A practical and applied approach to assessing the cross cutting nature of child injury prevention as a basis for policy making at the local level

  • Beatrice Scholtes Department of International Health, Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands
  • Peter Schröder-Bäck Department of International Health, Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands
  • Morag Mackay European Child Safety Alliance, Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • Joanne Vincenten European Child Safety Alliance, Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • Helmut Brand Department of International Health, Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands
Keywords: co-benefits, inter-sectoral collaboration, prevention and control, wounds and injuries

Abstract

Aim: Risk factors for child injury are multi-faceted. Social, environmental and economic factors place responsibility for prevention upon many stakeholders across traditional sectors such as health, justice, environment and education. Multi-sectoral collaboration for injury prevention is thus essential. In addition, co-benefits due to injury prevention initiatives exist. However, multi-sectoral collaboration is often difficult to establish and maintain. We present an applied approach for practitioners and policy makers at the local level to use to explore and address the multi-sectoral nature of child injury.

Methods: We combined elements of the Haddon Matrix and the Lens and Telescope model, to develop a new approach for practitioners and policy makers at the local level.

Results: The approach offers the opportunity for diverse sectors at the local level to work together to identify their role in child injury prevention. Based on ecological injury prevention and life-course epidemiology it encourages multi-disciplinary team building from the outset. The process has three phases: first, visualising the multi-sectoral responsibilities for child injury prevention in the local area; second,  demonstrating the need for multi-sectoral collaboration and helping plan prevention activities together; and third, visualising potential co-benefits to other sectors and age groups that may arise from child injury prevention initiatives.

Conclusion: The approach and process encourages inter-sectoral collaboration for child injury prevention at the local level. It is a useful addition for child injury  prevention at the local level, however testing the practicality of the approach in a real-world setting, and refinement of the process would improve it further.

Published
2015-12-02
How to Cite
Scholtes, B., Schröder-Bäck, P., Mackay, M., Vincenten, J. and Brand, H. (2015) “A practical and applied approach to assessing the cross cutting nature of child injury prevention as a basis for policy making at the local level”, South Eastern European Journal of Public Health (SEEJPH). doi: 10.4119/seejph-1775.
Section
Review Articles