Kidsafe is the leading non-government, not-for-profit charitable
organisation, dedicated to preventing unintentional childhood injuries
and reducing the resulting deaths and disabilities associated with
injuries in children under the age of 15 years.
Kidsafe was first established in 1979 as the Child Accident Prevention Foundation of Australia (CAPFA). State divisions were established soon after. The name Kidsafe was adopted nationally in 1993. In July 2003, the Foundation adopted a federated structure, with each of the state branches becoming independently Incorporated Associations. Kidsafe Australia's state branches are now:
Since the establishment of Kidsafe, the number of child deaths and hospitalisations has more than halved. Injuries are the leading cause of death in Australian children aged one to fourteen, accounting for nearly half of all deaths in this age group.
"More children die of injury than die of cancer, asthma and infectious diseases combined1."
Each year about 250 Australian children (aged 0-14 years) are killed and 58,000 hospitalised by unintentional injuries – the kind often referred to as accidents. Many of these are easily prevented by simple means.
Unintentional injuries account for about 88% of all injury related deaths2 in children and about 97% of all injury related hospitalisations3.
Injury is defined as: Physical harm or damage to the body. It may be intentionally or unintentionally caused. An injury may be minor and require little or no care, or may be more serious, requiring treatment or hospitalisation and may result in permanent scarring, disability or death.
To make a safer world for kids by leading the promotion of action to highlight and to minimise the unacceptable level of risk and consequence of injury to children in our adult-focused world.
To prevent child deaths from unintentional injury and reduce the severity of unintentional injuries to children aged less than 15 years, through education, research, advocacy and environmental, legislative and behaviour change.