Accidents are a leading cause of death and serious injury every year for children and young people.
A&E attendance in Suffolk
A recent Public Health Suffolk report concluded that A&E attendance by CYP increased between 2013 - 2017, mirroring the national picture.
- Children aged under two years represent nearly half (48%) of CYP emergency attendance.
- Respiratory conditions and falls are most prominent for those under 5.
- Head injury is the common cause across all age groups, followed by injuries and poisoning among 6-18 year olds.
- Asthma is a long term condition which is causing some increased attendance at A&E.
- Trampoline accidents have become a huge issue for A&E departments across the country and our local A&E doctors raised their concern.
- Trampolining injuries can occur to all parts of the body, including the neck, arms, legs face and head. 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.
- Trampolines should not be used except when there is adequately trained supervision for the recreational activity.
Preventing unintentional injury of children in the home
Unintentional injury is a leading cause of preventable death and ill health among children and young people in the UK. Around half of all unintentional injuries to children aged under 15 happen in the home.
The economic cost of accidents is huge to an individual, families, communities and the entire Suffolk system. Many of these unintentional accidents are avoidable, thus prevention is important.
In view to minimise inequalities and create safer environments for children, 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) both have lots of information, advice and resources on their websites around important and current safety issues such as button batteries, strangulation, drowning and in-car safety (car seats).
Please visit their websites for more information:
Safeguarding Partnership Resource