2009 Child Safety Report Cards to be launched

02/04/2009

Launch Child Safety Report Cards 2009

On May 6, 2009 the European Child Safety Alliance of EuroSafe will launch Child Safety Report Cards for more than 20 European countries at the European Parliament in Strasbourg with the support of MEP Arlene McCarthy Chair of the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee, European Commissioner for Consumers Meglena Kuneva and European Commissioner for Health Androulla Vassiliou.

Simultaneous launches are being prepared in participating countries. National Child Safety Report Cards and Country Profiles will be available for Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Portugal, Scotland, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Wales.

The 2009 Report Cards and Profiles describe:

  1. How well a country is doing to make it safe for children
  2. What priority issues need to be addressed, and
  3. which good practices should be adopted to prevent accidental injuries and to save more children's lives.

The Report Cards assess the extent of safety measures provided to children and adolescents by examining and grading the adoption, implementation and enforcement of national level evidence-based policies. A 24-country summary report card provides a multi-country overview to facilitate European-level planning to support national level efforts.

The 12 policy topics within the report cards comprise:

Nine areas of safety relevant to children and adolescents:

  • Passenger safety,
  • Motor scooter and moped safety,
  • Pedestrian safety and
  • Cycling safety,
  • Water safety/drowning prevention,
  • Fall prevention,
  • Burn prevention,
  • Poisoning prevention,
  • Choking/strangulation prevention.

Plus three areas of strategy to support child safety efforts:

  • Leadership,
  • Infrastructure and
  • Capacity.

The launch of the 2009 report card results on May 6 will communicate the country performance grades, evidenced safety measures in place, good practice gaps to be explored for improvement, and progress made by the 14 countries where the 2009 report card is their second report card (their first being released in November 2007). Participating countries are using their report card assessments as part of developing and/or implementing child safety action plans within the Child Safety Action Plan (CSAP) initiative of the European Child Safety Alliance.

CSAP is being conducted through funding and partnership with the European Commission, Health & Environment Alliance (HEAL), UNICEF, World Health Organization (WHO) and the national partner organisations.

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