Press Release

Minister Brady welcomes the publication of the European Child Safety Alliance Report on Child Injury and Safety in Europe

Ms Áine Brady T.D. Minister for Older People and Health Promotion, will tomorrow (Wednesday 6th May 2009) announce the publication by the European Child Safety Alliance of Child Safety Report Cards on child and adolescent injuries for 24 European countries.

Unintentional injury remains a leading cause of death for children and adolescents in Europe. Released today are “Child Safety Report Cards” for 24 countries and the Europe Summary Report Card which score countries on their level of adoption, implementation and enforcement of over 100 proven, effective child injury prevention strategies – good practices known to save children’s lives. The good practice policies relate to road traffic accidents, drowning, falls, poisoning, burns, choking and supports, such as leadership, data infrastructure and professional capacity, necessary to combat child injury.

The Child Safety Report Card for Ireland shows that progress is being made with regard to child and adolescent safety across the range of sectors. In order to bring a greater co-ordination to the good work already underway in the area of injury prevention the Department of Health and Children is commencing work to establish a National Injury Prevention Steering Group. The aim of the Steering Group will be to bring together relevant stakeholders (researchers, academics, medical professionals, policy makers and service providers) working in the area of injury prevention in order to provide a forum and structure to support and advance best practice in Ireland.

“There is excellent work taking place in Ireland in the areas of road safety, fire safety and water safety. I believe that further improvements can be achieved by bringing together the organisations and people who have a role to play in the field of injury prevention in order to bring a greater focus and co-ordination to the work being done. ”Minister Brady said.

The Child Safety Report Card for Ireland and the European Summary Report for the 24 countries are available at www.childsafetyeurope.org