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

UK: SAFETY TIPS FOR CYCLISTS IN LONDON

UK: NEW FALLS INFORMATION ZONE TO SUPPORT OLDER PEOPLE AT RISK OF A FALL

A new information zone to support older people at risk of a fall has been launched on NHS inform.  The Falls Information Zone has been developed by Scottish Government’s Falls Programme team in association with NHS 24 Health Information Services.

Falls amongst older people are extremely common and are often associated with injury, hospitalisation and loss of confidence and independence. However, falls are not an inevitable consequence of getting older. Simple steps can be taken by older people, their families and carers to reduce their risk of falling and the risk of harming themselves if they do fall.  The new Falls Information Zone provides quality assured information for people at risk of falling, their carer’s and families to help reduce the physical, emotional and psychological harm caused by falls.

As well as providing information on the causes of falls, when to seek help and support, and what to do in the event of a fall, detailed advice and information is offered on ‘Keeping Well’ and ‘Safety at Home’.  The Zone also features short films demonstrating strength and balance exercises, information on falls and dementia, and a comprehensive section on fear and anxiety about falling. Visit: nhsinform.co.uk/falls.

WORLD: HARD-HITTING VIDEO COULD SAVE TODDLERS’ LIVES

Footage showing how easy it is for a toddler to be killed by household furniture has been released by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.  In it, a dummy is crushed by a falling chest of drawers and television.

Further Information: http://www.anchorit.gov/

WALES: POISONING IN CHILDREN AGED 0-18 YEARS IN WALES (2007 – 2012)

The following analyses conducted by CAPIC and AWISS (All Wales Injury Surveillance System) contain Emergency Department figures and hospital admissions for poisoning injuries in children aged 0 – 18 years.

Figures are presented by cause of poisoning, age, gender and year from 2007 – 2012 (ED attendances 2009 – 12, Inpatient Admissions 2007 – 11)

Please refer to the ‘Summary’ page for further information about the data sources, data quality issues and guidance on interpreting the results.

Poisoning in Children Aged 0 – 18 years in Wales (2007 – 2012)

WALES: UNINTENTIONAL INJURIES IN CHILDREN AGED 0-4 IN WALES (2010 – 2013)

The following analyses conducted by CAPIC and AWISS (All Wales Injury Surveillance System) contain Emergency Department attendance figures for unintentional injuries in children aged 0-4 years living in Wales.  Percentage of children admitted to hospital and average length of stay are also presented.

Emergency department figures have also been stratified by year, age, gender, mechanism of injury, 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.

Unintentional Injuries in Children aged 0-4 years living in Wales

WALES: HEAD INJURIES IN CHILDREN AGED 0-18 IN WALES (2010 – 2013)

The following analyses conducted by CAPIC and AWISS (All Wales Injury Surveillance System) contain Emergency Department attendance figures for head injuries in children aged 0-18 years living in Wales.  Percentage of children admitted to hospital and average length of stay are also presented.

Emergency department figures for head injuries have also been stratified by year, age, gender, 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.

Head Injuries in Children aged 0-18 in Wales

UK: PUBLICATION OF JOINT INSPECTION OF THE INVESTIGATION AND PROSECUTION OF FATAL ROAD TRAFFIC INCIDENTS

An assessment of how police forces and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) investigate and prosecute road death cases, was published in February 2015.
The report from Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) found that overall the police’s investigation of fatal road traffic incidents (FRTI) was professional and thorough. However the recommendations reflect the conclusion that there is room for improvements in the way police and prosecutors deal with fatal crashes.

 

UK: ROSPA’S 2ND FAMILY SAFETY WEEK

Monday, March 2 marked the beginning of RoSPA’s second national Family Safety Week

ENGLAND & WALES: NEW POWERS TO TACKLE DRUG DRIVING

A new law to make it easier for police to catch and convict drug drivers took effect 2nd March 2015 in England and Wales.

ENGLAND & WALES: VIOLENCE AT WORK: FINDINGS FROM THE 2013/14 CRIME SURVEY

The number and incidence rate of violent incidents at work has declined over the last decade.

Findings from the 2013/14 Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) show that:

  • the risk of being a victim of actual or threatened violence at work is similar to the last five years with an estimated 1.1% of working adults the victims of one or more violent incidents at work (CSEW)
  • in 2013/14, the survey estimated 257 000 adults of working age in employment experienced work related violence including threats and physical assault
  • there were an estimated 583 000 incidents of violence at work according to the 2013/14 CSEW, comprising 269 000 assaults and 314 000 threats. This was lower than the estimated 656 000 incidents in the 2012/13 survey but this change is not statistically significant.
  • the 2013/14 CSEW estimated that 1.0% of women and 1.2% of men were victims of violence at work once or more during the year prior to their interview

FURTHER INFORMATION: www.gov.uk/government/statistics/violence-at-work-findings-from-201415-crime-survey-for-england-and-wales

ENGLAND: SUICIDE PREVENTION: SECOND ANNUAL REPORT

This report summarises the latest trends, research and developments on suicide prevention in England

The report:

  • calls on services to be more ambitious about suicide prevention, and challenge the assumption that suicide is inevitable
  • highlights 3 areas in England that have already adopted a zero suicide ambition
  • outlines how services can improve by adopting this new attitude and effective interventions

The annual report has been prepared with the input of leading experts in the field of suicide prevention, including the members of the National Suicide Prevention Strategy Advisory Group.

FURTHER INFORMATION: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/suicide-prevention-second-annual-report

ENGLAND: DFT CYCLING DELIVERY PLAN

The Department of Transport has outlined a10 year strategy on plans to increase cycling and walking across England.

The cycling delivery plan includes an ambition to double cycling levels by 2025 and increase the percentage of school children aged 5 to 10 years walking to school to 55% by 2025.

ENGLAND & WALES: NEW PROPOSED SENTENCING FOR HEALTH AND SAFETY OFFENCES

New guidelines proposed for courts could mean fines of up to £10 million for the most serious health and safety offences and of more than £20 million for organisations convicted of corporate manslaughter.

WORLD: NEW STUDY HIGHLIGHTS NEED TO SCALE UP VIOLENCE PREVENTION EFFORTS GLOBALLY

The Global status report on violence prevention 2014 reveals that 475 000 people were murdered in 2012, and homicide is the third leading cause of death globally for males aged 15-44 years, highlighting the urgent need for more decisive action to prevent violence.

UK: CHILD SAFETY WEEK IS COMING EARLY THIS YEAR

This year Child Safety Week comes early, running from Monday 1 to Sunday 7 June

WALES: NEW GUIDANCE ON MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS AND SUBSTANCE MISUSE PROBLEMS

Having both a mental health problem and a substance misuse problem – whether severe or moderate – can cause people and their families’ significant distress. The new guildlines will ensure services deliver: Prevention and early intervention; A holistic, person centred approach; Good communication; Co-production and Prudent healthcare

The Welsh Government is investing more than £580m in mental health services in 2015-16, with some £50m being invested in programmes to tackle drug and alcohol misuse over the same period

 

WORLD: WHO: INJURIES AND VIOLENCE: THE FACTS 2014

A new document by WHO highlights that more than 5 million people die each year as a result of injuries, resulting from acts of violence against oneself or others, road traffic crashes, burns, drowning, falls, and poisonings, among other causes.

 

EUROPE: CHILD MALTREATMENT: ACTION PLAN FOR WHO– EUROPE

On 17 September 2014 the 64th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe adopted a resolution to implement the European child maltreatment prevention action plan 2015–2020.

 

ENGLAND: FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION PREVALENCE DATASET

The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) has developed a new ‘Female Genital Mutilation Prevalence Dataset’. This is a monthly return of aggregated patient data generated by acute hospital providers in England.

Data is now being reported online monthly at regional level.

 

ENGLAND: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TOOLKITS

Public Health England has supported two initiatives to raise awareness and tackle the problem of domestic violence:

  • the ‘Intervention Initiative toolkit’ – an educational toolkit and programme to encourage students to stand up against and prevent sexual coercion and domestic abuse in university settings. The programme is to be used by universities, ideally as part of their curriculum.
  • the ‘violence toolkit for business’ – a guide and toolkit aimed at businesses that lack an infrastructure to deal with domestic violence. This provides resources for businesses to take part in the ‘16 Days of Action’ campaign (25 November to 10 December) and to raise awareness of an issue that impacts health, wellbeing, absence and turn over in the workplace.

INTERVENTION INITIATIVE TOOLKIT: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/bl/research/interventioninitiative/thetoolkit.aspx

VIOLENCE TOOLKIT FOR BUSINESS: http://16daysofaction.co.uk/

 

WORLD: SOCIAL MEDIA SUICIDE PREVENTION TOOL

Facebook have launched a new tool in the US to help users who are worried about a friends risk of suicide.  If an individual sees a concerning post they can report it to facebook.  Facebook then reviews the post  and if the person is thought to be in distress then suggestions for getting help will display when they next log on.

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.

 

 

WORLD: WHO GLOBAL REPORT ON DROWNING AND EUROPEAN COMMENTARY

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.

WORLD: BURN AWARENESS WEEK 2015

Burn Awareness Week, observed during the first full week of February, is designed to provide an opportunity for burn, fire and life safety educators to unite in sharing a common burn awareness and prevention message in our communities. The Burn Prevention Network joined with the America Burn Association on focusing on getting the word out about scald prevention.

 

 

UK: HEALTH & SAFETY FAILINGS: THE DEVASTATING COSTS IN NUMBERS

When an organisation has a strong health and safety record, a serious accident seems like a distant possibility. However, nobody is immune – just one slip-up could realise your worst fears. The following infographic is a reminder that the financial and personal cost of failure is high. Whilst prevention is the best cure, it’s essential that even the best health and safety management systems include contingency plans to be followed in the event of a major accident or incident.

 

UK: THE ABC OF OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH (OSH)

As every safety and health professional knows, there’s a near endless list of issues which need to be considered if we are going to ensure every employee returns safely home to their families each night. In the short posts below, RoSPA look at the first 12 letters of the alphabet and what they mean for the OSH professional…

PART 1: http://rospaworkplacesafety.com/2015/01/15/the-abc-of-osh-part-1-2/

PART 2: http://rospaworkplacesafety.com/2015/02/03/the-abc-of-osh-part-2/

 

UK: AN INSPECTOR CALLS – WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN A H & S INSPECTOR VISITS

If you’ve never been visited by a health and safety inspector – and, depending on the nature and level of risk of your workplace, many of you won’t have been – there is perhaps a tendency to worry or be nervous about what might happen during a visit, but if you’ve been managing your health and safety in the right way, there’s no need to be concerned.

 

 

 

SCOTLAND: CHILD LIQUITAB INJURIES ‘PLUMMET’ IN GLASGOW AREA AFTER CAMPAIGN

Children can mistake liquitabs for sweets, due to their bright colours and jelly-like texture.

NHS GCC launched “Not for play – keep them away” together with the Royal Society for the Protection of Accidents (RoSPA).  As part of the campaign, families were given free cupboard catchers and information packs, containing instructions on how to keep all household cleaning products securely stored away from children.

 

UK: GAS SAFETY WEEK 2014 REPORT

Gas Safety Week, coordinated by Gas Safe Register, took place from 15th– 21st September 2014.  The aim was to raise awareness of gas safety in the home.

“New research, carried out among registered engineers, revealed that at least 68,000 homes escaped from deadly gas incidents, such as gas leaks, fires, explosions and deadly carbon monoxide poisoning, in the last year. Around half of these dangerous appliances were attributed to the fact that people had failed to get their gas appliance regularly serviced and it had been left in a poor state” Taken from the Gas Safety Week 2014 Report.

UK: ‘KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE AT HOME’ PROGRAMME

Every year in the UK, over a quarter of a million children under the age or 5 have to go to hospital because of a fall, scald or swallowing something that may be harmful. Most of these accidents happen in the home or garden.

Not much is known about the best ways of stopping accidents at home, which is why University of Nottingham are doing this study. The aim is to develop guidelines (“Injury Prevention Briefings”) for organisations who work with children about important home safety advice for families, and the best way in which to provide this.

 

 

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

 

UK: NEW INVENTION PROVIDES PROTECTION AGAINST HAIR STRAIGHTENER BURNS AND HOUSE FIRES

CAPT has teamed up with AOK-Design to raise awareness of the high number of accidental burns from hair straighteners and the risk of house fires from hair appliances left switched on.

AOK-Design have created the DAIO™ (pictured), a stylish but safe way of storing hair straighteners, curling tongs and styling wands

 

WALES: PUBLIC HEALTH WALES SUPPORTS ‘GAS SAFETY ROADSHOW’ FOR SCHOOLS IN SOUTH WALES

The Gas Safety Charity is running a programme which aims to teach school-age children in South Wales the importance of gas safety.  The charity are using a theatre roadshow to deliver the important messages of gas safety.

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

 

ENGLAND: FALLS AND FRAGILITY FRACTURES POPULATION HEALTHCARE PROGRAMME LAUNCH

Public Health England launched the Falls and Fragility Fractures (FFF) Population Healthcare Programme at an event held 4 December in London.

The Programme, involving partnership work between Public Health England, the ‘Better Value Healthcare’s FFF Population Healthcare Programme’ and local stakeholders, aims to support service improvement through the collection and sharing of evidence based outcome data.

 

UK : ‘GOT YA BACK’ CAMPAIGN

Students from the City of Bath College have launched a campaign aimed at ensuring young people get home safe after a night out. The campaign hopes to encourage students to carry ICE (in case of emergency) cards as well as working with taxi operators, pub and club owners to help young people get home safely.

 

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

UK: SAFETY SIGNPOST: ILLEGAL CAR SEATS THAT RIP APART ON IMPACT AT 30MPH HAVE BEEN DISCOVERED ON SALE IN THE UK

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.

 

NEW WHO-EUROPEAN STRATEGY: “INVESTING IN CHILDREN: CHILD AND ADOLESCENT HEALTH STRATEGY FOR EUROPE 2015-2020”

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.

 

EUROPE: NEW EU RULES ON LIQUITABS AIM TO PROTECT CHILDREN FROM HARM

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.

 

WORLD: #SAVEKIDSLIVES

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.

ENGLAND: TRAUMA AND INJURY PATHWAY DATA FOR CLINICAL COMMISSIONING GROUPS

‘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.

 

WORLD: BLOOMBERG INITIATIVE FOR GLOBAL ROAD SAFETY (BIGRS) 2015-2019

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.

NEW CAPIC REVIEW DATABASE GOES LIVE!

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.

