SAFE News Archives 2009
December 21, 2009 - High Risk of Child Injury from Flat Screen TV's
RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) have released a warning about the high risk of small children being injured when flat screen TVs topple over. Tragically 4 children have already been killed in the UK by such an accident and 7,500 youngsters have been taken to hospital in the US as a direct result of a TV topple.
RoSPA are advising everyone to fix these TV's securely to a wall, especially during the festive season when many families move their living room furniture around. To read more click here.
December 18, 2009 - Should Panto characters throw sweets at the audience?
The HSE's (Health & Safety Executive) myth of the month has very topical theme for the upcoming festive season.
The key message, of course, is to carry out a risk assessment of any
activity you are organising....and if you are still wondering, yes you
can throw sweets at Pantos!
December 14, 2009 - DirectGov.Kid
The governmenmt have launched a new website for children aged 5-11 to
help them find out more about their community and government services.
Packed with fact sheets, information and interactive games, the website
also has Parents' and Teachers' areas.
December 14, 2009 - ISA STOP PRESS
If, like us at SAFEchild, you are finding it hard to keep up with the much anticipated ISA number arrangements, ED Balls the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, has released a statement today. The main points are that:
- ISA numbers do not cover private domestic arrangements.
December 11, 2009 - Free Days Out
With Christmas looming, many parents and carers will be planning what to do to fill the extended break. For some great ideas for free activities and events across the country for children and young people click here.
December 8, 2009 - "Zip It, Block It, Flag It"
SAFEchild are delighted to be part of the UKCCIS Summit Conference
today at the QE11 Conference Centre. The new "Zip It, Block It, Flag It"
internet safety programme for all primary school children will be
launched by Ed Balls this morning.
December 4, 2009 - Ryan Report Compensation payout
Today's news of the massive £116,000,000 compensation order against the Sisters of Mercy clearly confirms, yet again, the vital importance of all organisations having tightly managed and rigorous safeguarding procedures in place.
The award of compensation was made for the thousands of victims who
suffered abuse over the last 30 years in the Order's care. When such
negligence of duty is identified, there is no insurance cover for
organisations and managers, trustees and proprietors can become
personally liable. The average single abuse claim currently averages at
November 19, 2009 - Mind the Road!
The Child Accident Prevention Trust has released some new resources for
childminders to use with the children and families they work with. With
lots of activity ideas and useful information this site is a must for
anyone working with, or caring for, children.
November 18, 2009 - BBC Radio Suffolk features SAFEchild's E-safety work
Journalist Richard Haugh has written a comprehensive feature "Keeping Children SAFE on the web" for the BBC Radio Suffolk website.
November 10, 2009 - A call for research from disabled children and young people in Wales
The Disabled Children Matter Wales campaign are conducting research to
find out what leisure and play activities disabled children and young
people do during the school holidays.
November 8, 2009 - New and revised NSPCC parenting leaflets
The NSPCC has launched the new "Keeping your cool: advice for parents
on managing stress and anger" booklet to help parents and carers to
recognise both stress and anger points, find new ways of coping with
them and think more carefully about their children's feelings.
November 6, 2009 - A Minute for Madeleine...
Please take a minute of your time for Madeleine McCann and help spread this special message around the world.
A new film has been released by the UK's police organisation for child
protection - the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre
- aimed at anyone close to the person who was involved in the
disappearance of Madeleine McCann. That person could be a relative,
friend, work colleague or neighbour. Whoever they are, they have a
secret that could reveal what happened to Madeleine.
November 3, 2009 - Children to be seen as well as heard this winter
Now it is becoming that time of year when children are travelling in
the dark the government has launched it's "Be bright, Be Seen" in a
Think! road safety campaign.
November 1, 2009 - 16th November Anti-Bullying Week 2009 - Stay safe in cyberspace
If you teach or run a youth group click here to order your free resource pack.
October 27, 2009 - Post Strike
Due to the post strike, please can you send postal payments/bookings
for courses in plenty of time or alternatively book online. We will
continue to post back all ID documents for CRB checks within 48 working
October 20, 2009 - Don't get burned by "Bargains" this fireworks season.
ROSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) are again raising awareness of the importance of taking care when buying fireworks and resisting the temptation of buying what would appear to be bargains. They advise to always buy fireworks from reputable dealers and make sure the fireworks comply with BS 7114.
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October 15, 2009 - Walk to School Month
This month everyone is being encouraged to walk to school. The theme is 'Count me in' and the focus is on making walking measurable and helping pupils discover how easy it is to reach the recommended daily 60 minutes of moderate physical activity when walking to school is included.
