The objectives of PHASE are to enhance the injury data exchange and use at Community level for injury prevention programming and actions in the Member States. PHASE will reinforce current health-sector related networks and activities in Member States that address the priority issues of child safety and aim to develop a stronger public health response to interpersonal violence in the EU.
The Commission’s communication and draft Council resolution highlight the need for enhanced information exchange on the size, nature and societal impact of accidents and injuries, and on the evidence of effective measures and good practices. Child safety promotion and the prevention of interpersonal violence are
prioritised as issues for collaborative actions at Community level. Such actions are expected to build on existing networks of relevant stakeholders and professionals that are essential for helping to create a safer Europe. PHASE will provide a significant impetus to the implementation of the EU strategy for injury prevention.
PHASE will build on methodologies developed under previous public health programme work plans for the Injury Database (IDB). Previous work on comprehensive data presentation provides the directions for linking IDB data
with other data sources (ESTAT, CARE, ESAW and WHO-Euro).
The work on child safety action plans builds on sound and proven methodologies for action plan development and capacity building in countries.
To address the issue of interpersonal violence, a mapping exercise will be performed with the strong participatory role for knowledge centres in countries as well as national policymakers. In addition existing violence networks will be engaged in the inventory study.
The work on injury information and reporting (Injury Data Clearing House — IDC) will result in an IDB built on contributions from an increased number of reporting countries.
With respect to child safety promotion, the project will result in increased capacity in EU Member States for child safety promotion and the development of child safety action plans in 12 new countries, while the implementation activities in the current countries will be facilitated.
Finally the project will deliver statistical fact sheets on interpersonal violence in the EU. Tools for capacity building in view of making violence prevention part of formal public health education and training will be made available and disseminated among interest groups.