NHS Statistics

300,000 children attend A & E in the UK with a head injury every year

making traumatic brain injury (TBI) the biggest cause of death and disability in children and young people!

 

How many children are affected by a traumatic brain injury in our area?

In one year – 2018/19

  • 1,415 children aged 0-15 sustained a traumatic brain injury.  
  • The majority had no loss of consciousness
  • 583 young people aged 16-25 sustained a traumatic brain injury
  • The majority had no loss of consciousness

That is almost 2000 children and young people living with the hidden effects of a traumatic brain injury in ONE year.  Times that by 10 years and it becomes a significant number.

Children also suffer A-traumatic brain injuries each year (i.e. not caused by trauma) but also needing hospital admission

  • An estimated 30 / 100 children are affected every year across the UK.   (Source Dr M O’Sullivan, Paediatric Consultant, The James Cook University Hospital, 2015) 
  • Thus of the 51,000 children aged 0-15 who live locally, an additional 150 (approx) will be admitted for:
  • Non traumatic coma (eg cardiac arrest, encephalitis, metabolic disorder)
  • Brain tumours 
  • Stroke 

Outcome of paediatric acquired brain injury (both traumatic and A-traumatic)

Research shows that the younger the child at the time of the injury, the greater the possibility of long term difficulties because:

  • injury to a developing brain, that has not yet established skills and functions, creates increased complexity and far reaching effects
  • cognitive impairment may only become apparent in teenage years when they fall behind their peers
  • brain injuries are very variable in terms of symptom duration, disabling effect and life impact
  • recovery after a traumatic brain injury is often patchy

We believe this is down to a lack of awareness and understanding across a range of community professionals and a lack of knowledgeable support to aid recovery.

Common problems after a brain injury show in four distinct areas:

  • physical
  • communicative
  • cognitive and
  • behavioural/emotional

Click below to see the full range of potential problems experienced by children who have experienced a brain injury.

KNOWN DEFICITS OF ACQUIRED BRAIN INJURY


"Rehabilitation interventions can lead to positive outcomes for children and their families if delivered in the familiar home environment and applied to everyday situations"
Cerebra; United Kingdom
"Poor parenting styles affects children's behavior; increases their learning disability; and has a negative impact on emotions; anxiety; anger management post brain injury"
Andrea Palacio-Navarro; Spain
"Positive and coordinated neuro-rehab interventions for children and young people is proven to bring health improvements; improve independence; reduces the need for sheltered living; decreases vulnerability; decreases drop-out rates in schools; decreases youth offending"
Eric Hermans; Netherlands
"We need to harness the power of brain plasticity for treating children and young people with brain injury. Stressful experiences alter brain development of a child, especially at the key ages of 0-3 and at ages 10-16"
Professor Bryan Kolb; Canada
"Intensive and individualized approaches work. A one-size-fits-all approach doesn't. You have to make it relevant to the child."
Recolo; United Kingdom
"We are medical practitioners. The real experts are the parents. Over the last 35 years they have taught me everything I know"
Lucia Braga; Brazil
"We would like to see earlier identification and support for children with brain injuries to help them succeed in school."
Dalton Leong; Chief Executive of the Children's Trust
"Different 'experts' involved in pediatric neuro-rehabilitation come from different organisational cultures which causes conflict and has a negative effect on the outcomes for the child."
Barbara O'Connell; Ireland
"When someone has a brain injury, early access to local, specialist rehabilitation is crucial to ensure the maximum recovery and make significant savings to the state in health costs"
Headway; United Kingdom
"More play increases brain plasticity and makes for better recovery post brain injury"
Professor Bryan Kolb; Canada

OUR MISSION: To work to remove inequalities for children & young people affected by acquired brain injury; and provide effective support to their families that makes a real difference.

Council for Disabled Children Community Funded Charity Excellence Lottery Funded