Position Papers

Booster seats

[Position paper, 2013]

This position paper: - describes the epidemiology of child passenger injuries in New Zealand.

 

  • describes how booster seats work to protect child passengers

  • presents evidence to support the use of booster seats until a child's height is 148 cm

  • offers evidence based recommendations on child restraint practices

 

 

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Safekids Child Pedestrian Injury Prevention

[Position Paper 2018]

 

This position paper describes the epidemiology of child pedestrian injuries in New Zealand.

 

 

 

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Child trampoline injury prevention

[Position paper, 2014]

This A4 size 21 page position paper for injury prevention practitioners and policymakers looks at evidence from New Zealand and international research on trampoline injuries to children.

It makes a series of recommendations on: appropriate use, assembly, placement and maintenance and design and standards.

ISBN: 978-0-9941125-0-7 (Print) ISBN: 978-0-9941125-2-1 (Online)

This resource is aimed at practitioners and others running injury prevention programmes.

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Child skateboard and scooter injury prevention

[Position paper, 2013]


This A4 size 25 page position paper for injury prevention practitioners and policymakers looks at evidence from New Zealand and international research.

It includes sections on: Skateboard and scooter-related child injury, New Zealand legislation and requirements, Intervention to reduce injuries to child skateboarders and scooter riders - Protective equipment and supervision, Engineering solutions to enable safe pedestrian space, Other interventions, Safekids NZ recommendations. Includes appendices and detailed references.

This is a resource for practitioners and those running injury prevention programmes.

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Child cycling injury prevention

[Position paper, 2012]

This A4 size 25 page position paper for injury prevention practitioners and policymakers looks at evidence from New Zealand and international research. Bicycles are an important source of exercise, transportation and recreation for children in New Zealand, and for many children, learning to ride a bicycle is an important part of their play and development. There are significant benefits for children and their communities associated with cycling, including health benefits such as higher daily levels of physical activity, and better cardiovascular fitness; improved liveability of communities and improved community accessibility and cohesion. However, cycling related injuries are one of the top ten causes of unintentional injury related deaths for children in New Zealand.

This position paper includes information on the following interventions: 1. Bicycle helmets 2. Bicycle skills training 3. Enhancing the safer use of bicycles as part of children’s active travel 4.

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Child poisoning prevention

[Position paper, 2015]

This A4 size 29 page position paper for injury prevention practitioners and policymakers looks at evidence from New Zealand and international research. Children are naturally inquisitive, and learning by exploring their environment is an integral and important part of a child’s growth and development. They are uniquely vulnerable in their potential to experience unintentional poisoning, due to their changing developmental skills, and their bodies’ inability to withstand the effects of toxins.

Unfortunately children aged 0-14 years are too young to differentiate between safe and unsafe substances and can poison themselves through innocent exploration of their environment, with little concept of the potential danger to themselves. Consequently children are reliant on adults to ensure their safety and wellbeing This is a Practitioner Focused Resource. Poisoning prevention resources that are suitable for Parents and caregivers are "Mistaken Identity" and the "Keep Kids Safe from Poisoning"

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Child driveway run over injuries

[Position paper, 2011]

This A4 size 24 page position paper for injury prevention practitioners and policymakers looks at evidence from New Zealand and international research.

 

This booklet analyzes driveway run over factors:

(1) Human factors such as awareness, perception and supervision processes.

(2) Vehicle design - including issues like visibility from with the vehicle and blind zones.

(3) Property design - built environment, section layout, separate play areas.

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