Click here for the activities and more information.
October 14, 2009 - IWF Awareness Day
Today is dedicated by IWF (Internet Watch Foundation) to be Awareness Day to help raise awareness of their reporting service. Anyone can report illegal content or child sexual abuse images to IWF.
October 9, 2009 - Free Web-based Activities
DirectgovKids has an entire website for childrens' activities covering
key areas such as the police station, school, town hall, supermarket,
fire station, stadium, Number 10, internet cafe, office, library,
hospital, art gallery, wind farm, Children's Centre and secondary
October 6, 2009 - Women who sexually abuse children
Public awareness of women who sexually abuse has been vastly heightened following last week's distressing case of the nursery nurse's conviction for child sexual abuse.
BBC Radio 4 have produced an excellent and accurate programme "Breaking
the Silence", which gives a very clear overview of the key issues in a
practical and sensible way. You can listen again until 12th October by
October 2, 2009 - Change to Standard CRB checks
Today is the last day for applying for a Standard CRB check for working
with vulnerable groups. Standard CRB checks will only now be suitable for
certain posts in the security and financial industries.
September 29, 2009 - Get ready for IWF Internet Safety Day, 14th October 2009
The IWF (Internet Watch Foundation) are organising the third awareness
day on the 14th of next month.
September 23, 2009 - Leisure in Industry Week, NEC Birmingham
SAFEchild are here until Thursday, if you are near the NEC why not drop by and meet the team? Stand A171 is where you will find us. We look forward to seeing you.
September 11, 2009 - Today's media myth about ISA numbers
Following today's media coverage of ISA (Independent Safeguarding Authority) numbers, SAFEchild would like to correct the misunderstanding that all parents who offer lifts etc to other peoples' children will need to be checked.
The ISA legislation Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 does NOT
include any personal, close family arrangements for unpaid child care or
lifts. Only those who work as volunteers with organised groups such as
sports, who may also be involved with taking children to events come
under the legislation. The fact they may also be parents or friends is
irrelevant, if they are also volunteers for the group the children
September 7, 2009 - CRB Standard Checks
Important news for those now applying or intending to apply for Standard CRB checks.
If you are ordering Standard CRB checks in the near future, please note
any applications for a standard CRB check will NOT include checks
against the POCA and/or POVA list after 12th October 2009.
August 17, 2009 - Do you employ (paid or unpaid) young people under 18 years of age?
The HSE (Health & Safety Executive) have now released their new updated
website 'Young people at work'. The site gives lots of information about
working hours for young people and other useful tips.
August 10, 2009 - Beatbullying's New Research about 'Sexting'
'Sexting'and other forms of peer to peer (sexual) anti-social behaviour is well researched in the US and Australia, and Beatbullying have now published their new research into this form of abuse via the internet and mobile phones.
Beatbullying's research of 11-18 year-olds found that:
June 29, 2009 - Medicines for Children leaflets
If you are a parent or carer you may well find the enormously wide range of "off the shelf" medicines very confusing. The new Medicines for Children website has many leaflets and useful, easy to understand information to help you decide what are safe dosages and which medicines will help minor childhood ailments.
For the leaflets and more information click here.
June 26, 2009 - GOOD NEWS!
Paige Briers and Lauren Abbott have been found in Colchester this
afternoon and are now returning home.
June 22, 2009 - Child Safety Week - Safer Together
Today sees the start of Child Safety Week and the focus is Safer Together. Everyone is encouraged to work together for child accident prevention.
Accidents are one of the biggest childhood killers in the UK; 5
children/young people tragically die and over 2,000 are admitted to
hospital every week because of their injuries.
June 15, 2009 - Refugee Week
Today sees the start of Refugee Week with a programme of arts and cultural events.
For more information about events near you click here.
June 8, 2009 - National Tackling Drugs Week
This week is the Home Office's national event to raise awareness of the issues around drugs and what people can do.
If you work with young people, take a look at the website for ideas and useful information.
June 5, 2009 - Think! New Department for Transport website
The Department for Transport has launched a really useful website with a suite of resources for pupils, teachers and parents about road safety. For more information and to access the resources click here.
There is also a new website " Tales of the Road".
June 1, 2009 - Volunteers' Week
This week sees the 25th Anniversary of Volunteers' Week. The week is primarily aimed at raising the profile of the vital and tireless work and dedication of millions of volunteers across the country.
To see what events are being held and to get involved, click here.
