Frightening Statistics on Road Accidents from the Brake Charity

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Almost two thirds of drivers (63%) don’t know the correct position a headrest should be in to help prevent serious injury in the event of a crash. A similar amount (64%) don’t always check their headrest before setting off on a long journey.

Frightening statistics I am sure you will agree.

These statistics were recently released by Brake, the road safety charity. They do lots of excellent work in order to prevent road accident and deaths in and around the UK.

Alice Bailey, Campaigns and communications officer for Brake, the road safety charity, said:

“As a whiplash victim myself I understand all too well the lasting damage this kind of injury can do. Despite hours of treatment I still suffer with neck pain more than 15 year after I was involved in a crash.

Brake works tirelessly to prevent crashes in the first place urging drivers to make the roads as safe as possible by driving slowly and safely and using other forms of transport wherever possible, but if you are involved in a crash having your headrest set correctly can help minimise the injuries of the driver and passengers.

We would urge all drivers to familiarise themselves with the correct position and check their own and their passengers headrests before each journey. It’s a simple task that takes just a matter of seconds that could help prevent years of pain.”

We would encourage any accident claims companies in the UK to take up sponsorship with Brake as they do such good work in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

For more information please visit their website on www.brake.org.uk.

Some of the Best Tweets from the THINK! Road Safety Twitter Account

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thniAs you should already know, we’re great fans of the THINK! road safety campaign, so today decided to compile some of their best tweets into one easily digestible blog post.

They work tirelessly to enforce road safety accident knowledge and do a sterling job.

You can follow them on Twitter here like we already do:
https://twitter.com/THINKgovuk

New Drink Driving Video

Buckle Up on the Roads Infographic

Seat Belt Safety Awareness

The Tales of the Road Campaign for Child Safety from Road Accidents

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thnikIn the UK there is a road safety charity inititiave called THINK! It’s one of the best initiatives that we’ve ever seen.

The messaging is on point, and the “marketing” materials that they put out for accident prevention are second to none.

Here’s a video montage of their Tales of the Road campaign which focused on reducing children being involved and hurt in road accidents including a focus on child safety seats and restraints.

Find Out More About THINk!

For more information please visit their website which is http://think.direct.gov.uk/

The Great Work That NACA Does for Native American Children and Their Rights

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Today I wanted to raise awareness of NACA. They do excellent work in the United States. Here’s an overview of what they do, their ethos, and their activities.

Since 1999, Native American and Alaskan communities have been participating in NACA sponsored regional and national trainings to improve their response to the needs of children who have been victims of child abuse.

NACA’s work helps to inspire and support the development, growth, and maintenance of Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) and Multi-Disciplinary Teams (MDT) in Indian Country.

groupshotNACA was formed in April of 1999 and held its first formal meeting on September 26, 1999 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

It received its non-exempt tax status is June, 2001 and shortly there after became a chapter of the National Children’s Alliance. It has a close partnership with National Indian Child Welfare Association.

The Native American Children’s Alliance was formed in response to the need for tribal Child Advocacy Center development. Child Advocacy Centers (CACs) bring together a multi-disciplinary team (MDT) that includes prosecutors, law enforcement and child protection investigators, mental health and medical professionals, victim advocates and more to coordinate response and service to victims of child abuse.

Many professionals did not believe it was possible to develop CAC’s in Indian Country given the challenges involved in multi-jurisdictional coordination, lack of sustainability of current child abuse program initiatives, facility–based programming, and lack of community resources to sponsor the “mainstream” funding model for CAC’s.

NACA was formed to support existing tribal CAC programs and to promote the development of CAC’s and MDT’s in tribal communities.

NACA is committed to protecting Native children and eliminating children’s physical, sexual, psychological and spiritual abuse by providing awareness, training, building partnerships in a respectful way which honors tribal sovereignty, empowers communities, and develops tribal readiness for Seven Generations.

NACA was established to enhance the safety and well-being of all Native/Alaskan Native children and is well known for providing annual trainings to develop CACs for Indian Country. NACA can assess a community’s abilities to provide services regarding:

  • Development of multidisciplinary teams
  • Development of interagency agreements and protocols
  • Increasing community understanding of child abuse
  • Increasing prevention and intervention services
  • Identifying valuable resources for maintaining programs
  • Preparation for accreditation by the National Children’s Alliance

NACA has been expanding outreach to urban Indian populations and has developed Native-specific guides/materials to support development of CACs.