Child Injury Prevention (Ages 0-6)

Additional resources

Throughout the Introduction to Child Injury Prevention e-learning course, a number of resources were referenced.  We have provided these references and links under the headings: Ages and Stages, Healthy Child Development/Resiliency, Social Determinants of Injury, Behaviour Change, Policy Development, and Other Resources.  

Ages and stages 

Injuries often happen when a child reaches a developmental milestone and acquires a new skill.  Therefore, caregivers need to understand the basics of child development and anticipate their child’s next developmental milestone before it happens. This allows them to adjust the environment and their behaviour to decrease the risk of injury.  Listed below are some resources that frame the injury issues in an ages and stages approach.  As well, you will be able to identify the various images that fit with these ages and stages.

Healthy child development / Resiliency

In lesson 2 of the ICIP e-learning course, we highlighted the strong relationship between healthy child development, resiliency and injury.  We also highlighted the role those working in family resource centres or other programs that work with families of young children, can play in enhancing the development of children – in all four areas: cognitive, emotional, social and physical. 

Below are the resources referenced in the course and other resources that address this topic:

Behaviour change

Lesson 4 of the ICIP e-learning course focuses on how to influence behaviour change by understanding your target audience and the benefits and barriers they see to either keeping their current behavior or changing their behaviour to provide a safer environment for their children.   Lesson four follows a 5A’s template –ask, advise, assess, assist, arrange , adapted from a  tobacco cessation approach used by a number of our partners.  East Tennessee State University. Tennessee Intervention for Pregnant Smokers.  

This article summarizes the same concepts but from a social marketing approach:

If you want further training around social marketing please visit CDC Cyndergy .

Social determinants of injury 

As part of this project, we contracted with one of our partners to enhance a workshop they had developed around the social determinants of injury, and to create a facilitator’s guide. 

Starting a discussion with a broad range of people in your community on the Social Determinants of Health/Injury that could be the first step in developing a program or policy change that you have identified.  These materials are a supplement to Lesson 7 on Influencing Public Policy Development.

Policy development

People working in the area of child injury prevention may identify policy development/revision as a critical strategy to use to address a particular issue facing their community.  Lesson 7 of the course guides you through a planning approach that was adapted from the Thought About Food, food security project.  The steps used in that resource (and in Lesson 7) are an adaptation of the 8 Steps to Developing a Health Promotion Policy, linked below.

Other resources