Category Archives: 2010

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.

DELIBERATE SELF HARM IN NORTHERN IRELAND

Countries Covered: Northern Ireland
Date: 
2010

Data from the pilot of Northern Ireland’s Registry of Deliberate Self Harm were published in January 2010. The pilot was part of the rollout of Northern Ireland’s Suicide Prevention Strategy ‘Protect Life – A Shared Vision.’ Data were collected in three accident and emergency departments in the Western Health and Social Care Trust area of Northern Ireland during 2007 and 2008.

OPTIMISING SUICIDE PREVENTION PROGRAMS IN EUROPE

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2010

Fatal and non-fatal suicide acts are significant public health issues in Europe requiring effective preventive interventions. Optimising Suicide Prevention Programs in Europe (OSPI-Europe) comprises of a 5-level intervention which includes training and support for primary care physicians, informing the public about depression, community facilitator training and restricting access to lethal means. The OSPI programme will be implemented in four regions—Ireland, Portugal, Hungary and Germany.

FIRE KILLS’ AWARD-WINNING ‘BREATHE’ ADVERT AVAILABLE ONLINE

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2010

According to the latest the latest Fire Kill campaign, in a house fire, you might think that the smoke would wake you and give you and your family time to escape. But after two or three breaths of toxic smoke you’re unconscious. Your lungs fill up and you can’t breathe. Just like drowning.

NATIONAL REGISTRY OF DELIBERATE SELF HARM ANNUAL REPORT 2009

Countries Covered: Ireland
Date: 
2010

The National Suicide Research Foundation recently published the eighth annual report of the National Registry of Deliberate Self Harm. It is based on data collected on persons presenting as a result of deliberate self harm to any of the 39 hospital emergency departments that operated in Ireland in 2009.

20MPH SPEED ZONES WORK, SAYS NEW REPORT

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2010

UK cities should have more 20mph speed zones, as they have cut road injuries by over 40% in London, a study claims. In particular the number of children killed or seriously injured has been halved over the past 15 years, the British Medical Journal reported. The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine study estimates 20mph zones have the potential to prevent up to 700 casualties in London alone. At 20mph, it is estimated only one in 40 pedestrians is killed in a crash. This compares w ith a one in five chance for someone hit at 30mph. The researchers compared data on road collisions, injuries and deaths in London betw een 1986 and 2006, w ith speed limits on roads.

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.

SAFER DRIVING FOR WORK HANDBOOK

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2010

In response to popular demand, RoSPA has produced a completely updated and brand new ‘Driving for Work Handbook’. This compact booklet is ideal as an induction and ongoing driver education tool containing all the information a driver needs to help keep them safe on the road.

ROSPA’S TOP TEN TIPS TO STAY WITHIN THE LIMIT

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2010

RoSPA have produced a new poster to illustrate their Top 10 Tips to help drivers stay within the Speed Limit. The poster highlights some simple and practical things drivers w ho find it difficult to stay w ith speed limits can do to help themselves.

ROAD TO SUCCESS

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2010

The Road to Success is a booklet for parents designed to help them safely guide their sons and daughters through the process of learning to drive. It has been produced in response to the very poor crash and casualty statistics for new ly-qualified drivers – they account for more than two in five road deaths in the UK.

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.

ONLINE VIDEO EDUCATES CYCLISTS AND DRIVERS OF HEAVY GOODS VEHICLES ABOUT SAFETY SHARING THE ROAD

Countries Covered: Ireland
Date: 
2010

new on-line video has been produced to educate cyclists and drivers of heavy goods vehicles (HGV) about safely sharing the road, particularly in urban areas.  The initiative was led by the Road Safety Authority in association with the Department of Transport, Dublin City Council, Local Authorities, Irish Road Haulage Association and Cyclist.ie.

‘EMBRACE LIFE’ SEAT BELT CAMPAIGN VIDEO

Countries Covered: World
Date: 
2010

An extremely popular seat belt campaign developed by Sussex Safer Roads Partnership (SSRP) has released a video.

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.

INITIATIVE FOR A WHO RESOLUTION ON CHILD INJURY PREVENTION

Countries Covered: World
Date: 
2010

The Executive Board of the World Health Organization, which is the major steering instrument within the WHO-governance structure counting 34 members elected by the 193 WHO-member states, strongly endorsed the proposal for issuing a WHO-Resolution on Child Injury Prevention. The proposed Resolution, which was initiated by the Dutch government in response to the World Report on Child injury prevention that has been jointly launched by WHO and UNICEF in December 2008.

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.

TACKLING YOUTH DRINKING—DRINKAWARE LAUNCHES NEW SECTION ON WEBSITE

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2010

Drinkaware, a UK charity which aims to reduce alcohol harm, has launched a new section of its website dedicated to offering alcohol advice to professionals who work with young people.

PREVENTING INJURIES IN EUROPE: FROM INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION TO LOCAL IMPLEMENTATION

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2010

WHO and the European Commission have released a report which documents progress made during their three-year project, which aimed to prevent injury and promote safety. The report assesses the implementation of 99 evidence-based programmes, which include not only five causes of unintentional injury and six types of violence, but also measures that alleviate socioeconomic inequalities in injuries and violence and tackle alcohol as a risk factor.

SURVEY OF LIFESTYLES, ATTITUDES AND NUTRITION IN IRELAND

Countries Covered: Ireland
Date: 
2010

This is the third national Survey of Lifestyle, Attitudes and Nutrition (SLÁN) in Ireland, conducted in 2007 using face-to-face interviews with adults aged 18 years or over, interview ed at home addresses. SLÁN 2007 follow s on from two previous surveys using postal questionnaires. The report includes findings on alcohol and the use of illicit drugs, as well as injuries necessitating medical consultation.

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.

LIGHTER LATER – SAVING THE DAYLIGHT

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2010

Campaigners are urging party leaders to see the light after 10,000 people put their name to call for a change to daylight savings time which would cut road deaths, boost the economy and save energy. 10:10’s Lighter Later campaign is proposing that we move our clocks forward by an hour whilst keeping the spring/autumn changes. Mounting evidence shows that simply shifting our clocks forward by one hour will save lives on our roads, reduce crime and fear of crime, and help us to become happier and healthier by giving us more  opportunities to spend time outdoors.