Prevention in action

Child road safety: Useful links and resources

Working creatively and collaboratively in times of cutbacks 

Monday 16 December 2019, West Midlands Fire Service Headquarters

We hope you found the CAPT seminar Working creatively and collaboratively in times of cutbacks hosted by West Midlands Fire Service (and with funding from the Department for Transport) helpful in gaining insights into creative partnerships and new opportunities for improving child road safety.

Copies of the speakers’ presentations are available here:

You may also find it useful to refer to some of the existing evidence, guidance and good practice that is available. For convenience we have highlighted some of these resources below.

  • Unintentional injuries on the road: interventions for under 15s
    NICE Public Health Guidance PH31 November 2010
    The guideline covers road speed limits, 20mph zones and engineering measures to reduce speed or make routes safer. Evidence check and consultation took place during 2019 – all recommendations still valid.
  • Reducing unintentional injuries on the roads among children and young people under 25 years
    Public Health England/RoSPA/CAPT March 2018 Based on a five-year trend analysis of injuries and deaths on the roads of children and young people under 25 in England for the period 2012-2016.
    The document identifies unintentional injuries as a major health inequality, focusing on three priority actions to reduce this burden of injury.
  • Child Health Profiles – Reducing unintentional injuries on the roads among children and young people under 25 years
    Public Health England Reports are available for all local authority areas in England giving local data on emergency hospital admissions, injury types and ‘killed and seriously injured’ figures (KSIs) compared against the regional and national picture. ‘Life course’ data is also available for early years and school age children.
  • Preventing unintentional injuries: A guide to all staff working with children under five
    Public Health England/CAPT February 2017
    Summarises the priorities, opportunities for action and safety messages for parents and carers of early years children, including safety on and near roads. Essential guidance for helping young children to get the best (and safest) start in life.
  • The Road Safety Statement 2019: A Lifetime of Road Safety
    Department for Transport July 2019
    Sets out the actions needed over the next two years to achieve a new culture of road safety that lasts a lifetime. The aim is to build a future based on evidence, research, collaboration and consultation.
  • Road injury prevention: Resources to support schools to promote safe active travel
    Public Health England/RoSPA/DfT THINK! campaign, March 2016
    Road safety briefing and best practice insights primarily for staff working in education settings, but also of interest and relevance to the wider public health workforce including school nursing and road safety staff. Signposts a range of resources to support effective road safety education across key stages 1-4.
  • Teaching road safety: guide for educators of 2-18 year olds
    Brake road safety charity Guidelines on what to teach different age groups from 2 to 18, and ideas for lessons and assemblies. Subject focus includes ideas for citizenship lessons, maths, science, drama and English. There are opportunities for bringing in outside help, practical experience and ensuring parental involvement. Links to Brake’s online guidance on making road safety education inclusive for children with special educational needs.
  • The THINK! campaign
    The long-running Government road safety initiative with news, advice, educational resources and a variety of topical and targeted road safety campaigns which can also support local action and partnership work.
  • Healthy schools rating scheme: Guidance for schools
    The healthy schools rating scheme is a voluntary scheme for primary and secondary schools, designed to recognise and encourage schools’ contributions to pupils’ health and wellbeing. ‘Participation in active travel schemes’, including walking and cycling, are among the key criteria for schools’ self-assessment.
  • A guide to 20mph limits
    RoSPA March 2019
    Many local authorities are introducing 20mph limit areas to reduce road risk, encourage active travel, increase walking and cycling, and improve air quality. This guide, particularly for non-road safety professionals, explains the pros and cons of 20mph speed limit and zones, presenting research on effectiveness and advice on when they are most appropriate.
  • Transport, health and wellbeing: An evidence review for the Department of Transport
    NatCen Social Research for DfT October 2019
    An evidence review on the relationships between transport and health. As well as exploring transport inequality and the nature of children’s travel behaviour, the review found that transport policies can play an integral role in addressing health and wellbeing disparities through a broader, multi-stakeholder approach.
  • The wider public health workforce: A review
    Pubic Health England February 2019 An in-depth look at the ‘wider public health workforce’. The review notes that in many cases, members of this workforce are engaged in joint projects that span boundaries between different sectors and organisations addressing shared priorities with ‘upstream’ preventative action. ‘Making Every Contact Count’ (MECC) is also an important approach that many different organisations can use to influence behaviour change.

This event was made possible by a grant from the Department for Transport

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