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Child Safety Report Cards: inconsistency in policy adoption across 31 countries. Countries need to increase adoption of proven child safety policies to protect Europe's most vulnerable citizens and future society
  1. Joanne Vincenten
  1. Correspondence to Joanne Vincenten, European Child Safety Alliance, RoSPA, 28 Calthorpe Road, Birmingham B15 1RP, UK; j.vincenten{at}

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On 12 June 2012, in the European Parliament, MEP Malcolm Harbour, Chair of the Internal Market and Consumers Protection Committee, and John Dalli, European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy launched, in conjunction with the European Child Safety Alliance, Child Safety Report Cards for 31 countries, and a European summary. The Report Cards score countries on their level of adoption, implementation and enforcement of over 100 proven strategies and policies to prevent unintentional injury—good practices that are known to save children's lives. This multi-country assessment provides thoughts for similar actions in other countries worldwide.

This is the third round of Child Safety Report Cards to be released by the European Child Safety Alliance, with 18 countries participating in 2007, 26 in 2009 and now 31 in 2012. A trend analysis for countries participating in both 2007 and 2012 found significant improvements in overall country scores over the 5 years. Encouragingly, some of the greatest improvements were reported in countries where investments in unintentional injury prevention have been made in the last 5 years (eg, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Scotland and Spain). A notable decrease in overall score since 2009 in Greece probably …

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