Safe Kids Worldwide is the first and only international nonprofit organization dedicated solely to preventing unintentional childhood injury. More children 1 to 14 die from accidents such as motor vehicle crashes, fires, drowning, poisoning, and falls than any other cause. Accidents kill one million children each year around the world and permanently disable many more, and almost all of these injuries are preventable.
Safe Kids USA is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, which was founded in 1987 as the National SAFE KIDS Campaign with support from Johnson & Johnson. Safe Kids Worldwide is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization located in Washington, D.C.
More than 600 coalitions in 23 counties bring together health and safety experts, educators, corporations, foundations, governments, and volunteers to educate and protect families. In August 1991, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services signed a contract with Safe Kids to be the state coalition to implement and facilitate accomplishment of common goals and objectives concerning childhood injury prevention. Currently there are nine local Safe Kids Coalitions in Missouri. (See the Safe Kids Missouri map and Contact List).
Safe Kids depends on the support of grass roots networks to implement safety programs and hands-on training throughout the world. These grass roots networks work closely with law enforcement officers, firefighters, paramedics, health and safety experts, professionals, educators, parents, businesses, foundations, governments, policymakers, volunteers, and most importantly, children to educate and protect families. By mobilizing communities at the local level, Safe Kids provides public education programs, facilitate engineering and environmental modifications, enact and enforce laws and regulations, and conduct research to drive our programs and determine the efficacy of our efforts.
Safe Kids Worldwide promotes changes in attitudes, behaviors, laws, and the environment to prevent accidental injury to children. Safe Kids has contributed to a 51 percent reduction in the U.S. child fatality rate from unintentional injury.
The National Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Certification Training Program is a partnership between Safe Kids Worldwide, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the National CPS Board and program sponsor State Farm. As the Certifying Body, Safe Kids administers all aspects of CPS certification and maintains a directory of nationally certified CPS Technicians and Instructors. There are over 34,000 currently certified child passenger safety technicians and instructors. Safe Kids has distributed more than 2.5 million bicycle helmets, 510,000 car seats and 250,000 smoke alarms to families in need, and checked 1.4 million car seats.
For more information, visit: http://www.safekids.org/.
Safe Kids Missouri Coalitions Websites:
- Boot heel Safe Kids Coalition, Pemiscot County Initiative Network
- Metro KC
- Newton/Jasper Counties
- St. Louis
- North West Safe Kids Coalition
- Eastern Quad Safe Kids Coalition
- West Central Missouri Safe Kids Coalition