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RoSPA Presents its National Accident Prevention Strategy at LGA Conference

Flagship conference on public health Thursday, March 21

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) is to present its national accident prevention strategy at a flagship conference on public health tomorrow (Thursday, March 21).

The safety charity will be talking to delegates at the Local Government Association annual public health conference and exhibition in London about Safe and active at all ages: A national strategy to prevent serious accidental injuries in England.

The strategy seeks to address the rising number of accidental deaths in England and the heavy toll these place on the health and social care services, as well as the personal heartache that serious unintentional injury can cause. It aims to achieve a step-change in the delivery of evidence-based accident prevention programmes across England, promote safe and active lives and reduce the burden of serious accidental injury on society.

The strategy’s 25 recommendations for action address the major dangers faced by people across their life course, from birth to older age, and wherever they may find themselves – in their own homes, at work, in education, on the road, or during leisure pursuits.

Sheila Merrill, RoSPA’s acting head of policy, said: “Accidents kill thousands of people every year and the burden of death and serious injury is heaviest for the most vulnerable in society. Under-5s, the elderly those and in disadvantaged communities are affected more than any others.

“But we know, from evidence and experience of properly-designed interventions, that accidents are preventable. This is why having support for our national strategy is so vital. RoSPA is delighted to be able to address the LGA public health conference and present our ideas for how public bodies can collaborate to help prevent life-changing accidents.”

The LGA conference explores and builds on the challenging, innovative work being undertaken by councils and public health teams with their partners and local communities, and will this year focus on developing and supporting resilient, healthy communities.

To find out more about our Safe and active at all ages strategy see

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Accidents are the biggest threat to you and your family for most your life. In fact, more than 14,000 people die as a result of accidents across the UK each year, while thousands more are maimed and millions are injured. Businesses are ruined. Families are devastated. Children grow up without parents, parents without children. Yet despite the scale and severity of the problem, accidents are still too often discussed with a shrug of the shoulders. There is a pervasive belief amongst some people that accidents are somehow inevitable. That they can't be stopped. Imagine if we took the same attitude towards child abuse. Or cancer. For almost 100 years, RoSPA has been quietly working behind the scenes to change both legislation and attitudes surrounding accidents. From the compulsory wearing of seatbelts and the campaign to stop drink driving, to the Cycling Proficiency Test and to the more recent ban on handheld mobile phones behind the wheel, RoSPA has been instrumental in shaping our society for the better, preventing millions of deaths and serious injuries along the way. As a registered charity, we are committed to continuing this legacy of change.