Keeping kids safe is a priority for parents, teachers, and communities across the United States. It’s no easy task to address the broad range of children’s safety issues, including child maltreatment, home safety, pedestrian and motor vehicle-related injuries, and youth violence.
For more than two decades, EDC has been helping state and territorial health departments apply sound, evidence-based approaches to child and youth injury prevention through the Children’s Safety Network (CSN), a nationwide initiative dedicated to reducing fatal and serious injuries among infants, children, and youth. These approaches are essential to making the greatest improvements in child safety outcomes.
CSN staff help federal, state, and local practitioners develop data-driven programs and policies that protect children and advance safety. CSN’s recent activities include the following:
- Launch the National Coordinated Child Safety Initiative, a nationwide effort to reduce fatal and serious injuries among infants, children, and adolescents by 100,000 over three years
- Manage the Child Safety Collaborative Innovation and Improvement Network (CoIIN), a network of representatives from 21 states and territories dedicated to defining and advocating for strategies that will dramatically reduce childhood injuries
- Provide training and technical assistance to state and territorial injury prevention programs
- Gather and disseminate best practices, research findings, and evidence-based interventions through webinars, face-to-face trainings, and social media channels
- CSN’s Distracted and Impaired Driving Prevention Community of Practice has helped 102 state-level practitioners improve policies for teens and new drivers.
- CSN developed an injury prevention training for home visitors. The training includes culturally relevant strategies to identify, assess, and address injury risk factors with families. Funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, it has been used in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
- More than 3,000 public health professionals participated in CSN webinars in 2014.
- CSN’s weekly newsletter has more than 10,000 subscribers.