Ahead of the government’s planned Green Paper on Prevention, there have been some important position statements and policy papers from national key organisations who have a role and influence in child safety, accident prevention and local partnership work to give children the best start in life:
The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) has published a ‘prevention vision’ for child health which clearly highlights recommendations on the funding and provision of health visiting services, home safety equipment schemes and road safety measures such as 20 mph speed limits.
RCPCH’s Prevention Vision for Child Health (June 2019) can be downloaded at: https://www.rcpch.ac.uk/sites/default/files/2019-06/rcpch_prevention_vision_for_child_health_-_june_2019.pdf
Child safety and accident prevention are highlighted on page 19, but the whole document will be of interest and local relevance for children’s health and well being.
The Institute of Health Visiting (IHV) has produced a more detailed position statement on the need for an effective health visiting service in support of the Healthy Child Programme, prioritising ‘the first 100 days’, and the addressing the impact of cuts.
The Institute of Health promotion and Education (IHPE) has published a position statement on Unintentional Home Injuries to Children (Under 5s). The Statement includes a helpful and comprehensive list of evidence and research which backs up the recommendations.