Unintentional and deliberate injuries are a major cause of premature mortality in children and young people. They can also be a source of long-term physical and mental health issues and have been identified as a major health inequality with studies finding an association between unintentional injuries and deprivation. With analysis conducted by Public Health England finding that children, aged under 5, from more deprived communities experience higher rates of emergency hospital admissions, related to unintentional injuries than children from the least deprived communities.
Public Health England have developed three indictors related to hospital admissions caused by unintentional and deliberate injuries in children and young people.
The latest figures (2015/16), show that Lancashire-12 recorded a significantly higher crude admission rate per 10,000 for all three indicators when compared to England, with trend line analysis highlighting that this has been the case for the past six years. Although on a positive note the rate for young people (aged 15-24) is coming down.
Additional analysis of the 2015/16 Lancashire-12 figures found the following :
Blackpool also recorded a significantly high admission rate against all three of these indicators, whilst Blackburn was found to have a significantly high rate of admissions for children aged 0-4 and aged 0-14 with the areas young persons (aged 15-24) admissions rate found to be in line with the national figure.
Further data and analysis
Children and young people self-harm 2014 (PDF 223 KB)
Page updated October 2017