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Conference 24-25 September 2009: Reducing Childhood Injuries

Experts from across Britain and Ireland are meeting in Cardiff next week to discuss how to prevent injuries to children and young adults.  The two-day conference will look at effective interventions for injuries caused though accidents, self-harm and violence.  It will cover a range of issues and prevention approaches from across the UK, Europe and internationally.   The conference will also consider accident prevention measures for injuries occurring in the home, on the road and through domestic fires.

Professor Ronan Lyons, Chair of the Injury Observatory Britain and Ireland, said “With so many children and young people affected by fatal and disabling injuries each year, it is crucial that professionals, researchers and practitioners share their knowledge.  This conference provides an important opportunity for greater understanding on how we can effectively reduce this toll.” 

Karen McFarlane, Child Safety Development Officer at Children in Wales explained: “This conference is not about interventions that wrap kids in cotton wool, but rather how we can improve the lives and outcomes for our children and young people.  Invaluable discussions, experiences and interventions will be shared with experts and practitioners from the UK, Europe, Canada and New Zealand.


1.      The 2nd Injury Prevention Conference for the UK and Ireland will take place at the Barcelo Angel Hotel, Cardiff on the 24th & 25th September 2009.   It is being organised by the Injury Observatory Britain and Ireland (IOBI) and co-hosted by Children in Wales and the Wales Centre for Health.  The conference programme can be downloaded from the IOBI website: www.injuryobservatory.net.  Speakers from Wales include Tony Jewell, Chief Medical Officer and Ann Jones AM (Vale of Clwyd)

2.   Children in Wales is the national umbrella organisation for voluntary, statutory and professional organisations and individuals who work with children and young people in Wales. www.childreninwales.org.uk.  Children in Wales was established in March 1992 and became a registered charity in 1993.  It aims to promote the interests of children, to improve services in Wales and to put children high on the Welsh agenda.  We work closely with our members who comprise professionals, policy makers and consumer groups to improve the lives of all children living in Wales, but especially young children, those affected by family instability, children with special needs or disabilities, and those suffering the effects of poverty and deprivation.  We collect and disseminate information about children and promote good practice in children’s services through research, policy and practice development, publications, conferences, seminars, training and access to an extensive library and information service.  Children in Wales has offices in Cardiff and Caernarfon.

3.            For further information regarding this press release contact: Karen McFarlane at Children in Wales, 25 Windsor Place, Cardiff, Tel: 029 2034 2434, E-mail: karen.mcfarlane@childreninwales.org.uk