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:

  • Coordinate the Children’s Safety Now Alliance (CSN-A), a national partnership of child safety experts across federal and state agencies, youth-serving organizations, hospitals, and universities
  • Produce and widely share publications—including fact sheets, guides, reports, infographics, and a newsletter—that share research, resources, and strategies to inform public health professionals
  • Manage and share findings from the Child Safety Learning Collaborative (CSLC), a network of practitioners from 26 state teams across 18 states and jurisdictions dedicated to the widespread, sustainable implementation of evidence-based strategies to reduce childhood injuries
  • Provide training and TA to state and territorial injury and violence prevention programs
  • Disseminate best practices, research findings, and evidence-based interventions through webinars, face-to-face trainings, and social media channels




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