For many of us, the start of the school year brings an opportunity to bring new perspectives into our work. The Children’s Safety Network (CSN) recently attended the Safe States Alliance annual conference where we made new connections, shared learnings, and explored long-standing and new partnerships. One of CSN’s presentations, Learning Collaborative Contributions to Child Safety Systems and Workforce Development, highlighted the progress of 26 state and jurisdiction teams that participated in Cohort 1 of the Child Safety Learning Collaborative. Learn more about the impact of the CSN Framework in collaborative learning in the spotlight section below.
September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Every year 2,817 children and adolescents age 0-19 die by suicide. Suicide was the second leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 10-14 and the third leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 15-24 in 2020. Recently the U.S. Surgeon General issued an advisory on protecting youth mental health, a public health crisis. Below are recent CSN resources on suicide prevention:
Please widely share these resources with your networks.
Jennifer Leonardo, PhD
New CSN Resource:
Achieving Gains in State and Local Child Safety Systems and Workforce Development: Application of the Framework for Quality Improvement and Innovation in Child Safety
The Children’s Safety Network (CSN) Framework was used by 26 state/jurisdiction teams that participated in Cohort 1 of the Child Safety Learning Collaborative (CSLC) between November 2018 to April 2020. The aim was to strengthen child safety systems and the workforce to spread child safety evidence-based and evidence-informed strategies and programs for children and adolescents ages <1–19 years. CSN published a manuscript in Injury Prevention concluding teams achieved an average change of 2.4-fold increase in the spread of evidence-based and evidence-informed child safety strategies and programs, indicating improvement in child safety systems.
This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the Child and Adolescent Injury and Violence Prevention Resource Centers Cooperative Agreement (U49MC28422) for $5,000,000 with 0 percent financed with non-governmental sources. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.