Child Safety

Accidents are a leading cause of death and serious injury every year for children and young people.  

Increase in number of accidents

Public Health Suffolk reports that Accident & Emergency attendance by children and young people increased between 2013-2017 

  • Children aged under two years represent nearly half  of children and young people emergency attendance.
  • The under 5 year old age group accounted for  most of  the respiratory conditions and falls. 
  • Head injury is the common cause across all age groups, followed by injuries and poisoning among 6-18 year olds.
  • There has been an increase in the number of children with asthma attending emergency departments.

 

 Trampoline accidents 

  • Children are attending A and E departments as a result of trampoline accidents. 
  •  Head and neck injuries are the most serious injuries associated with trampolines.
  • Trampolining isn't suitable for children under the age of six because they're not sufficiently physically developed to control their bouncing.
  •  Children should be supervised when using a trampoline.

Preventing unintentional injury of children in the home

 

More than half of unintentional injuries happen to children and young people in the home.

Public Health Suffolk has agreed a strategy to prevent unintentional injury in and around the home among children and young people aged 0-15 years.

 The Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) and Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) have information and advice on their websites about safety issues such as button batteries, strangulation, drowning and in-car safety.

Visit their websites for more information:

 Safeguarding Partnership Resource