The cost of road accidents

14 October 2010
The NHS spends an estimated £131 million per year on emergency hospital admissions because of childhood accidents. Just a small amount of money invested in injury prevention can save many times that amount further down the line. To help you make the case for child accident prevention in your area, we’re providing estimates for the costs of different accidents. This article deals with the...

ACEVO: third sector is key to improving public health

14 October 2010
A report by the ACEVO Commission on Public Health urges the government to start thinking about charities in a ‘genuinely collaborative’ way. ACEVO (The Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations) has released a report in response to the ongoing NHS consultation. The report aims to highlight the valuable role that voluntary sector organisations can play in reforming public health.

British Red Cross launch first aid campaign for young people

14 October 2010
After a survey revealing a large number of young people don’t know what to do in a first aid emergency, the British Red Cross is launching a campaign to improve young people’s life-saving skills. Would you know what to do if a friend was injured? A worrying number of 11-16 year olds wouldn’t, according to a survey by the British Red Cross. The survey revealed that 89 per cent of 11-16 year olds...

How dangerous are silent cars?

14 October 2010
A paper released by a European standardisation body raises questions about the safety of silent cars. ANEC, the European consumer voice in standardisation, has written a position paper raising concerns about hybrid and electrical cars. They say the lack of engine noise means that although the cars are better for the environment, they could be more dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists.

Road casualties continue to fall

14 October 2010
Statistics published by the Department for Transport (DfT) in September show that road casualties are continuing to fall. The total number of road casualties fell by 4% from 2008 to 2009, according to the DfT. Total road fatalities fell by a staggering 12%. ‘Reported Road Casualties Great Britain 2009: Annual Report’ provides detailed analysis of road casualties based on data taken from the...

Achieving Equity and Excellence for Children

14 October 2010
How can health services be improved for children and young people? In September the government set out a new vision for the health of children and young people: Achieving Equity and Excellence for Children.

Kennedy review: the NHS could do more for children

17 September 2010
Professor Sir Ian Kennedy has released his review of provision for children and young people in the NHS. He concludes that there is more work to be done to ensure that they are given the care they need. Professor Sir Ian Kennedy began his review of NHS children’s services in October 2009. At the time there was concern about safeguarding, and Kennedy’s review examines how the NHS could contribute...

CLG announces 10% of social housing is ‘non-decent’

16 September 2010
Statistics released by Communities and Local Government (CLG) at the end of August show that over 10% of social housing does not meet decent standards. Although down on last year’s figure of 14.5%, the numbers show that one in ten families in social housing have homes that do not meet the standards. For local authority owned properties, the figure is 16.2%. The ‘decent home’ standards state that...

Safety 2010 world conference

16 September 2010
The 21st September marks the start of the Safety 2010 World Conference. If you want to hear about the latest news and discussion in safety you’ve still got time to book a place. Conference programme The Safety 2010 World Conference brings together stakeholders in accident and injury prevention from all over the world. The theme of this year’s conference is “Safe and equitable communities.” The...

Which? report highlights pros and cons of socket covers

16 September 2010
Independent consumer guide Which? has published a guide for parents on the pros and cons of socket covers. Which? independently tests a range of safety and nursery products, including car seats, stair gates, and pushchairs. Their advice on socket covers is broadly the same as CAPT’s – socket covers are unnecessary. Below we give you a run-down of their main points.