Child Injury Prevention (Ages 0-6)

About child injury prevention


Injuries remain the leading cause of death for children in Canada and a leading cause of hospitalization.  Families who have a lower income, or live in poor housing conditions are often more at risk for injury.  Everyone has a role to play in keeping children safe.

The resources provided in this section are designed for practitioners working in the Community Action Program for Children and Canada’s Pre-natal Nutrition Program (CAPC/CPNP), as well as Public Health, Childhood Educators, Day Care staff, or any others working with caregivers (we are using the term caregiver to include parents, grandparents, foster parents and anyone else responsible for the care of a child) and children aged 0-6.  These practitioners identified the need for simple messages and images to use with the families they serve, to teach them about preventing injuries in children.  They also identified the need for training in the area of child injury prevention, particularly addressing the social determinants of health and how to influence behavior change.

This project has been a collaboration between the CAPC/CPNP partners, PHAC, as well as members of the Canadian Collaborating Centres for Injury Prevention (CCCIP). Funding for this project was made available through the Public Health Agency of Canada's CAPC/CPNP National Projects Fund. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the view of the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Child injury prevention group e-mail list

Are you interested in child injury prevention?  Do you work with families of young children?  Join the CIPG e-mail list where you will receive updates on child injury prevention resources and information, ask questions, share information, resources and programs with other professionals working with families of young children.

Child injury prevention images and messages

The image gallery gives you direct access to simple images and messages on the following specific injury issues that affect children aged 0-6:

  • Falls
  • Burns and Scalds
  • Drowning
  • Poisoning
  • Suffocation-related injuries and Safe sleep
  • Motor vehicle related injuries (Child passenger restraint)
  • Playgrounds (venue)

Under each injury heading are images of the most common ways a young child can be injured, with a short message that describes the danger or risk in a negative image as well as what can be done to prevent that injury, in the positive image.

In addition, for each injury issue listed above, supplementary messages and links to additional resources available through Parachute and our partners are provided.

E-learning course for free

Introduction to Child Injury Prevention (ICIP) is a free e-learning course for practitioners working with caregivers of children aged 0-6, particularly families that may be new to Canada, have lower literacy, or live in rural or remote places in Canada.  It takes between 2-4 hours to complete all the lessons of the course.  You can leave the course at any time and come back into the beginning of the lesson you were working on.  For more information and to sign-in visit

E-learning course supplementary resources:

Throughout the Introduction to Child Injury Prevention e-learning course, program examples, evaluation tools, and additional resources for a number of injury issues that affect children aged 0-6 are referenced.  We have provided these resources and examples in a centralized location for you to access.

Additional Resources

Throughout the Introduction to Child Injury Prevention e-learning course, a number of resources were referenced.  We have provided these references and links under the headings: Ages and Stages, Healthy Child Development/Resiliency, Social Determinants of Injury, Behaviour Change, Policy Development, and Other Resources.  

Share / Follow us 

  • We’ve provided samples of posts for Twitter and Facebook (Excel)  that can be used in your own social media channels.
  • Please feel free to use and change these as you need, we’ve created a guide (Word) to help you.

Please follow along for updates and information about the course and resources via the hashtag #introcip and @parachutecanada

Contact us if you have any questions or for more information.