How to use this guide

This guide is divided into four sections to help injury stakeholders working in Member States to promote good practice in planning and implementing strategies to address child injury. Note that the terms child injury prevention and child safety are used interchangeably.

Guide Sections

What do we know about good practice approaches to preventing unintentional injuries in children?

This section introduces the concept of good practice and discusses general approaches for policy and programmes in the areas of child injury prevention and safety promotion.

Best investments/ good practices

This section provides a series of 'at-a-glance' tables that identify effective strategies (current good practice) in the following areas of child injury prevention and safety promotion:

  • Passenger safety
  • Pedestrian safety
  • Cyclist safety
  • Water safety
  • Fall prevention
  • Burn and scald prevention
  • Poisoning prevention
  • Choking/strangulation prevention
  • General home safety (strategies not already covered in topics above)
  • General community-based injury prevention (strategies not already covered in topics above)
  • Activities in the area of country leadership, infrastructure and capacity.

For each area, a table provides:

  1. A series of evidence statements describing current good practice;
  2. An indication of whether a case study for that particular strategy has been identified and included (see document symbol) and
  3. Suggestions for transferring and implementing the strategy. Each example of good practice is also colour coded to provide an indication of which of the 3 E's of injury prevention is the focus:
    • Engineering (modification of a product/environment)
    • Enforcement (policy/legislation and measures to ensure compliance), or
    • Education (education/behaviour change strategies).

When and how should we use good practice in planning injury prevention strategies?

This section provides information about where in the planning cycle information on good practice can be applied and about selecting and transferring good practice from one setting to another. The importance of advocating for, building and maintaining a culture of good practice is described and stressed.

Good practice case studies from Europe

This section provides a series of case studies illustrating implementation of select 'at-a-glance' strategies in the field of child injury prevention and safety promotion and lessons learned from application of strategies in Europe.