Child safety report cards & profiles

Child Safety Report Cards

Child Safety Report Cards are overviews that summarise countries' levels of safety for their youngest and most vulnerable citizens. The report cards assess a country's adoption, implementation and as appropriate enforcement of evidenced good practice policies that support child and adolescent safety. The report cards are further supported by statistical Child Safety Profiles that presents a country's injury mortality rates and selected social determinants. Together the report cards and profiles provide a way of identifying strengths and weaknesses, as well as a means of monitoring and benchmarking progress on child safety issues.

The Child Safety Report Cards include assessment of policies in nine injury areas:

  • Passenger/driver safety
  • Motor scooter and moped safety
  • Pedestrian safety
  • Cycling safety
  • Water safety/drowning prevention
  • Fall prevention
  • Burn prevention
  • Poisoning prevention
  • Choking/strangulation prevention

Leadership, infrastructure and capacity strategies to support child injury prevention are also examined.

The third round of child safety report cards and profiles being completed as part of the TACTICS project in 2012 has been expanded to include assessments of additional areas of import areas: youth injury, inequities affecting childhood injury, and intentional injury policies. The 2012 Child Safety Report Cards, statistical profiles and the European summary report can be found HERE.

The child safety report cards provide countries with an informed starting place for child safety action planning by identifying where they are at by examining 'action indicators: evidence-based policy actions taken at a national level to support injury prevention in each of the areas included. Child Safety Report Cards and Profiles and a summary report card for Europe were completed for 18 countries in 2007 and 26 countries in 2009. More than 30 countries (including all 27 EU Member States) completed assessments in 2011 for Child Safety Report Cards released in 2012.

The participating countries1 are:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Wales.

1. Including England, Scotland and Wales as constituent countries of the United Kingdom