WHO and UNICEF to launch Child Injury Reports


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A great deal of researching and writing has been taking place over the past year to prepare the texts for a number of landmark child injury prevention and safety promotion documents. A global report addressing child injury lead as well as a European Report will be launched on 10 December 2008 to bring political attention to the critical issue of child injury. In addition to these technical reports UNICEF will also launch a child friendly version of the World Report on Child Injury and prevention at the same time. This has been prepared for children aged 6 to 10 years to directly communicate issues they need to be aware of and actions they can take to keep themselves and others safe. The Alliance has taken an active role in the preparation of all these reports.

Have Fun, Be Safe

Child friendly report

In addition to the full and summary versions of the World report on child injury prevention, UNICEF and WHO have produced a child-friendly version which aims to inform children, aged 7 - 11 years, about various types of injuries and how these may be prevented. Using a mixture of facts, puzzles, games and other visual material, this document is freely downloadable. The Child Safety Alliance was pleased to be part of the development team for this new and creative resource.

CSAP update

The Child Safety Action Plan (CSAP) project, led by the European Child Safety Alliance, continues to roll along. Although the Secretariat is still working to finalise partners in a few countries, confirmed country partners have been busy working on engaging government and national partners and collecting data for the two assessments that make up part of their situational analysis as part of national plan development. Over the summer and into the fall CSAP Country Coordinators have been completing revised versions of the Leadership, Infrastructure and Capacity Assessment and the National Policy Assessment. The assessments require that country partners contact government and non-government organisations to obtain accurate information on current investment and policy in the area of child safety. For the new CSAP countries the information gathered will assist in identifying gaps in current policy and possible areas for plan focus. For the continuing countries the data collection will allow an early look at progress since phase I of the initiative. The information from the assessments from all countries will be used in national Child Safety Report Cards and Profiles and a European Report Card which will be released some time in the first half of 2009.

In addition to the assessments country partners have also continued to work to increase awareness of the injury issue and the Child Safety Action Plan initiative in their respective countries. Prior to the September WHO Regional Committee meeting in Georgia many were contacting government representatives to ensure that CSAP was included in the report back on the WHO resolution on Injury Prevention. The next steps for country partners will be outlined at a two day capacity building workshop to be held in Malta in December. The CSAP Country Coordinators and the CSAP Expert Group will meet there with the CSAP Secretariat to learn about the strategic and action planning stages of plan development, update on progress and exchange and discuss challenges and solutions.

Finally, a revised brochure for the initiative is now available at www.childsafetyeurope.org

The brochure provides information on the background, purpose, project partners and deliverables. In addition to the English version several countries are working on translating the brochure to make it more useful in their national activities. Once completed the translated versions will also be included on the Alliance website.

Toy Safety

The European Child Safety Alliance continues with its home safety campaign this fall with support for ANEC and BEUC's call for enhanced safety measures for children's toys.

On June 20, 2008, the European Child Safety Alliance sent a letter to the Members of the Internal Market Committee of the European Parliament requesting support for amendments to the Toy Safety Directive. The letter of the European Child Safety Alliance focused on the need for the following actions to be included into the revision of the directive:

  • Introduction of the precautionary principle
  • Introduction of a comitology procedure
  • More stringent and clear requirements on chemical properties
  • An obligatory EC type examination for certain types of toys
  • Specific requirements for warnings
  • Requirements for toys in food

The letter was supported by 14 Member States and over the summer countries approached relative MEPs to put amendments in favour of child safety forward by the deadline of September 9, 2008. The Alliance also participated in an independent study on third-party testing of toys for the European Parliament in mid-August. Results of the amendments to the toy directive will be available later this fall.

Tap water scalds

Continued home safety efforts are underway for the Alliance to have a position statement agreed upon to lower hot water temperatures to reduce children's scalds. A common position was reached at the June European Child Safety Alliance meeting. Final editing of the statement is underway and will be published in October on the Alliance website. Member States will use this position statement to support their efforts to reduce tap water temperatures in their countries when the opportunity to raise the issue is available.

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