Violence and Injury Prevention

Child injury prevention course

This course describes prevention of child injury from a global perspective. It provides an overview of injury as a public health problem, the burden of child injury and the challenges and opportunities to implement strategies to prevent child injury. The course focuses on five key injury mechanisms and the principles of child injury prevention.


The aim of this course is to provide participants with the knowledge basis relevant to the following:

  • recognize the innate developmental differences of children and how these characteristics relate to a child’s vulnerability and increased injury risk;
  • define the scope of child injury and describe epidemiologic trends based on age, gender and social determinants;
  • understand principles of child injury prevention methodology and approaches;
  • identify the five main mechanisms of child injury, and their associated risks, prevention strategies and examples of effective interventions;
  • describes obstacles and priorities within prevention of child injury.

Who can benefit

This course is designed for individuals and organizations actively engaged in developing and implementing policies or programmes that primarily target or secondarily impact the prevention of child injury.

It is also relevant for individuals or organizations providing financial or logistic support for child injury prevention programmes, individuals working in sectors relevant to the prevention of child injury (e.g. education, social services, etc.) or individuals working in the provision of care for injured children.


The course is designed to be delivered over 3-4 days.

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