Child Safety Good Practice Guide

Good practice guide


Child Safety Good Practice Guide (En) (PDF 3.4mb)
Child Safety Good Practice Guide (Es) (PDF 6.9mb)
Child Safety Good Practice Guide (Il) (PDF 7mb)

Child Safety Good Practice Guide Executive Summary (En)(PDF 579kb)
Child Safety Good Practice Guide Executive Summary (Es)(PDF 150kb)
Child Safety Good Practice Guide Executive Summary (Wales)(PDF 681kb)

Child Safety Good Practice Guide Addendum (2010) (PDF 6.38mb)
Child Safety Good Practice Guide hardcopy order form (PDF Form 100kb)

Introduction: What is good practice

The need for knowledge of what works is growing every day among those working to reduce the burden of unintentional injuries amongst Europe's children. Recent developments calling for Member States to develop national action plans to prevent injury have increased the demand to deliver effective interventions at the national and local level. Good use of evidence is central to achieving this and knowing "what works" is at the heart of developing good policy and programmes.

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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.

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

Prior to examining the actual good practice approaches to preventing unintentional injuries in children, it is important to note that preventing injury in this age group is unique for a number of reasons. To plan and implement truly effective strategies, it is essential to take these factors into account when selecting and transferring good practice.

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Why should we focus on evidence-based good practice?

Transfer of knowledge can happen with both effective and ineffective practices and numerous ineffective strategies continue to be practised across Europe despite evidence that they are not the best use of resources. For example, bicycle skills fairs or "rodeos" as an educational strategy to address bicycle-related injuries have not been shown to be effective and as a solitary strategy are not considered good practice. Despite this evidence, the activity continues to be offered, often as a stand-alone intervention.

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Good practices

The Good Practices information and case studies are available below in pdf format. You can also search for this information (with the exception of the case studies) by using the search form in the Effective Measures in Injury Prevention section of the website. This database including the search functionality will be further developed in due course.

Good Practice Guide Downloads (PDFs 50-100kb)
Child passenger safety Child home safety Poisoning prevention in children
Child pedestrian safety Country leadership and infrastructure Choking prevention
Child cyclist safety Fall prevention in children Comminity-based prevention
Child water safety Burn and scald prevention in children  


Case Study Downloads (PDFs 300kb-4mb)
Safe road to school in Faro, Portugal Drowning prevention, Iceland
Buckle up: A Multifaceted National Intervention for Child Passenger Safety, Israel Drowning prevention campaign, Greece
Car safety seat loan program, Austria Child safety box, Austria
Car safety in cars - Travelling information Center, Portugal Child resistant packaging for chemicals, Netherlands
Kerbcraft, Scotland Fife cares Child Safety Scheme, Scotland
Take your 20s to heart, Scotland Paediatrician injury prevention, Austria
Road safety strategy, France TIP TIPAT BETICHUT - The Injury Prevention Program in Well-baby Clinics, Israel
Bicycle helmet initiative trust, United Kingdom Riskwatch, Scotland
Bicycle helmet campaign, Denmark Lifeskills - Learning for you, United Kingdom
Pool safety, France All Wales Injury Surveillance System, Wales