Partners and Sponsors
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), work is centred on two simple statements - our mission and vision.
Our mission is to save lives and reduce injuries. Our vision is to lead the way on accident prevention.
These statements provide the foundation on which our work is based - including our long-term goals and what we do on a day-to-day basis. We promote safety and the prevention of accidents at work, at leisure, on the road, in the home and through safety education, in which children's safety has always been a priority.
RoSPA is committed to preventing accidents, all the while seeking to strike the right balance between prescription and individual choice.
Weighing up a risk against the potential intervention to reduce it is one way of striking this balance, as is considering the effect of risk-taking on other people. A key RoSPA principle is that life, particularly our leisure time, should be as safe as necessary, not as safe as possible. This means that unless risks are intolerable, good accident prevention is about enabling them to be managed safely, rather than banning activities altogether. A quest for "absolute safety" in all areas of life is not feasible and would come at a cost to freedom.
At RoSPA, we aim to bring about change and help others, including our much-valued members, to prevent accidents by promoting key issues and providing services which are relevant. Our varied activities include campaigning, collecting data, carrying out research, developing policies, informing and educating, auditing and providing expert consultancy.
We are a registered charity and have been at the heart of accident prevention in the UK and around the world for more than 90 years. RoSPA has been a country member of the European Child Safety Alliance since its inception in 2000 and has actively participated in the European - level campaigns and initiatives.
The mission of the EU "Health and Consumer Protection" is to implement the responsibilities entrusted to it by the Treaty and derived legislation so as to ensure that a high level of human health and consumer protection is attained throughout the EU.
In accomplishing this task 'Health and Consumer Protection' will, within the priorities defined by the Commission, exercise its specific responsibilities in the areas for which it is responsible, i.e. Public Health; Food Safety; Veterinary and Phytosanitary Standards and Controls including Animal Welfare; Scientific Advice; and Consumer Protection. Achieving a high level of human health and consumer protection necessitates the active involvement of other participants. In this connection 'Health and Consumer Protection' will co-ordinate and co-operate closely with other services of the Commission, Member States, NGOs and all interested parties.
At the occasion of the launch of the European Child Safety Alliance in Brussels on November 20, 2001, Erik Hansson, Deputy Head of Unit in the Directorate General of the Directorate General Health and Consumer Protection of the European Commission made the following statement:
"All statistics indicate that children are among the most vulnerable groups in society. Therefore, the initiative of European Consumer Safety Association and their partners around Europe to create the European Child Safety Alliance is very much welcomed and we are pleased to have been able to provide a financial contribution to the Network. We are noting a growing political interest and activity at the European level on consumer safety issues, which have historically very much been dealt with on national level. The European Child Safety Alliance, gathering experts from all around Europe, is yet another important initiative to develop consumer safety in Europe in a more concrete way.
"We in the Commission are committed to do whatever is possible for us to improve the safety for the citizens. One important step was the adoption of the revised Directive on General Product Safety. This Directive will provide the very important improved legal framework based on which we will now be able to take more initiatives. Examples of such initiatives will be to develop an improved networking between Member States to ensure that products placed on the market are safe, to enhance the standards used to define the concrete safety aspects, make product safety information more publicly available and to improve the systems for injury data collection. Injury data are essential for identifying trends with regard to products involved in accidents. We will also in more detail study the needs to take initiatives in relation to safety and liability for services. The safety aspects are one of the main issues highlighted in the new Consumer Policy Strategy. But in the end, we as a Commission, can only contribute to a safer Europe. Additional activities are needed throughout Europe involving experts, consumers and business. The Child Safety Alliance is a good example of such an initiative."
Health and Consumer Protection, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium
Corresponding author: Erik Hansson, Directorate General Health and Consumer Protection
World health Organisation
The Regional Office's mission is to support Member States in: developing and sustaining their own health policies, health systems and public health programmes, working to prevent and overcome threats to health, anticipating future challenges, and advocating public health.
All our actions are based on the idea that health is a human right and on a set of shared values.
Regional Office programmes address such topics as country policies; systems and services; health intelligence; communicable and noncommunicable diseases; family and community health; investment in health; and health and environment. They are supported by publishing, administrative and financial services.
Equity means that everyone has a fair chance to attain his or her full health potential.
Solidarity means that everyone contributes to the health system according to his or her ability. The wealthy should support the poor; the healthy should support the sick.
For the individual, the right to health does not mean the right to be healthy. It is a claim to a set of social arrangements, norms and laws that can provide everyone with the opportunity to reach his or her full health potential. For a government, the right to health implies it has a responsibility to ensure that everyone under its jurisdiction can realize this right as fully as possible.
Participation in the health system by stakeholders, including individuals and organizations, improves the quality of public health decision-making. A broad partnership approach to health ensures that all national and international organizations combine their efforts to benefit people, particularly the poor.
As part of a global organization, the Regional Office works to implement internationally agreed policies and campaigns, such as the WHO anti-tobacco campaign and International Health Regulations or the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.
The Regional Office understands the need to adapt the global Goals to local health settings. With its country offices, expertise in health programmes and health systems, and extensive network of experts, the Regional Office is in a unique position to help countries integrate global policies into their specific situations.
UNICEF's goal is all rights for all children.
The Regional Office for Central and Eastern Europe, the Commonwealth of Independent States and the Baltics was created in 1994 and was initially based at UNICEF's New York headquarters. It was relocated to Geneva in 1996.
The Regional Office is a hub for information, guidance, coordination and expertise for UNICEF Country Offices across the region. It also supports these Offices in their efforts to mobilise much-needed resources.
The Regional Office advocates at regional level for investment in children and for child-centred social policies. It liaises with major intergovernmental bodies on region-wide children's issues, such as the European Union, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the Council of Europe. And it aims to develop regional partnerships for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.
The staff of the Regional Office include specialist advisers on child protection, communication, early childhood development, education, health, HIV, immunization, monitoring and evaluation, nutrition and social policy.