Harm inflicted upon a child, whether intentional or unintentional, is never acceptable. When a child is physically injured, the ripple effect that follows isn’t always as visible as the initial injury, but the short and long-term results are significant, including school and work absences, medical and rehabilitation care, physical disabilities and emotional trauma. Guided by knowledge and promising actions, there are opportunities to actively and effectively contribute to the prevention of childhood injury.
Top 5 causes
The prevention of childhood injury is a goal of the John Rex Endowment. An early step in our work was the publication of A Profile of Wake County Childhood Injury & Injury Prevention. The profile details local organizations engaged in childhood injury prevention work, and it highlights key data and gaps. It also includes recommendations specific to injury prevention. The foundation's 2014 decision to focus on Wake County’s five leading causes of childhood injury was based on information in the Profile.
- Motor Vehicle Crash - child is an occupant
- Assault (i.e., physical/sexual violence, child abuse)
- Motor Vehicle Crash - child is a pedestrian
- Self-inflicted/Self-harm (i.e., suicide, cutting)
- Falls (e.g., playgrounds, homes)
Resources for data and recommended next steps
There are opportunities for public health officials, public safety professionals, school administrators and community members to effectively prevent injuries and create a safe community for children. We encourage you to review and share the following Wake County resources as you develop and incorporate effective prevention measures into your efforts to save lives and keep children safe.
- 2015 N.C. Suicide Prevention Plan: A Community Resource - a plan including concrete ways for families and communities to take action to prevent suicide and suicidal behaviors.
- A Compendium of Childhood Injury and/or Violence Prevention Resources and Interventions – a database of evidence-based programs in injury and violence prevention obtained from more than 11 national sources.
- Preventing Child Pedestrian Injuries and Fatalities in Wake County - a baseline assessment of child pedestrian crashes.
- Safe Kids Wake County – an active group of area organizations, businesses, and individuals interested in child safety.
- Task Force on Essentials for Childhood: Safe, Stable, and Nurturing Relationships and Environments to Prevent Child Maltreatment - the statewide strategic plan for reducing child maltreatment and secure family well-being.
See a few facts about about each of the top five causes of injury to Wake County's children.