A seminar organised by the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT)* later this month will focus on “keeping children safe on their daily school journeys”.
CAPT says children and young people under the age of 16 years “are more likely to be injured on the roads when travelling to and from school than on any other journey”. It points to analysis by Public Health England and RoSPA which shows that over a five-year period an average of 16 children were killed or seriously injured every week.
CAPT says that more injuries occur after school and injury rates “shoot up” when children aged 11-12 years start to travel to school on their own. Most of the injuries happen to pedestrians and injury rates are much higher among children from more deprived backgrounds.
The seminar, which is supported by the DfT, will showcase policy and practice approaches and feature case studies of practical work that is “making a real difference”.
The event is intended for road safety professionals, senior teachers and school governors, public health specialists, highways engineers, policy makers and researchers.
The seminar will be held in central London on 26 March – click here for more information or to book a place.
CAPT is a national charity committed to reducing the number of children and young people killed, disabled or seriously injured in accidents.