Mapping responsibility for child safety

Child injury prevention is not only the responsibility of the health sector. Because the solutions often lie outside of the purview of health, prevention of child injury requires the development and implementation of effective strategies and policies in and between other sectors, such as:

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  • Education
  • Transport
  • Justice
  • Social services
  • Environment
  • Tourism, sport and leisure

Effective prevention also requires working at various levels within a country (e.g., locally, regionally and nationally) and at times international collaboration between countries.

Organigraphs

One part of the TACTICS project is to explore and report on mandated responsibility for child safety by visually mapping the planning, implementation and monitoring of interventions using a specially developed tool based on organigraphs. The intentions behind this aspect of the project are:

  • To provide a useful tool for decision makers in understanding the multi-sectoral nature of injury prevention in their country/region
  • To guide action at the national and sub-national levels in terms of 'actors' that should be engaged to ensure effective action and enhanced use of limited resources.
  • To support the EC's priority for child health in the context of Health in all Policies

The TACTICS partners participate in the Organigraphs project to varying degrees:

  • The 6 Regional Partners, Germany, Spain, Finland, Hungary, Sweden and The Czech Republic, draw 4 organigraphs, one for each area of child injury, depicting the mandated responsibility and participation of partner organisations, stakeholders and other actors within a chosen intervention for all four levels of governance; local, regional, national and European.
  • Country partners draw one organigraph of an intervention from an area of child injury of their choice, many chose to use their case study.
  • The European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) draw four organigraphs depicting the mandated responsibility for each of the four areas of child safety at the European level.

The Organigraph methodology was developed and piloted over the first half of 2012. After the pilot the regional partners of the TACTICS project completed one of their 4 organigraphs and the results were presented to the rest of the country partners in Copenhagen in May 2012. Over the rest of 2012 the regional, national and EU partners submitted their organigraphs and analysis, conducted by the University of Maastricht, is taking place over the first half of 2013.