Child Safety Update: 2009 Child Safety Report Cards to be launched


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 the European Commission, MEP Arlene McCarthy Chair of the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee, and European Commissioner for Consumers Meglena Kuneva.

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. The 24-country summary report card provides a multi-country overview to facilitate European-level planning to support national level efforts.

The 12 policy topics comprise:

Nine areas of safety relevant to children and adolescents

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

Plus three areas of strategy to support child safety efforts

  • Leadership;
  • Infrastructure and
  • Capacity.

The Report Cards are designed to provide not only a baseline against which to assess progress but also a tool for identifying current policy gaps and suggesting priorities for action. For 14 of the 24 countries the 2009 report cards represent a check for progress against the original report cards released in 2007.

The aim of the launch is to communicate the country report card findings to influential policy makers and stakeholders at both the EU and national levels so that they can galvanise action. All participating countries are in the process of developing and/or implementing child safety action plans as part of 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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