ECSA's Good Practice Guide Going Global


New website

They say imitation is the highest form of flattery. So the European Child Safety Alliance was honored when Safe Kids Canada approached the Alliance to ask for permission and assistance to produce a Canadian version of the European Child Safety AllianceĀ“s well-regarded 2006 European Child Safety Good Practice Guide (PDF 3.5mb).

Safe Kids Canada has now launched the Canadian Edition of the Child Safety Good Practice Guide providing the first seminal, comprehensive resource in Canada from which decision-makers, practitioners and legislators can base their work and recommendations. The Canadian Edition is based directly on the European Child Safety Good Practice Guide, which was first developed and launched by the Alliance in 2006.

Like the original, the Canadian edition is designed to enable injury prevention practitioners to examine evidence-based strategy options for unintentional child injury, to move away from what has 'always been done' and move toward good investments: namely, strategies that have the greatest probability and history of success. In addition to an update of evidence from the original 2006 Guide, the content has been adapted to fit with Canadian models of injury prevention and includes 17 case studies that illustrate implementation strategies and "lessons learned."

"Canada has needed a resource that set out good practices for child injury prevention," says Pamela Fuselli, executive director of Safe Kids Canada. "By working collaboratively with the European Child Safety Alliance, we've been able to leverage the excellent work already accomplished and combine that to create a resource for the Canadian context. This project potentially sets the stage for an international foundation that other countries can utilize to increase evidence-based injury prevention interventions."

ICSAIP President Jean Simpson said of the Good Practice Guide, "ISCAIP is very supportive of efforts to translate evidence-based-practice across countries. Injury prevention evidence needs to be customized to the circumstances of particular countries and be relevant to local efforts. The work undertaken to tailor the European guide to the Canadian context is an important achievement. We hope that other countries, seeing the value of doing so, will follow suit."

An addendum to the European Edition, based on the update of evidence the Alliance conducted during the production of the Canadian Edition, will be available on the Alliance website in the coming months.

European Child Safety Good Practice Guide (PDF 3.5mb)

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