Apply for mentoring with Making the Link

As part of the Making the Link project, the Child Accident Prevention Trust is offering mentoring support to help local authorities and public health teams in England embed child safety into the new commissioning arrangements, including joint strategic needs assessments (JSNAs) and health and wellbeing boards (HWBs), and deliver effective prevention programmes.

The Making the Link team are experts in the field of child accident prevention, with specialist knowledge of the policy environment, data, and strategy, programme and partnership development. They can share this knowledge and expertise with your team via mentoring support.

What the mentoring package offers:

  • Support to identify the key unintentional injury issues in your area.
  • Advice and guidance on the availability and limitations of data.
  • Guidance on mapping local needs and assets.
  • Support to develop strategies, plans and programmes in child accident prevention, based on research evidence and best practice.
  • Support in forging effective, sustainable partnerships between different statutory agencies and between the statutory, voluntary and community sectors.
  • Knowledge of the work undertaken by NICE on unintentional injury prevention for children, and of the broader policy environment for children’s safeguarding, health and wellbeing.
  • Knowledge of what works in child accident prevention with disadvantaged families.

In return, mentored sites will share their learning with others via case studies and ‘learning nuggets’ on the Making the Link website.

Making the Link is providing the following two mentoring offers:

Local authorities

We are seeking to mentor four local authorities to assist in their child accident prevention and safeguarding work.

The project aims to enhance the knowledge and skills of mentees, enabling them to commission and deliver cost-effective programmes that capitalise on voluntary and community sector (VCS) experience and target the most vulnerable children.

This mentoring project is supported by the Department for Education, as part of the Safe Network project.

While CAPT’s expertise is in child accident prevention, there will be connections with the wider Safe Network offering around child protection and bullying, so that local authorities gain a broader understanding of the importance of keeping children safe within the developing environment for commissioning and partnership working, and of the role of the VCS in this new environment.

Public health teams

We are looking to mentor three public health teams, supporting them to integrate with their local authority counterparts and improve the capability of HWBs to commission joined-up services for local children.

The project has the following aims:

  • To support mentees to commission effective and cost-effective accident prevention interventions that meet the needs of local children and families.
  • To provide support to mentees as JSNAs evolve strategically within local authorities.
  • To help HWBs meet local needs for preventative services.

This mentoring project is supported by the Department for Health as part of the Making the Link for Better Integrated Commissioning project.

Making the Link project capacity

The nature of our funding limits us to providing mentoring over a fixed time period to four local authority areas and three public health teams.

Each mentoring offer provides a fixed number of free days of support. We will agree with each site how these days will be used, so as to deliver maximum impact at local level.

Apply for the mentoring project

If you work for a local authority or a public health team please email us specifying whether you would like to apply for the local authority or public health mentoring project at:

Please note that there is no requirement for your organisation to be working on child accident prevention already, as we can tailor our approach to your needs. There is also no requirement for the approach to come from an injury prevention lead.

We appreciate that there are links between child accident prevention and many different teams and functions within local authorities and public health, including safeguarding, child death reviews, early years, integrated prevention services, community child health, health inequalities and health improvement.

More information

If you would like to have an informal discussion about either of the mentoring projects, please telephone Mike Hayes on : 020 7608 7364.

Updated March 2012