Child accident statistics

November 2012

We know that too many children and young people in England die because of accidents. However, it can often be difficult to find the exact figures. We’ve put together some answers to the main questions people ask about accident statistics.

Where does the data come from?

Much of the data comes from sources that are already online – information and datasets published by the Public Health Observatories, Office for National Statistics or the Hospital Episode Statistics website. All we have done is present the data in a way that is easier to digest. Each of the resources below will tell you where the information was found, so you can explore the issue further if you would like to.

How accurate is the data?

The data in the articles below is accurate to the best of our knowledge, and should give you a good picture of the serious issue of accidental injury to children and young people. However, although we will do our best to keep it up to date it may not always be a precise indication of the accident rate in your area. If you would like more detailed information we recommend you contact your regional public health observatory, or your road safety department (via your council) or fire and rescue service.

The data is taken from mixed sources, and some of the sources measure slightly differently. For example, some information covers children and young people up to the age of 15, others includes children and young people up to the age of 19. Each article will give a clear statement about where the information was found along with limitations and a link so that you can explore further.

Child accident statistics



Updated June 2013