EUROPE: HOME SAFETY VIDEO DEMONSTRATES HAZARDS FROM A TODDLER’S PERSPECTIVE

The following video was created Sicheres Vorarlberg, a safety organisation in Austria (http://www.sicheresvorarlberg.at/videothek/)

WALES: BURDEN OF INJURY REPORTS FOCUSING ON ROAD TRAFFIC COLLISIONS, ASSAULTS, POISONINGS AND FALLS.

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

UK: ILLEGAL CAR SEATS THAT RIP APART ON IMPACT AT 30MPH HAVE BEEN DISCOVERED ON SALE IN THE UK

Surrey Trading Standards and Which? have issued a warning over illegal car seats that pose a serious threat to child safety.

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).

UK: RoSPA RAISES AWARENESS OF CHILDREN’S RIGHT TO SAFETY IN THE HOME

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).

UK: KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE AT HOME – NEW GUIDE OFFERING ACTIVITIES AND ADVICE ON HOME SAFETY

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

ENGLAND: POTENTIAL YEARS OF LIFE LOST DUE TO INJURY

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

WORKBOOST WALES – FREE CONFIDENTIAL ADVICE ON HOW TO MAKE YOUR BUSINESS PLACE A SAFER PLACE TO WORK

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/

 

ENGLAND: SUICIDE PREVENTION STRATEGY REPORT

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

ENGLAND: OLDER PEOPLE INJURY ADMISSIONS LOCAL AUTHORITY INDICATORS

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 – A CANADIAN CHARITABLE ORGANISATION DEDICATED TO PREVENTING INJURIES AND SAVING LIVES

Parachute is a Canadian charitable organisation dedicated to preventing injuries and saving lives.

http://www.parachutecanada.org/

Information, tools and guides are available for the following injury topic areas:

UK AND IRELAND: 18TH EDITION OF IPN NOW AVAILABLE!

18th Edition of IPN Now Available!

UK: ALL-PARTY PARLIAMENTARY GROUP ON ALCOHOL MISUSE MANIFESTO

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.

ENGLAND & WALES: LATEST ON CRIME IN ENGLAND AND WALES (PERIOD ENDING MARCH 2014)

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.

FURTHER INFORMATION:
http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/crime-stats/crime-statistics/period-ending-march-2014/stb-crime-stats.html

 

 

GREAT BRITAIN: LATEST PROVISIONAL STATISTICS ON ROAD CASULATIES

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

GREAT BRITAIN: REPORTED ROAD CASUALTIES INVOLVING ILLEGAL ALCOHOL LEVELS

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

UK: BBC PROGRAMME – PROTECTING OUR PARENTS

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

 

ENGLAND: NICE GUIDANCE AND RESEARCH ON PREVENTING FALLS IN OLDER PEOPLE

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

 

 

WORLD: WHO AIMS TO RELEASE THE GLOBAL REPORT ON DROWNING LATE 2014

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.

 

UK: GAS SAFETY WEEK 15th– 21st SEPTEMBER 2014 – FIGHTING FOR A GAS SAFE NATION

Gas Safe Register is launching its fourth national Gas Safety Week on the 15th– 21st September.Gas-Safety-Week-14-web-banner-300x250 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

ENGLAND: NEW RESOURCES TO SUPPORT THE USE OF HEALTH DATA IN LOCAL VIOLENCE PREVENTION

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, z.a.quigg@ljmu.ac.uk

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.

UK & IRELAND: RoSPA’S DIRECTORS’ SAFETY E-BOOK

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.

EUROPE: RAPID ALERT SYSTEM ON DANGEROUS PRODUCTS – RAPEX 2013

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.

UK & IRELAND: NEW IOBI ANALYSES OF INPATIENT DATA FOR SERIOUS INJURIES

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.

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

WORLD: WHO-ONLINE LIBRARY OF ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGNS

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.

UK: RoSPA LAUNCH NEW CHILD SAFETY SEAT WEBSITE

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.

WORLD: WHO: NEW TOOL FOR CAUSE-OF-DEATH DATA ANALYSIS

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.

EUROPE: HOME AND LEISURE INJURIES – SELF-REPORTED INCIDENTS

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.

ENGLAND: NEW PHE REPORT – REDUCING UNINTENTIONAL INJURIES IN AND AROUND THE HOME AMONG CHILDREN UNDER FIVE YEARS

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.

UK: NO TO CO! – PETITION TO ENSURE CO ALARMS ARE FITTED WITH CARBON BURNING APPLIANCES

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.

WORLD: 67TH WORLD HEALTH ASSEMBLY ADOPTS HISTORIC RESOLUTION “STRENGTHENING THE ROLE OF THE HEALTH SYSTEM IN ADDRESSING VIOLENCE, IN PARTICULAR AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS, AND AGAINST CHILDREN”

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. 

ENGLAND: NEW INFANT INJURY ADMISSIONS LOCAL AUTHORITY INDICATOR

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: WHY CHILDREN DIE

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”.

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’.

EUROPE: INJURIES AND INEQUITIES – GUIDANCE FOR ADDRESSING INEQUITIES IN UNINTENTIONAL INJURIES

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.

WORLD: JOIN THE WORLD’S LARGEST SWIMMING LESSON

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.

UK: BLIND CORD SAFETY

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

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.

ENGLAND: CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER HIGHLIGHTS THE NEED FOR PEDESTRIAN AND CYCLIST SAFETY

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.’

 

 

ENGLAND AND WALES: VIOLENT CRIME IN ENGLAND AND WALES FALLS AGAIN, A&E DATA SHOWS

Violent crime is continuing a long-term fall in England and Wales, according to annual figures from NHS hospitals.

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.

EUROPE: NATIONAL ACTION TO ADDRESS CHILD INTENTIONAL INJURY LAUNCHED BY EUROPEAN CHILD SAFETY ALLIANCE

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.

 

ENGLAND: LONDON TO BAN LORRIES WITH WHICH HAVE NO PROTECTION FOR CYCLISTS AND PEDESTRIANS

Officials to introduce requirement for trucks to fit side guards and better mirrors, with hefty charge for non-compliance.

 

UK: CAN A PAPER HELMET PROTECT CYCLISTS HEADS?

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.

One thing that can be important for safe cycling is a well-fitted cycle helmet.

Most helmets are made from polystyrene, but Dr Ayan Panja has been finding out how humble sheets of paper – arranged in an ingenious way – can offer even more protection.

 

UK: TAKE HEAD INJURIES SERIOUSLY AND TREAT QUICKLY, SAYS NICE

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.

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.

WORLD: LARGEST EVER GRANT ANNOUNCED FOR DROWNING PREVENTION

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.

 

WALES: NAPPY SACKS AWARENESS RAISING CAMPAIGN 2014

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

WORLD: WHO LAUNCHES NEW TOOL TO SUPPORT DEVELOPMENT OF STRONG ROAD SAFETY MASS MEDIA CAMPAIGNS

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.

WALES: NEW CHAPPIE INFORMATION BULLETIN RELEASED

Contains all the latest news, research and reports from the field of Child Accident Prevention.

ENGLAND: NEW REPORT – ‘IMPROVING THE PUBLIC’S HEALTH’

Countries Covered: England
Date: 2014

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.

http://www.kingsfund.org.uk/publications/improving-publics-health

 

WALES: UNINTENTIONAL INJURY LOCATIONS IN 0-24 YEAR OLD’S (2009 – 2013)

The following analyses conducted by CAPIC and AWISS (All Wales Injury Surveillance System) contain Emergency Department attendance figures for unintentional injuries in children and young adults aged 0-24 years living in Wales.  Unintentional injuries are presented by year, age and location type (e.g. home, school, public highway etc.)

Please refer to the ‘Summary’ page for further information about the data sources, data quality issues and guidance on interpreting the results.

Unintentional Injury Location in 0-24 year olds (2009 – 2013)

UK: NEW GAS MAP TOOL

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2014

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.

 

‘DEAR MOTORIST’- NEW INITIATIVE TO REDUCE CYCLING FATALITIES IN THE USA

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

In the last 10 years nearly 7,000 cyclists have been hit and killed in cyclist-motorist accidents. The goal of the ‘Dear Motorist’ initiative is to reduce that number by creating an alliance      between Cyclists and Motorists to be more aware of each other and to share the road. The website is encouraging cyclists and motorists to pledge to be more aware of their surroundings on the road, by committing to drive and cycle as responsibly as they can.

 

UK: BUILDING A CHILDREN’S BURNS RESEARCH NETWORK EVENT – 6TH JUNE 2014

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

The Children’s Burns Research Network will be holding our first showcase event next year with a one day meeting on ‘Building a Children’s Burns Research Network’ on 6th June 2014 at the Mshed, Bristol.

This event will be of interest to all disciplines working with children’s burns. The day will include international keynote speakers, presentations of current research, workshops to develop collaborative research ideas and evidence into practice sessions.

 

EUROPE: NEW CHILD PRODUCT SAFETY GUIDE RELEASED BY ECSA

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 2013

On Thursday 5th December, the European Child Safety Alliance along with its country partners and 3 key sponsors, Underwriters Laboratories (UL), Kid Rapt Ltd. in the United Kingdom and the Consumer Safety Commission (CSC) in France (3), released the Child Product Safety Guide: Potentially dangerous products. This Guide has been written to    increase knowledge as a step toward reducing child injuries related to products that are in regular use by children and their caregivers. It provides comprehensive information on 26 products that child safety experts in Europe and evidence-based research have identified as posing injury risks to children.

 

WORLD: WHO REPORT ON SPINAL INJURIES

Countries Covered: World
Date: 2013

A new World Health Organisation (WHO) report, “International perspectives on spinal cord injury” was published on 2 December 2013. This notes that as many as 500 000 people suffer a spinal cord injury each year.

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.

 

 

17TH EDITION OF INJURY PREVENTION NEWS NOW AVAILABLE!

CHANGING BEHAVIOURS IN PUBLIC HEALTH

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

This LGA briefing for councillors and officers explains how behavioural change interventions – or nudge theory as it is dubbed – can help local authorities fulfil their public health responsibilities.

BULLYING SURVEY 2013

Countries Covered:UK
Date: 2013

This report provides a wealth of bullying statistics and how susceptibility to bullying can vary between 52 different demographic profiles.

DISCLOSURES OF CHILDHOOD ABUSE

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

This NSPCC report describes the childhood experiences of abuse of 60 young men and women and how they sought help.

ALCOHOL AND YOUR CHILD

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

This section of the Drinkaware  website provides advice and age appropriate tips about talking to children about alcohol.

TESCO CHARITY TRUST COMMUNITY AWARDS SCHEME

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

The Tesco Charity Trust Community Awards Scheme provides one-off donations of between £500 and £4,000.  The funding goes towards providing practical benefits, such as equipment and resources for projects that directly benefit children, the elderly and adults and children with disabilities, living in the local communities around stores in the UK.

If you are looking for funding, this is a source you may want to consider.  For further information on this fund please have a look here and for the award guidelines click here.

 

 

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING FOR TOYS? READ CAPT’S ESSENTIAL TOY SAFETY GUIDE

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

As Christmas approaches, help spread the word to parents about toy safety and what to look for when buying toys by sharing CAPTS essential toy safety guide.

 

MANAGING RISK IN PLAY PROVISION: GUIDANCE REVISED AND UPDATED

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

The Play Safety Forum has produced Managing Risk in Play Provision  to help strike a balance between the risks and the benefits of offering children challenging play opportunities.

 

CAPT LAUNCHES 2013 BURNS AND SCALDS CAMPAIGN

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

CAPT have launched a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of burns and scalds and how to prevent them. Further information can be found at the following link:

 

 

ROSPA PRODUCE INFOGRAPHIC OF HSE ANNUAL STATISTICS

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

RoSPA have produced an infographic displaying the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) annual figures, which highlight the number of those killed or injured at work.

http://rospaworkplacesafety.com/2013/11/07/safety-statistics/

TAKE ACTION TODAY – ROSPA ACTS ON CHILD POISONINGS

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

Every year thousands of infants need medical care for poisoning from products commonly found in and around the home, with on average 15 under-5s admitted to hospital each day due to suspected poisoning. With this in mind, RoSPA and the UK Cleaning Products Industry Association have launched a new campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of household cleaning products.

http://www.rospa.com/homesafety/adviceandinformation/childsafety/household-cleaning-products.aspx

SAVING OF LIVES FROM DROWNING GRANTS INITIATIVE

Countries Covered: Low and Middle Income Countries
Date: 2013

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 iiru@jhsph.edu.

For more information on how to apply, visit www.jhsph.edu/research/centers-and-institutes/johns-hopkins-international-injury-research-unit/research/grants-proposals/

 

CAMBRIDGESHIRE TAKES STEPS TO PROTECT BABIES AND TODDLERS FROM A SERIOUS ACCIDENT

Countries Covered: England
Date: 2013

From this Autumn, all new parents in Cambridgeshire will be given two of CAPT’s bestselling leaflets as part of a scheme to ensure they have good quality information on child health.
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GREATER EXPECTATIONS – NEW REPORT ON INEQUALITIES BY NATIONAL CHILDREN BUREAU

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

The National Children’s Bureau has produced a report – Greater Expectations – which examines 12 key indicators to determine whether children in this country are still experiencing inequality and disadvantage. This new report shows that far from improving over time, the situation today appears to be no better than it was nearly five decades ago.  Accident prevention is mentioned quite a lot and you can access a copy of the report using the following link: http://www.ncb.org.uk/12976.

ENGLAND’S CMO’S ANNUAL REPORT 2012: OUR CHILDREN DESERVE BETTER: PREVENTION PAYS

Countries Covered: England
Date: 2013

England’s annual report on children and young people’s health from the Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally C Davies,  contains lots of information on accidents and accident prevention.  The report can be downloaded at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/chief-medical-officers-annual-report-2012-our-children-deserve-better-prevention-pays

BLIND CORD SAFETY – NEW LEGISLATION

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 2013

In early 2014 new regulations will come into force regarding window blind safety.  The revised standard will ensure that new blinds must be safe by design or be supplied with the appropriate child safety device installed.

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.

INFOGRAPHIC- WASTED LIVES: CHILD ACCIDENTS AND DEATHS

Countries Covered: England and Wales
Date: 2013

The Safegaurding Children e-Academy has created an infographic giving information about child accidents and deaths. The resource is downloadable as a poster and gives statistics on the number of deaths, hospital admissions, and road accidents that occur in England and Wales. You can access this resource online at http://www.safeguardingchildrenea.co.uk/wasted_lives_child_accidents_and_deaths

PROTECT CHILDREN, PREVENT NICOTINE POISONING: WHERE DO YOU KEEP YOURS?

