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This is the Childhood Accidents JSNA Indicator Sheet from the Child and Maternal Health section (updated May 2015). JSNA Indicator Sheets summarise the current position and recent trends for Bolton, comparators to Bolton, and inequalities across population groups and geographical areas of Bolton.


  • Child mortalities from accidents are very rare with just 15 cases in Bolton between 2002 and 2010;
  • Hospital admissions for serious accidental injury in Bolton are erratic for children aged 0-4 years, but are steadily reducing in line with England for children aged 5-14 years;
  • At national level (necessary due to small numbers at district level), at least a third of accidental deaths are due to "other transport accidents"; the exception being children aged 0-4 years where suffocation is the most common cause;
  • There are inequalities across NS-SEC groups with the less affluent classifications having far higher rates of accidental child mortality.

An analysis of the number of children killed or seriously injured in road traffic collisions in Bolton in 2010.

This is one of three pieces of NICE guidance published in November 2010 on how to prevent unintentional injuries among under-15s. A second publication covers unintentional injuries in the home and a third covers strategies, regulation, enforcement, surveillance and workforce development.

This guidance is for local highway authorities, local strategic partnerships, directors of public health, health professionals who have a responsibility for preventing or treating unintentional injuries affecting children and young people aged under 15, and school travel planners.

It may also be of interest to road users, children, young people, their parents and carers and other members of the public.

The guidance covers 20 mph limits, 20mph zones and engineering measures to reduce speed or make routes safer.

The recommendations include advice on:

  • How health professionals and local highways authorities can coordinate work to make the road environment safer.
  • Introducing engineering measures to reduce vehicle speeds, in line with Department for Transport guidance.
  • Making routes commonly used by children and young people safer. This includes routes to schools and parks.

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This report covers the period 2004 to 2008 inclusive and primarily uses the Department for Transport (DfT) STATS19 data, supplied to Road Safety Analysis Limited for use in MAST Online.

An evidence review examining best practice in prevention of road traffic accidents as part of WHO global violence and injury prevention programme. Key recommendations are: adapting enviornment, safety education and skills training, addressing drink driving, multi-component interventions and enforcement of legislation.

This report presents comprehensive data at a Local Authority level on road traffic collisions and casualties in the North West, bringing together data from STATS19 (police incident information), the ambulance service, accident and emergency attendances, hospital admissions and mortality data.

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