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National survey of the injury prevention activities of children's centres

Watson, M.C.; Mulvaney, Caroline A.; Kendrick, Denise; Stewart, Jane; Coupland, Carol; Hayes, Mike; Wynn, Persephone

Authors

M.C. Watson

Caroline A. Mulvaney

DENISE KENDRICK denise.kendrick@nottingham.ac.uk
Professor of Primary Care Research

Jane Stewart

CAROL COUPLAND carol.coupland@nottingham.ac.uk
Professor of Medical Statistics

Mike Hayes

Persephone Wynn



Abstract

Children's centres were established across England to provide a range of services including early education, social care and health to pre-school children and their families. We surveyed children's centres to ascertain the activities they were undertaking to prevent unintentional injuries in the under fives. A postal questionnaire was sent to a sample of children's centre managers (n = 694). It included questions on current activities, knowledge and attitudes to injury prevention, health priorities and partnership working. Responses were received from 384 (56%) children's centres. Overall, 58% considered unintentional injury prevention to be one of the three main child health priorities for their centre. Over half the respondents (59%) did not know if there was an injury prevention group in their area, and 21% did not know if there was a home safety equipment scheme. Knowledge of how child injury deaths occur in the home was poor. Only 11% knew the major cause of injury deaths in children under five. Lack of both staff time and funding were seen as important barriers by children's centre staff to undertake injury prevention activities. Nearly all stated that training (97%) and assistance with planning injury prevention (94%) would be helpful to their centres. Children's centres need further support if they are to effectively tackle this important public health area.

Citation

Watson, M., Mulvaney, C. A., Kendrick, D., Stewart, J., Coupland, C., Hayes, M., & Wynn, P. (2014). National survey of the injury prevention activities of children's centres. Health and Social Care in the Community, 22(1), doi:10.1111/hsc.12059

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2014
Deposit Date May 15, 2014
Publicly Available Date May 15, 2014
Journal Health & Social Care in the Community
Electronic ISSN 0966-0410
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 22
Issue 1
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/hsc.12059
Keywords children's centres; injuries; national survey
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/3161
Publisher URL http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/hsc.12059/abstract
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0

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