Injury prevention briefing, a free resource for practitioners

A major resource from the Keeping Children Safe at Home project is now freely available for downloading. CAPT was a key member of the team that developed this valuable guide.

The resource Injury Prevention Briefing: Preventing unintentional injuries to the under fives: a guide for practitioners offers activities and advice focusing on preventing falls, scalds, fire-related injuries and poisonings.

About the briefing

The briefing draws heavily on scientific evidence and the experience of practitioners. It has been developed following detailed reviews of the scientific literature, a series of  case-control studies comparing the characteristics of children who had suffered injuries with matched controls who had not, a trial of the impact of an earlier version of a similar resource in children’s centres in and around the project’s four study areas (Nottingham, Bristol, Newcastle upon Tyne and Norwich), cost effectiveness assessments of different prevention approaches, interviews with families and children’s centre staff, and focus groups and workshops involving a wide range of practitioners.

The briefing includes sections dealing with general prevention issues such as the link between accidents and deprivation, and evaluation methods; eleven activities to be run with parents; and background information about each of the injury topics.

As well as covering the specific injury topics, the activities are aimed at helping practitioners get across to parents that by anticipating the development of their child unintentional injuries may be prevented; the need to check and improve the safety of their home; and what items of safety equipment are the most important. The approach throughout the activities is helping parents discover child safety for themselves rather than telling them what to do.

The Keeping Children Safe at Home programme

The Keeping Children Safe at Home programme is led by Prof Denise Kendrick at the University of Nottingham and involves researchers at the University of the West of England Bristol, Newcastle University, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, University of Leicester and the Child Accident Prevention Trust. It is funded by the NIHR, an arm of the Department of Health. In addition to the briefing, a series of  academic papers have been published and others are in the pipeline.

More information

Further details of the Keeping Children Safe at Home programme and its outputs can be found on the Keeping Children Safe at Home page.


The Briefing presents independent research funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) under its Programme Grants for Applied Research Programme (Reference Number RP-PG-0407-10231). The views expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR or the Department of Health.

Updated November 2014