Why is this important?
Every year in the UK, over a quarter of a million children under the age or 5 have to go to hospital because of a fall, scald or swallowing something that may be harmful. Most of these accidents happen in the home or garden.
Not much is known about the best ways of stopping accidents at home, which is why we did this research programme.
Our programme addressed six research questions:
Each question was investigated using one or more studies
As a result of our studies we have produced an Injury Prevention Briefing. This is a resource for practitioners working with children and families about how to prevent injuries at home.
The Keeping Children Safe research programme
The research programme ran from 2009-2014. It was funded by the National Institute for Health Research (part of the NHS). We worked with the Child Action Prevention Trust and local parents to design the study. The programme was a collaboration between University and NHS researchers from Nottingham, Bristol, Norwich, Newcastle and Leicester.
The Child Accident Prevention Trust and local Primary Care Research Networks, NHS Trusts and Children's Centres were also involved.
Summaries of our findings are available for
Resources for practitioners
We have produced an Injury Prevention Briefing (IPB) for practitioners working with children and families. This contains evidence-based injury prevention advice and activities for use with parents and has been endorsed by NICE (see E0079)
"This briefing supports some of the recommendations around strategies, activities, education and training for practitioners in the NICE guideline on preventing unintentional injuries and around prioritisation and home assessments in the NICE guideline on preventing unintentional injuries in the home." National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, April 2016
Resources for commissioners
We produced a Guide for Commissioners of child health services on preventing unintentional injuries among the under fives
A list of the publications from the Keeping Children Safe Project are available here