In children under 5 years of age over 50% of all injuries occur at home, with falls being the most frequent injury mechanisms (Injuries in the European Union. IDB 2009.) The home setting is the first target for injury prevention in young children as it is where they spend the majority of their time. A home represents not only a shelter against the outdoors but also provides children a feeling of security. Yet it is an environment mostly created for adult needs and children are dependent on caregivers for their safety as they explore and interact with potential hazards. Home safety assessments using evidence-based checklists can ensure the home is made safer for children.
More Safety Consulting offers individualised, evidence-based safety assessments for private homes, using standardised state-of-the-art safety checklists, which change as the children grow and adapt to the environment.
Approximately 40% of injuries to children 10 to 14 years of age occur in sports and recreational areas (Injuries in the European Union. IDB 2009.) Many injuries are not deadly, and in young children occur on playgrounds and related to equipment such as swings, slides, overhead bars that rotate (RoSPA Accidents on Children’s Playgrounds). Others are trampolines and skateboards for older children. Also, swimming is a great sport for children, yet drowning is the second leading cause of injury death to children in Europe with children one to four years of age at highest risk (ECSA Drowning and water safety). The majority of these injuries are preventable, by using safety equipment, ensuring playgrounds are safe, and making pools inaccessible to children.
More Safety Consulting offers individualised, evidence-based sport and leisure safety assessments, which evolve as the children grow and adapt to the environment.
Violence against women or children due to physical, sexual or emotional abuse, or neglect, can be found throughout Europe and the world. Yet we do not have the numbers to prove it, as it is a sensitive issue. Violence has a major impact on physical and mental health, as it occurs and for years afterwards. It is alarming that violence often occurs in the family. Children up to four years of age are at greatest risk of fatal maltreatment. Yet violence is preventable and it is our duty to provide protection, justice and care for the victims using a full range of measures. A key factor for violence against children is early detection and intervention; for women it is providing support to prevent the reoccurrence of violence.
More Safety Consulting is involved in a number of research projects addressing the prevention of violence against women and children, in order to be more effective in understanding and preventing this complex problem.
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Mathilde Sengoelge is the CEO of More Safety Consulting. She is French-American and has worked in injury prevention research and policy, first in the United States at the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy, and then in Austria with the Austrian Road Safety Board. This entailed the creation and implementation of European Commission project grants, including budgeting and reports, as well as coordination of the internal team and communication with partners throughout Europe.
In addition to research projects, Mathilde was the conference manager for the 1st European Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion held in Vienna, Austria in June 2006 and she was the conference manager for the World Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Conference, June 2004.
Mathilde holds a Ph.D. from the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, a Master of Public Health from the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the U.S. and a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. She is also co vice-president of the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) Section on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion.