Why this toolkit?

This toolkit is to support and enable the delivery of ‘safe and healthy journey to school’ interventions. Each day millions of children worldwide face the risk of road traffic injury and are forced to breathe dangerously toxic air.

This unsafe environment is a major health threat to children on their daily journey to access education. Yet we have the solutions, the tools to combat road traffic injury and ensure our children breathe clean air. The solutions are readily available and affordable, bringing results that are measurable.

NGOs, international agencies, public authorities and their partners around the world will be able to find step by step guidance here to help implement the solutions. This toolkit supports a range of organisations aiming to create a safe environment for children, to protect them from air pollution and prevent child road traffic injury.


Data is essential for delivering safe and healthy journeys to school. This toolkit section includes guidance on assessing safety and risk for children, rating road infrastructure around schools, setting baselines, data for advocacy and programming.


Once data is gathered, what actually needs to be in place to make the school journey safe and healthy? Find out what can be done to protect children, and what works in all contexts including lower income communities. Here we offer guidance on best practice interventions.


Strong coalitions are essential to deliver safe and healthy streets for children. Effective implementation relies on partnership working across sectors – public authorities, civil society and international partners all have a vital role to play.


We provide guidance on how this work can be sustained over the longer term and how it can be scaled-up. What do donors and international development agencies want to see? How can commitment be secured with public authorities?


The journey to school is an effective focus for programming, advocacy and political engagement.

Schools represent a hub for children, their families and the wider community. In order to effect change in communities and cities, to make the environment safer, there are few better places to start than schools. Also, the school journey is the main point at which children come into contact with their wider surroundings every single day. It is at this point that they are often most vulnerable. However, children should be protected from health threats so that they can grow, explore the world and access education without fear or danger. 


This toolkit is being put into practice around the world. This map highlights case studies of Child Health Initiative partners delivering safe and healthy journey to school interventions. Find out how they are achieving results, building coalitions and overcoming challenges to protect child and adolescent health.