SAFE News Archives 2010

December 17, 2010 - Update on products free of colours associated with hyperactivity

The Agency has updated its list of product ranges that do not contain the six food colours associated with possible hyperactivity in young children. The list includes companies that have product ranges which have never contained the six colours and companies that have reformulated their product ranges to remove the colours to find out more click here.

December 13, 2010 - The Mental Health Foundation's Top Tips for good mental wellbeing over Christmas and in to the New Year

1. Drink sensibly - The celebratory spirit of Christmas and New Year often involves social drinking and although the consumption of alcohol might make you feel more relaxed, it is important to remember that alcohol is a depressant and drinking excessive amounts can cause low mood, irritability or potentially aggressive behaviour.

2. Eat well - The festive period has become synonymous with over-indulgence, which in turn prompts a pressing desire for many of us to lose weight in the New Year. Therefore, where possible, it is important to maintain a good balance of fruit, vegetables, carbohydrates, protein and omega 3 sources throughout the year in order to help us work towards weight loss in a sensible way. Maintaining a healthy diet and weight can improve your mood and can work towards preventing symptoms of lethargy and irritability that many of us feel during the busy festive season and dark winter months.

3. Be active - Exercise releases the feel-good chemicals, endorphins, which help you to relax, feel happy and boost your mood. In addition, recent research has indicated that regular exercise can help to boost our immune systems, enabling us to better fight off colds and flu viruses that are prolific in winter months.

4. Get involved - The festive period provides us with an ideal opportunity to talk to, visit or engage with the people around us. Face-to-face communication has been shown to improve our mental and physical wellbeing as this interaction produces the hormone, oxytocin, which can benefit our immune system, heart health and cognitive function. With our Lonely Society? report from earlier in the year having indicated that a third of us have a close friend or family member we think is lonely, a Christmas or new year's resolution to see our friends and family more often can help to boost both our own mental wellbeing, and that of others. If you are apart from your family then volunteering for a charity or local community organisation can provide that same human contact, as well as help provide essential support and encouragement for others in need. These interactions can easily be sustained throughout the coming year and need not just be for Christmas.

5. Relax - Christmas can be a very busy and stressful time as we prepare to entertain family and friends, worry about cooking a delicious Christmas dinner, and fit in some last minute present shopping. These feelings of being under pressure can produce symptoms of anxiety, anger and difficulty sleeping which, if prolonged, could have a long-term detrimental impact on your mental health and wellbeing. By exercising more regularly or practicing mindfulness - a combination of meditation, yoga and breathing techniques - you can help to both alleviate the symptoms of your stress and gain more control when coping with difficult situations. Christmas presents aside, implementing a new exercise regime or signing up for a course in mindfulness, such as our online course in mindfulness-based stress reduction, could be your best investment for a more relaxed Christmas and New Year.

6. Sleep - Despite many of us having time off work during Christmas and the New Year, our sleep patterns can be disturbed between catching up with friends and family and partying late in to the night. There is mounting evidence on the link between sleep and mental wellbeing, meaning improvements in the quality of your sleep could result in improvements to your overall mental health. There are several steps you can take towards achieving a better night's sleep: attempting to get back in to your regular sleep routine as soon as possible after the party period, consuming less alcohol during the festivities, implementing regular exercise into your weekly routine, and taking measures to alleviate your stress.

For further advice about maintaining mental wellbeing, visit the main Mental Health Foundation website. For more information about mindfulness, or to register for the online course, please visit the Mental Health Foundation's dedicated mindfulness website.

December 13, 2010 - Minister visits Women's Aid Refuge to raise awareness of domestic violence support at Christmas

Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone visited a Women's Aid refuge Friday,10th December to raise awareness of the support available for victims of domestic violence over Christmas. The Minister spent time touring the Solace Women's Aid refuge, at a confidential address in North London, and spoke to support workers and victims about their experiences.

The Home Office is working with Women's Aid and the charity Refuge to encourage victims of domestic violence to seek help and support over the Christmas and New Year period and encourage people to look out for signs of abuse in family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Equalities Minister, Lynne Featherstone said:

"Christmas and New Year is a time of great joy for many people but can be difficult for those living in fear of violence or abuse in their own homes. If you are a victim, or if you suspect you know a victim, we want you to know that help is available. Domestic violence is not a private matter and everyone needs to be involved in helping victims. The work carried out at this refuge is of vital importance and really makes a difference to lives."

