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Injuries are a leading source of hospitalisation, morbidity and long-term health issues, including mental health related to experience(s). Unintentional injury can affect a child or young person’s social and emotional wellbeing.

The term ‘unintentional and deliberate injuries’ is used rather than ‘accidents’, since most injuries and their precipitating events are predictable and preventable. Unintentional injuries are identified as external causes of harm, such as road traffic collisions, sports injury, falls, accidental contact with machinery, burns and drowning, etc.  Deliberate injuries include different types of assaults and deliberate self-harm.

Factsheet: Injuries in children and young people (unintentional and deliberate) (PDF, 1Mb)


Key messages

In 2016/17, the rate (per 10,000) for emergency hospital admissions caused by unintentional and deliberate injuries in children is worse in County Durham than the England average,

  • 0-4yrs     –  County Durham (211.1), England (126.3),
  • 0-14yrs  –  County Durham (173.1), England (101.5),
  • 15-24yrs –  County Durham (156.4, England (129.2).

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