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 2013

Children in Wales and Public Health Wales have produced an information sheet on the dangers of nicotine poisoning. All products containing nicotine, such as cigarettes, ashtrays, gum, patches, sprays, lozenges and e-cigarettes, should be kept away from children as these products can be attractive to curious children.

 

MOTHERS’ PERSPECTIVES ON THE DELIVERY OF CHILDHOOD MESSAGES

Countries Covered: Wales & UK
Date: 2013

This research, commissioned by Children in Wales and published in BMC Public Health journal, explored mothers’ knowledge and awareness of child injury prevention and sought to discover mothers’ views about the best method of designing interventions to deliver appropriate child safety messages to prevent injury in the home. The findings suggested that timely childhood injury-related risk messages should be delivered during pregnancy and in line with developmental milestones of the child, through a range of sources including social networks, mass media, face-to-face advice from health professionals and other suitably trained mothers. In addition information on the safe use of home appliances around children and use of child safety equipment should be targeted specifically at those who have recently migrated to the United Kingdom.

GLOBAL ECONOMIC CRISIS LINKED TO SUICIDE RISE

Countries Covered: World
Date: 2013

The recent economic crisis could be to blame for an increase in suicide rates in Europe and America, say experts.

ALL PRIMARY SCHOOL PUPILS TO BE TAUGHT ABOUT ABUSE

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

As part of the Now I Know programme run by the NSPCC, more than 4,500 “ChildLine Champions” will teach children between the ages of 9 and 11 about abuse, neglect and what to do if it’s happening to them.

EXTERNAL CAUSES ARE 2ND LARGEST CONTRIBUTOR TO INEQUALITIES IN LIFE EXPECTANCY IN WALES

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 2013

The CMO for Wales new Annual Report 2012-2013 shows that external causes are the 2nd largest contributor to inequalities in the life expectancy gap. A graph on page 14 of the CMO’s report shows that when comparing most and least deprived quintiles in Wales between 2008-2010, external causes contribute to 14.7 months of the life expectancy gap, with circulatory disease being the main contributor at 19.9 months.

SEFTON COUNCIL LAUNCHES INITIATIVE TO REDUCE BATHWATER SCALDS

Sefton Council is the first council in the UK to offer a free thermostatic mixing valve to every family with a child under the age of 5

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.

BRITAIN’S DRUGS AND ALCOHOL PROBLEM

Countries Covered: Britain
Date: 2013

This Centre for Social Justice report lays bare the reality of substance abuse and addiction in Britain today.

CREATING AN ACTIVE WALES

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 2013

The Welsh Government has released a progress report about the progress made on the strategic aims for the Creating an Active Wales action plan.

 

ROAD DEATHS AND SERIOUS INJURIES REACH RECORD LOW IN WALES

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 2013

The number of people being killed or seriously injured on Welsh roads has reached a record low, according to new statistics released by the Welsh Government.

NEW WELSH ROAD SAFETY FRAMEWORK

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 2013

The new Road Safety Framework for Wales published last month (22 July 2013) sets a target for a 40% reduction in the total number of people killed and seriously injured (KSI) on Welsh roads by 2020.

The framework, published by the Welsh Government, also includes targets for a 25% reduction in the number of motorcyclists KSI and a 40% reduction in the number of young people (16-24 yrs) KSI in the same timeframe.

SPORT INJURY PREVENTION: UK-PARTNERSHIP

Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), the UK’s leading accident prevention charity, and Sportscover, established in 1986 as a worldwide specialist sports and leisure insurer, will collaborate  on safety campaigns, policy and industry initiatives. A key focus will be on identifying emerging risks leading to injuries and accidents in the sector to create a better understanding of what is at the root of these problems and how to tackle them.

VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN REPORT

The report presents the first global systematic review of scientific data on the prevalence of two forms of violence against women: violence by an intimate partner (intimate partner violence) and sexual violence by someone other than a partner (non-partner sexual violence). It shows, for the first time, global and regional estimates of the prevalence of these two forms of violence, using data from around the world. Previous reporting on violence against women has not differentiated between partner- and nonpartner violence.

EU-CONSULTATION H&S POLICY

The Commission launched a public consultation on the new EU occupational safety and health policy framework. The main purpose of this consultation is to gather insights and contributions from the public further to results of the evaluation of the European Strategy on Safety and Health at Work 2007-2012.

EUROSAFE CALLS ON EC: LEGAL REQUIREMENT ON INJURY DATA NEEDED

In a joint statement, EuroSafe and  seven related EU-level organisations  representing a broad social and economic spectrum in Europe, urge the  Commission to revise its proposal for a  Regulation on the Market Surveillance  of Products (COM(2013)75) and to  include a clear and binding provision  that requires Member States (MSs) to  collect data on product related injuries
and to enable the Commission to create an EU-funded accident and injury  data system that embraces all MSs.

RESEARCH RAISES CONCERNS OVER SMOKE ALARM’S EFFECTIVENESS AT WAKING UP CHILDREN

Standard domestic smoke detectors may not always wake children in the event of a fire, according to research by the University of Strathclyde’s Centre for Forensic Science and Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service.

DROWNING RESEARCH IDENTIFIES POTENTIAL TARGETS FOR WATER SAFETY CAMPAIGNS

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.

ESC RESPONSE TO PARLIAMENTARY REPORT ON PRIVATE SECTOR HOUSING

The Electrical Safety Council (ESC) has welcomed the Communities and Local Government (CLG) Select Committee’s recommendation that private sector landlords be required to undertake a mandatory five-yearly check of electrical installations in their properties.

MORE THAN A MILLION CHILDREN IN UK UNABLE TO SWIM

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).

POISONING RISKS POSED BY E-CIGARETTES

The levels of nicotine in e-cigarettes can kill a child, and one child has died after recently ingesting the liquid nicotine solution in e-cigarettes.

NEW REPORT WARNS OF IMPACT ON ROAD SAFETY OF CUTS TO TRAFFIC POLICING

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

Road safety charity Brake says that a reduction in numbers of traffic police in forces across the UK will leave the public at risk from dangerous, drunk and drugged drivers.

NEW APP FOR ADVISE ON NEW BORN BABIES

The Essential Parent Company launches a free app so new parents have trusted advice at their fingertips.

CAPT’S CHILD SAFETY WEEK – A SUPER SUCCESS

Countries covered: UK
Date: 2013

This year’s Child Safety Week, led by the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) was a great success with incredible media coverage and thousands of activities and events taking place across the UK.

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.

 

CAR SAFETY SEAT TIPS

A new informative website about car safety seats.

FACING UP TO FALLS VIDEO

RoSPA has created a short film, Facing up to Falls, as part of its Safer Homes project in England.  The film aims to provide families and older people with practical steps to avoid falls by highlighting key issues that lead to a fall.  The film contains advice on preventing a fall and involves real-life experiences of older people.  To view this short film click here and please do share it with others.

REDUCING POISONING – ‘LOCK UP YOUR LIQUI-TABS’ FREE POSTER

Children in Wales and Public Health Wales have produced a new free poster, ‘Lock up your Liqui-tabs’.  The aim of this poster is to inform parents about the dangers of ‘liqui-tabs’.

NEW PACT WEBSITE GOES LIVE

STRENGTHENING ROAD SAFETY LEGISLATION: A PRACTICE AND RESOURCE MANUAL FOR COUNTRIES

Country: World
Date: 2013
WHO launches manual aimed at strengthening road safety legislation in support of the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020.

NATIONAL SURVEY OF THE INJURY PREVENTION ACTIVITIES OF CHILDREN’S CENTRES

Children’s centres were established across England to provide a range of services including early education, social care and health to pre-school children and their families. The authors surveyed children’s centres to ascertain the activities they were undertaking to prevent unintentional injuries in the under fives. The authors concluded children’s centres need further support if they are to effectively tackle this important public health area.

ENGLAND – CHILD HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS DUE TO INJURY

The Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHOF) now contains an injury indicator for children and young people – ‘Hospital admissions caused by unintentional and deliberate injuries in children and young people aged 0-14 and 15-24 years’.

Further information

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND ABUSE: PROFESSIONAL GUIDANCE

Country: UK
Date: 2013
This DH guidance helps health professionals including midwives, health visitors and school nurses to recognise factors that may indicate domestic violence and abuse and describes steps to ensure appropriate support and referral where necessary. 

CHILD DEATHS DUE TO INJURY IN THE FOUR UK COUNTRIES FROM 1980 TO 2010

Country: UK
Date: 2013
Determining patterns and trends in child injury mortality can identify groups at particularly high risk. This study compares trends in child deaths due to injury in the four home countries between 1980 and 2010.

PUT MENTAL HEALTH ON TIMETABLE, SCHOOLS URGED

Country: UK
Date: 2013
Mental health lessons should be on the timetable in every secondary school in the UK a new charity has urged.  MindFull has launched an online counselling service to support and advise 11- to 17-year-olds.  

FALLS PREVENTION EVIDENCE

This new document from Age UK explains the research base for falls prevention exercise to give a better understanding of the programmes that have been shown to be effective in preventing falls. The guide also provides examples of evidence-based programmes that are currently in practice and demonstrates how they contribute to an integrated falls care pathway.

GUIDE TO GET YOUNG PEOPLE ACTIVE

This guide produced by Sustrans gives people working in schools and colleges tips and advice on how to engage 11 to 18-year-olds in cycling, walking and public transport use.

EVIDENCE REVIEW ON ALCOHOL AND DRUG MISUSE IN PREGNANT WOMEN

This Public Health Wales report sets out the epidemiology of substance misuse in Wales and provides a review of the evidence for interventions to identify and treat substance misuse in pregnant women.

CHILD DEATH REVIEW PROGRAMME FOCUSES ON DEATHS IN MOTOR VEHICLES

Country: Wales
Date: 2013
A programme set up to look at trends in child deaths in Wales has published the findings of a review into deaths of teenagers in motor vehicles. Public Health Wales, which hosts the Child Death Review Programme, recommends in its report that the Welsh Government looks at different ways of licensing teenage drivers to prevent fatal road crashes.

APPLIED SUICIDE INTERVENTION SKILLS TRAINING

Country: Wales
Date: Autumn 2013
Mind Cymru’s Positive Choices project, is running public ASIST courses in autumn 2013.
29-30 October Newport / 9-10 December Cardiff / 5-6 September Ceredigion / 22-23 October Swansea

THE MISUSE OF GASES, AEROSOLS AND SOLVENTS

Community for Recovery is a website set up by Re-Solv and Solve It, which provides direct access to professional advice, online counselling and peer support for those misusing volatile substances (VS-users) and their family and/or friends.

SAFE STREET PLAY

Country: UK
Date: 2013
Playing Out is a not-for-profit information and advice resource for street play, which aims to increase children’s safe access to informal play in residential streets

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.

UK OLDER PEOPLE’S DAY

Older People’s Day is on 1 October 2013 to coincide with the UN International Day of Older Persons. The main aim for the day is to be a national celebration of the achievements and contributions that older people make to society and to the economy.

FUNDING: RESEARCH LINKING HARMS CAUSED BY ALCOHOL TO DRINKING BEHAVIOUR

Country: UK
Date: 2013
The Medical Research Council, the Economic and Social Research Council and Alcohol Research UK invite proposals for research linking harms caused by alcohol to drinking behaviours.

  • Closing date 02 Oct 13
  • Award amount max £1,500,000

NEW LOCAL ROAD SAFETY INDEX TOOL

Country: UK
Date: 2013

This new tool presents data specifically relating to roads that are within the 500 metre radius around British schools. The tool has been developed  to help local authorities, parents, teachers and drivers have a better understanding of the road risks in specific local areas. The data looks at all road related incidents that are reported to the police.

NEW FIRE SAFETY RESOURCE FOR LANDLORDS

Firemark’ is a programme developed by DSFRS that will provide fire and rescue services and their partners with information to support landlords through a short interactive training and advice session.

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.

PRIORITIES FOR TACKLING SUBSTANCE MISUSE IN WALES

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 2013

The third delivery plan of the Welsh Government’s 10 year Substance Misuse Strategy, “Working Together to Reduce Harm”, sets out the actions to be taken to reduce the harm caused by drug and alcohol misuse.

 

 

 

HOME OFFICE: THIS IS ABUSE – NEW ADVERT

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

A series of three new hard hitting TV adverts has been launched as part of the This is Abuse campaign to raise awareness and challenge abusive behaviour in teenager relationships.

 

 

VIOLENCE AGAINST OLDER WOMEN

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

The University of East Anglia have conducted research on intimate partner violence against older women (60+) and have produced a report of their findings.

 

ABUSE RESEARCH

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 2013

The Unit for Development in Intellectual Disabilities at the University of Glamorgan has released the findings of their Looking into Abuse research

 

 

“LIGHTING THE WAY” – A NEW BOOKLET TO HELP THE FAMILIES AND FRIENDS OF PEOPLE BEREAVED THROUGH SUICIDE

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

“Lighting the Way”  is an accessible information resource for those bereaved through suicide. The booklet contains important information on the practical and emotional  processes involved immediately after the suicide.

SELF-HARM FIRST AID ADVICE

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

The British Red Cross have worked with YoungMinds to produce video and Facebook first aid advice on the first  actions to take on discovering someone who has taken a harmful substance.

 

 

UN GLOBAL ROAD SAFETY WEEK

Countries Covered: World
Date: 2013

The Second UN Global Road Safety Week took place on 6-12 May 2013. This week drew attention to the urgent need to better protect pedestrians worldwide.

 

 

WHO AND PARTNERS LAUNCH PEDESTRIAN SAFETY: A ROAD SAFETY MANUAL FOR DECISION-MAKERS AND PRACTITIONERS

Countries Covered: World
Date: 2013

Jointly developed by WHO, the FIA Foundation, the Global Road Safety Partnership and the World Bank, this road safety manual equips the reader with necessary information on: the magnitude of pedestrian death and injury; key risk factors; how to assess the pedestrian safety situation in a country or area and prepare an action plan; and how to select, design, implement and evaluate effective interventions.

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

 

 

ROSPA HOME SAFETY POSITION STATEMENTS

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

RoSPA’s revised home safety position statements are now available.  The position statements cover a wide range of home safety issues and concerns.

 

 

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.

 

 

HIGH QUALITY PRACTICAL SAFETY EDUCATION (HQPSE) EVENT

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

The LASER Alliance is running a High Quality Practical Safety Education (HQPSE) event on 30th October at the at the Risk Factory in Edinburgh.

 

NEW CHILD SAFETY WEBSITE

Countries Covered: Ireland
Date: 2013

A new child safety website has been developed by the Department of Public Health Midlands to support its Child Safety Awareness Programme (CSAP). The aim of the programme is to reduce and prevent unintentional injury to children within the home by supporting parents and carers to make the necessary changes to promote child safety.

