Child Safety in the UK, VOICE Fact Sheet

  • Published: European Transport Safety Council, VOICE : Vulnerable Road User Organisations in cooperation across Europe, 2005
  • Authors: European Transport Safety Council
  • Date Added: 15 Mar 2013
  • Last Update: 15 Mar 2013
  • Format: pdf


To increase awareness of issues related to child safety in the UK.


Literature review and compilation of what works best from Europe and beyond.

Key Findings:

  • Even though the United Kingdom had the best overall road safety record in the EU at the time of publication of this FactSheet, its performance in terms of protection of vulnerable road users, particularly cyclists and pedestrians, was considered less satisfactory.

  • Speed still plays a major role. In residential areas where car speeds have been reduced from 30 to 20 mph, child pedestrian casualties have fallen by 70 per cent.

  • Child pedestrians from poorer households are five times more likely to be killed or seriously injured in road crashes than their richer counterparts.

  • Disabled children are also particularly vulnerable and highly exposed to the dangers of speeding vehicles.

  • Parents’ fear of speeding traffic is leading to a generation of kids growing up deprived of the social and physical freedoms essential to normal development.

  • Although the UK has a good record in terms of campaigns and initiatives which aim at encouraging children to walk or cycle to school, in 2005 road safety education was not an integral part of the National Curriculum.

  • Child pedestrian (and cycling) RTIs are highest in the early years of secondary school, at around the age of 12 years old, corresponding to a period in which children, most of whom lack the experience of coping with traffic, begin to go to school unassisted.


Child, Vulnerable Road Users, Speed Limits


Fact sheet, compilation of other research.