Policy briefing

A national accident prevention strategy for England

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents calls for preventive action across the ages
Child at top of stairs may fall

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents strategy calls for action to save lives and prevent injuries across the ages, including children and young people

Essential information

Accidents to children are a significant health issue, and major cause of preventable death, serious injury and long-term disability, according to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

Across England each year, an average of 132 children aged up to 14 die as a result of accidents. More than 100,000 are admitted to hospital.

An average of 571 young people aged 15-24 die and about 61,000 are admitted to hospital because of accidental injuries.

Under-fives are one of the age groups most vulnerable to accidents, especially in the home.

What’s new?

Improving education for parents, carers and children is a major part of preventing serious


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