HEALING FOUNDATION CENTRE FOR CHILDREN’S BURNS RESEARCH OPENS

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

A £1.5 million research centre to fund new advances in the prevention and treatment of children’s burns was opened in Bristol on June 10th 2013.

CAPT GUIDE TO COMMISSIONING

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

CAPT has produced a free, downloadable guide to commissioning effective child accident prevention services, both as a standalone programme and as an integral part of wider services for children and families.

 

CHILD SAFETY IN WALES; EXAMPLES OF INTERVENTIONS IN PRACTICE

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 2013

To highlight just some of the local accident prevention work taking place across Wales, Children in Wales have produced a document “Child Safety in Wales; Examples of  Interventions in Practice”.  This bilingual publication shares experiences of 14 child safety projects and includes useful information on: partnerships; how each project started; how it is implemented; project costs; sustainability; challenges and lessons learned.  The aim of this document is to share practice and experiences across Wales in order to support, encourage and enable practitioners and local policy makers to increase child safety activity in their areas.

 

DUBLIN JOINS UNITED NATIONS WOMEN SAFE CITIES GLOBAL PROGRAMME

Countries Covered: Ireland
Date: 2013

Dublin City Council has joined the United Nations Women Safe Cities Global Programme (SCGP). The programme was launched in 2010 and works in cities across the globe to prevent and reduce sexual harassment and violence in public places.

 

 

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.

 

CHILD POVERTY MAP

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

A child poverty map of the UK is now available on the End Child Poverty website.  It provides a localised map of child poverty showing the level in each constituency, local authority and ward in the UK. The figures reveal the wide disparity in poverty rates across the UK and within regions.

 

TRENDS IN AVOIDABLE MORTALITY 2001 TO 2011

Countries Covered: England and Wales
Date: 2013

The Office for National Statistics have produced a report on trends in avoidable deaths. An underlying data table   includes a breakdown of trends for England, Wales and England and Wales combined by cause of death, sex and 5 year age groups. Injury-specific cause categories include: transport accidents; accidental injury (excluding transport); suicide and self-inflicted injuries; homicide/assault; misadventures to patients during surgical and medical care.

 

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.

 

 

NEW ACCIDENT PREVENTION HANDBOOK LAUNCHED

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

A new accident handbook titled ‘Delivering Accident Prevention at local level in the new public health system’  has just been launched by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), supported by Public Health England (PHE) and funded by the Department of Health.

 

16TH EDITION OF IPN NOW AVAILABLE!

The 16th edition of Injury Prevention News is now available!

Click here to download the newsletter.

HIGH QUALITY PRACTICAL SAFETY EDUCATION – TRAINING CLASS

HQPSE training will be taking place in Scotland on Wednesday 30th October at the Risk Factory in Edinburgh.  Please click here for more information and a booking form.

 

 

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.

NEW ROAD SAFETY OBSERVATORY

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

A Road Safety Observatory has been launched to offer access to independent road safety research and information for anyone working in road safety and for members of the public. It provides summaries and reviews of research on a wide range of road safety issues, along with links to original road safety research reports.

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND’S: ROAD SAFETY STRATEGY 2013-2020

Countries Covered: Ireland
Date: 2013

The Irish government is aiming to reduce the number of road deaths to 124 per year by 2020. Last year, 162 people lost their lives on Irish roads.

The target is contained in the government’s fourth Road Safety Strategy, Closing the Gap, which has just been launched. It is also aiming to reduce the number of serious injuries arising from road accidents to 330 per year by 2020.

EXPERTS BACK REPORT ‘HEALTH FIRST – AN EVIDENCE-BASED ALCOHOL STRATEGY FOR THE UK’

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

More than 70 health organisations (PDF) from across the UK have backed a new independent alcohol strategy calling for the UK Government to prioritise Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP), amongst a set of key policies aimed at curbing the nation’s drink problem.

SOURCE: University of Stirling News

WHO’S GLOBAL STATUS REPORT ON ROAD SAFETY 2013 – SUPPORTING A DECADE OF ACTION

Countries Covered: World
Date: 2013

The Global status report on road safety 2013 presents information on road safety from 182 countries, accounting for almost 99% of the world’s population.

CONSULTATION ON WORKPLACE HEALTH, SAFETY AND WELFARE REGULATIONS

Countries Covered: Great Britain
Date: 2013

A consultation on the revised Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) L24 – ‘Workplace health, safety and welfare’ has been issued by the Health and Safety Executive.

CHILD SAFETY WEEK 2013 THEME ‘BE A SAFETY HERO’

Child Safety Week is the Child Accident Prevention Trust’s flagship annual community education campaign, raising awareness of serious childhood accidents and how to prevent them, without wrapping children in cotton wool.

This years Child Safety Week runs from Monday 24 to Sunday 30 June, with the theme ‘Be a Safety Hero’.

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WHO AND PARTNERS LAUNCH PEDESTRIAN SAFETY: A ROAD SAFETY MANUAL FOR DECISION-MAKERS AND PRACTITIONERS

Countries Covered: World
Date: 2013
This manual equips the reader with necessary information on: the magnitude of pedestrian death and injury; key risk factors; how to assess the pedestrian safety situation in a country or area and prepare an action plan; and how to select, design, implement and evaluate effective interventions.

THE BIG TASTE TEST – HELPING TO PREVENT CHILDHOOD POISONING

Q. How can you drive home to parents the message about childhood poisoning and the real risks lurking under their kitchen sinks?

A. Get them to taste Bitrex® the bitterest substance on Earth.

The Big Taste Test will run on Thursday 27 June and the manufacturers of Bitrex® are offering Child Safety Week organisers free kits to run your own activity.

SOURCE: Child Safety Week website

BRIGHTON AND HOVE INTRODUCE EXTENSIVE 20MPH SPEED ZONE

Countries Covered: England
Date: 2103

Brighton and Hove Council is one of the latest to adopt a 20mph speed limit in most roads in central Brighton and Hove. Read more about the council’s approach and the benefits of 20mph zones.

NEW REPORT LINKING SCALDS TO DISADVANTAGED FAMILIES

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

A new study by researchers from the University of Nottingham has found that children from deprived households are a staggering 80% more likely to have a scald compared to those in better-off homes.

SOURCE: CAPT Website

CAPT: DO YOU KNOW A SAFETY HERO? IF SO, NOW’S THE TIME TO NOMINATE THEM!

Countries Covered: UK
Year: 2013

CAPT (Child Accident Prevention Trust) want to celebrate and thank the thousands of Safety Heroes out there who do so much for children and young people. This Child Safety Week, you can nominate your Safety Hero – whoever they are, whatever they’ve done, CAPT want to know so that they can personally acknowledge their invaluable contribution. Find out more on the CAPT website

RESOLUTION ON CHILDREN’S RIGHT TO HEALTH

Countries Covered: World
Date: 2013

The United Nations General Assembly Human Rights Council (of which the UK is a member) has recently adopted a Resolution on Children’s Right to Health and highlights that families’ and caregiver’ capacities to provide the child with care and a safe environment should be promoted.

Specifically, in Section 24, the Resolution calls on member states to reduce the burden of child injuries, and to adopt measures to reduce road traffic accidents, drowning, burns and other accidents in the home.

 

SHOCKING NEW STATISTICS ON HEAD INJURIES AMONG MEN WHO ARE HOMELESS OR IN DANGER OF LOSING THEIR HOME

Men who are heavy drinkers and homeless for long periods of time have 400 times the number of head injuries as the general population, according to a new study by researchers who said they were shocked by their findings.

These men have 170 times as many severe head injuries as the general population and 300 times as many injuries that cause bleeding in the brain.

SOURCE: Medical News Today

‘SAFE DRIVE STAY ALIVE’

An award winning initiative to prevent young people being killed or seriously injured on our roads. A live stage show based around a filmed reconstruction of a road traffic collision delivering hard-hitting messages about the dangers associated with driving.

BBC DOCUMENTARY ‘LICENSE TO KILL’ HIGHLIGHTS THE DANGERS FACED BY YOUNG DRIVERS

After her own accident left her unable to walk, Sophie Morgan wants to know why traffic collisions are the single biggest killer of young people – and how that can be stopped. With exclusive access and insight into a number of high profile cases from the moment of the crash through to resolution in the courts, she meets people who, like her, have seen their lives changed forever in a single instant – whether they were injured or they were driving the car.

 

2008 – 2010 ‘INJURIES IN THE EUROPEAN UNION’ REPORT NOW AVAILABLE

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 2013
EuroSafe’s the fourth edition of Injuries in the European Union is being released. The report reveals that an annual average of 40 million people within the EU need hospital treatment and 233.000 people die as a result of an injury event.

JOINT CALL BY 28 EU-LEVEL ORGANISATIONS: PAN-EUROPEAN ACCIDENT AND INJURY DATA SYSTEM NEEDED

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 2013

On the occasion of the European Consumer Day organised by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on March in Brussels, a coalition of 28 European umbrella organisations issued a Joint Call urging European Institutions and the Member States to create an EU-funded accident and injury data system under the coordination of the European Commission.

 

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND’S: ROAD SAFETY STRATEGY 2013-2020

Countries Covered: Ireland
Date: 2013

The Strategy – ‘Closing the Gap’ – will run until 2020 and aims to make Ireland one of the safest countries in terms of road deaths in the EU. It will also focus on new measures to reduce the number and severity of serious injuries arising from road collisions.

The new Strategy sets a specific target for 2020 to reduce the number of road deaths to 124 a year (from 162 in 2012) and serious injuries to 330 per year (from 485 in 2012). This drop is necessary to close the gap between Ireland and other best performing countries such as the UK, Netherlands, Sweden and Australia.

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.

THE ADVOCACY FOR PEDESTRIAN SAFETY STUDY: CLUSTER RANDOMISED TRIAL EVALUATING A POLITICAL ADVOCACY APPROACH TO REDUCE PEDESTRIAN INJURIES IN DEPRIVED COMMUNITIES

This study demonstrates the feasibility of an innovative approach to translational public health by targeting local politicians in a randomised controlled trial. The intervention package was positively viewed and raised interest but changes in interventions were not statistically significance. Longer term supported advocacy may be needed.

Citation: Lyons, RA et al (2013)  The Advocacy for Pedestrian Safety Study: Cluster Randomised Trial Evaluating a Political Advocacy Approach to Reduce Pedestrian Injuries in Deprived Communities. PloS one.

HOME OFFICE: THIS IS ABUSE – NEW ADVERT LAUNCHED

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013
A series of three new hard hitting TV adverts has been launched as part of the This is Abuse campaign to raise awareness and challenge abusive behaviour in teenager relationships

VIOLENCE AGAINST OLDER WOMEN

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

The University of East Anglia have conducted research on intimate partner violence against older women (60+) and have produced a report of their findings.

AN EVIDENCE-BASED ALCOHOL STRATEGY FOR THE UK

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

This Institute of Social Marketing report sets out a strategic plan with key recommendations, and the evidence to underpin them, to reduce the harm from alcohol.

PRIORITIES FOR TACKLING SUBSTANCE MISUSE IN WALES

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 2013

The third delivery plan of the Welsh Government’s 10 year Substance Misuse Strategy, “Working Together to Reduce Harm”, sets out the actions to be taken to reduce the harm caused by drug and alcohol misuse.

GUIDANCE ON THE USE OF SEAT BELTS ON SCHOOL BUSES

Country Covered: Wales
Date: 2013
The Welsh Government has published new guidance for bus companies, governing bodies and local authorities about the use of seat belts on school transport which will be compulsory on school transport from October 2014.

ACTIVE TRAVEL BILL

Countries Covered: Wales
Date:  2013

The Active Travel Bill places a legal duty on councils to create a network of routes for walking and cycling, and will require them to continuously improve them.

MAKING THE LINK: ENGAGING WITH PARENTS AND FAMILIES

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

The Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) has produced a number of topic briefings of relevance for those who commission services for children and families. These briefings will help commissioners understand what an effective accident prevention programme looks like in terms of parental engagement, working with the voluntary section, and injury prevention co-ordination. Links to briefings are available on the Making the Link website: www.makingthelink.net/topic-briefings

CAPT GUIDE TO COMMISSIONING

Countries Covered: UK
Date: March 2013

CAPT has produced a free, downloadable guide to commissioning effective child accident prevention services, both as a standalone programme and as an integral part of wider services for children and families.

Further information: http://www.capt.org.uk/who-we-are/news/capt-guide-commissioning

NEW FIRE KILLS CAMPAIGN ‘ON YOUR CHILD’S LIFE’

Countries Covered: UK
Date: March, 2013

Fire Kills – the Government ‘s channel for promoting fire safety – has launched a brand new campaign to urge people to do one extra thing when they put their clocks forward this year: check their smoke alarm.

ROSPA HOME SAFETY POSITION STATEMENTS

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

RoSPA’s revised home safety position statements are now available.  The position statements cover a wide range of home safety issues and concerns.  The document can be viewed within the home safety section of the RoSPA website but here is a direct link to it: http://www.rospa.com/HomeSafety/PositionStatements/index.html.

CARBON MONOXIDE ALARMS IN NEW NI HOMES NOW COMPULSORY

Countries Covered: Northern Ireland
Date: October 2012

Carbon monoxide alarms have become a legal requirement in all new homes in Northern Ireland.

WALES FIRE SERVICE WARNING ABOUT CARBON MONOXIDE

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: March 2013

Firefighters are warning of the dangers of carbon monoxide following incidents in homes in west and north Wales.

NEW INTERNATIONAL TASKFORCE TO ADVISE NHS STAFF ON PATIENT SAFETY

Countries covered: England
Date: March, 2013

“International experts are being asked to form a taskforce to advise NHS staff on ways to help keep their patients safe from harm.”

For further information please click here

WALES: UNINTENTIONAL FALL INJURIES RESULTING IN A HOSPITAL ADMISSION IN WELSH RESIDENTS AGED 60 AND OVER (2000 – 2012)

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

15TH EDITION OF INJURY PREVENTION NEWS – NOW AVAILABLE

IPN is the joint electronic newsletter of the Injury Observatory for Britain and Ireland (IOBI) and the Collaboration for Accident Prevention and Injury Control (CAPIC).

The purpose of this newsletter is to support injury prevention practitioners working in all areas of injury prevention and dealing with all age groups. IPN is a FREE source of information on new initiatives, publications of statistics, research findings, forthcoming conferences and events and will highlight new additions to IOBI and CAPIC websites.

