Safekids Aotearoa

Safekids Aotearoa is the injury prevention service of Starship Children’s Health and a member of Safe Kids Worldwide. Our mission is to reduce the incidence and severity of unintentional injuries (accidents) to New Zealand children aged 0 - 14 years.

Why we’re here:
Child fatality data shows that unintentional injury is the leading cause of death for children aged 1 to 14 years of age. Hospital admission data shows that it is also the leading cause of unintentional injury hospitalisation for children aged 5 to 14 years. Every day an average classroom full of children (around 30) are injured severely enough to be admitted to hospital.

What we do:
Safekids Aotearoa designs and implements targeted programmes in collaboration with communities, agencies and corporate partners across New Zealand. Programmes cover child injury issues that include:

  • Burns
  • Button Battery ingestion
  • Car Seats
  • Child Pedestrians
  • Cycling
  • Driveway Run Over
  • Falls
  • Farm Safety
  • Poisoning
  • Product Safety
  • Scooter & Skateboard
  • Unintentional Cutting & Piercing
  • Water Safety 

How we work:
Safekids Aotearoa provides information, data and public awareness resources to increase the capacity, capability and motivation of community groups and injury prevention practitioners to undertake child injury prevention activities. You can download and/or order our publications from our website.

Information Service:
You can ask us a question through our Information Service. Our library catalogue is on our website and you can keep up to date with new research and publications by subscribing to our regular e-bulletins.

Find out more about our programmes, activities, resources and services on our website at


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