Safer children, healthier lives

Young children playing football in a parkOctober 2012

In this section we highlight some of the key opportunities for including children’s safety as an integral part of mainstream health programmes and services delivered by commissioners, professionals and frontline practitioners.

Depending on local priorities, child injury prevention may be recognised as a clear priority and a focus for action. There may already be a strong foundation of support, coordination and well-established partnership working.

One of the key recommendations in the NICE guidance on strategies to prevent unintentional injury among under-15s is the appointment of a child and young person injury prevention co-ordinator – a post which could be jointly funded by several local partners.

In other local areas childhood injury may not be seen as a priority. However, there will still be universal services and partner roles which include accident prevention and it is still important to have a focal point and framework for co-ordinated local action. Aspects of child safety may also fit within other commissioned services and local programmes, for example, in promoting physical activity or reducing alcohol-related harm, or in family outreach and community engagement activities.

In this section

We explore partnership links beyond health in Making the wider connections.

External links to other sites and policies were correct as of September 2012.

Updated June 2013