Guide to commissioning

March 2013

Our guide to commissioning provides practical information and advice which will help you to design effective child accident prevention services, both as standalone programmes and as an integral part of wider services for children and families, in support of the Public Health Outcomes Framework indicator on hospital admissions caused by unintentional and deliberate injuries in under 18s.

It’s important to note that although the NHS Commissioning Board will be responsible for commissioning public health services for 0-5 year olds from April 2013 until 2015, local authorities will be responsible for contributing to the Public Health Outcomes Framework indicator to reduce hospital admissions from unintentional and deliberate injuries for the whole 0–18 age group.


  1. Planning and commissioning services: the commissioning cycle for child accident prevention and key things to consider at each stage.
  2. How to find and interpret data: where to find the accident data you need and how to work around problems you might encounter.
  3. The policy framework: an overview of the organisations that have a role to play in child accident prevention, plus the policy links that commissioners should be aware of.
  4. Effective interventions and services: where to find information about evidence-based programmes, and examples of good practice.
  5. How to work in partnership: practical tips on getting started with partnership working and making every contact count.
  6. Effective engagement with parents and carers: explains the barriers to parental engagement in child safety issues and describes effective approaches to engagement.
  7. How Making the Link and CAPT can help you in your work: links to some of our tools, resources and services that can help child accident prevention practitioners in their work.

Who this guide is for

We’ve produced this guide to help anyone involved in commissioning child accident prevention activities. It will be helpful to:

  • local authority public health strategic leads with responsibility for children’s services
  • local authority public health project / programme managers
  • local authority commissioners for early years / children’s services
  • clinical commissioning group (CCG) portfolio holders for children’s health services
  • members of health and wellbeing boards (HWBs)
  • members of children’s trust boards
  • injury prevention co-ordinators
  • local safeguarding children board (LSCB) business managers
  • children’s centre managers / co-ordinators
  • public health leads on NHS Commissioning Board local area teams
  • public health data analysts.

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Updated December 2013