Publications & Resources

ECSA resources are available on-line. Hard copy and permission enquiries may be directed to the secretariat (secretariat@childsafetyeurope.org) or by telephone at +44 121 248 2000. Below you can find all of the Alliance Publications and Resources. Child safety fact and tipsheets are listed by topic at the bottom of this page.

Alliance Publications


National Action to Address Child Intentional Injury report

National Action to Address Child Intentional Injury report

This report, published in 2014, covers child maltreatment, peer violence and self-directed violence in Europe. It includes short individual country profiles and recommendations for 28 EU Member States (BE and UK partially) as well as Iceland and Norway.

National Action to Address Child Intentional Injury report (1.5mb)


Child Product Safety Guide

Child Product Safety Guide

ECSA along with its country partners and 3 key sponsors, Underwriters Laboratories (UL), Kid Rapt Ltd., and the Consumer Safety Commission (CSC) in France collaborated on the Child Product Safety Guide: Potentially dangerous products. The Guide was written to increase knowledge as a step toward reducing child injuries related to products in regular use by children and their caregivers. It provides comprehensive information on 26 products that injury experts in Europe have identified as most frequently posing injury risks to children.

Child Product Safety Guide (En) (PDF 1.8mb)
Child Product Safety Guide (Es) (PDF 2.5mb)
Child Product Safety Guide (Fr) (PDF 2mb)


Report Card Summary for 31 Countries, 2012

Child Safety Report Card 2012: Europe Summary for 31 countries

This informative summary compares countries on the adoption, implementation and enforcement of over 100 evidence-based child injury prevention national level policies. The comparisons allow policy makers and other stakeholders at the national and international levels to identify gaps in policies including legislation and outline ways to move forward to encourage uptake evidenced strategies. The report also includes a comparison of progress made since the 2007 and 2009 Child Safety Report Cards and an introduction to the issue of inequalities as they relate to unintentional child injury.

Child Safety Report Card 2012: Europe Summary for 31 countries (PDF 9mb)


Report Cards 2012

Child Safety Country Report Cards and Profiles 2012

Available for 31 countries in Europe, these Report Cards score each country on the level of adoption, implementation and enforcement of over 100 evidence-based child injury prevention national level policies in the areas of road traffic accidents, drowning, falls, burns, poisonings, choking and strangulation and leadership, infrastructure and capacity to support child safety activities.

The country Profiles are a companion piece which provide child injury facts and rates for each country, plus detail further information on socio-demographic determinants and the availability of affordable child safety equipment.

Download the Child Safety Report Cards


Report Card 2009 Europe Summary 24

Child Safety Report Card 2009: Europe Summary for 24 countries

This informative summary compares Member states performances on the adoption, implementation and enforcement of over 100 evidence-based child injury prevention strategies and policies. The comparisons allow policy makers to identify gaps in national and EU legislation and outline ways to move forward to encourage uptake evidenced strategies. The report also includes a comparison of progress made since the first European summary report card of 2007.

Child Safety Report Card 2009: Europe Summary for 24 countries (PDF 6.6mb)


Child Safety Report Cards

Child Safety Country Report Cards and Profiles 2009

Available for 24 European countries, these Report Cards score each country on the level of adoption, implementation and enforcement of over 100 evidence-based child injury prevention strategies and policies in the areas of road traffic accidents, drowning, falls, burns, poisonings, choking and strangulation and leadership, infrastructure and capacity to support child safety activities.

The country Profiles are a companion piece which provide child injury facts and rates for each country, plus detail further information on socio-demographic determinants and the availability of affordable child safety equipment.

Download the Child Safety Report Cards.


Report Card 2009 Europe Summary 18

Child Safety Report Card 2007: Europe Summary for 18 countries

This summary from 2007 presents the results for the 18 countries that participated in the first phase of child safety action planning, and compares their performances on the adoption, implementation and enforcement of evidence-based child injury prevention strategies and policies.

Country level report cards and profiles are also available for the 2007 assessment.

Child Safety Report Card 2007: Europe Summary for 18 countries (PDF 5mb)


Action Planning for Child Safety

Action Planning for Child Safety: a strategic and coordinated approach to reducing the number one cause of death for children in Europe

This project summary for the Child Safety Action Plan initiative (CSAP) describes the process undertaken for the development of national child safety action plans in Europe. It highlights how the different phases of the project - assessment, strategic planning and action planning - fit together to support countries in their planning, and demonstrates the importance of a multi-sectoral and cross-cutting approach to injury prevention.

An overview and progress report on the strategic and coordinated approach to reducing child and adolescent injury in Europe, including a more detailed description of the process - a nine step process divided into three broad phases: assessment, strategic planning and action planning.

