National action to address child intentional injury 2014: what are European countries doing to prevent intentional injuries to children?

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The approach taken for this report

As individual Member States, European countries have adopted the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), which states, “every child has the right to health and safety including a life free from violence.” (UN General Assembly, 1989). This commitment is further supported by the European Commission in the framework of the Treaty of Lisbon and the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU. (European Union, 2007; 2010) Yet with an estimated 3,000 deaths resulting from intentional injuries1 and tens to perhaps hundreds of thousands more non-fatal intentional injuries each year in the European Union, it is clear that we are currently failing in this commitment. Thus achieving life for our children that is free from violence will require cooperation, concerted effort and investment in effective interventions to prevent intentional injuries and promote safety and wellbeing.

The National Action to Address Child2 Intentional Injury report and individual country Policy Profiles were developed as tools to bring attention to this important issue, encourage improvement in policy action and provide a baseline against which to measure progress over time. The report provides:

  • the rationale for why this important issue needs further attention
  • an overview of available data on child intentional injury deaths
  • a description and analysis of the level of adoption, implementation and (as appropriate) enforcement of national level policy actions to address child intentional injury divided intofour categories – leadership, children’s rights, capacity and data (accurate to July 2013).
  • an important mechanism to identify gaps, share progress and identify, adapt and utilize  the experience gained from across Europe.

This report and individual country Policy Profiles were produced as part of the Tools to Address Childhood Trauma, Injury and Children’s Safety (TACTICS) project, a European initiative led by the European Child Safety Alliance with co-funding from the European Commission’s Health Programme. Country partners in 27 Member States plus Iceland and Norway participated to produce 30 Child Intentional Injury Prevention Policy Profiles for Austria, Belgium (Flanders), Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and two in the United Kingdom (participation by England and Scotland).

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