May 24, 2009 - National Family Week 25th May - 31st May
This week sees the launch of the new National Family week. This is the chance for all not-for-profit organisations to showcase and celebrate everything they do to support falmilies, children and young people.
Open to the voluntary and community sectors, schools, nurseries etc
their website has a host of ideas about how to get involved; including
taking part in the Guinness Book of World Records attempt to hold the
biggest Family Picninc ever.
May 14, 2009 - Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) Annual Report 2008
The IWF have released their 2008 Report about the vital work they do to prevent child sexual abuse content on websites. The number of international websites with such content has fallen by 10%, but the IWF warns about the dangers of complacency.
To read the full report click here.
May 11, 2009 - Walk to School Week 18th -22nd May
The annual Walk to School week is rapidly approaching. This year's theme is 'Walk 'n' Talk' as the organisers want to highlight the social side to walking to school.
For more ideas and details about how to involve your school click here.
April 30, 2009 - National Family Week 25th-31st May 2009
Advance notice for an exciting new national event planned to celebrate the family. There will be many events arranged by all sorts of organisations from local authorities, to schools, to charites and the voluntary sector.
To get involved and access many on-line resources click here.
April 5, 2009 - New Ofsted Pilot "Whistleblowing" Helpline
The pilot is being run for anyone working with young children who want to report to Ofsted any concerns about the practices and procedures in any organsation, or of an individual worker, for the safeguarding of children and young people.
March 30, 2009 - New "Reduce the Risk of Cot Death" leaflet
Revised for 2009, the government has issued updated guidance for all
parents and carers to raise awareness of what might contribute to cot
death and what steps everyone should take if they are caring for babies
and small children.
March 28, 2009 - The Diana Awards
Do you work with or know a 12-18 year old who makes a selfless
contribution to their community or do you know a 5-18 yr old who has
helped to tackle bullying? If so why not nominate them for one of the
March 25, 2009 - How safe is your child at home?
Over a million children attend hospital each year following an
accident, most of whom are under five years of age.
March 20, 2009 - Health & Safety for playgrounds
The Health and Safety Executive have produced some ready guidance for
all those who own and/or manage play areas.
March 16, 2009 - Today sees the launch of the NEW Workforce Development Helpline
Managed by Children England, the FREE PHONE advice, help and support telephone line is aimed at ensuring that the children's voluntary, community and faith sectors can receive support, signposting and advice on all aspects of workforce development, including qualifications, funding, regulations and the latest policy information.
Tel: 0808 168 3820 Monday to Friday from 9am-5pm
March 13, 2009 - Red Nose Day
Today sees many people at work, in schools and colleges doing very many silly things to help raise vital funds for Comic Relief.
If your event involves children and young people make sure you have
arranged everything as safely as possible to make sure everyone has fun.
This should include adult/child ratios, photographic and video
arrangements, health and safety risk assessments and insurance.
March 10, 2009 - Out Now! New Special Educational Needs: A guide for parents and carers
The new version is out now for all parents and carers.
March 7, 2009 - "Backchat" for Children in Wales
The Children's Commissioner for Wales has launched a new initiative called "Backchat" to encourage children in Wales to have their say about things that are important to them.
At the moment the commissioner wants to find out about what children think about the Welsh Assembly's new national travel behaviour code for travelling to and from school. The code will be a set of rules for all school children in Wales. The rules will start in January 2010.
The questions will be online until 13th April, so get any children you
know to answer them as well.
March 5, 2009 - World Book Day
Children and young people all over the country will be taking part in this special day to celebrate books and reading.
For more information, fun and games click here.
February 24, 2009 - HSE Myth of the month - Pancake races banned!
The HSE (Health and Safety Executive) have published some practical guidance to help organisers manage events as safely as possible. To read more about risk assessments for Pancake Races or any other Health and Safety topic click here.
February 23, 2009 - Stop it Now! Wales
Ahead of its official launch in Wales in late April, the Stop it Now!
Wales campaign is running consultations in partnership with the University
of Wales, Newport to find out what the public of Wales know about how to
prevent the sexual abuse of children and where to go to for help if they
have a problem.
If you would like to take part in a focus group or find out more about
the Stop it Now! Wales campaign, please contact Rebecca Wasinski on 07989
378220 or email
February 19, 2009 - Advanced notice for Child Safety Week, Safer Together 22nd to 28th June 2009
Everyone is encouraged to work together for child accident prevention. If you work or volunteer with children and young people register for more information and a resource pack here.
February 11, 2009 - Do the young people in your group want to get involved?
