The Children’s Safety Network works with state and jurisdiction Maternal & Child Health and Injury & Violence prevention programs to create an environment in which all children and youth are safe and healthy. Our goal is to equip states and jurisdictions to strengthen their capacity, utilize data and implement effective strategies to make major reductions in injury-related deaths, hospitalizations, and emergency department visits.
What we do
- The Children’s Safety Network, in cooperation with the Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) and 17 states and jurisdictions, is implementing the second cohort of the Child Safety Collaborative Innovation and Improvement Network (CS CoIIN).
- In partnership with HRSA MCHB, CSN facilitates a National Coordinated Child Safety Initiative with participation by leaders and experts representing national organizations, Federal agencies, universities, and states with a commitment to child safety. The National Initiative is guided by a Steering Committee, which works to create new synergy among public and private stakeholders and to support the activities of the CS CoIIN strategy teams.
- CSN provides technical assistance on injury and violence prevention planning, programs, and evidence-based practices to state and jurisdiction health departments and health and safety services and systems.
CSN strengthens state health department infrastructure for childhood injury prevention by:
- Helping states to address their injury-related MCH Performance Measures
- Integrating injury prevention activities into MCH services
- Building partnerships among MCH, IVP, and other relevant programs at the national, state, and local levels
- Providing technical assistance on the implementation of proven strategies to prevent a wide variety of injuries affecting children and youth in a broad range of settings, including injuries related to motor vehicles, violence, and recreational activities, and injuries sustained in homes and schools
- Assisting states and jurisdictions in the development of the core components of an effective injury and violence prevention program: data analysis, evidence-based interventions, infrastructure, technical support and training, and public policy
- Training and educating MCH and other public health professionals on injury and violence prevention
CSN and EDC, Inc.
The Children’s Safety Network is a project of Education Development Center, Inc (EDC). We are part of the Center for the Study and Prevention of Injury, Violence, and Suicide within EDC’s Health and Human Development division. This center works to understand the causes of intentional and unintentional injuries and to develop prevention strategies.