Reference : Multi-sectoral action for child safety - a European study exploring implicated sectors
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Human health sciences : Public health, health care sciences & services
Multi-sectoral action for child safety - a European study exploring implicated sectors
Scholtes, Béatrice mailto [Université de Liège > Département des sciences de la santé publique > Département des sciences de la santé publique > > >]
Schröder-Bäck, Peter [Universiteit Maastricht > International Health > > >]
Förster, Katharina [Universiteit Maastricht > International Health > > >]
MacKay, Morag [SafeKids Worldwide > > > >]
Vincenten, Joanne [Universiteit Maastricht > International Health > > >]
Brand, Helmut [Universiteit Maastricht > International Health > > >]
European Journal of Public Health
Oxford University Press
Yes (verified by ORBi)
United Kingdom
[en] child ; child welfare ; government ; recreation ; social welfare ; World Health Organization ; evidence-based practice ; home safety education ; child safety
[en] Background: Injury to children in Europe, resulting in both death and disability, constitutes a significant burden on individuals, families and society. Inequalities between high and low-income countries are growing. The World Health Organisation Health 2020 strategy calls for inter-sectoral collaboration to address injury in Europe and advocates the whole of government and whole of society approaches to wicked problems. In this study we explore which sectors (e.g. health, transport, education) are relevant for four domains of child safety (intentional injury, water, road and home safety). Methods: We used the organigraph methodology, originally developed to demonstrate how organizations work, to describe the governance of child safety interventions. Members of the European Child Safety Alliance, working in the field of child safety in 24 European countries, drew organigraphs of evidence-based interventions. They included the different actors involved and the processes between them. We analyzed the organigraphs by counting the actors presented and categorizing them into sectors using a pre-defined analysis framework. Results: We received 44 organigraphs from participants in 24 countries. Twenty-seven sectors were identified across the four domains. Nine of the 27 identified sectors were classified as ‘core sectors’ (education, health, home affairs, justice, media, recreation, research, social/welfare services and consumers). Conclusions: This study reveals the multi-sectoral nature of child safety in practice. It provides information for stakeholders working in child safety to help them implement inter-sectoral child safety interventions taking a whole-of-government and whole-of-society approach to health governance.
Commission européenne : Direction générale de la Santé et des Consommateurs
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