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Consumers (09-11-2007)

Child Safety Report Cards: A review of performance in 18 countries

The results of a major European project on child safety will be released at a press conference in the European Parliament on Tuesday, 20 November, the International Day of the Child.

 Child Safety Report Cards score the performance of participating European countries on their adoption implementation and enforcement of policies related to child and adolescent safety and quantify how many deaths could potentially be avoided. 

 Arlene McCarthy, MEP, Chair of the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee, will host the November 20 event when she will initiate a discussion on how leadership by the EU could improve the implementation of “good practice” measures. 

 Although child deaths from accidents have been falling over the past 20-30 years, they are still the number one killer of children in every country of the European Union.

 The Child Safety Report Cards are part of the Child Safety Action Plan initiative led by the European Child Safety Alliance of EuroSafe in partnership with the European Commission, the Health & Environment Alliance (HEAL), UNICEF Innocenti Centre, the Universities of Keele and the West of England, the World Health Organization (WHO) and partner organisations in 18 countries.

 If you would like more information, please contact Joanne Vincenten, Tel: 31 6 53 97 060 or Diana Smith, Communications, European Child Safety Alliance of EuroSafe, Diana@gsmith.com.fr, tel: +33 1 55 25 25 84  Mobile phone: +33 6 33 04 29 42. Website: www.childsafetyeurope.org