Virtual Schoolbag (VSB)

25 Feb 2019
Business managers, bursars and secretaries, governors, headteachers, pastoral care leaders, sencos, teachers and teaching assistants of all primary, special, all-through schools
Book your place at 'Keeping children safe. We’re all in it together! Working together to prevent unintentional injuries to children in East Sussex'

In East Sussex, the rate of hospital admissions due to unintentional injuries in children is significantly higher than the England average. This workshop aims to promote greater awareness of the causes and explore working together to address this issue.

East Sussex Public Health, East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, and the Child Accident Prevention Trust are hosting a stakeholder event at the Hastings Centre on Wednesday 13th March 2019 (9am to 1pm) to explore how we can use existing knowledge and expertise across the county to work together to prevent unintentional injuries to children.

Why is this important?

Accidents are a leading cause of death, serious injury and acquired disability for children in the UK. They account for three deaths every week and over 2,000 hospital admissions. An assessment of mortality and hospital admissions data supports the following priority issues for accident prevention among children:*

1. Home safety:

◊ threats to breathing (suffocation, strangulation and choking)

◊ falls (including babies being dropped and falls from a height e.g. down stairs or from windows)

◊ poisoning

◊ burns/scalds

2. Road accidents:

◊ pedestrian safety

◊ in-car safety

 3. Drowning

For the youngest children aged 0–4 years, accidents in the home are most prevalent, while for those aged 5–14 years, accidents that occur in education or leisure settings grow in prevalence.

In East Sussex, the rate of hospital admissions due to unintentional and deliberate injuries in children 0-14 years continues to remain significantly higher than the England average, with Hastings and Rother having some of the highest admission rates in the South East.

Who should attend and why?

The half-day workshop is aimed at any staff or volunteers in contact with children & families and aims to:

  • promote a greater awareness and understanding of the scale, causes and impact of childhood unintentional injuries in East Sussex
  • collectively explore who can make a difference and how
  • share key resources to support those who work with children and their families to raise this priority issue, where time and resources are increasingly limited
  • identify future support that stakeholders would welcome in delivery of child safety messages across East Sussex.

The expertise and views of stakeholders who regularly work with (or support those who regularly work with) children and their families will be invaluable to addressing this public health issue.

Further details about the event and how to book can be found here.  Places are limited so please do not delay in booking your place.

 * The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (2018) Safe and active at all ages. A national strategy to prevent serious accidental injuries in England.

Nicola Blake
Nicola Blake
Health Improvement Specialist - Children, Schools and Families

Phone: 01273 335060