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Can child injury prevention include healthy risk promotion?
  1. Mariana Brussoni1,
  2. Sara Brunelle2,
  3. Ian Pike1,
  4. Ellen Beate Hansen Sandseter3,
  5. Susan Herrington2,
  6. Heather Turner4,
  7. Scott Belair5,
  8. Louise Logan6,
  9. Pamela Fuselli6,
  10. David J Ball7
  1. 1Department of Pediatrics, University of British Columbia, BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  2. 2School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  3. 3Queen Maud University College of Early Childhood Education, Trondheim, Norway
  4. 4North Vancouver Recreation and Culture Commission, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  5. 5Reliable Reporting, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  6. 6Parachute, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  7. 7Middlesex University, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Mariana Brussoni, Department of Pediatrics, University of British Columbia, BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit, Room F511, 4480 Oak Street, Vancouver, BC, V6H 3V4 Canada; mbrussoni{at}


To reflect on the role of risk-taking and risky play in child development and consider recommendations for the injury prevention field, a symposium was held prior to the November 2013 Canadian Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Conference. Delegates heard from Canadian and international researchers, practitioners and play safety experts on child development, play space design and playground safety, provision of recreation, and legal and societal perceptions of risk and hazard. The presenters provided multidisciplinary evidence and perspectives indicating the potential negative effect on children's development of approaches to injury prevention that prioritise safety and limit children's opportunities for risky play. Delegates considered the state of the field of injury prevention and whether alternative approaches were warranted. Each presenter prepared a discussion paper to provide the opportunity for dialogue beyond attendees at the symposium. The resulting discussion papers provide a unique opportunity to consider and learn from multiple perspectives in order to develop a path forward.

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