Promoting Safety and Reducing Risk Program Evaluation

Promoting Safety and Reducing Risk: Program Evaluation

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Promoting Safety and Reducing Risk: Program Evaluation

An intervention for the prevention of injury to children particularly toddlers is the keeping of any risky device or material away from them. The target audience for the evaluation of the intervention is parents who are having children aged between 1 year and three years old. The intervention topic for the program is therefore termed as safe keeping of items from the reach of children. Additional characteristics of the target audience include the following: individuals who are on busy work schedules with little time at home with the family especially the children (Marrelli, 2013). Moreover, a lack of full-time caretaker is another significant characteristic of the target audience. The population that is affected include those that interact more frequently with dangerous objects such as farm chemicals, metals and cutting devices. The harmful objects described herein also appear to be the risk factors for developing injury in children. The others are a playful child, ease of access and absence of supervision.

The objectives of the intervention program described herein are to prevent the access and interaction between the dangerous objects and the children and to promote a friendly environment for playing among the active and young individuals (Merril & Taylor, 2010). The goal of the intervention is to reduce incidences of childhood injury from preventable causes and promote the safety of children within their immediate environment. The intervention involves the process of keeping harmful objects away from the reach of children. Such places would include locked cabinets, high shelves or away from the house in areas such as stores (Roberts, 2012). Evaluation of the program can be achieved by checking the number of new cases post-inception of the process. There is also the confirmation of the effectiveness of the program through means such as direct supervision of any obvious danger that the population being targeted is likely to be subjected to. The effectiveness of the program will also be evaluated by comparing two different population, one in which the strategy is implemented, and the other will be a control group. In a case whereby a marked difference will be observed, it can be concluded that the evaluated program is valid.


Marrelli, T. (2013). Safety in Healthcare and Home Care. Home Healthcare Nurse, 31(6), 289-292.

Merril, S., & Taylor, E. (2010). Safe At Home – the National Home Safety Equipment Scheme. Injury Prevention, 16(Supplement 1), A95-A95.

Roberts, I. (2012). LET’S TALK ABOUT SAFETY—CAN INJURY PREVENTION DO MORE HARM THAN GOOD? Injury Prevention, 18(Suppl 1), A1.4-A1.