NICE public health guidance
Issued: November 2010
PH29

Strategies to prevent unintentional injuries among the under-15s

This is an extract from the guidance. The complete guidance is available at guidance.nice.org.uk/ph29

Introduction

This is one of three pieces of NICE guidance published in November 2010 on how to prevent unintentional injuries among under-15s. A second publication covers the provision of home safety equipment and home risk assessments and a third covers unintentional injuries on the road.

The Department of Health (DH) asked the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) to produce public health guidance on the prevention of unintentional injuries among children and young people aged under 15. This guidance focuses on strategies, regulation, enforcement, surveillance and workforce development in relation to preventing unintentional injuries in the home, on the road and during outdoor play and leisure.

The guidance is for commissioners and providers of health services, local authority children's services, local authorities and their strategic partnerships, local highway authorities, local safeguarding children boards, police, fire and rescue services, policy makers, professional bodies, providers of play and leisure facilities, and schools.

It is also for other public, private, voluntary and community organisations and services which have a direct or indirect role in preventing unintentional injuries among children and young people aged under 15.

The guidance may also be of interest to children, young people, parents, carers and other members of the public.

This is one of three pieces of NICE guidance published in November 2010 on how to prevent unintentional injuries among children and young people aged under 15. It should be read in conjunction with the two other publications. These focus on: the provision of home safety equipment and home risk assessments and road design and modification. (For further details, see section 7.)

The Programme Development Group (PDG) developed these recommendations on the basis of reviews of the evidence, economic modelling, expert testimony, stakeholder comments and fieldwork.

Members of the PDG are listed in appendix A. The methods used to develop the guidance are summarised in appendix B.

Supporting documents used to prepare this document are listed in appendix E.

Full details of the evidence collated, including fieldwork data and stakeholder comments, are available on the NICE website, along with a list of the stakeholders involved and NICE's supporting process and methods manuals.