About Making the Link

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Working together for child accident prevention

Making the Link is here to support people with a role to play in child accident prevention throughout England. 

The programme is supported by the Department for Education and the Department for Health and run by the Child Accident Prevention Trust.

Making the Link provides tools to encourage effective partnership working to reduce deaths and hospital admissions from child accidents. We are not about "wrapping children in cotton wool."

We are here to minimise unnecessary risk and create a safer environment for children and young people, so they can live their lives to the full.

The Child Accident Prevention Trust

Making the Link is run by the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) which is the UK's leading charity working to reduce the number of children and young people killed, disabled or seriously injured in accidents.

The Safe Network

In early 2011 CAPT's Making the Link project joined forces with the Safe Network - a joint programme with the NSPCC and Children England which provides tailored safeguarding support to the voluntary and community sector.

Our involvement will strengthen Safe Network’s ability to support local community groups in preventing serious accidents to children.

Why work in partnership?

Effective partnership working has been recognised as one of the key ways to reduce the number of children killed or injured in accidents. By doing this we can save countless lives, reduce inequalities, and also make substantial cost savings.

Find out more about the the cost of childhood accidents.

What's involved in Making the Link?

We work with voluntary and statutory organisations to encourage partnership working and best practice around child injury prevention. To do this we carry out the following activities:

  • Partnership and networking events
  • Specialist master classes on child injury prevention
  • Mentoring local authorities and public health teams
  • Sharing of best practice case studies and strategies
  • Sharing of local evidence of what works in child injury prevention

Resources on the website

On this website you will find:

  • Policy guidance: information on the areas of policy relevant to accident prevention, and how you can use them to drive change in your organisation.
  • Case studies: examples of child accident prevention programmes in other areas, the successes and what you can learn from them.
  • Data and statistics: accident rates for different regions across the UK, so you can see how your area measures up.
  • Research into child accident prevention: Find evidence of what works including CAPT's work as part of the Keeping Children Safe at Home project.
  • And much more. Head over to the tools section to find out more.

Contact us

Updated November 2012