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Child injury prevention: a survey of local authorities and health boards

Chisholm, Anna; Watson, Michael Craig; Jones, Sarah J.; Kendrick, Denise


Anna Chisholm

Michael Craig Watson

Sarah J. Jones

Professor of Primary Care Research


Aims: Unintentional home injuries are a significant global public health issue and are a major cause of mortality and morbidity. Within each country, injuries disproportionately affect children from low income families. Recent guidance issued in the UK recommends actions to be taken by local authorities to reduce injury rates and inequalities. This study aimed to describe and quantify child home injury prevention activities of local authorities (LAs) in England and health boards (HBs) in Wales.

Methods: A questionnaire was sent to Directors of Public Health (DsPH) in all 153 upper-tier LAs in England and 7 HBs in Wales. The questionnaire covered the five broad areas recommended for injury prevention activities by NICE guidelines.

Results: A response rate of 58% was achieved. NICE guidance (75%) and Public Health England guidance (57%) were most commonly used to support child injury prevention decision making. Half (50%) of respondents had a child injury prevention alliance in their area. One fifth (19%) reported that their area had a written child injury prevention strategy. Fewer than half of responders provided training to practitioners about child unintentional injury prevention (43%), home safety assessments (43%) or an equipment scheme (43%). Of the 43% of areas with equipment schemes, most (59%) were small scale, supplying up to 200 families per year with equipment.

Conclusions: Although some LAs/HBs show implementation of recent guidance on preventing home injuries in childhood, most do not. LAs/HBs are likely to need support to implement guidance in order that child injury rates and inequalities can be reduced.


Chisholm, A., Watson, M. C., Jones, S. J., & Kendrick, D. (in press). Child injury prevention: a survey of local authorities and health boards. International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, 55(4),

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 26, 2017
Online Publication Date Apr 13, 2017
Deposit Date Apr 27, 2017
Publicly Available Date Apr 27, 2017
Journal International Journal of Health Promotion and Education
Print ISSN 1463-5240
Electronic ISSN 2164-9545
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 55
Issue 4
Keywords local authorities, health boards, injury prevention, national survey, England and Wales
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