Research shows that unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death in children and youth ages 0 to 19 in the United States. In 2018, the National Center for Health Statistics reported that injury-related deaths among 10- to 19-year-olds had significantly increased due to injuries, traffic accidents, substance misuse, violence, and suicide. These trends can and must be reversed.   

EDC’s Children’s Safety Network (CSN) provides training and technical assistance (TA) to all U.S. state and jurisdiction health departments on evidence-based practices to prevent injuries, stop violence, and promote the well-being of children and youth. Nationwide, CSN’s resources and TA are building capacity to safeguard infants, children, and adolescents.

Key Activities

CSN guides public health professionals in using research, data, and quality improvement to protect young people, advance safety, and promote health equity. CSN’s recent activities include the following:



  • By supporting health professionals, CSN helps improve the safety of hundreds of thousands of infants, children, and teens in states, tribes, territories, schools, and organizations. From 2018 to 2023, CSN produced 43 resources, provided 27 public webinars, and delivered 35 presentations at 16 national conferences.
  • A few outcomes from CSN’s quality improvement work include: 
    • 53,000+ teens participated in evidenced-based programs for teen driver safety.
    • 10,000+ child seats were inspected.
    • 10,000+ infants’ caregivers had access to safe sleep education.
    • 11,000+ people completed youth suicide prevention training.
    • 8,000+ youth were reached with evidence-based bullying prevention programs.
  • CSN’s weekly newsletter reaches more than 30,000 subscribers.

Learn More

Children’s Safety Network (CSN)
Facebook Twitter
Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau