Child Safety Report Cards
Joanne Vincenten, MEP Malcolm Harbour and European Commissioner Dalli
Child injury is a leading cause of death for children in Europe and the #1 leading cause for children and adolescents 5-19 years of age. Deaths are the ‘tip of the injury burden iceberg’ with many more children suffering enormous long-term consequences in terms of physical disability and psychological effects, which in turn represents a large cost to society. The child safety report cards are a tool that was specifically designed to bring attention to this deadly and debilitating threat.
The 2012 Child Safety Report Cards, developed as part of the Tools to Address Childhood Trauma, Injury and Children’s Safety (TACTICS) project, are overviews that summarise countries' levels of safety provided to their youngest and most vulnerable citizens through national policy addressing unintentional injury in nine unintentional injury areas (passenger/driver safety, motor scooter and moped safety, pedestrian safety, cycling safety, water safety/drowning prevention, fall prevention, burn prevention, poisoning prevention, choking/strangulation prevention) and leadership, infrastructure and capacity strategies to support child injury prevention efforts up to July 2011.
Child safety report cards were devised to allow:
- A comparative assessment of the burden of unintentional child injury
- A comparative assessment of the adoption, implementation and enforcement of national level policy measures that are known to work
- A within country review of strengths, weaknesses and gaps; thereby providing guidance on where to focus action
- A benchmarking exercise both within countries over time and across countries, which can serve to inspire and motivate further progress
- An important mechanism to identify, share, utilise and adapt the experience gained from across Europe
- A first insight into the links between effective policies and health outcomes.
Child safety report cards, accompanying profiles and a summary report card for Europe were first issued in 2007 for 18 countries and in 2009 for 26 countries.
The 2012 report cards represent first time report cards for four of the 31 countries and updates for the remaining 27. The Child Safety Report Card 2012: Europe Summary for 31 countries provides an overview and summary of the report card results of all 31 countries that participated in the child safety report cards in 2012.
A 31-country summary of performance with respect to the level of safety provided to children and adolescents based on over 100 proven effective prevention national level strategies and policies.
Country Report Cards and Profiles
Report cards summarise a country's performance with respect to the level of safety provided to children and adolescents based on over 100 proven effective national level strategies and policies addressing unintentional injury.
Profiles provide child injury facts and rates for each country by specific injury area, plus information on socio-demographic determinants and availability of affordable child safety equipment.
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