To download the 15th edition of IPN  click here

WIDER DEFINITION FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND ABUSE

Countries covered: England and Wales
Years: 2013

The government has announced that the definition of domestic violence will be widened to include those aged 16-17 and wording to reflect coercive control. The decision follows a Government consultation which saw respondents call overwhelmingly for this change.

NEW POWERS TO PROTECT ADULT VICTIMS OF SUSPECTED ABUSE

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 
2013

It has been announced that new powers to protect adults suspected of being victims of abuse are to be proposed in Wales.

WELSH GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN AGAINST DOMESTIC ABUSE

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 
2013

Live Fear Free is the latest part of the Welsh Government’s six-year strategy aimed at ending violence against women in Wales.

PROTECTING PEOPLE, PROMOTING HEALTH: A PUBLIC HEALTH APPROACH TO VIOLENCE PREVENTION FOR ENGLAND

Countries Covered: England
Date: 
2013

The North West Public Health Observatory (NWPHO) released a report titled ‘Protecting People, Promoting Health A public health approach to violence prevention for England‘ in October last year.

This report presents new figures on the cost of violence, estimating national costs to the NHS and a wider cost to society, in order to provide information and evidence for policy makers and commissioners to use in developing preventative approaches with stra-tegic partners. It aims to increase awareness and strengthen commitment to prevention across government, NHS, local authori-ties, private and voluntary sectors as well as education, employers and other agencies.

MANAGED ALCOHOL AS A HARM REDUCTION INTERVENTION FOR ALCOHOL ADDICTION IN POPULATIONS AT HIGH RISK FOR SUB-STANCE ABUSE

Countries Covered: World
Date: 
2013

The lack of evidence does not allow for a conclusion regarding the efficacy of MAP on their own, or as compared to brief intervention, moderate drinking, no intervention or 12-step variants. It is the review authors’ opinion that it is likely to be the objective of MAPs that reduce their reportability and use in current practice, rather than a failure to provide an intervention that reduces the effects of alcohol dependence.

Citation: Muckle W, Muckle J, Welch V, Tugwell P. Cochrane Database Syst. Rev. 2012 12(ePub): CD006747.

PSYCHOLOGICAL THERAPIES FOR THE TREATMENT OF POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER IN CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS

Countries Covered: World
Date: 
2013

Much more evidence is needed to demonstrate the relative effectiveness of different psychological therapies or the effectiveness of psychological therapies compared to other treatments. More details are required in future trials in regards to the types of trauma that preceded the diagnosis of PTSD and whether the traumas are single event or ongoing. Future studies should also aim to identify the most valid and reliable measures of PTSD symptoms and ensure that all scores, total and sub-scores, are consistently reported.

Citation: Gillies D, Taylor F, Gray C, O’Brien L, D’Abrew N. Cochrane Database Syst. Rev. 2012 612(online): CD00672

MENTAL WELLBEING GUIDE FOR SCHOOLS

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2013

A guide to help schools improve the emotional and mental wellbeing of their students has been launched by the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition.

SUICIDE PREVENTION STRATEGY LAUNCHED

Countries Covered: England
Date: 
2013

The Department of Health has launched a new cross-government strategy ‘Preventing suicide in England’. The strategy will focus on supporting bereaved families and preventing suicide amongst at risk groups and is backed by a call to action led by the Samaritans and up to £1.5 million for new research.

SUICIDE NUMBERS RISE SHARPLY, ESPECIALLY AMONG MIDDLE-AGED MEN

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2013

Significant rises in the overall UK suicide rate and in the proportion of men aged between 45 and 59 killing themselves have been reported by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Male suicides are now at their highest rate for nearly a decade, although they are still proportionally fewer than they were 30 years ago. The rate among men aged 45-59, which has gone up sharply in recent years, is at its worst since 1986.

THE REAL COST OF ALCOHOL

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2013

This Alcohol Concern map provides regional data on hospital admissions, deaths and costs relating to alcohol.

LOCAL ALCOHOL PROFILES FOR ENGLAND UPDATED

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2013

The North West Public Health Observatory has updated the Local Alcohol Profiles for England (LAPE) for 2012. Alcohol indicators are provided at both local authority and primary care trust level. There is also a monthly bulletin, ‘Alcohol e-Shot’, highlighting the latest alcohol research evidence, reports, media articles and other resources.

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.

FIRE STATISTICS WALES

Fire related statistical headlines, releases and bulletins.

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.

FIRE SERVICE SEE 37% FALL IN STAFF INJURIES USING ROSPA’S QUALITY SAFETY AUDIT

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2013

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service has secured a top health and safety award from RoSPA, after they reduced the number of staff injuries by nearly 40 per cent in three years. Devon & Somer-set Fire & Rescue Service launched an improvement programme on the back of recommendation by RoSPA, which led to staff injuries dropping from 216 during 2009/10 to 136 in 2011/12 – a fall of 80 casualties.

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

BURDEN OF SPORT INJURIES IN THE EU

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2013

In the framework of the project ‘Safety in Sports’ a report has been produced on the burden of sport injuries in the EU-region. The aim of Safety in Sports is to increase the knowledge on the prevention of acute and chronic sports injuries. Reducing the magnitude and severity of sports related injuries in Europe is the ultimate goal of the project.

MAKING OUR ROADS SAFER FOR CYCLISTS

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2013

new government-funded study is to be carried out into how Britain’s roads could be made safer for cyclists to re-duce the risk of cycling injuries, encourage more people to use bikes and improve public health.

CONSULTATION: EXAMINING THE SPEED LIMIT FOR HGVS OVER 7.5T ON SINGLE CARRIAGEWAY

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2013

The consultation ended on 01 February 2013, but the aims was to examine whether the speed limit for Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) over 7.5 tonnes on single carriageways, is set at the right level.
This consultation follows a commitment published in ‘The Logistics Growth Review – Connecting People with Goods’ document in November 2011, and is supported by industry stakeholders who say the 40 mph speed limit causes unnecessary costs to vehicle operators, congestion, avoidable overtaking collisions and creates an uneven playing field for businesses.

IOBI WELCOMES WELSH ASSEMBLY’S MOVE TO ENCOURAGE MORE 20MPH LIMITS

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 
2013

IOBI has warmly welcomed a move by the Welsh Assembly to encourage local authorities in Wales to implement more 20mph limits, in recognition of the proven road safety benefits. The Assembly voted on and passed the motion during an open debate today. The Assembly’s move comes only two weeks after the UK government produced new guidance for local authorities in England encouraging them to implement 20mph limits in residential areas, in areas where lots of people walk or cycle (or where there’s the potential for such), and where there is local community demand for lower limits.

NEW GO20 CAMPAIGN

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2013

A new national campaign, Go 20, is set to encourage drivers in the UK to slow their speed to 20 mph in their communities and built up areas so that children, families and adults can walk and cycle in safety. Brake charity is heading the campaign to raise awareness amongst drivers. NHF is a supporter of the campaign. Visit the Road Safety Week website to read more about the Go 20 campaign.

RoSPA – ACTION STILL NEEDED TO SAVE LIVES 30 YEARS AFTER SEATBELT LAW

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2013

Greater compliance with seatbelt legislation could help save lives in road crashes says RoSPA, as it marks the 30th anniversary of the law coming into force. There is evidence to show that seatbelt use in Great Britain remains high, with 95 per cent of car drivers and front seat passengers complying with the law. But RoSPA is concerned that seatbelt use is lower in the rear of cars (89 per cent) and in the front seat of other vehicles (69 per cent).

BRIGHT IDEA TO TACKLE CYCLISTS’ DEATHS

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2013

A graduate entrepreneur has invented a handlebar mounted bike lightwhich projects a laser image of a cyclist on to the road ahead, in an attempt to cut cyclist deaths.  Her invention, ‘Blaze’, gives an early warning to drivers and pedestrians of a cyclist’s presence, aiming to combat this type of collision. Ms Brooke is currently attempting to raise £25,000 on ‘crowd-funding’ site Kickstarter to fund manufacturing of the product.

BLINDSPOT SYSTEM SHOULD IMPROVE CYCLISTS’ SAFETY

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2013

In a move to attempt to reduce cyclist casualties in London, Transport for London (TfL) has approved a detection system which warns a HGV driver if there is a cyclist, pedestrian or other vehicle in a blind spot.
Of the 16 cyclist fatalities in London during 2011, nine involved a HGV.
To help combat this, TFL has approved the use of the ‘Blindspot Detection System’, produced by Bridgend-based company Backwatch, for its Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS).

LONDON ROAD SAFETY COUNCIL CALLS FOR RENEWED GOVERNMENT COMMITMENT

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2013

The London Road Safety Council (LRSC) has criticised the Governmentfor a lack of leadership in tackling road deaths and has called for renewed commitment to road safety.  The LRSC comprises officer and elected member representatives from the 33 London boroughs.

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.

HOME SAFETY QUIZ, ROSPA WALES

Home Safety Quiz in Welsh

TOO HOT TO HANDLE CAMPAIGN

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2013

RoSPA in Northern Ireland have launched a hair straightener campaign called Too Hot to Handle to help raise awareness of the dangers of hot hair straighteners. A blog on this campaign can be found on our blog spot Safety Gone Sane. There is also an accompanying campaign video.

FACTORS INFLUENCING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF FALL PREVENTION PROGRAMMES: A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW AND SYNTHESIS OF QUALITATIVE STUDIES

Countries Covered: World
Date: 
2013

The current literature on barriers and facilitators to the implementation of fall-prevention programmes examines a variety of interventions. We recommend that successful implemen-tation requires individuals, professionals, and organisations to modify established behaviours, thoughts, and prac-tice. The issues identified through this synthesis need to be fully considered and addressed if fall-prevention pro-grammes are to be successfully implemented into clinical practice.

Citation: Child S, Goodwin V, Garside R, Jones-Hughes T, Boddy K, Stein K. Implement. Sci 2013, 7(1): 91.

PREVENTION PACKAGE FOR OLDER PEOPLE

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2013

UK Department of Health’s Prevention Package for Older People – The package sets out how preventing health problems before they occur can help older people live better and healthier lives.

INTERPRETING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY GUIDELINES FOR OLDER ADULTS

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2013

The British Heart Foundation National Centre (BHFNC) has produced a series of three booklets designed to assist those who work with older people to interpret the UK physical activity guidelines into appropriate messages. The three booklets are designed to reflect the differences among the older population.

AGE UK AND FALLS PREVENTION

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2013

The briefing ‘Don’t Mention the F-Word’ by Age UK, summarises the findings from the research report Encouraging Positive Attitudes to Falls Preven-tion in Later Life. This report gives advice to practitioners on communicating falls prevention methods to older people and is well worth a read.

THE FALLS AND FRACTURES DECLARATION

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2013

The National Osteoporosis Society and Age UK have launched theFalls and Fractures Declaration, a collaborative response to the changes and reforms within the NHS. This declaration is the result of a commitment from the National Osteoporosis Society and Age UK to reducing hip fractures and falls related inju-ries in older people over the next 5 years.

NEW PROJECT ON FALL-PREVENTION IN EU

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2013

The ICT Policy Support Programme as part of the Competitiveness and Innovation framework Programme (CIP) will support a new project that aims to bring together innovative initiatives, individual solutions, local, regional and na-tional programmes for falls prevention in Europe. This project, called “Prevention of Falls Network for Dissemination (ProFouND)”, will the issue of the rising toll of fall injuries.

EU FALLS PREVENTION NETWORK

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2013

In March 2013 the Prevention of Falls Network for Dissemination (ProFouND) will be launched. ProFouND is a The-matic Network with 21 partners from 12 countries, and currently associate members from a further 10 countries. Pro-FouND will act to disseminate and implement best practice in falls prevention across Europe. ProFouND’s objective is to embed evidence based fall prevention programmes for elderly people at risk of falls by using novel ICT in at least 10 countries/15 regions by 2015 so as to facilitate widespread implementation.

LASER ALLIANCE: NEW RESOURCE PROFILER

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2013

The free online tool primarily reinforces the use of the “10 principles for effective safety education” and has been de-signed to support the work of LASER Alliance, its members, and those involved in producing resources, to support practical safety and risk education. The Profiler can help identify resources’ strengths; sharing effective practice to promote risk competence.

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.

SYSTEMATIC REVIEW OF PREDICTIVE PERFORMANCE OF INJURY SEVERITY SCORING TOOLS

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2013

High-quality studies were limited. The New Injury Severity Score (NISS) might perform better in the mortality predic-tion of blunt injuries than the Injury Severity Score (ISS). Additional studies are required to standardize the deriva-tion of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD)-based Injury Severity Score (ICISS) and determine the relative per-formance of the ICISS against the Abbreviated Injury Scale (AIS) based tools.

Citation: Authors: Tohira H, Jacobs I, Mountain D, Gibson N, Yeo A. Scand. Periodical: J. Trauma Resusc. Emerg. Med. 2013 20(1): 63.

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.

EU HEALTH PROGRAMME: CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2013

The 2013 Work Plan of the Health Programme was published on 8 December 2012. It sets the annual priorities for implementation of EU Health Programme. Based on the decision of 8 December 2012, the Executive Agency for Health and Consumers (EAHC) launched on 20th of December the calls for proposals for joint actions, operating grants, projects and conferences. The calls for tenders will be launched in the course of year 2013. In order to be alerted of when open calls for tender are launched, you are advised to sign-up to the mailing list.

WALES BURDEN OF INJURY REPORT

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 
2013

The Collaboration for Accident Prevention and Injury Control (CAPIC), an IOBI collaborator, have produced a report titled ‘ The Burden of Injury in Wales’ in collaboration with Public Health Wales. It is the first report in 10 years to focus on the burden that injuries place on the Welsh population. A key finding is that injuries result in three deaths, 115 hospital admissions and 1,200 A&E attendances every day in Wales

ROSPA’S BIG BOOK ON ACCIDENT PREVENTION

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2013

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents have produced a booklet aimed at ‘decision makers in public health’ to highlight the impact that effective accidental injury prevention can have on the health of their populations.

PUBLIC HEALTH OUTCOMES FRAMEWORK (PHOF) DATA TOOL

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2013

The Public Health Outcomes Framework ‘Healthy lives, healthy people: Improving outcomes and supporting trans-parency’ sets out a vision for public health, desired outcomes and the indicators that will help us understand how well public health is being improved and protected.

STATSWALES

Countries Covered: Wales

StatsWales is a free-to-use service that allows visitors to view, manipulate, create and download tables from the most detailed official data on Wales.  Both deaths by cause and year of registration (year age-group, gender) and age standardised death rates by Local Authority (gender, year, L.A.) are available for Wales in Stats Wales.

