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Does cycle helmet legislation prevent cycling?

16 September 2010
After last month’s discussion on cycle helmets, we’ve been looking into whether cycle helmet legislation can put people off cycling. We know that a cyclist wearing a helmet is less likely to be killed or seriously injured in an accident than one without a helmet, but that is not to say that all cyclists should be forced to wear them. The most common arguments against cycle helmet legislation are:

Ofsted to issue accident guidance after nursery challenge

16 September 2010
What is a ‘serious’ accident? That is the question Ofsted have been grappling with, after an accident at a nursery gave them pause for thought. When a child in a nursery suffers a serious accident, the nursery owner or manager is obliged to report it to local child protection agencies. However, at the moment there is no Ofsted guidance which tells nursery staff what counts as a ‘serious’...

LSCB evaluation – are LSCBs meeting their objectives?

16 September 2010
A report commissioned by the former DCSF and the Department of Health looks at the success of Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) and what they can do to strengthen partnership working to safeguard children. The report stems from a national evaluation of Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs), looking at whether the boards have been effective in meeting their objectives. The...

Councils turn off street lights in a bid to save money

16 September 2010
A number of councils across the UK are turning off their street lights to save cash. But will this mean more accidents on the road at night? It costs around £500 million per year to power all of the street lights in Britain. In an effort to reduce the money spent on lighting, some councils are turning off their street lights. The news comes just weeks after some councils announced they were...

Are children too protected at playtime?

16 September 2010
New research says that parents are worried about school playtimes. Are children being wrapped in cotton wool? A survey commissioned by Play England and the British Toy and Hobby Association found that three-quarters of parents thought schools were too concerned with health and safety. Many parents are concerned that the attention paid to health and safety in the playground is stopping their...

Mayor of London launches strategy on health inequalities

14 August 2010
July 2010 saw the launch of the first ever health inequalities strategy for London. The Greater London Authority (GLA) has set out its plan to reduce health inequalities in the city and promote London as a healthy place for all.

Rise in emergency hospital admissions is ‘unsustainable’

14 August 2010
Between 2004/05 and 2008/09, emergency hospital admissions rose by 11.8%. A report by the Nuffield Trust stresses that the increase is unsustainable, and examines possible reasons for the steep rise. Emergency admissions to hospital cost the NHS around £11 billion per year, and the number is rising quickly. Between 2004/5 and 2008/09 there were 1.35 million extra emergency admissions.

NHS White Paper – Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS

14 August 2010
The NHS is changing dramatically – we take a look at how it will be transformed, how some of its functions will shift to local authorities, and the implications for accident prevention and partnership working. Liberating the NHS – what is changing? Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS strongly reflects the coalition government’s ambition to initiate and implement rapid health service reform...

Consultation on the NHS changes now open

14 August 2010
The Department of Health is looking for your views on the proposed changes to the NHS. Have your say before October 11th.

How the media tackles childhood accidents

14 August 2010
Tumble-dryers, lamp-posts, flat screen TVs – how should the accident prevention community respond to numerically rare accidents that are heavily covered in the media? Research into accident prevention can tell us a lot about risk. For example, we know that children are at risk from road accidents , and that pedestrian education programmes can help to lower that risk and reduce accidents. We know...