Safe Kids Worldwide, founded in 1987 as the first and only national nonprofit organization dedicated solely to the prevention of unintentional childhood injury, is now Safe Kids Worldwide. This evolution reflects the union of the nearly two-decade-old Safe Kids grassroots network in the U.S. with the burgeoning international Safe Kids movement, each with the mission of preventing accidental injuries to children ages 14 and under. Currently, there are 16 member countries and more than 450 local coalitions.
Accidental injuries are a leading killer of kids across the globe. Each year more than one million children die and many more are injured by accidents that could have been prevented. Safe Kids Worldwide will continue to follow the proven injury prevention model, conducting public outreach and awareness campaigns, stimulating hands-on grassroots activity, creating safe environments and working to make injury prevention a public policy priority. Safe Kids has already made significant progress in reducing the risk of accidental injury to children — in the U.S., the national accidental injury death rate among children ages 14 and under has declined more than 40 percent since the inception of Safe Kids — and the visibility of unified global operations will enhance the organization’s efforts.
The commonwealth of Virginia is fortunate to have nine Safe Kids Coalitions and two Safe Kids chapters that are actively working to prevent unintentional injuries in children. Each coalition or chapter addresses risk areas that are significant in their locality. Topics include car seat safety checks, bicycle rodeos, pedestrian safety training and water safety, as well as special events. To locate more information on a Safe Kids organization near you and to learn what exciting injury prevention opportunities are available, please contact your local Safe Kids coordinator.
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