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European Child Safety Alliance - Launch of report on national action to address child intentional injury

Child intentional injury is both a major public health issue and one of human rights. The UN has stated that “no violence against children is justifiable; all violence against children is preventable”.

Children’s rights to safety in the EU are being compromised by inconsistency in adoption and implementation of evidence based policies to reduce child intentional injury.

The recent report launched by the European Child Safety Alliance with the support of Vice President of the European Parliament Isabelle Durant and Chair of the European Network of Ombudspersons for Children Bernard de Vos, describes the prevalence of intentional injuries to children in the EU. This is the first time that national actions to address child intentional injury are being comprehensively assessed and reported on in the EU.

Within the report are individual country policy profiles for each of the participating Member States: Austria, Belgium (Flanders only), Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden and the United Kingdom (England and Scotland only).

The report calls on the need for immediate and greater attention on protecting Europe’s most vulnerable citizens and future generations. Of the 35,000+ children and adolescents aged 0-19 years who die each year in the EU, approximately 24 percent or roughly 9,100 deaths are due to injuries. About a third of these deaths are classified as intentional or of undetermined intent. As the Vice-President of the European Parliament highlights, violence against children must continue to receive critical attention.

Download the report here

Originally posted on 11 April 2014

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