New Children in Wales report on child accident prevention, 25/06/13 [W]
Children in Wales has published a new guide providing practical examples of accident prevention activity in Wales.
Child Safety in Wales; Examples of Interventions in Practice aims to highlight just some of the local accident prevention work taking place across Wales. This bilingual publication shares experiences of 14 child safety projects and includes useful information on:
- How each project started
- How it is implemented
- Project costs
- Lessons learned
Accidental injuries are a leading cause of death for children and young people in Wales. In fact, every year, over 145,000 children and young people attend emergency departments because of an unintentional injury.
These injuries affect children and young people from all areas across Wales and sadly, the rate of accidents increase with deprivation. Children living in deprived areas being 13 times more likely to die from an accident. This unacceptable inequality further increases for particular types of accidents. These health inequalities have been proven to exist for many years, yet the gap between deprived and non-deprived families continues to increase.
In working to reduce childhood accidents in Wales, it is important to recognise that as part of their development, children will always experience accidents. The majority of these accidents usually lead to little or no injury and allow children to learn about risk, explore their environment and their own abilities. However, many types of accidents provide an unacceptable risk of harm and it is these types of fatal, serious and disabling injuries that practitioners, managers and policy makers should be working to address.
Karen MacFarlane, Child Safety Development Officer at Children in Wales explained: “It is heartening to see from the examples that, despite our current economic climate, many of the interventions incur relatively little set-up and on-going costs and at least part, if not all of their intervention is sustainable.
After visiting many of these activities and seeing them in practice, it is evident that one of the main reasons for their success is the presence of an accident prevention ‘champion’. Their drive, enthusiasm and in many cases, tenacity should be recognised as a key factor to the achievements and sustainability of their local intervention.”