What's Safe School ?
Welcome to the International Safe Schools Designation Program. The key to International Safe Schools is in understanding how the program started and where its roots are planted. This is within the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Safe Community Movement. World Health Organization (WHO) Safe Communities is about cross-sectoral, community based, long-term, sustainable, injury prevention that is based upon data and surveillance. The Safe Community initiative differs in comparison to other injury prevention programs. In the former, the leading role is played by the community itself. The term Safe Community implies that the community aspires to safety in a structured approach, not that the community is already perfectly safe. Creative methods of education and environmental change joined with appropriate legislation and enforcement are an important beginning for the safety of a community. No single approach is sufficient for changing existing behavior patterns. The media, for example, can be a very powerful tool in heightening public awareness.
Programs to prevent and control injuries and accidents must identify and characterize the injury problem and evaluate the effectiveness of injury control interventions. Though epidemiology is not the soul of the safe communities concept, the vital importance of it must be respected.