Public Health England highlights interagency training as evidence of effective delivery of child accident prevention

Public Health England (PHE) has updated the Six Early Years High Impact Area documents that inform the commissioning of health visiting and integrated early years services. High Impact Area 5 focuses on minor illness and accidents, and highlights interagency training on child accident prevention as evidence of effective delivery.

In particular, PHE highlights multi-agency training on child accident prevention as a key element in Professional/Partnership Mobilisation, enabling the early years workforce to identify common themes and advice, and provide consistent evidence-based information on accident prevention to parents and carers.

This builds on earlier guidance from PHE that training is a key action area for local authorities and their partners in relation to accident prevention and children under five:

"The early years workforce needs support and training to enable it to strengthen its central role in helping to reduce unintentional injuries" - PHE, June 2014

Providing the context for the updated Early Years High Impact Area, PHE states:

"Injuries caused by accidents in the home are leading causes of attendances at Accident and Emergency and hospitalisation amongst the under 5s. Unintentional injuries are also a major cause of morbidity and premature mortality for children and young people in England. There is a strong link between unintentional injury and social deprivation, with children from the most disadvantaged families far more likely to be killed or seriously injured.”

Interagency training from CAPT

Last year CAPT’s in-house training helped over 450 practitioners make the most of every contact with parents and offer evidence-based advice on child safety. This case study of our work in Hampshire describes the roll-out of training to health visitors, community nursery nurses and their children’s centre colleagues. With in-house training, our expert trainers come direct to you. Your organisation provides the venue and recruits course participants. These two courses focus on the under-fives:

We work closely with the Institute of Health Visiting and Public Health England. This ensures that our training meets the needs of all Healthy Child Programme (0-5) practitioners.

Participants on previous courses have included children’s centre staff, community nursery nurses, fire and rescue staff, health visitors, Home Start volunteers and others working with parents and carers of young children.

More information

  1. CAPT’s in-house training 
  2. Health visiting training – Hampshire case study 
  3. High Impact Area 5 
  4. Six Early Years High Impact Areas  
  5. How to engage parents on child accident prevention training course 
  6. Supporting home safety (includes using home safety checklists) training course
Updated January 2017