England: Dept. of Health adds injury as key responsibility of local authorities

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The Department of Health of England has published a progress report and way forward on Healthy Lives, Healthy People – the new approach to public health. It confirms that accidental injury prevention will be included within the new role and responsibilities of local authorities as they plan and deliver activity to improve public health. The Healthy Child Programme will also be an important part of the work to improve outcomes and support families.

This update report, published on 14 July 2011, sets out progress that has been made in the development of the public health strategy, highlighting where further work is needed, and giving a timeline for implementation.

The report makes it clear that there is much that can be done now to build local relationships and develop local approaches. Confirmation on the final shape of the Public Health Outcomes Framework will follow later. The draft framework includes indicators for hospital admissions caused by unintentional and deliberate injuries for the 1–5 and 5–18 age groups.

The Child Accident Prevention Turst (CAPT) has created a local networking resourceto support the development of local partnerships for child injury prevention. This national version of Advocating Child Safety has been funded by the Department of Health and follows the successful piloting of the resource concept in the West Midlands. Advocating Child Safety will be of practical help to all those who commission key services and contribute to and influence the safety, health and wellbeing of children and young people in their community.

Download the report on the Department of Health website.

For further information on Advocating Child Safety, visit the Child Accident Prevention Trust's project website

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