Research & Reports

Unintentional & intentional injury
Global report on drowning: preventing a leading killer (WHO, 2014)  

Water incident related hospital admissions across England between 1997/8 and 2003/4: a retrospective descriptive study. Wilson, Henderson. (2005)

The epidemiology of non intentional inland drowning on open water in Great Britain between 1989 - 2001. Henderson, Wilson, Cornall. (2005) * +
Drowning of British Children Abroad: An Indication of an European Problem. Sibert et al : Presented at the 7th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion, Vienna, 2004. *  
Inland Drowning Trends in Great Britain. Henderson et al: Presented at the International Boating and Water Safety Summit, Las Vegas (2003). *
World report on child injury prevention. World Health Organisation  
UK Incident Database Gap Analysis. HSL *(PDF PDF) +
Drowning: Injury topic briefing (WHO) WHO web site
Drowning: factsheet (WHO, 2014) WHO web site
Reports from the Environmental Physiology & Ergonomics Research Exchange EPERE web site
The UK Missing Person Behaviors Study. Perkins, Roberts (2011)  


UK WAter Incident Reports (WAID)
Annual etc reports landing page


Participation rates
Watersports Participation Survey (2017) PDF(PDF2.4mb)
Watersports Participation Survey (2016) PDF(PDF1.7mb)
Watersports Participation Survey (2015) PDF(PDF2.3mb)
Watersports Participation Survey (2014) PDF(PDF 1.21mb)
Watersports Participation Survey (2013)
Water Sports and Leisure Participation Survey (2012)
Active people survey. Sport England (Annual)


Public risk themes

Landowners' liability? is perception of the risk of liability for visitors accidents a barrier to countryside access? Bennett and Crowe (2008).

Sheffield Hallam University
On the safe side: Risk, Management and volunteering. Katherine Gaskin (2006). Institute for Volunteering Research
Nothing ventured.. Balancing risks and benefits in the outdoors. Tim Gill (2010) English Outdoor Council
Redefining Risk: Girls shout Out. Girlguiding UK (2009) Girlguiding UK
Managing risk in play provision: A briefing for managers. Ball et al (2009) Play England
Playgrounds - risk, benefits and choice HSE
RNLI Lifeguards as First Responders 2007. Dawes, Lorimer, Knight*, North
*South Western Ambulance



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