Public Health England (PHE) has signalled that child accident prevention is one of its priorities by launching two new resources for local authorities on the first day of Child Safety Week. The resources focus on preventing accidents to children and young people in the home and on the road.
There are still significant numbers of deaths and emergency hospital admissions from preventable causes. On average each year between 2008-2012, 822 children and young people under 25 died and there were more than 136,000 emergency admissions to hospital.
On 28 February the British Standards Institution (BSI) published new standards for the sale and installation of blind cords making it illegal to sell or professionally install a window blind that does not meet the standards. The new standards also cover the safety devices that can be fitted to existing blinds with cords and chains.
The new early years profile from Public Health England/NHS England and ChiMat includes several references to accident prevention. Giving parents advice regarding the safe use of blinds and reducing the risk from blind cords are specifically mentioned in the infant mortality section of the guide (page 18).
CAPT is currently working closely with Public Health England (PHE) on the content of a briefing to local authorities on reducing unintentional injuries for the under fives.
This work is one of the strands of PHE’s Violence and Unintentional Programme. RoSPA are also part of the project – focusing on unintentional injuries on the roads for children and young people under the age of 25.