WHO MORTALITY DATABASE

Countries Covered: England and Wales

Provides annual reported data on mortality statistics by age, sex, and cause of death as obtained from civil registration systems in countries. Mortality data indicate numbers of deaths by place, time and cause. WHO’s mortality data reflect the underlying cause of death coded by the national authority.

Underlying cause of death is defined as “the disease or injury which initiated the train of morbid events leading directly to death, or the circumstances of the accident or violence which produced the fatal injury”, in accordance with the rules of the International Classification of Diseases.

Wale’s and England’s figures are combined in this database.

14TH EDITION OF INJURY PREVENTION NEWS

IPN is the joint electronic newsletter of the Injury Observatory for Britain and Ireland (IOBI) and the Collaboration for Accident Prevention and Injury Control (CAPIC).

The purpose of this newsletter is to support injury prevention practitioners working in all areas of injury prevention and dealing with all age groups. IPN is a FREE source of information on new initiatives, publications of statistics, research findings, forthcoming conferences and events and will highlight new additions to IOBI and CAPIC websites.

To download the 14th edition of IPN click here

13TH EDITION OF INJURY PREVENTION NEWS

IPN is the joint electronic newsletter of the Injury Observatory for Britain and Ireland (IOBI) and the Collaboration for Accident Prevention and Injury Control (CAPIC)

The purpose of this newsletter is to support injury prevention practitioners working in all areas of injury prevention and dealing with all age groups. IPN is a FREE source of information on new initiatives, publications of statistics, research findings, forthcoming conferences and events and will highlight new additions to IOBI and CAPIC websites.

To download the 13th edition of IPN click here

PREVENTING CHILD MALTREATMENT

Countries Covered: World
Date: 
2012

To help meet the prevention challenges, WHO has collaborated with the International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) in the development of ‘Preventing child maltreatment’.

RESPONDING TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2012

The RCGP document provides guidance to general practitioners to help them respond effectively to patients experiencing domestic abuse.

GUIDANCE ON EMERGENCY DEPT DATA SHARING TO REDUCE VIOLENCE

Countries Covered: England and Wales
Date: 
2012

The Centre for Public Innovation has developed a website to provide advice and case studies on ‘Reducing Violence in our Community: Emergency Department Datasharing’. This website is designed to give all the tools needed to understand and set up local Datasharing arrangements using an Anonymised Assault Victim Dataset between your local Emergency Departments (EDs) and the Community Safety Partnership.

GLOBAL CAMPAIGN FOR VIOLENCE PREVENTION (GCVP)

Countries Covered: World
Date: 
2012

The World Health Organization launched its Plan of Action for theGlobal Campaign for Violence Prevention (GCVP) for 2012 and the following seven years. The plan aims to unify the efforts of the main actors in international violence prevention and identify a focussed set of priorities for the field.

INVENTORY OF YOUTH SERVICES IN THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

Countries Covered: Ireland
Date: 
2012

The National Suicide Research Foundation has published an inventory of services for young people. The inventory was developed in response to requests from professionals, volunteers and young people who expressed a need for an inventory of services that young people can turn to for general and mental health issues. The inventory is available at the NSRF’s website.

FIREBRAKE WALES RESEARCH WITH LOCAL MIND ASSOCIATIONS (LMAS) AND COMMUNITY DRUG AND ALCOHOL TEAMS (CDATS)

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 
2012

Firebrake Wales have collaborated with LMAs and CDATs, to produce reports detailing the impact that mental health issues and alcohol misuse have on fire safety in Wales. The reports also provide suggestions on what can be done to mitigate these risks.

STAFFORDSHIRE FIREFIGHTERS PERFORM YOUTUBE HIT

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2012

Staffordshire firefighters turned their station into a disco to perform a cover of the Sugababes’ hit Push the Button to promote fire alarm testing. The pop song’s lyrics have been adapted to encourage people to regularly test whether their alarms work. To date the video has had more than 66,000 YouTube views from people watching their cover version online.

IT’S TIME TO TEST: CHANGE YOUR CLOCK, TEST YOUR SMOKE ALARM

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2012

new hard-hitting Fire Kills campaign, urges people to make a potentially life-saving move when they change their clocks on 25th March 2012, by taking a moment to test their smoke alarm too. The twice-yearly clock change is a task that everybody takes for granted. While timekeeping is a vital part of our lives and we all keep our clocks working to stay on track, it’s shocking to find that many people forget to ensure the safety of themselves and their loved ones by keeping their smoke alarm in the same working order.

FIRE SAFETY FILM – POST MORTEM

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2012

The Fire Kills campaign is once again reminding people to maintain and test their smoke alarms through its new Post Mortem film.

HEATHLY WORKPLACES CAMPAIGN

Countries Covered: Europe
Date:
 2012

Healthy Workplaces Campaign 2012–13 ‘Working together for risk prevention’ has been launched by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA). It aims to encourage managers, workers and other stakeholders to join forces to improve safety and health in work places. The Campaign is co-coordinate by EU-OSHA and partners in the EU’s 27 Member States.

THE EFFECTIVENESS OF NEUROMUSCULAR WARM-UP STRATEGIES, THAT REQUIRE NO ADDITIONAL EQUIPMENT, FORPREVENTING LOWER LIMB INJURIES DURING SPORTS PARTICIPATION: A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2012

Study Conclusions: Effective implementation of practical neuromuscular warm-up strategies can reduce lower extremity injury incidence in young, amateur, female athletes and male and female military recruits. This is typically a warm-up strategy that includes stretching, strengthening, balance exercises, sports-specific agility drills and landing techniques applied consistently for longer than three consecutive months. In order to optimize these strategies, the mechanisms for their effectiveness require further evaluation.

SAFETY IN BASKETBALL – LAUNCH OF SPORTS TASK FORCE REPORT

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2012

three-years study by the EuroSafe -Safety in Sports Task Force confirms that it is possible to anchor injury prevention more strongly into the education and training of coaches as well as players and thus to increase the health benefits of playing basketball by decreasing injury risks. Coaches play a decisive role in translating the prevention evidence into practice and are the most important mediators for integrating safety aspects within current training and practices.

NHS BRISTOL – NON-COLLISION CYCLING SURVEY

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2012

NHS Bristol, Cycling City and the West of England Road Safety Partnership have been working together to conduct and publicise the results of a survey investigating the causes and circumstances of non-collision incidents (NCI). The survey found slipping on ice to be the main cause of NCIs, accounting for 1 in 4 NCIs. As a result, NHS Bristol has subsequently employed Lifecycle to work with employers to help them raise awareness of the hazards cyclists face when travelling to work in freezing conditions.

NON-LEGISLATIVE INTERVENTIONS FOR THE PROMOTION OF CYCLE HELMET WEARING BY CHILDREN

Countries Covered: World
Date: 
2012

Study Conclusions: Non-legislative interventions appear to be effective in increasing observed helmet use, particularly community-based interventions and those providing free helmets. Those set in schools appear to be effective but possibly less so than community-based interventions. Interventions providing education only are less effective than those providing free helmets. There is insufficient evidence to recommend providing subsidised helmets at present. Interventions may be more effective if provided to younger rather than older children. There is evidence that interventions offered in healthcare settings can increase self reported helmet wearing. Further high-quality studies are needed to explore whether non-legislative interventions increase helmet wearing, and particularly the effect of providing subsided as opposed to free helmets, and of providing interventions in healthcare settings as opposed to in schools or communities.

Citation: Owen R, Kendrick D, Mulvaney C, Coleman T, Royal S. Cochrane Database Syst. Rev. 2012 11(online): CD003985

Original 2005 study

BOOKLET ON MOTORWAY DRIVING IN THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

Countries Covered: Ireland
Date: 
2012

Ireland’s motorway network has expanded in recent years and there has been an increase in motorway traffic incidents. The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has published a new information booklet to help drivers to safely use motorways.

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.

CHILDREN’S TRAFFIC CLUB

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2012

The Children’s Traffic Club is a proven and effective child road safety programme, focusing on helping parents/ carers teach their children how to keep safe when out and about – but have fun at the same time!

ROAD SAFETY: ACTION KIT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

Countries Covered: World
Date: 
2012

In April this year, YOURS – Youth for Road Safety, a global youth-led organisation that acts to make the world’s roads safe for young people – officially launched the Youth and Road Safety Action Kit at the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration meeting in Washington DC, USA.

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.

CONSULTATION ON ACTIVE TRAVEL BILL

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 
2012

The active travel proposals are aimed at enabling more people to walk and cycle and travel by more active methods.

GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE ON SETTING LOCAL SPEED LIMITS

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2012

The government has published for consultation draft guidance to local authorities on setting local speed limits. They propose to make it easier for local authorities to implement lower speed limits on urban and rural roads.

DfT: ROAD ACCIDENT AND SAFETY STATISTICS Countries covered:Great Britain

Countries Covered: Great Britain
Date:
 2012

Road Accident and Safety statistics produced by the Department for Transport. Most statistics are based on accidents reported to the police (STATS19 system). These provide detailed statistics about the circumstances of personal injury road accidents, including the types of vehicles involved and the consequent casualties.

ETSC LAUNCHES SAFER CYCLING INITIATIVE

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2012

The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) has launched an initiative to improve the safety of cyclists on European roads. ‘BIKE PAL’ will begin with a thorough analysis of cycling safety in EU member states, which will include ranking countries according to their level of safety.

For more information contact Mircea Steriu, ETSC communications officer, on mircea.steriu@etsc.eu

HOME SAFETY EDUCATION AND PROVISION OF SAFETY EQUIPMENT FOR INJURY PREVENTION

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2012

This review evaluates the effectiveness of home safety education, with or without the provision of low cost, discounted or free equipment (hereafter referred to as home safety interventions), in reducing child injury rates or increasing home safety practices and whether the effect varied by social group.

Citation: Kendrick D, Young B, Mason-Jones AJ, Ilyas N, Achana FA, Cooper NJ, Hubbard SJ, Sutton AJ, Smith S, Wynn P, Mulvaney C, Watson MC, Coupland C. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2012, Issue 9. Art. No.: CD005014. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD005014.pub3

HOME ELECTRICAL SAFETY CHECK’ APP FROM ELECTRICAL SAFETY COUNCIL

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2012

The new ESC app allows anyone – whether they live in the home or are looking to move into it – to do a quick, visual check, to ensure its electrically safe. Designed to be as easy-to-use as possible, the app highlights potential dangers in each room and explains how to resolve simple, non-technical problems.

FREE FUN KITS FROM ELECTRICAL SAFETY COUNCIL (ESC)

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2012

The ESC has produced a fun free kit for kids aged 4-8 years about electrical safety.

ANEURIN BEVAN HEALTH BOARD HOME SAFETY STRATEGY

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 
2012

The Aneurin Bevan Health Board has launched a Home Safety Scheme Strategy setting out the direction of home safety for under-5s in the region.The strategy aims to reduce unintentional injury through the co-ordination and standardisationof current home safety.

FREE GAS SAFETY CHECKS

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2012

The Gas Safe Register is encouraging people, and in particular the elderly, to take advantage of free gas safety checks if they are eligible to help ensure they have well maintained and safe gas appliances. It has been reported that “£134 million worth of potentially life-saving gas safety checks offered free by the energy suppliers go unclaimed every year.

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?

NHS BRISTOL RESEARCH – PREDICTING FUTURE NEEDS OF FALLS SERVICES

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2012

NHS Bristol have also been involved in a falls related project ‘Falls—into the future’. This project aims to model trends in fall related emergency admissions of older people, to help predict future needs of falls services. As well as highlighting the need for specialised services to identify and assist people at risk of falling, this analysis also helped make a business case for a Fracture Liaison Service and the development of the Falls/Primary Prevention Services.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND EXERCISE FOR HEALTH AND WELL BEING FOR OLDER PEOPLE

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2012

Reviews from the Cochrane Library assess the benefits of physical activity and exercise on the health and well being of older people.

INTERVENTIONS FOR PREVENTING FALLS IN OLDER PEOPLE LIVING IN THE COMMUNITY

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2012

Conclusions: Group and home-based exercise programmes, and home safety interventions reduce rate of falls and risk of falling.Multifactorial assessment and intervention programmes reduce rate of falls but not risk of falling; Tai Chi reduces risk of falling.Overall, vitamin D supplementation does not appear to reduce falls but may be effective in people who have lower vitamin D levels before treatment.

Citation: Gillespie LD, Robertson MC, Gillespie WJ, Sherrington C, Gates S, Clemson LM, Lamb SE. Cochrane Database Syst. Rev. 2012; 9(ePub): CD007146.

YOUTUBE VIDEO ON FALLS PREVENTION

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2012

Oxfordshire Falls Prevention Service has produced a video on falls prevention. The video offers advice to older people and their carers on how to reduce an older person’s risk of falling.

FALLS PREVENTION RESOURCE PACK

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2012

This Royal College of Physicians pack includes quality improvement best practice measures for assessing the impact of the number of falls in clinical hospital wards as well as preventing and managing falls.

REDUCING FALLS IN CARE ENVIRONMENTS

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2012

East Midlands Health, Innovation, Education Cluster have developed a falls reduction educational package for carers in care homes which includes resources such as DVD and social media support.

PROTECTING AN AGEING POPULATION FROM RISK OF FIRE IN THE HOME

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2012

The Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) have launched a new National Older Persons Strategy which aims to provide guidance and support to fire and rescue services and their partners to enable them to rise to the challenge of keeping older and more vulnerable members of the community safer from the risk of injury and death as a result of fire in the home.

AGENDA FOR LATER LIFE 2012 REPORT

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2012

This Age UK report is an annual audit of how public policy is meeting the challenges of an ageing society against five key indicators: work and learning; finances; travel and lifestyle; health and wellbeing; and home and care.

CHARITY CALLS ON WELSH PUBLIC TO RULE OUT ELDER ABUSE

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 2012

Age Cymru has launched a campaign to introduce a legal duty to be placed on public bodies, including local authorities, to investigate cases of abuse or potential abuse reported to them.

CARE HOMES CAMPAIGN

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2012

Fresh ties is calling for independent volunteer care home visitors who can act as a confidential listening ear/advocate for residents and family members . Their reports could provide a central log of concerns (as well as good practice). The inspection body and local authority would then have a basis for investigation; and family members/residents would no longer be lone voices.

LASER ALLIANCE: EXPERIENCING RISK IS CRUCIAL IF YOUNG PEOPLE ARE TO LEARN ABOUT SAFETY AND BEING ACTIVE

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2012

Helping children and young people develop skills to make responsible decisions about safety and risk is the aim of a new LASER Alliance. The LASER Alliance, which currently has 215 registered members (individuals and organisations), promotes “learning about safety by experiencing risk”. It believes risk taking is an important part of life and that, by learning to manage risks through high quality practical safety.

