Beterem ("beforehand" in Hebrew) – Safe Kids Israel is a nonprofit organization which aims to promote child safety and create a safer environment for children in Israel. We are one of 22 proud member countries of Safe Kids World Wide since 2001.
Beterem was founded in 1995 at the Schneider Children's Medical Center and is the only organization in Israel to exclusively address child safety. In 2003 we were officially recognized by the Israeli Government as the leading organization and a professional leader of child safety issues in Israel. In addition, Beterem is the official representative, on behalf of the State of Israel, at the European Child Safety Alliance and is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide since 2001.
Beterem works in close collaboration with government offices, local municipalities and other public authorities combining a multifaceted approach towards preventing injuries and promoting children's' safety. By addressing this issue in a multi constitutional and methodical way and raising awareness to it, we can reduce child injury rates. Indeed, in the first decade of Beterem's activity we achieved a decrease of 30% in child mortality rates from preventable injuries in Israel - thereby reaching our first goal from 2001.
We have set ourselves a new goal, to be reached by 2020, of further reducing overall child mortality rates by an additional 35%; reducing the child mortality rate among Arab children and decreasing the gap of child injury rates between Jewish and Arab children by at least 25%.