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Winds of change:
towards new ways of improving public health in Europe

Ljubljana, Slovenia
28 November - 1 December 2018

PRE-CONFERENCE WEDNESDAY 14 OCTOBER 2015 (09:00 - 17:00)  

MiCo, Milan, Italy


Child injury prevention: a European challenge


Organised by

EuroSafe, European Child Safety Alliance and EUPHA Section Injury prevention and safety promotion


Why we are concerned?

At present, injury is the leading cause of death and disability for children in every Member State in Europe, with the greatest burden on children from the most disadvantaged groups and in the countries facing the greatest socioeconomic challenges. For every child that dies, hundreds more are hospitalised and several thousand present to an emergency and accident department. Many injured children suffer permanent disabilities and post-trauma disorders that create an enormous burden in social and economic terms both on families and society.

The leading causes of death to European children occur in the areas of unintentional injuries – mainly due to road transportation accidents, drowning, burns and scalds, electrical injuries, suffocation and choking.  

All children are at risk of injury and factors which put them at risk include: stage of development, stage of physical and social environment and the availability of policies and legislation to protect children.

Yet injury is preventable. There are proven effective strategies that prevent injury or reduce the severity of its outcome. The most effective of these tend to be strategies that adopt a combined approach, where enforcement and environmental change are backed up by an effective programme of education and training. This has occurred with child resistant packaging to reduce poisonings, lowered temperatures on water heaters to reduce scalds, window guards to reduce falls, smoke alarms to allow timely escape from fumes and flames, traffic calming to reduce pedestrian injuries, child passenger restraints to reduce motor vehicle related injuries and bicycle helmets to reduce head injuries. Many countries in Europe have not yet fully capitalised on this knowledge, leaving ample opportunities to significantly reduce the toll of accidents in children.

Why a European Seminar?

Over the past decades local and national child injury networks worked hard to achieve safer daily living for children across Europe by advocating for consistency of standards, policies, and legislation as well as assisting local actors in awareness raising and communicating evidence based advice to parents and caregivers. The seminar aims to take stock of the achievements attained over the past years in countries as well as through European collaboration in the framework of the European Child Safety Alliance.

The Seminar objectives are to support action on child safety in countries and local communities; to advocate for the adoption and implementation of child injury evidence-based good practices; and to increase and strengthen the capacity of professionals in health and all relevant sectors to child injury.

It will address questions such as:

Who should attend? 

Primary audiences are European and national decision makers, leaders, and practitioners who can influence healthy public policy, standards and programmes to reduce deaths and injuries of children 0 to 17 years of age, and those who actually communicate with care givers and parents of young children. These include policy makers in national and local health departments, community services, care and social service organisations, child and maternal health practitioners, health promotion workers and researchers, business representatives and private stakeholders. 


Setting the scene 09:00 - 10:30

Chair: Anne Lounamaa, president EUPHA Section Injury prevention and safety promotion 

Peter Spitzer, Grosse schützen Kleine, Austria      

Errol Taylor, Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents

Julie Huibregtsen, Huibregtsen Training & Advies Sociale Marketing

Panel discussion 

Coffee break  10:30 - 11:00

Short paper presentations and discussion on: Progress made in countries and at local level 11:00 - 12:30

Moderator: Wim Rogmans, EuroSafe

Presentation of short papers by members of the European Child Safety Alliance and selection of abstracts submitted on:


Lunch break 12:30 - 13:30

Safety communication challenges 13:30 - 15:00

Chair: Brigitte Buhmann, Swiss Council for Accident Prevention

Phil Buckle, Electrical Safety First

Remco Schouten, Dorel Juvenile Europe

Ine Buuron, Dutch Consumer Safety Institute

Brita Somerkoski, National Institute for Health and Welfare


Tea break 15:00 - 15:30 

The way forward 15:30 - 17:00

Chair: Eva Vaagland, EuroSafe Executive Board member

Beatrice Scholtes, University Maastricht

Morag Mackay, European Child Safety Alliance (tbc) 

Panel discussion on the way ahead

Panellists with seminar participants

End 17:00


The fee for this pre-conference is EUR 120 (lunch included).