Unintentional injuries in and around the home are a leading cause of preventable death for children under five years and are a major cause of ill health and serious disability. Analysis of the most recently available five years of data in England, shows that each year approximately 60 children and young people died, 450,000 attended accident and emergency (A&E) and 40,000 were admitted to hospital as an emergency. Public Health England 2014.
NICE uses the term ‘unintentional injuries’ rather than ‘accidents’, since ‘most injuries and their precipitating events are predictable and preventable. The term ‘accident’ implies an unpredictable and therefore, unavoidable event.
Resources and information
Public Health provides resources and information to help prevent unintentional injuries. For further information. please contact Shaun Cheeseman: firstname.lastname@example.org; tel: 01275 886 161 or Hayley Burton: email@example.com; tel: 01275 888 202.
Injury Prevention Briefing: Preventing unintentional injuries to the under 5s: a guide for practitioners'
Lifeskills: Lifeskills provides safety education and training to Year 6 children and those with learning difficulties, as well as groups of parents. Information can be found at http://lifeskills-bristol.org.uk/
Further information relating to specific causes of injury can be found on the Child Accident Prevention Trust website.
Public Health England – Reducing unintentional injuries in and around the home among children under five years
This document sets out three action areas for local authorities and their partners that will reduce the numbers of children injured and killed. It also describes four steps local partnerships can take to build robust injury prevention strategies.
NICE – Unintentional injuries: prevention strategies for under 15s
This guidance is for commissioners and providers of health services, local authority children’s services, local authorities and their strategic partnerships, local highway authorities, local safeguarding children boards, police, fire and rescue services, policy makers, professional bodies, providers of play and leisure facilities, and schools. It is also for other public, private, voluntary and community organisations and services which have a direct or indirect role in preventing unintentional injuries among under-15s.
NICE – Unintentional injuries in the home: interventions for under 15s
This guidance is for commissioners and providers of health services, environmental health services, housing services and associations, local authority children’s services, local authority health and wellbeing boards, local authorities and their strategic partnerships, local safeguarding children boards, police, fire and rescue services, Sure Start and children’s centres. It is also for practitioners who visit families and carers with children and young people aged under 15 (including GPs, midwives, social workers and health visitors). https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ph30
NICE – Unintentional injuries on the road: interventions for under 15s
This guidance is for local highway authorities, local strategic partnerships, directors of public health, health professionals who have a responsibility for preventing or treating unintentional injuries affecting children and young people aged under 15, and school travel planners. It may also be of interest to road users, children, young people, their parents and carers and other members of the public. https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ph31