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Child accident prevention

Making every contact count (MECC)

Making every contact count (MECC) is an NHS designed approach to behaviour change. It uses the millions of day to day interactions that organisations and people have with other people to support them in making positive changes to their physical and mental health and wellbeing.

We know that some of the common problems people may experience can lead to poor health and wellbeing if not tackled early enough. These problems include:  

  • debt
  • unemployment
  • relationship
  • safety issues

Child accident prevention (CAP) MECC

Child accident prevention (CAP) was introduced to help reduce the total number of accidents in children aged 0 to 5 which result in hospital admissions. In 2016/17, Warwickshire had the fourth highest rate of hospital admissions caused by unintentional and deliberate injuries in ages 0 to 4 across the whole West Midlands region (152.8 per 10,000).

In infants aged under one, over 50% of all attendances were for head injuries across the three year period.

Other common injuries in this age group were:

  • soft tissue inflammation
  • burns
  • scalds

A course overview

CAP is a fully funded three hour course. At the end of the training, by working through all the course objectives, attendees will be better equipped to:

  • understand an individual's potential needs
  • recognise the causes of accidents and the wider pressures that people face
  • spot the signs and triggers for a MECC conversation
  • start a MECC conversation
  • discuss issues with greater confidence and learned techniques 
  • signpost and refer to more help and information

All attendees who complete the course will be able to access ongoing support, advice and up to date information from Citizens Advice and us.

Please contact [email protected] or [email protected] if you are interested in attending this course, or want to learn more about organising training dates for your staff.

Resources

General resources

New parent support

Child accident prevention support

Mental health support

Finance and housing support