Guide aims to reduce road casualties amongst children

RoSPA has produced a guide for education professionals on how to prevent road casualties amongst children travelling to and from school.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has produced a guide on the requiest of Public Health England to assist schools in the promotion of child safety whilst travelling to and from school.

The “Road Injury Prevention: Resources to Support Schools to Promote Safe Active Travel” guide provides advice and information for teaching staff, parents and carers highlighting the importance of supporting effective road safety education as well as sharing steps that some schools have taken to promote safe active travel.

The number of child road deaths and serious injury in England rose from 1,732 in 2013 to 1,782 in 2014.

Highlighting the importance of the issue and encouraging schools to help save lives and prevent injuries on the road, RoSPA’s Nick Lloyd said, “Road collisions remain one of the main causes of death amongst children and young people up to 15 years old. The document is a useful guide for people working in education, enabling them to help reduce road accidents involving children by teaching them how to cope with the traffic environment.”

Eustace de Sousa, national lead for children, young people and families at Public Health England continued, “We’re delighted to work with RoSPA on this important piece of work to help raise awareness of the risks of road accidents in young people as they travel to and from school.”

Commenting on Public Health England’s commitment to working with councils and professionals in education to prevent any further increase in collisions involving young people, de Souse concluded, “By taking the important data and guidance detailed in the guide into consideration, we can help reduce preventable deaths in the 0-15 age group.”

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