The European Child Safety Alliance and the European Parliament launched the “Child Safety Report Card” in the European Parliament in Strasbourg today. These Report Cards are issued each year and provide a baseline and monitoring tool against which to assess progress, but also as a means of identifying current policy gaps and suggesting priorities for action to make environments safer for children in Member States.
Speaking at the launch, Liam Aylward MEP for Ireland East stated: “The Report cards summarises Ireland’s performance with respect to the level of safety provided to the youngest and most vulnerable members of our society. The figures on the Report Cards are shocking and worrying. 115 children die each day in the EU from unintentional injuries and the leading cause of death and disability to children in every Member State is injury. Every year, unintentional injuries kill up to 42,000 children and young people in the European region.”
The 31 countries who participate in the report card assessments are marked out of 100 on safety measures in place to reduce the number one case of death, disability and inequity in every Member State – injury.
“In previous report cards for Ireland, road traffic accidents, falls and drowning related deaths were the responsible for high mortality rates. Farm related accidents are also contributor to injury and death among young people. In 2011 fatalities on farms constituted 50% of all workplace fatalities – according to the HSA, child fatalities account for 20% of these deaths.”
The Ireland East MEP has recently started work on a Parliamentary Report on Farm Safety for the European Parliament Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development and will be focusing on child safety on farms. Each year a tragically high number of children are the victims of accidents or injury on farms.