CHIMAT ACCIDENT PREVENTION REPORT

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2012

Accidents are a major health issue for children: injuries in and around the home are the most common cause of death in children over the age of one. Looking at this report will help you gain a better understanding of unintentional injuries for children in your local area.  The report includes information about: deprivation; electrical safety; smoke alarms; fire and rescue service activity; domestic and other violence; road injuries; falls; burns and scalds.

ENGAGING, EFFECTIVE RESOURCE FROM CAPT FOR PREVENTING SERIOUS FALLS IN UNDER 5S

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 
2012

Working closely with Karen McFarlane at Children in Wales, CAPT has identified that falls are the leading cause of accidents for children under 5 in Wales.  Look who’s falling is a DVD pack focusing on three common falls scenarios for young children: a fall from a window, a fall down stairs and a fall from a high chair. It will enable you to easily run a session on falls prevention.

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.

NEW CHILD SAFETY REPORT CARDS RELEASED FOR 31 COUNTRIES

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2012

On 12th June 2012, the new Child Safety Report Cards were released for 31 countries, along with European Summary Report Card, that score countries on their level of adoption, implementation and enforcement of over 100 proven strategies and policies to prevent unintentional injury – good practices known to save children’s lives.

LEARN MORE ABOUT ACCIDENTS INVOLVING CHILDREN IN YOUR LOCAL AREA

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2012

Looking at this report will help you gain a better understanding of unintentional injuries for children in your local area. The report includes information about deprivation; electrical safety; smoke alarms; fire and rescue service activity; domestic and other violence; road injuries; falls; and burns and scalds.

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.

MAKING THE LINK – NEW CHILD INJURY PREVENTION WEBSITE DEVELOPED BY CAPT

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2012

Making the Link is networking site and knowledge hub for people working to prevent accidental injury to children and young people across England. The site is open to anyone in policy, frontline children’s services, or the voluntary sector working to reduce accidents and injuries to children and young people. The tool is developed by the Child Accident Prevention Trust and supported by the DCSF.

TACTICS – TOOLS TO ADDRESS CHILDHOOD TRAUMA, INJURY AND CHILDREN’S SAFETY

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2012

TACTICS is a European initiative to promote healthier ways of life and reduce major diseases and injuries by tackling health determinants, with a particular focus on improving child safety.

TRANSFORMING YOUNG PEOPLE’S TRAVEL

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2012

Sustrans have produced a report to demonstrate how important it is to help young people be active through walking and cycling, and the benefits this has for themselves, and their schools, families and communities.

CAPT AWARENESS CAMPAIGN ABOUT THE DANGERS OF ‘CHILD-PROOF’ CAPS

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2012

The Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) are campaigning injury prevention practitioners to make parents and carers aware of the dangers of ‘child proof’ caps. They highlight that one in seven pre-school children are able to open ‘child-proof’ caps, which means they are ‘child-resistant’ instead of ‘child-proof’.

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.

NEW TWOTHIRTYVOLTS ELECTRICAL SAFETY WEBSITE

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2012

New website TwoThirtyVolts contains useful facts on electrical safety for 11-16 year-olds.

PREVENTING ALCOHOL-RELATED HARM IN DRINKING ENVIRONMENTS

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2012

A major European study has examined research from across the world to identify what works to reduce alcohol-related harm in drinking environments.

ALCOHOL IN THE EUROPEAN UNION: CONSUMPTION, HARM AND POLICY APPROACHES

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2012

The report Alcohol in the European Union: consumption, harm and policy approaches has been recently released by the WHO Regional Office for Europe. This new report uses information gathered in 2011 to update key indicators on alcohol consumption, health outcomes and action to reduce harm across the European Union (EU).

UK: ROSPA INFOCENTRE

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2012

RoSPA’s Infocentre, based at the Society’s headquarters in Birmingham, houses a unique collection of safety-related documents and provides an extensive enquiry service on all aspects of safety and health. For RoSPA Members the service is free, included as part of the annual subscription.

CONFIRMED PUBLIC HEALTH INDICATORS FOR INJURY PREVENTION

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2012

IOBI welcomes the inclusion of several injury prevention indicators in the new Public Health Outcome Framework. The Public Health Outcome Framework, published in January 2012, sets out the desired outcomes for public health across England and how these will be measured.

GOVERNMENT’S ALCOHOL STRATEGY

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2012

The Government’s Alcohol Strategy is a welcomed attempt to address the problems alcohol causes in a coherent way, but its focus on public order overshadows health issues, warn MPs on the Health Committee in a new report.

PROJECT TO INFORM INJURY DATA COLLECTION IN A&E DEPARTMENTS IN ENGLAND

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2012

The South West Public Health Observatory has been working on a project to define a standard dataset for enhanced injury-related collection in emergency medicine in England, and is currently evaluating the viability of this through a pilot collection. The dataset was defined and refined drawing on: an earlier report commissioned by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents which outlined the requirements of enhanced data collection; a collection already underway in Wales; EU requirements; a steering group comprising experts in the field of injury prevention and members of the College of Emergency Medicine.

THE UK BURDEN OF INJURY STUDY: BURDEN OF INJURY 2.6 TIMES HIGHER THAN PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2012

Researchers have found the burden of injury to be 2.6 times higher in the UK than previously thought. The burden of injury – quantifying the impact injury has on an individual who is injured and on society – has been calculated as part of new research led by Professor Ronan Lyons, Swansea University. The research entitled ‘Measuring the Population Burden of Injuries – Implications for Global and National Estimates: A Multicentre Prospective UK Longitudinal Study’ analyses a variety of types of accident data.

‘INJURY PROFILES’ WEBSITE SHOW BURDEN OF INJURIES BY LOCAL AUTHORITY

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2012

The Injury Profiles provide a snapshot of injuries occurring in each local authority in England. Interactive maps and charts enable comparisons to be made regionally and nationally for over 40 injury related indicators.

JOINT ACTION ON MONITORING INJURIES IN EUROPE (JAMIE): DEVELOPMENT OF A MINIMUM DATA SET (MDS)

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2012

JAMIE is a European project which aims to have a common emergency departmental-based surveillance system for injury prevention in operation in all Member States in the EU.  The following document discusses the development of a Minimum Data Set (MDS), which could be widely adopted in virtually all hospitals in member states at low or no cost.

GUIDES ON WHERE TO FIND INJURY DATA AND STATISTICS IN THE UK AND IRELAND

Countries Covered: UK and Ireland
Date: 
2012

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.

VIOLENT BRITAIN: PEOPLE, PREVENTION AND PUBLIC HEALTH

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2011

Report identifying the extent, costs and impacts of interpersonal violence in Britain, the risk factors for victims and perpetrators, interventions that can be effective in reducing violence and how these fit into national policy.  Each Chapter describes the extent and impacts of violence in Britain today, and identifies those most at risk of becoming either victims or perpetrators.

PREVENTING VIOLENCE AND KNIFE CRIME AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE REPORT

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2011

This report describes the burden that violence imposes on the Region, particularly its poorer countries and groups; risk factors and their interactions; factors that can protect young people from violence; and the evidence supporting the efficacy of preventive action. The report concludes by calling for greater investment in prevention and mainstreaming of the objective of preventing violence among young people into other areas of health and social policy.

A&E CASUALTIES’ POLICE TIP-OFFS HELP CUT CARDIFF CRIME

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 
2011

Information gathered from casualties admitted to A&E has been helping police target crime “hotspots” in Cardiff, reducing cases of violence. A four-year study saw 42% fewer woundings in the city compared with 14 similar cities in England and Wales. The World Health Organisation (WHO) is now calling for the project to be rolled out in other countries.

STREET LEVEL CRIME MAPS

Countries Covered: England and Wales
Date: 2011

New online crime maps for England and Wales have been launched, allowing users to see which offences have been reported in their local streets.

CONSULTATION ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DISCLOSURE SCHEME

Countries Covered: England and Wales
Date: 
2011

The Home Office has launched a consultation asking whether the protection of victims of domestic violence can be improved by the establishment of a national domestic violence disclosure scheme and, if so, how such a scheme could work in practice.

WHO RELEASES NEW SERIES OF SHORT COURSES ON VIOLENCE AND INJURY PREVENTION

Countries Covered: World
Date: 
2011

Violence and Injury prevention short courses provide a complete training resource for facilitators around the world. Each course addresses a specific injury or violence area and is designed to be delivered over 2-5 days.

CORONER INCREASING NARRATIVES AND THEIR IMPACT ON SUICIDE RATES

Countries Covered: England and Wales
Date: 
2011

The Office for National Statistics have conducted a recent
analysis and conclude: ‘Since 2001 narrative verdicts have been more widely used by coroners. In some cases it can be difficult to code the underlying cause of death from the information provided by the coroner in the narrative. ONS and other organisations have been concerned about the impact of narrative verdicts on the quality of the statistics on cause of death. The increase in the use of narrative verdicts has not had a statistically significant impact on published suicide rates in England and Wales and so no revision to these rates is needed. However, if current trends in the use of narrative verdicts continue, the effect on mortality rates may become large enough to affect the reliability of National Statistics.’

INJURY AND POISONING MORTALITY, 2009

Countries Covered: England and Wales
Date: 
2011

The latest national level report on injury and mortality was released by the Office for National Statistics on 1 March 2011.

To access the statistical bulletin and accompanying national trend data tables for 2005 to 2009 please click on the following link.

DEATHS RELATED TO DRUG POISONING IN ENGLAND AND WALES, 2011

Countries Covered: England and Wales
Date: 
2011

The Office for National Statistics have released their latest figures on deaths related to drug poisoning in England nd Wales for the last five years.

FIRE FUTURES REPORTS: GOVERNMENT RESPONSE

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2011

The Fire Futures Government Response outlines how the Government intends to take forward with the sector the public service reform agenda in the context of fire and rescue services at the local level and in terms of national resilience.

ECONOMIC INCENTIVES TO IMPROVE SAFETY AT WORK

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2011

Newly published research by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) suggests that economic incentive schemes encouraging companies to invest in risk prevention are a cost-effective option for governments looking to cut the numbers of work-related accidents and illnesses. The EU-OSHA report on economic incentives was launched at a conference of the International Occupational Hygiene Association (IOHA) ‘Health, Work and Social Responsibility’ in Rome on 29 September 2010.

SAFETY CHECKLISTS FOR SPORTS COACHES

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2011

SafeSport-UK web site has published a safety check list for sport coaches. SafeSport was formed to offer a unique reference point on playing sport safely. SafeSport examines a wide rnage of popular sports and explains how to reduce the risk involved.

WATER DEATHS AND INJURIES DATA PUBLISHED

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2011

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.

SWISS SNOW SPORTS SAFETY CAMPAIGN

Countries Covered: Switzerland
Date: 
2011

The Swiss Council for Accident Prevention (bfu) conducted a snow sports safety campaign from 2007—2010 with the slogan “1000 Accidents a Day”. The major aim of the campaign was to promote helmet wearing among skiers and snowboarders. The campaign was particularly targeted at novice snow sport men and women aged 18-25 years. The evaluation confirmed that the campaign concept had a strong impact and succeeded in reaching the target groups and achieving acceptance of the main campaign message.

For further information: o.bruegger@bfu.ch

EVALUATION OF THE NEIGHBOURHOOD ROAD SAFETY INITIATIVE

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2011

The Department for Transport established the Neighbourhood Road Safety Initiative (NRSI) in 2002. Fifteen Local Authorities (LAs) in England were funded to develop schemes to reduce road casualties in their most disadvantaged areas. A team led by the University College London (UCL) evaluated the impacts of the NRSI using a mixed methods approach. The evaluation showed a significant reduction in casualties during the NRSI.

THE IMPACT OF 20 MPH TRAFFIC SPEED ZONES ON INEQUALITIES IN ROAD CASUALTIES IN LONDON

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2011

Conclusions: The implementation of 20 mph zones targeted at deprived areas has mitigated widening socioeconomic differentials in road injury in London and to some degree narrowed them, but there is limited potential for further gain.

Citation: Rebecca Steinbach, Chris Grundy, Phil Edwards, Paul Wilkinson, Judith Green. J Epidemiol Community Health doi:10.1136/jech.2010.112193.

DELIVERY OF LOCAL ROAD SAFETY: ROAD SAFETY RESEARCH REPORT NO. 124

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2011

The Department for Transport commissioned AECOM, in
association with the Tavistock Institute, to design and deliver a
three-year independent evaluation of the delivery of local road
user safety.  The evaluation was commissioned to consider the following objectives: to evaluate the different strategies and plans for delivering road user safety; to assess what is being delivered, the key processes and how efficient local authority practices are; and to identify lessons and areas of good practice in road user safety investment.

ROAD SAFETY EVALUATION WEBSITE

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2011

free website to help road safety practitioners evaluate their education, training and publicity activities was launched today by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents and the Department for Transport. At the heart of the Road Safety Evaluation website is E-valu-it – an interactive toolkit which helps practitioners evaluate their road safety work.

IN-VEHICLE DRIVER DISTRACTION

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2011

The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) has published a new report on minimising in-vehicle distraction, which is part of ETSC’s PRAOSE project, “Preventing Road Accidents and Injuries for the Safety of Employees”. Vehicles are increasingly becoming “moving offices”, an environment in which employees are likely to receive or make phone calls, check text messages or even check their e-mails, without appreciating the enormous road risk that this type of behaviour poses while driving to work.

CRASHMAP: ROAD TRAFFIC ACCIDENT WEBSITE

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2011

To coincide with the publication of Road Casualties GB 2010, a new website has just been launched to allow members of the public to search for and look up details of every road traffic crash reported to police since 2005. Using a fully searchable map, users can locate crashes in a particular area, see what date they occurred on and how serious an incident it was; a detailed collision report can then be downloaded.

NEW STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK FOR ROAD SAFETY

Countries Covered: Great Britain
Date:
 2011

The Government’s new Strategic Framework for Road Safety was launched on 11 May 2011 to coincide with the launch of the UN Decade for Action on Road Safety. This sets out the Government’s approach to continuing to reduce killed and seriously injured casualties on Britain’s roads. The focus is on increasing the range of educational options for drivers who make genuine mistakes and can be helped to improve, while improving enforcement against the most dangerous and deliberate offenders. Additionally, at the local level, there will be an increase in the road safety information that is available to local citizens.

