Child Safety Good Practice Guide
Child Safety Good Practice Guide Executive Summary (En)(PDF 579kb)
Child Safety Good Practice Guide Executive Summary (Es)(PDF 150kb)
Child Safety Good Practice Guide Executive Summary (Wales)(PDF 681kb)
Child Safety Good Practice Guide Addendum (2010) (PDF 6.38mb)
Child Safety Good Practice Guide hardcopy order form (PDF Form 100kb)
Introduction: What is good practice
The need for knowledge of what works is growing every day among those working to reduce the burden of unintentional injuries amongst Europe's children. Recent developments calling for Member States to develop national action plans to prevent injury have increased the demand to deliver effective interventions at the national and local level. Good use of evidence is central to achieving this and knowing "what works" is at the heart of developing good policy and programmes.
How to use this Guide
This guide is divided into four sections to help injury stakeholders working in Member States to promote good practice in planning and implementing strategies to address child injury. Note that the terms child injury prevention and child safety are used interchangeably.
What do we know about good practice approaches to preventing unintentional injuries in children?
Prior to examining the actual good practice approaches to preventing unintentional injuries in children, it is important to note that preventing injury in this age group is unique for a number of reasons. To plan and implement truly effective strategies, it is essential to take these factors into account when selecting and transferring good practice.
Why should we focus on evidence-based good practice?
Transfer of knowledge can happen with both effective and ineffective practices and numerous ineffective strategies continue to be practised across Europe despite evidence that they are not the best use of resources. For example, bicycle skills fairs or "rodeos" as an educational strategy to address bicycle-related injuries have not been shown to be effective and as a solitary strategy are not considered good practice. Despite this evidence, the activity continues to be offered, often as a stand-alone intervention.
The Good Practices information and case studies are available below in pdf format. You can also search for this information (with the exception of the case studies) by using the search form in the Effective Measures in Injury Prevention section of the website. This database including the search functionality will be further developed in due course.
|Case Study Downloads (PDFs 300kb-4mb)|
|Safe road to school in Faro, Portugal||Drowning prevention, Iceland|
|Buckle up: A Multifaceted National Intervention for Child Passenger Safety, Israel||Drowning prevention campaign, Greece|
|Car safety seat loan program, Austria||Child safety box, Austria|
|Car safety in cars - Travelling information Center, Portugal||Child resistant packaging for chemicals, Netherlands|
|Kerbcraft, Scotland||Fife cares Child Safety Scheme, Scotland|
|Take your 20s to heart, Scotland||Paediatrician injury prevention, Austria|
|Road safety strategy, France||TIP TIPAT BETICHUT - The Injury Prevention Program in Well-baby Clinics, Israel|
|Bicycle helmet initiative trust, United Kingdom||Riskwatch, Scotland|
|Bicycle helmet campaign, Denmark||Lifeskills - Learning for you, United Kingdom|
|Pool safety, France||All Wales Injury Surveillance System, Wales|