Israel's National Child Safety Action Plan
In February 2012 the Government of Israel passed a Resolution to plan a perennial program to promote the National Child Safety Action Plan (CSAP) in Israel. The program is based on the working model developed by the European Child Safety Alliance which is supporting a similar initiative in other European countries.
The planning phase was accompanied by an inter-ministerial committee; the conclusion of this stage was celebrated in a special celebratory meeting on March 19, 2014 in Jerusalem. The meeting was attended by the Director General of the Ministry of Health, Prof. Roni Gamzu; Head Medical Administration and Chairman of the Inter-ministerial committee, Prof. Arnon Afek; Chairman of the National Committee for Home and Leisure Safety, Prof. Yizhak Berlovits; representatives from 16 ministries and national agencies; the Founder and Scientific Director of the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Prof. Flaura Winston; CEO of Beterem – Safe Kids Israel, Orly Silbinger as well as additional members of the organization that provided professional support to the government during the planning process.
The Director General of the Ministry of Health stated: "The phase of planning and initiation of the program are the fruit of the cooperation and collaboration of all of the agencies here today. The program will be submitted to the parliament in an era in which children are injured and die from these injuries each day. It is possible to reduce child injury, in particular injuries among children from low socio-economic backgrounds and from diverse ethnic groups."
CEO of Beterem indicated: "Implementation of the program will enable Israel to reduce the number of children injured annually similar to other countries who have implemented National Child Safety Action Plans. The goal of the national plan is to develop an appropriate infrastructure in each of the government ministries and agencies in order to reduce the number of children injured each day and each hour."
The planning process according to the ECSA working model included three phases: mapping the area of child safety in the government, developing a strategic outline, and design of the CSAP working plan. In turn, the CSAP working plan, includes three levels of action (1) Coordinating Ministry responsible for supervising the implementation and evaluation of the Plan (2) Inter-Ministerial Collaboration regarding cross-cutting issues that demand systematic treatment such as establishing a national pediatric injury and safety surveillance including data collected in the various agencies (3) Individual Ministries that have developed action plans for areas that fall under their jurisdictions.
The CSAP will be presented to the Israeli Government for approval in the upcoming months; in so doing Israel will join 30 countries in Europe, as well as the U.S., Australia and New Zealand in initiating a national plan for child safety.
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