The global dimension of childhood injury

October 2012

Links to information about European and worldwide strategies to reduce the burden of accidental injury to children and young people.

United Nations

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child was ratified by the UK in 1992 and sets out the basic rights that every child should enjoy including measures to prevent injury and accidents.

The United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 has a global goal of “stabilising and then reducing the forecasted level of global road fatalities by increasing activities conducted at national, regional and global levels.” For more information see Making the wider connections with road safety.

World Health Organisation

The World Health Organisation (WHO) world report on child injury prevention (2008) provided the first comprehensive global assessment of unintentional injuries. The report concluded that “if proven prevention measures were adopted everywhere at least 1,000 children’s lives could be saved every day”.

The WHO has developed a European initiative to tackle major environmental risks to children’s health – the Children’s Environment and Health Action Plan for Europe includes Regional Priority Goals to reduce the health consequences of accidents and injuries, and to focus on air pollution factors which include carbon monoxide poisoning in the home environment.

European Child Safety Alliance

More than 30 countries across Europe are working together through the European Child Safety Alliance to share and advocate for what works in child injury prevention. The Alliance's large-scale TACTICS (Tools to Address Childhood Trauma) initiative builds on the success of past projects such as the Child Safety Action Plan to develop practical tools and resources which can underpin policy action.


See Programmes in health for more information and links to specific health programmes in England.

Updated June 2013