Review decision date: December 2014

Review decision: 

No update required. Published guidance still current.  

Next review: To be scheduled

The recommendations cover:

  • Planning and coordinating local activities.
  • Workforce training and capacity building through national standards and curricula.
  • Injury surveillance to monitor the incidence of unintentional injuries among under-15s and plan preventive initiatives.
  • Fitting permanent safety equipment and carrying out home safety assessments
  • Outdoor play and leisure, including policies to ensure public play spaces are safe, and education and advice on water and firework safety.
  • Road safety, including strategies to help reduce vehicle speed in areas near where children and young people are present and managing road safety partnerships.

This guideline was previously called strategies to prevent unintentional injuries among the under-15s.

This guidance is for commissioners and providers of health services, local authority children’s services, local authorities and their strategic partnerships, local highway authorities, local safeguarding children boards, police, fire and rescue services, policy makers, professional bodies, providers of play and leisure facilities, and schools.It is also for other public, private, voluntary and community organisations and services which have a direct or indirect role in preventing unintentional injuries among under-15s.

This is one of three pieces of NICE guidance published in November 2010 on how to prevent unintentional injuries among under-15s. A second publication covers unintentional injuries on the road and a third covers the provision of home safety equipment and home risk assessments.

Please note: this guidance includes some of the information from NICE’s draft guidance on preventing unintentional injuries among children and young people aged under 15 - information, advice and education for outdoor play and leisure.  Following the consultation on that draft guidance, NICE will not be publishing final guidance – see preventing unintentional injuries among under 15s - outdoor play and leisure for further details, the draft guidance and supporting documents.

Your responsibility

The recommendations in this guideline represent the view of NICE, arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available. When exercising their judgement, professionals are expected to take this guideline fully into account, alongside the individual needs, preferences and values of their patients or service users. The application of the recommendations in this guideline is not mandatory and the guideline does not override the responsibility of healthcare professionals to make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual patient, in consultation with the patient and/or their carer or guardian.

Local commissioners and/or providers have a responsibility to enable the guideline to be applied when individual health professionals and their patients or service users wish to use it. They should do so in the context of local and national priorities for funding and developing services, and in light of their duties to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, to advance equality of opportunity and to reduce health inequalities. Nothing in this guideline should be interpreted in a way that would be inconsistent with compliance with those duties.

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