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Injuries: Children

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many recorded injuries excluding fatalities there were of children aged (a) 0 to four, (b) five to eight, (c) nine to 12 and (d) 13 to 16 years in each year since 1997; (144260)

(2) how many recorded injuries excluding fatalities there were of children aged (a) 0 to four, (b) five to eight, (c) nine to 12 and (d) 13 to 16 years where the injury was recorded as taking place (i) in the home, (ii) at school, (iii) in hospital, (iv) on a sports ground or other place where sporting activities occur, (v) in public parks and (vi) in other places in each year since 1997.

Data are not collected centrally precisely in the form requested. Data that most closely relate to the requested figures are from the Home and Leisure Accident Surveillance System, available for 1997 to 2002. These data cover injuries from non-fatal home and leisure accidents leading to an accident and emergency (A&E) visit (intentional injuries, road traffic and work accidents, and injuries treated by general practitioners or at home are not included). The figures are estimates for the United Kingdom, based on a sample of hospitals. The table shows data for published childhood age groups, and for locations relevant to the requested breakdown. More detail is available in the home and leisure accident surveillance system annual reports

www.hassandlass.org.uk/query/reports.htm

or from Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, which hold the detailed data

www.hassandlass.org.uk/query/index.htm.

UK estimates of number of A&E attendances for non-fatal home and leisure accident injuries—all accidents and by location

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

Ages 0 to 4

All accidents

768,420

743,180

740,730

686,770

632,700

617,320

Home

595,440

580,470

579,300

533,210

489,680

477,490

Hospital/health clinic/nursing home

1,600

1,990

1,960

1,580

1,910

1,600

Other medical establishment

200

160

110

210

230

160

Inside crèche/nursery/kindergarten

6,860

7,380

8,410

8,180

8,680

7,010

Inside school/university/college (excluding sport area)

3,760

4,880

4,220

4,360

4,120

5,000

School/nursery/kindergarten playground

11,040

10,920

11,720

12,120

13,140

13,120

Other education area (excluding sport area) and unspecified education area

3,860

3,980

3,400

3,410

3,780

3,770

Sport education area

1,180

1,230

1,190

1,010

790

1,090

Sport area (excluding education area)

5,050

5,290

5,380

5,320

4,890

5,000

Public playground

5,620

5,980

7,390

6,120

6,280

6,790

Parkland/cemetery/gardens

8,400

6,800

7,500

7,360

6,280

7,050

Other location

125,410

114,090

110,140

103,890

92,910

89,240

Ages 5 to 14

All accidents

1,593,280

1,504,420

1,541,230

1,430,150

1,382,990

1,360,690

Home

462,610

445,830

464,440

433,280

410,800

405,020

Hospital/health clinic/nursing home

870

1,070

950

940

860

1,110

Other medical establishment

60

100

90

90

120

120

Inside crèche/nursery/kindergarten

550

470

570

660

550

620

Inside school/university/college (excluding sport area)

73,910

76,110

82,620

78,690

75,900

71,030

School/nursery/kindergarten playground

119,320

128,040

138,530

124,340

130,270

126,140

Other education area (excluding sport area) and unspecified education area

73,680

64,620

62,350

57,780

63,530

62,340

Sport education area

119,900

118,430

116,870

107,430

105,490

108,300

Sport area (excluding education area)

103,000

106,810

99,130

90,140

89,540

99,810

Public playground

22,060

22,320

27,310

24,230

24,630

26,770

Parkland/cemetery/gardens

41,330

37,420

40,880

36,050

34,750

35,830

Other location

575,990

503,190

507,490

476,510

446,540

423,590

Note: Figures are estimates based on a sample of 18 hospitals across the UK, and have been rounded to the nearest 10 (so figures may not sum to total). Source: Home and Leisure Accident Surveillance System annual reports for 1997 to 2002 (published location categories have been aggregated and sample figures converted to national estimates).