LGA knowledge hub launched

1 December 2011
The Local Government Association (LGA) has created an online knowledge hub for those working in local government so that professionals can share knowledge and information online. Users can share documents online, join online groups relevant to their work area and take part in online chats. The site is open to anyone with an interest in local government to register.

BHIT wins award

29 November 2011
The Bicycle Helmet Initiative Trust (BHIT) has won the 2011 Lynda Chalker award. BHIT has won the 2011 Lynda Chalker award for its work on promoting cycle helmet use for children. The charity was set up in 1998 by Angela Lee, a paediatric trauma nurse who had witnessed first-hand the injuries caused by road accidents to children who weren’t wearing cycle helmets.

Useful links to child accident prevention work

9 November 2011
We've created a new useful links section on the Making the Link website to help in your child accident work. The section includes links to public health observatories which provide vital data to help you in work as well as key voluntary sector organisations, membership bodies, royal colleges and road safety organisations. Visit the useful links section

Select committee recommends statutory duty on health inequalities

3 November 2011
The Health Select Committee has recommended that the Secretary of State for Health should be given an explicit statutory duty to reduce inequalities in public health. Publishing their public health report, which CAPT submitted evidence for, the committee made strong representations that the Secretary of State's new statutory duty to reduce health inequalities in relation to the health service...

Fire Safety Fund grants awarded

2 November 2011
The Electrical Safety Council (ESC) has awarded grants totalling £140,000 to projects promoting fire prevention. The grants are allocated from its Fire Safety Fund to projects which support electrical fire prevention schemes through partnership working. Successful projects aimed at children included the Junior Safety Champion Scheme run by the Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service which delivers...

RoSPA Safe at Home evaluation published

2 November 2011
The evaluation for Safe at Home - the national home safety equipment scheme -  has shown that 96% of families were satisfied with the scheme. Safe at Home, hosted by RoSPA from 2009-2011 aimed to help families prevent accidents to under fives which account for 500,000 A&E visits a year. The evaluation, carried out by the University of Nottingham also found out the following:

HWB resource published

1 November 2011
The Local Government Association (LGA) has published a new resource to assist those involved in setting up health and wellbeing boards. The LGA's Healthy Communities programme has produced the publication which provides the following:

Foundation years website for professionals launched

20 October 2011
A new website for professionals working in the foundation years has been launched by 4Children and the Early Years Strategic Partnership. The Foundation Years website was launched recently for parents and a section for professionals has just been launched. The website has the following aims:

Marmot Review launches consultation on social determinants of health

12 October 2011
The Marmot Review team has launched a consultation on the social determinants of health in Europe. The review looks at health inequalities within and between different European countries in the World Health Organisation (WHO) region. Health inequalities are the incidence of childhood accidents are closely linked. Children from poorer backgrounds are 13 times more likely to die in accidents.

Irish blind cords death highlights need for product standards

6 October 2011
The tragic death of a 23-month old boy who became caught in a window blind cord has highlighted the need for practitioners and families to be aware of the dangers to young children caused by blind cords and chains. Dean Russell from County Kerry died in January 2011 after he became entangled in the beaded looped cord of a roller blind in his bedroom. New blind cords product standards CAPT has...