Posted November 27, 2020
Social Policies in Atlantic Canada: Links to Children’s Fall Prevention
Falls are the number one cause of injury hospitalization among Atlantic Canadian children ages 0-14 years old. Most falls are predictable, meaning they are also preventable.
The Atlantic Collaborative on Injury Prevention (ACIP), in partnership with Child Safety Link (CSL), is releasing a new report titled, Social Policies in Atlantic Canada: Links to Children’s Fall Prevention. This report provides an opportunity for those working in fall prevention to reflect and discover ways in which social policies can address the links between the social determinants of health (SDOH) and fall-related injuries among children.
ACIP and CSL define social policy as covering a range of supports (such as programs, benefits, policies, legislation, and other resources) that act to protect people through various life changes that can affect their health. Examples of social policies in Canada include universal health care, home-care programs, social assistance, retirement pensions, and more.
Social policies are not created with the intent to prevent fall-related injuries. However, the goal of this report is to demonstrate how social polices policies can help (directly or indirectly) improve social and economic conditions in which people live, work, and play (which ultimately help contribute to safer environments and lifestyles).
The report is available in English and French, and can be found on the Child Safety Link website at: https://childsafetylink.ca/news/report-launch-fall-prevention-social-policy/