Action Planning for Child Safety (PDF 4mb).
Action Planning for Child Safety update (PDF 16.7mb).


Good Practice Guide

Child Safety Good Practice Guide: good investments in unintentional child injury prevention and safety promotion

The purpose of this guide is to enable Member States to examine strategy options for unintentional child injury prevention that are evidence-based and offer guidance on how such strategies can be transferred into action and policy. The guide is divided into four sections and includes at-a-glance tables of evidence-based strategies, as well as European case studies to help injury stakeholders working in Member States to promote good practice in planning and implementing strategies to address child injury.

Launched at the 1st European Conference for Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion the Guide provides guidance on what proven effective strategies are available to reduce injuries to children. The Guide builds on previous work by the Alliance and child safety researchers from around the globe and is a further step in supporting Member States in moving forward evidence-based good practice.

Read more about the Good Practice Guide.

Child Safety Good Practice Guide(PDF 3.4mb)
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)


Children and Youth Water Recreation

Protecting Children and Youths in Water Recreation: safety guidelines for service providers

Developed in collaboration with professional water recreation associations and injury prevention experts across Europe, these guidelines provide informative facts on injuries and hazards, and outline specific safety recommendations for 13 common water settings and sports in order to encourage safe water related activities for children ages 0- 18 years of age. They are especially tailored to recreation and tourism providers looking to improve services and user behaviour with proven effective strategies.

Protecting Children and Youths in Water Recreation (En)(PDF 1.9mb)
Protecting Children and Youths in Water Recreation (Es)(PDF 3.4mb)


Business Plan 2004-2009

European Child Safety Alliance Strategic Business Plan 2004 - 2009 / 2010 - 2015

The strategic business plan identifies the mandate, general operations and work focus for the European Child Safety Alliance in its goal of working to make life safer for children in Europe.

Business plan 2010 - 2015 (PDF 125kb)




Stockholm Manifesto

The Stockholm Manifesto: creating a safe environment for children in Europe

On September 21, 2004, 80 delegates from 18 countries in Europe participated in a workshop focused on safer environments for children in Europe. The culmination of this event was the drafting and discussion of the Stockholm Manifesto, a declaration of a call to action to reduce the leading cause of death for children in Europe - injury.

Stockholm Manifesto (En) (PDF 5.1mb)
Stockholm Manifesto (De) (PDF 138kb)
Stockholm Manifesto (Gr) (PDF210kb)
Stockholm Manifesto (It) (PDF 131kb)


Children as Agents of Change

Children as Agents of Change: how children have influenced health and environmental policy

This policy paper examines the ways in which children have historically acted as catalysts for change in policy and practice related to health and the environment. Including accounts of how child safety has led policy in diverse areas, it demonstrates how those changes ultimately opened the way for broader political impact that benefited not just children, but improved health, workplace and environmental policies for all ages.

The theme of this child policy paper is to examine the ways in which children have, in the past, acted as catalysts for changes in policy and practice related to health and the environment. In particular, have these changes ultimately benefited the wider community?

Children as Agents of Change (PDF 2.2mb)


Parents Perceptions of Child Safety

Parents Perceptions of Child Safety: A 14 Country Study

This report presents the findings of a quantitative survey of the perceptions of parents of young children regarding child safety from across Europe. The results indicate that while parents do take actions to keep their children safe, they are often unaware of or have misperceptions about the greatest hazards.

The findings include surprising results that illuminate issues with regard to the effect of social demographics and inequalities on injury in Europe.

Parents Perceptions of Child Safety (PDF 1mb)


Priorities for Child Safety in the European Union

Priorities for Child Safety in the European Union: agenda for action

The 2nd edition of the European Child Safety Alliance White Book presents an overview of child injury issues within the European Union, including the size of the problem, opportunities for improvement, environmental trends and policies affecting child injury. It provides an overview of current structures and standards in place, as well as outlines the infrastructure, processes and support policy makers should support to reduce injuries.

The 2nd edition of the European Child Safety Alliance White Book, "Priorities for Child Safety in the European Union: Agenda for Action" was launched on June 9, 2004 at the 7th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion.

This white book presents an overview of the child injury issue within the European Union, including the size of the problem, opportunities for improvement, environmental trends and policies affecting child injury.

Priorities for Child Safety in the European Union (En) (PDF 621kb)
Priorities for Child Safety in the European Union (Es) (PDF 2.95mb)


Child Safety Regulations and Standards in Europe

A Guide to Child Safety Regulations and Standards in Europe

This guide examines the role of regulation in child injury prevention in an expanding Europe. The different aspects of the regulatory process are presented and a one of a kind comprehensive listing of current safety standards and regulations related to a broad range of injury topics including is presented.

Guide to Child Safety Regulations and Standards in Europe (PDF 1.1mb)