As most injuries to children and youth do not happen on school property during school hours, school staff members do not always think that they have a specific role in promoting safety for children and youth at home, at play or in the community. Consider however, the toll that injuries take on Alberta’s young people:
- Injury is the leading cause of death for children and youth between 1 and 19 years old.
- Common causes of injury among 1 to 19 year olds, serious enough to result in hospitalization, include motor vehicle collisions, falls and sports-related injuries.
- Motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of injury death and hospitalization for children and youth between 1 and 19 years of age.
- Suicide is the second leading cause of injury death for 10-14 year olds and the second leading cause of injury death and hospitalization for 15-19 year olds.