Why the ‘no child left behind’ policy will have a ‘massive impact’ on child safety
Posted On June 11, 2021
A no child left off policy could have a massive impact on the safety of children in schools, according to an advisory from the Council of Canadian Academies.
The CCAE’s Advisory Council on Child Safety released a report Thursday that warns the country could face “significant increases in the number of incidents of injuries and deaths” due to a no child on-leash policy, with some schools and parents complaining that children have been left to fend for themselves and “tend to be left to die in the streets.”
The report, “Pedestrian Safety in Canada: How the ‘No Child Left Behind’ Policy May Impact Pedestrian Life,” says that while the policy is being phased in across Canada, there is “little evidence” that the policy has reduced pedestrian fatalities in the last two decades.
“We have seen an increase in injuries to children, as well as an increase of deaths from these injuries, and the CCAEs assessment is that the impact of these changes may be greater than the benefit to the child,” the report states.
“The ‘No child left out’ policy does not address the issues associated with the pedestrian.
The policies goals are to prevent the potential for injury and death and to reduce the likelihood of injury or death in a pedestrian collision, and that does not translate into preventing the occurrence of pedestrian fatalities.
In fact, the opposite is true,” the CTAE states.
The report’s authors say that the no child leave policy will also “likely result in a significant increase in the use of restraints on children, which could increase the risk of injury and the likelihood that children will die.”
“Injuries and deaths are the most significant risk to children in a collision.
These risks are particularly high when children are restrained in their own vehicles, where they are vulnerable to the effects of head injuries,” the authors state.
The study’s authors note that the CAAE’s advisory council is made up of academics, public health officials and representatives from the public.
It does not represent the views of the Canadian Association of School Boards or the Canadian Council for Child Health.
“Our analysis suggests that the ‘nose-to-tail’ approach that is being taken is likely to increase the use and risk of injuries in a cross-community collision,” the advisory council states.
“It is not clear, however, whether the CSAE’s recommendations will have an impact on these issues, as the study did not address that question.”
The CTA, which represents more than 3,000 public school boards across Canada and more than 5,000 private school boards, says there are already several ways to prevent injuries and fatalities.
The group says it is calling for a “new paradigm” for preventing collisions and says it will support the implementation of “a robust no-child-left-behind program” by the government.
It says it has been working with the federal government on the new program for years and has also been involved in discussions with the provincial and territorial governments to make sure they are “ready to implement the plan” that would be implemented in all of Canada.
“A new paradigm in pedestrian safety will be necessary if we are to ensure that all children are safe on our roads,” the group’s report states, urging parents to ask for details about the no-leashing policy when making their application to their school or school district.
“While the no Child Left Out policy will not have a direct impact on pedestrian safety, the policy could be the first step in making sure that children are protected,” the statement reads.
“We urge parents to consult with a trained child safety professional to understand the potential consequences of the policy before they make any decisions about how to implement it.”
The “no child on” policy has been introduced in more than 70 countries.
It was introduced in Canada in 1999 after a study of more than 1,000 people found that children in the U.S. were 10 times more likely to die as a result of an accident involving a pedestrian than children in other countries.
In 2011, the Canadian government introduced a mandatory no-kid-left behind policy for new schools in a bid to increase safety.
It also mandated that school buses be equipped with seat belts, and it mandated that children under the age of 16 wear helmets.
A review of the results of that study by the University of Toronto in 2013 found that there was no evidence that “no-leaping” programs were effective in reducing pedestrian deaths or injuries.
The Canadian Pedestrians Association (CPA) said it is not surprised by the CBAE report, which it said was commissioned after the previous CSA review was completed.
“As the review team found, there was limited evidence of a reduction in the rate of pedestrian collisions in schools.
The CCA is of the opinion that the lack of evidence is indicative of the absence of evidence that the policies impact pedestrian safety.
In other words, there’s not much evidence that there’s a positive relationship