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Injuries: Young People

Health written question – answered on 8th June 2011.

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Photo of Gisela Stuart Gisela Stuart Labour, Birmingham, Edgbaston

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress he has made in implementing the draft guidance developed by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence on strategies to prevent unintentional injuries among children and young people aged under 15.

Photo of Anne Milton Anne Milton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The Department of Health is developing policies that will contribute to injury prevention. These will be developed in partnership with other Departments and organisations. For example, the Department for Education has recently announced the funding of Safe Network, a consortium including the Child Accident Prevention Trust, to provide advice and assistance on the full range of safeguarding issues, including injury prevention.

The “Healthy Child programme: Pregnancy and the first five years of life” includes training for families on the correct use of basic safety equipment and to raise awareness of accident prevention in the home and safety in cars. A copy has already been placed in the Library.

The Department for Transport has also published a new Strategic Framework for Road Safety on 11 May 2011 which sets out the way forward for road safety over the coming years. It covers all road users including children.

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