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.
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.
Rob Benington – Injury Prevention Manager, NHS Bristol
Rob is the Injury Prevention Manager for NHS Bristol, and he is also the co-ordinator for Avonsafe – a safety partnership which has been running for 15 years.
Avonsafe is a partnership that encourages organisations to work together to help reduce accidental injury. It covers the old Avon area, with local groups co-ordinated by local injury prevention specialists.
Rob’s role, funded by the primary care trusts, is to: