Accidents happen throughout childhood and adolescence, from non-intentional injuries in under-fives to injuries from road traffic accidents and physical violence in young people. These can be prevented with interventions and safety measures.
Non-intentional injuries are a leading cause of death and disability in young children, especially from falls, poisonings and drowning. Improved home safety is needed to prevent injuries.
Road traffic accidents
Globally, road traffic accidents are a leading cause of death and serious injury among young people, but rates in the UK have fallen and compare against high income countries.
Youth violence impacts individuals, families, communities and society. Public health approaches to tackling violence have reduced rates of physical injury in parts of the UK.