Preventable injuries are the leading cause of death for Australian children aged 1-14 years and one of the leading causes of hospitalisation. Every week across the country, 3 children are killed from preventable injuries.
In Victoria, approximately 20 children aged 0-14 years die and over 100,000 are treated in hospital each year, with children under the age of 5 most at risk.
Kidsafe exists to prevent these tragedies. We do this by empowering families – particularly those who are most vulnerable – with the provision of practical strategies and knowledge of how to keep their kids safe. We run evidence-based community outreach programs and develop educational campaigns and resources in collaboration with a variety of stakeholders.
Since Kidsafe’s establishment, the number of children in Australia killed by unintentional injury has reduced from over 700 deaths per year, to just over 150 deaths per year. To date, a great deal has been achieved in preventing unintentional injuries to children – however, there is still much to be done. Kidsafe and the community must continue their efforts to save the lives of Victorian children.
Kidsafe Australia is the trading name of the Child Accident Prevention Foundation of Australia. It was founded in 1979 by a group of health, legal and business professionals focused on the prevention of accidental injuries to children.
Kidsafe works at the national level with partners, such as government departments, industry bodies, education providers, health professionals, the media, community groups and voluntary organisations, to address child safety injury issues.