Strategic child injury action advances

02/01/2007

The European Child Safety Alliance partners participating in the Child Safety Action Plan project met for the last time in Brussels at the end of November to discuss progress toward their national plans.

The meeting, made possible through the Commission's agreement to put remaining travel funds to be put toward a third meeting, allowed partners to share challenges, raise questions and exchanges experiences. Twelve of the 18 countries attended the one-day meeting held as part of the Alliance fall Steering Group meeting. Of the countries in attendance:

  • Four have completed drafting their action plans:

Hungary has chosen to embed their child safety action plan within two existing strategies, one on child health and one on public health and aspects of implementation are now underway in the areas of surveillance, training and health promotion.

  • The Czech Republic, Germany and Scotland are all working on government endorsement of their drafted plans
  • Five are still drafting their action plans
    • Austria, Belgium, Italy, Portugal and Sweden
  • Three are still working to engage government and/or national partners in a planning process

This applies to Greece, Norway and the Netherlands although both the Netherlands and Norway have pre-existing injury prevention strategies from which action plans in the area of child injury will be drawn from to provide a national approach for children's safety.

With six months to go in the project country partners continue to work hard to advance strategic child injury action in their countries despite ongoing challenges such as government elections, lack of government commitment and conducting a planning process within the time confines of the Commission's funding. Yet child injury practitioners and researchers stay dedicated to the tasks and are making headway for joint child injury action in their countries.

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