Tools to Address Childhood Trauma and Injuries, and Children’s Safety

Lead investigator
Professor Ronan Lyons, Swansea University

TACTICS is a large, multi-year initiative of the European Child Safety Alliance. It works to provide better information, practical tools and resources to support adoption and implementation of evidence-based good practices for the prevention of injury to children and youth in Europe.

The initiative builds on the successful work of past projects such as the Child Safety Action Plan (CSAP, 2004-2010). It involves all 27 EU member states, Croatia, Iceland, Israel, Norway and Switzerland.

Aims & objectives
To make the lives of all children in Europe safer. In order to achieve this, TACTICS will: Explore health inequalities as they relate to childhood injury, and target capacity-building efforts at both regional and local level; Link findings from CSAP with key outcomes of other child health and safety projects; Develop practical tools and resources for policy at both national and sub-national (regional and municipal) levels to promote child safety as an achievable objective.
Study design

TACTICS aims to influence policy responses to the burden of childhood injuries through:

  • Good practice policy benchmarking through report cards in 27 EU member states;
  • Devising a comprehensive Child Safety Index and toolkit;
  • Building better understanding of why more effective action is not currently taken at the national and sub-national levels, through case study analysis;
  • Mapping responsibility for child safety in the EU, member states, and six regions;
  • Applying knowledge gained to develop targeted good practice advocacy tools for sub-national levels;
  • Facilitate four countries that have not previously participated in CSAP to develop national child safety action plans;
  • Involve networks working with those audiences (e.g. Child Friendly Cities, ChildonEurope, Safe Communities Network, Region on Health Network) and, through targeted dissemination, maximise existing mechanisms to increase uptake of tools and resources by a wide variety of decision-makers.

In addition, a partner not otherwise involved in the project activities will conduct an independent impact evaluation.

The project aims to address knowledge gaps related to understanding:

  • Inequities and child injury;
  • Where responsibility for child injury prevention lies within countries and the EU;
  • Why there is often a lack of effective multi-sectoral action at the national and sub-national levels in EU member states.
Further information & publications
Start date
April 2011
End date
March 2014