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Information for Schools & Teachers

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.

Age and developmental stage influences injury risks and therefore best practices in injury prevention. Click below to find out more about injury and injury prevention for elementary school children and junior/senior high school youth.

The AHS Provincial Injury Prevention Program (PIPP) supports a smart risk approach to injury prevention for youth. 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. There are six smart risk strategies that reduce the likelihood and/or severity of an injury. 

Injury prevention in schools 
Schools need to provide a safe environment for students and educate students about safety and risk management. Educators, health practitioners, and other professionals all have roles in school-based injury prevention education.

For information about provincial and national injury prevention networks go to injury prevention networks for professionals.