The National Child and Maternal Health Intelligence Network: Reducing unintentional injuries – dynamic reports

Tailored local data steered by national priorities

The National Child and Maternal Health Intelligence Network (formerly ChiMat) website contains a tool that presents:

The tool enables users to create reports on these key accident prevention issues. The reports draw text from the respective PHE briefing documents on these issues, but replaces national data with data for specific local authorities or local areas. 

This tool allows authorities to compare performance at local authority level against the national average for each indicator, or to compare the performance of all local authorities within a single Public Health England (PHE) centre.

Reducing unintentional injuries among children under five years

Unintentional injuries in and around the home are a leading cause of preventable death for children under five years and are a major cause of ill health and serious disability. PHE’s analysis of national data identifies that five injury types can be prioritised for children under five years: choking, suffocation and strangulation; falls; poisoning; burns and scalds; and drowning. Key actions for reducing these injuries include:

  1. Providing leadership and mobilising existing services
  2. Strengthening the central role of the early years workforce through support and training
  3. Focusing on the five injury types (see above).

Reducing unintentional injuries on the roads among children and young people under 25 years

Unintentional injuries on the roads are the leading cause of preventable death for young people and a major cause of ill health and serious disability. Children who live in more deprived areas are at a much greater risk than children from the most affluent. There would be around 800 fewer serious or fatal injuries to child pedestrians annually, and 136 fewer serious or fatal injuries to child cyclists, if all children had a risk of injury as low as children in the least deprived areas.

PHE’s analysis of the national data identifies three actions that will have an important impact in reducing injuries and deaths on the roads for children and young people:

  1. Improve safety for children travelling to and from school
  2. Introduce 20mph limits in priority areas as part of a safe system approach to road safety
  3. Action to prevent traffic injury and improve health must be co-ordinated.

About The National Child and Maternal Health Intelligence Network

The National Child and Maternal Health Intelligence Network (formerly ChiMat) website was established in 2008 as a national public health observatory to provide wide-ranging, authoritative data, evidence and practice related to children's, young people's and maternal health. Since April 2013, ChiMat have been part of Public Health England (PHE), an executive agency of the Department of Health. The site continues to be updated and aims to provide information and intelligence to improve decision-making for high quality, cost effective services.

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Updated October 2014