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


"Case management for children and young people post acquired brain injury is 'pivotal' to successful outcomes and must be local"
Deborah Andrews; New Zealand
"Strength-based family intervention after pediatric ABI is essential. Parents need to be equipped with the skills to cope and advocate for the child."
Caron Gan; Canada
"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
"Too often children and young people with ABI are discharged from hospital without specialist brain support that they and their families need to overcome lifelong challenges"
Andrew Ross; former Chief Executive of the Children's Trust
"Often families don't have the financial capability to access services. We need to rethink how we deliver neuro-rehab services to children and young people"
Vicki Anderson; Australia
"Families need to be properly supported as 'resilience' is key to delivering successful outcomes for children and young people."
Roberta De Pompeii; USA
"Our 10 year study proves that family-led home-based neuro-rehab interventions deliver the best outcomes for children and young people"
Lucia Braga; Brazil
"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
"Participation in teen sports and normal activities leads to improved quality of life for children and young people post brain injury and helps to maximise outcomes"
Claire Willis; Australia
I was very impressed with the results you have had with the young people you have worked with.

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.

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