CWDC (The Children's Workforce Development Council) is inviting groups that work with children and young people to help shape its work. It is developing new content for children's website DirectgovKids and is looking for groups of children aged 5-11 to help develop a new game for the site. There is also an opportunity for older children to get involved.
To read more and apply to join in click here.
February 9, 2009 - Safer Internet Day 10th February 2009
Tomorrow is CEOP's (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre ) special day for schools to raise awareness of on-line safety issues.
For more information, click here.
February 7, 2009 - Children, Young People and Alcohol: New Government Consultation
The DCSF (Department for Children, Schools and Families) are inviting parents, young people and those working with children, to take part in sharing their views about the use of alcohol by young people. The department has produced an information leaflet about the issue and also wants to know whether people think the advice will help them make good decisions and support children and young people in making healthy choices.
To read the detailed statistics of alcohol abuse by young people such as 10,000 1-17 year olds receive hospital treatment every year click here and take part in the consultaion which closes in April.
January 29, 2009 - Do you manage or own play equipment? If the answer is yes, read on
Managing Risk in Play Provision: Implementation Guide is a new publication for anyone who owns or manages play equipment.
To access a copy click here.
January 27, 2009 - Volunteers welcome CRB checks to protect the vulnerable
Recent research from the CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) has shown that:
This is very encouraging and a reminder that the CRB process has prevented 80,000 unsuitable people working with vulnerable groups. If you need to CRB check your staff and volunteers, go to the CRB section on our website for more information.
January 23, 2009 - Kids in the Middle: An Agony Aunt's guide for parting parents and their children
It is very difficult when parents and families separate and children have to be everyone's first priority.
Packed with useful ideas and links to sources of help, this booklet is very helpful for others outside the family; including youth leaders, child minders, teachers and anyone else trying to support children, young people and their families through a very difficult time. Click here to read more.
January 21, 2009 - Laura Stainworth found safe and well
15 year old Laura has been found; she went to the British Consulate in Lille, France; earlier today.
January 20, 2009 - URGENT, HAVE YOU SEEN LAURA STAINFORTH?
The police and CEOP (Child Exploitation On-line Protection) are becoming increasingly concerned about the welfare of 15 year old Laura from Cleethorpes.
For more information and a photograph of Laura click here. If you have any information contact Humberside Police immediately on 0845 60 60 222 quoting log number 623 of 14/1/2009.
January 20, 2009 - First day for the ISA to make barring decisions
Today sees the ISA (Independent Safeguarding Authority) make barring
decisions on NEW referrals from England and Wales under current
legislation relating to
ALL EMPLOYERS ARE REMINDED THAT THEY MUST "make any referral under PoCA or PoVA, or under List 99 where it relates to a risk of harm to children, to the ISA, not to the Secretary of State, and must provide relevant information, which you already hold, to the ISA on request".
January 19, 2009 - New Guidance on Employment of Children Under School Age
If you employ, or are the parent/carer of a school age child, you need to read this new guidance immediately. Getting it wrong can land employers with a hefty financial fine of up to £20,000 so don't get caught out.
Click http://publications.everychildmatters.gov.uk/eOrderingDownload/Child_employment.pdf" target="_blank">here for your copy of the guidance.
January 14, 2009 - Radio 4's Programme Online Damage: "Porn in the 21st Century"
Yesterday the BBC broadcast an important programme for anyone who cares
for, or works with children and young people. The programme included
statistics very similar to SAFEchild's recent research.
To listen again click here.
January 10, 2009 - Leaving young children unsupervised
SAFEchild appeared on ITV Anglia news yesterday in response to a recent case of a small child being left alone in a car.
Parenting can be very busy and sometimes it is all too easy to make a
mistake. Leaving children alone can easily go wrong when a minute can
easily turn into 20. Technically, young children should never be left
alone especially in cars or at home or in the garden. SAFEchild advice
for parents is to think carefully about 3 main points to assess the
January 9, 2009 - Advance Notice Safer Internet Day 10th February 2009
CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) are encouraging all schools to register and take part in this very important day.
January 7, 2009 - New Year's Resolutions
This week sees most of us going back to work, the children back in school and life getting back to normal. Now is the time to revisit your organisation's safeguarding arrangements ready for the New Year.
Remember that you can now easily access any of your child protection
toolkit and risk assessment on-line. Simply log in on the home page and you
can audit where your organisation is with regards to policies, procedure and
practice. You can also now easily update your child protection training
on-line at a time to suit you, this training is valid for 2 years. If you
have successfully attained your SAFEchild Award, you can also access
discounted public liability insurance for your organisation via
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