NEW DRINK-DRIVING LIMITS COME INTO EFFECT IN THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

Countries Covered: Ireland
Date: 
2011

New drink-driving limits came into effect in the Republic of Ireland on 27 October. The blood alcohol concentration limits were decreased from 80 milligrams (mg) to 20 mg for learner, novice and professional drivers,50 mg for all other drivers. The reductions bring Ireland’s drink-driving limits into line with other European countries.

NEW DATA SHOW THAT ROADS DEATHS IN IRELAND HALVED OVER THE PAST DECADE

Countries Covered: Ireland
Date: 
2011

New data published by the Road Safety Authority and An Garda Síochána show that the number of road deaths in Ireland decreased by 48% between 2001 and 2010. The number of people seriously injured decreased by 58% during the same period. The largest decreases in fatalities occurred among pedal cyclists (75%), motor cyclists (66%) and pedestrians (54%).

BARRIERS TO, AND FACILITATORS OF, THE PREVENTION OF UNINTENTIONAL INJURY IN CHILDREN IN THE HOME: A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW AND SYNTHESIS OF QUALITATIVE RESEARCH

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2011

The review highlights ways in which health inequalities affect the take up and success of home safety interventions, and how health workers can use this knowledge to facilitate future interventions.

Citation: Smithson J, Garside R, Pearson M. IP Online First, published on November 21, 2010 as 10.1136/ip.2010.026989.

THERMOSTATIC MIXING VALVES ARE PROVEN TO REDUCE BATH SCALDS

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2011

A recent study involving the Glasgow Housing Association, the NHS and several universities, led by Professor Denise Kendrick at the University of Nottingham, explored the effectiveness of TMVs in over 100 homes in Glasgow. The study found that TMVs and accompanying educational leaflets are effective at reducing bath hot tap water temperatures in the short and longer term and are acceptable to families. The research team strongly recommends that whenever a bath is being replaced, it should be fitted with a TMV.

EFFECT OF DRUG LAW ENFORCEMENT ON DRUG MARKET VIOLENCE: A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2011

Conclusions: The report findings suggest that increasing drug law enforcement is unlikely to reduce drug market violence. Instead, the existing evidence base suggests that gun violence and high homicide rates may be an inevitable consequence of drug prohibition and that disrupting drug markets can paradoxically increase violence. In this context, and since drug prohibition has not meaningfully reduced drug supply, alternative regulatory models will be required if drug supply and drug market violence are to be meaningfully reduced.

Citation: Werb D, Rowell G, Guyatt G, Kerr T, Montaner J, Wood E. Int. J. Drug Policy 2011; ePub.

REDUCING HOME ACCIDENTS – A STRATEGIC APPROACH FROM NORTHERN IRELAND

Countries Covered: Northern Ireland
Date: 
2011

In 2004, the Northern Ireland Department for Health, Social Services & Public Safety (DHSS&PS) produced a five year Home Accident Prevention Strategy and Action Plan. The main objectives of the Strategy were to reduce home accidents, particularly in those most at risk (under 5s and over 65s); to raise awareness of the causes and promote effective preventative measures; to promote and facilitate effective training, skills and knowledge across all relevant organisation, groups and individuals.

INVESTIGATION REVEALS DANGEROUS ELECTRIC BLANKETS ACROSS NORTHERN IRELAND

Countries Covered: Northern Ireland
Date: 
2011

Faulty electric blankets are putting too many people across Northern Ireland at risk of injury and fire, say accident prevention campaigners following a series of safety events.

FALLS PREVENTION GUIDELINES ISSUED BY THE BRITISH AND AMERICAN GERIATRICS SOCIETIES

Countries Covered: World
Date: 
2011

The British and American Geriatric Societies have issued the updated guideline ‘Clinical Practice Guideline: Prevention of Falls in Older Persons’ The Guideline for the Prevention of Falls in Older Persons was originally published in May 2001. The present publication updates the earlier guideline by evaluating evidence and analyses that have become available since 2001 and by providing revised recommendations based on these evaluations.

BENCHMARKING QUALITY OF CARE FOR FRAGILITY FRACTURES IN THE SOUTH CENTRAL STRATEGIC HEALTH AUTHORITY

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2011

This pilot report commissioned by the South Central Quality Observatory for South Central Strategic Health Authority (SC SHA), aims to develop a health intelligence system that co-ordinates, collates and disseminates information on the local organisation of services and quality of care for fragility fractures.

CHILD HOME INJURY MORTALITY IN EUROPE: A 16-COUNTRY ANALYSIS

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2011

Study Conclusions: Home injuries were the leading cause of injury death in children under 5 years of age in the countries under study and the inequalities found among the countries indicate potential for improvement. Evidence-based interventions exist to prevent these injuries and the barriers to their implementation ought to be determined and addressed.

Citation: Sengoelge M, Hasselberg M, Laflamme L. Eur J Public Health. 2011 Apr;21(2):166-70. Epub 2010 Apr 29.

NICE GUIDANCE ‘PREVENTING UNINTENTIONAL INJURIES AMONG UNDER-15S’

Countries Covered: UK
Date:
 2011

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has recently published three guidance’s which aim to reduce unintentional injuries among the under 15’s. Please click on the link’s below for further information:

ALCOHOL AND YOUNG PEOPLE: A TOOLKIT

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2011

As part of its commitment to supporting the development of health promotion and prevention approaches for young people ‘Calling Time’ – the South West Alcohol Improvement Programme has published Alcohol and Young People: A Toolkit, Supporting Vulnerable Young People at Risk of Alcohol Related Harm. This Toolkit has been produced in partnership with Alcohol Concern and aims to inform and guide professionals and carers, concerned with looked after children and young people with special educational needs.

HEALTHY NIGHTLIFE TOOLBOX

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2011

The Healthy Nightlife Toolbox is an international initiative that focuses on the reduction of harm from alcohol and drug use among young people. The core of the online Toolbox is formed by three databases (evaluated interventions, literature, and details of experts within the field) and a Handbook providing guidance on creating a healthy and safe nightlife.

CHILDREN IN WALES: HOME SAFETY GUIDES

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 
2011

Children in Wales have developed new bilingual home safety guides to help health visitors, practitioners, families and other organisations, prevent home accidents in children under 5 years. The guides have been specifically designed to prevent home accidents that commonly cause serious, fatal and disabling injuries in children under 5 years.

GUIDANCE FOR SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE ADULTS IN GENERAL DENTAL PRACTICE

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 
2011

Public Health Wales has published guidance on the roles and responsibilities of the dental team in promoting the safety and well being of children, young people and vulnerable adults they come into contact with during the course of their work. The guidance includes information on local arrangements for support and advice and contains a range of links to access further information.

TRL LAUNCHES NATIONAL DATABASE OF CHILD CAR SEATS

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2011

The Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) is conducting a nationwide analysis of the use of child car seats, or restraints as they are often known to support road safety professionals. In sharing their data with road safety professionals, TRL’s objective is to help them use the data to inform their in-car child safety strategies. Additionally the information will enable TRL to feed into the  development of future policies relating to the regulation of child car passenger safety.

NEW CHILD INJURY PREVENTION BOOK PUBLISHED BY PROFESSOR DAVID H.STONE

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2011

‘Injury Prevention in Children’ published by Professor David H. Stone, provides an introduction to the key principles of child injury prevention, and how these may be translated most effectively into practice and policy making. Although the book is designed as an introductory text for graduates and undergraduate students; professionals and policy makers in the field of injury prevention will also find this an invaluable source.

NEW ONLINE VIDEO TO SHOW HOW WINDOW BLINDS CAN BE MADE SAFER

Countries Covered: Great Britain
Date:
 2011

The British Blind and Shutter Association’s (BBSA) film, produced in consultation with Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) and RoSPA, clearly shows how looped cords can be a risk to young children. The film looks at alternative, safer designs and how to ensure that existing looped blind cords can be made safer.

CORDS ON WINDOW BLINDS: STANDARDISATION MANDATE TO CEN

Countries Covered: England and Wales
Date: 
2011

On 2nd December 2010 a joint press release was issued by ANEC (The European consumer voice in standardisation) and the European Child Safety Alliance. Window blind cords: Time for action. After a child died in the UK from strangulation by a window blind cord, the European safety standard, EN 13120 was improved in 2009, however there were still concerns that the safety standard did not cover some types of window blinds such as Roman shades.

DEPARTMENT FOR HEALTH ANNOUNCES EARLY IMPLEMENTER HEALTH VISITING SITES

Countries Covered: England and Wales
Date: 
2011

Twenty sites have been selected to lead the way in delivering the new health visiting service. The new service, announced in February 2011, will improve the health and well-being of children, families and communities, and health visitors will play a central role in making this happen. An extra 4,200 health visitors are being recruited over the next 4 years and ex-health visitors are being encouraged to return to the profession.

WORLD HEALTH ASSEMBLY ADOPTS RESOLUTION TARGETED AT SAVING THE LIVES OF CHILDREN FROM INJURY

Countries Covered: World
Date: 
2011

On 24 May 2011, the Sixty-fourth World Health Assembly adopted a resolution on child injury prevention, the first ever on the topic. The resolution, spurred by the WHO/UNICEF World report on child injury prevention, provides a platform to support action on preventing child injuries, which are the leading cause of death for children over the age of 5 years. More than 830,000 children die each year from road traffic crashes, drowning, burns, falls and poisoning.

EUROPEAN TOY SAFETY DIRECTIVE COMES TO FORCE

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2011

The new European Toy Safety Directive, published in 2009, came into force on  the 20th July 2011. From this date, all Member States have to comply with new rules and safety requirements to protect children and reduce accidents with dangerous toys.

BABY WALKERS: NEW JOINT POSITION STATEMENT ILLUMINATES CONTINUED RISKS

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2011

ECSA and ANEC have released a joint position statement and background paper about the risk of injuries to young children caused by baby walkers. The position statement is supported by ECSA and ANEC country partners, representing expert organisations from over 30 EU countries who are concerned about this product’s use.

WARNING ON SLEEP POSITIONERS

Countries Covered: World
Date: 
2011

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) shares the concerns of Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the safety of sleep positioners, and urges parents not to use these products. Sleep positioners are flat mats with side bolsters or inclined (wedge) mats with side bolsters. They can increase the risk of babies suffocating. The AAP also recommends that parents never use pillows, stuffed animals heavy blankets or other soft or puffy items in babies’ cribs. Soft bedding can end up over their face and block their breathing. Babies should have their own crib, with a firm mattress and a fitted sheet.

TAKE ACTION FOR FREE RANGE KIDS

Countries Covered: Great Britain
Date:
 2011

SUSTRANS defines ‘Free Range Kids’ as children and young people who experience freedom from their front door. They have the confidence to travel independently, play outdoors and explore their local community, and have the skills, opportunities and support to do so safely.  SUSTRANS are making sure that politicians know what the issues are through their Early Day Motion.

11 EVIDENCED BASED REVIEWS RELEASED BY THE UK VIOLENCE AND INJURY PREVENTION FOCAL POINT

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2011

The UK Violence and Injury Prevention Focal Point, have released 11 evidenced based reviews (covering on Burns, Child Maltreatment, Childhood Injuries, Elder Abuse, Falls in Older People, Intimate Partner Violence, Road Traffic Accidents, Self Harm and Suicide, Sexual Violence, Sports Injuries and Youth Violence) designed for the non-specialist.

ALCOHOL CONCERN FACTSHEET, ‘GRASPING THE NETTLE: ALCOHOL AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE’

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2011

This Alcohol Concern factsheet is an updated overview of the research on the association between alcohol and domestic violence and a clear outline of the

GUIDE TO CALCULATE COST-EFFECTIVENESS AND COST-UTILITY OF INJURY PREVENTION INTERVENTIONS

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2011

THE WHO regional office has published a guide for use of standardised methods to conduct cost-effectiveness and cost-utility analyse on injury prevention interventions. The guide is designed to assist public health experts, researchers and policy makers who are interested in estimating cost-effectiveness and cost-utility of injury prevention programmes.

TWO INJURY PROJECTS REMOVED FROM NICE WORK PROGRAMME

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2011

The Department of Health have decided that six topics, including two relating to accident prevention, previously referred to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), are not appropriate for NICE public health guidance and should be removed from its work programme.

THE NATIONAL AUDIT OF FALLS AND BONE HEALTH IN OLDER PEOPLE

Countries Covered: England, Wales, and Northern Ireland
Date: 
2011

There is unacceptable variation in the quality of NHS services for the care and prevention of falls and fractures, an audit reveals. The National Audit of Falls and Bone Health in Older People calls for more prevention in this area. It recommends that health and local authority commissioners should provide therapeutic exercise programmes for older people to prevent falls, and says emergency departments and minor injury units should introduce routine screening for falls risk and osteoporosis among older people presenting with falls and fractures.

ACCIDENT PREVENTION KEY RESPONSIBILITY FOR LOCAL AUTHORITIES

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2011

The Department of Health has published a progress report on the new approach to public health confirming that accidental injury prevention will be included within the new role and responsibilities of local authorities.

CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER FOR WALES SUPPORTS INJURY PREVENTION

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 
2011

Dr Tony Jewell’s 2010 Annual Report on the health of the people of Wales has recently been published. It is heartening to see the recognition of injury as a major public health issue and the support expressed throughout the Report for injury surveillance and targeted prevention initiatives.

EUROSAFE POLICY BRIEFINGS

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2011

Eurosafe have produced 19 policy briefings covering all areas of injury prevention.

ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY (A&E) ATTENDANCES IN ENGLAND 2009-10

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2011

The report ‘Accident and Emergency Attendances in England (Experimental Statistics) 2009-10’ and accompanying summary data tables were published in January 2011. This is the third annual publication on A&E attendance data within Hospital Episode Statistics (HES). It covers the period 1 April 2009 to 31 March 2010 and draws on just over 15 million detailed records of attendance at major A&E departments, single specialty A&E departments, minor injury units and walk-in centres in England.

UPDATED LOCAL ALCOHOL PROFILES FOR ENGLAND

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2011

The Local Alcohol Profiles for England (LAPE 2010) contain 23 alcohol-related indicators for every local authority and 24 for every primary care trust in England. This year, key Indicators in healthcare, criminal justice, benefits claimants, drinking patterns and life lost due to alcohol have been used in combination to identify and map those areas experiencing different overall levels of alcohol-related harms.

EXTERNAL CAUSES AND PLACE OF DEATH

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2011

recent report examines variation in deaths by external cause in England in the years 2007-2009, with a particular focus on information relevant to end of life care. Variation is shown by age group, sex, external cause and place of death. The report ‘External Causes of Death’ was produced by the South West Public Health Observatory for the National End of Life Care Intelligence Network.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 respo