

The ‘Make Roads Safe’ report, endorsed by the world’s leading road safety experts, urges UN governments attending the first ever global governmental conference on road safety in Moscow in November, to support a ‘Decade of Action for Road Safety’ between 2010-2020. During the Decade the international community should invest in a $300 million action plan to catalyse traffic injury prevention and re-focus national road safety policies and budgets.

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.

FOUR IN 10 DEATHS AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE WORLDWIDE FROM INJURIES, STUDY FINDS

Countries Covered: World
Date: 
2009

The first study into global deaths among 10-24 years olds has found that 2.6 million children and young people died in 2004, two in five of them from injuries and violence (Lancet 2009,374:881-92, doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(09)60741-8). The findings call into question the focus of worldwide child health policies, which prioritise HIV/AIDS and maternal mortality, say the authors.

INTERVENTIONS TO PREVENT ACCIDENTAL INJURY TO YOUNG PEOPLE AGED 15 – 24: EVIDENCE BRIEFING

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2009

This briefing attempts to: identify all relevant systematic reviews, syntheses, meta-analyses and review-level papers on public health interventions to prevent accidental injury to young people aged 15–24; review these papers and highlight effective ways to prevent accidental injury in this population and particularly those in disadvantaged and vulnerable groups;

  • identify cost-effectiveness data for interventions that aim to prevent accidental injury to young people aged 15–24; and
  • highlight any gaps in the evidence and make recommendations for future research.

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’.

ROUTES TO PLAY

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2009

Sustrans have released a new guide for local authorities and other organisations managing outdoor play space, on ensuring children and young people can get to play areas actively and independently.

GUIDANCE ON WHEN TO SUSPECT CHILD MALTREATMENT

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2009

The advice in this guideline covers the alerting features in children and young people (under 18 years) of: physical, sexual and emotional abuse neglect fabricated or induced illness.

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.

NHS TEEN LIFECHECK

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2009

NHS Teen LifeCheck uses an engaging and interactive quiz to offer health and lifestyle information to 12-15 year olds. Hosted entirely online, it guides young people through a set of completely confidential, simple multiple choice questions and then gives them tailored advice on how they can set goals to improve their lifestyles.

TRL CHILD SAFETY SEAT RATING

Countries Covered: World
Date: 
2009

TRL, the UK’s Transport Research Laboratory, have launched a new independent safety rating system for child seats in vehicles, to better inform consumer choice when purchasing a child seat.

PROMOTING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, ACTIVE PLAY AND SPORT FOR PRE-SCHOOL AND SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE IN FAMILY, PRE-SCHOOL, SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY SETTINGS

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2009

This guidance represents the views of the Institute and was arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available. Those working in the NHS, local authorities, the wider public, voluntary and community sectors and the private sector should take it into account when carrying out their professional, managerial or voluntary duties.

INJURIES IN THE EUROPEAN UNION – STATISTICS SUMMARY 2005 – 2007

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2009

The 2009-report “Injuries in the EU” was launched by Eurosafe in December. The report presents data collected over the years 2005-2007. It also highlights injury data related to major risk groups and injury causes as identified in the EU-Council recommendation on injury prevention and safety promotion: children, adolescents, senior citizens, pedestrians/ bicyclists, sporting activities, consumer products, interpersonal violence and self-harm.