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Injury Prevention in Schools

Educators, health practitioners and other professionals can all play a vital role in preventing injuries among school age children and youth. Age and developmental stage influence injury risks; injury prevention best practices for elementary school age children are different than they are for junior and senior high school youth.

Educators, health practitioners, other professionals and parents can work together, at both the school and the school board level, to reduce child and youth injury.

Key Messages

Elementary School

There are many different ways to promote and teach injury prevention and safety in elementary schools. For example, you can do the following:

  • Include injury prevention education in lessons for various subjects.
  • Set up a display about an injury issue during parent-teacher interviews.
  • Consult with the school’s parent council about the safety issues at and around the school.
  • Advocate for safe walk-to-school programs.
  • Lead through your own example.

Preventing injuries among school age children provides information and resources about priority injury issues for this age group.

Junior & Senior High School

The AHS Provincial Injury Prevention Program (PIPP) supports a smart risk approach to youth injury prevention. The smart risk approach was originally developed by SMARTRISK, a national injury prevention organization. The approach recognizes that risk is a part of life, and while not all risks can be eliminated, most can be managed. Taking smart risk means recognizing the risks of an activity and choosing to manage them to prevent injuries. By helping youth develop sound decision-making skills the smart risk approach is intended to reduce youth injury and, in so doing, improve health outcomes for this age group.

Every day youth are bombarded with unhealthy messages about risk from many different sources. Healthy messages about managing risk need to be reinforced in junior and senior high schools to help normalize the idea of smart risk-taking.

You can do the following to support healthy risk taking:

  • Incorporate smart risk education into class work for various subjects.
  • Promote smart risk management at school wide events.
  • Integrate the concept of smart risk-taking into a school’s culture.
  • Model smart risk choices.

Preventing injuries among youth provides information and resources about specific injury issues for this age group.