Last year there were more than a million female victims of domestic violence in England and Wales, nearly two women each minute. And every week two of those women lose their lives at the hands of a current or former partner. Each year more than 300,000 women are sexually assaulted and 60,000 women are raped. Overall in the UK, more than one in four women will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime. Nicola Harwin CBE, Chief Executive for Women's Aid said:

"Christmas can be particularly stressful for women living with violent partners, as the family is together for an extended period of time and existing abuse can intensify. Women's Aid has a national network of domestic and sexual violence services, with member organisations such as Solace Women's Aid providing lifesaving services throughout the festive period. If you are affected by domestic violence and need help or support we are there every day of the year."

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, you can go to the Freephone 24 Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247 or click here. Anyone in immediate danger should call 999.

December 2, 2010 - Review of VBS and Criminal Records Regime

The Children's Commissioner has made a submisission to the review of the Vetting and Barring Scheme.

To see this submission click here.

December 2, 2010 - Call to end violence against women and girls


This paper outlines the government's vision to tackle violence against women and girls. Key themes of the action plan include:

Early intervention - making sure young people understand the importance of healthy relationships and respect the right to say no
Training - for professionals and frontline staff to spot early signs and risk factors of domestic and sexual violence, child sexual abuse, and harmful practices, including a new e-learning training course for GPs on violence against women and children
New powers - helping victims break the cycle of abuse including piloting Domestic Violence Protection Orders
Support - ensuring that women who are in the country on spousal visas and who are forced to flee their relationship as a direct result domestic violence are supported
International work - supporting innovative new projects in the poorest countries and working with international organisations and governments overseas to promote women's rights globally and reduce the impact of conflict on women and girls

A full plan will be published next spring.

12 month pilot schemes operated by 4 police forces will give officers power to use DVPOs to prevent alleged abusers from having contact with the victim or from returning to the victim's home (initially for 48 hours after which a court can rule on a longer period - normally 14 to 28 days).

To find out more click here and here and here.

December 2, 2010 - Clearing snow and ice yourself - government guidance

What are your rights and responsibilities on clearing snow and ice from public areas? This guidance offers tips and advice.

For more information click here and here.


December 2, 2010 - NICE calls for safer homes and roads to cut the number of child injuries and deaths (24/11/10)


Taking simple steps to make the home safer, such as fitting smoke alarms and window restrictors, could help to reduce the number of children who die or are seriously injured from unintentional injuries every year, says NICE. Injuries in the home are the leading cause of unintentional injuries for children under-5, including falls, burns and scalds.

Children from disadvantaged backgrounds, such those in low income families and those living in social or privately rented housing, are most at-risk of an unintentional injury. Yet, the vast majority of cases in the home can be prevented by carrying out home safety assessments and through the provision of home safety equipment.
 

NICE has today published 3 pieces of complementary guidance which aim to keep children and young people safe from serious harm. These consider strategies to prevent unintentional injuries; home safety assessments and the provision of safety equipment; and road design.

The guidance on strategies and home safety calls for LAs to develop local agreements with housing associations and landlords to ensure permanent home safety equipment is installed and maintained in all social and rental dwellings.

For more information click here and here.


December 2, 2010 - Almost 40,000 children are subject to a child protection plan, Children in Need Census reveals


More than 39,000 children in England are subject to a child protection plan, according to latest government statistics. The government's updated Children In Need Census has revealed that there are 39,100 children subject to such a plan, an increase of 3,400 on provisional data published earlier this year. The most common reason for putting in place a child protection plan was abuse or neglect, which accounted for four out of 10 cases. Another common reason was "family dysfunction", which was cited in 16 per cent of cases.

Hugh Thornbery, director of children's services at Action for Children, said these latest figures are "just the tip of the iceberg" and show the need to invest in family support services. He said:


"The best way to tackle neglect is by working with vulnerable families, providing them with the support they need at an early stage. Targeted early intervention services for families not only successfully tackle neglect, but make financial sense too.Even in this tough economic climate, local authorities must continue to invest in early intervention services to save the suffering of vulnerable families and taxpayers' money."

The area with the highest rate of children classed as in need was the London Borough of Haringey with 895 children in need for every 10,000 children. The area with the lowest rate was Herefordshire, where the figure per 10,000 children stands at 134.6.

To find out more click here.

November 24, 2010 - Road Safety Week 22 - 28 November 2010

Children across the UK are protesting that drivers go too fast in their community, putting young lives in danger. A national survey of 15,000 9-13 year-olds launched for Road Safety Week by the charity Brake and business insurance specialist QBE finds that 86% of children think drivers go too fast around their homes and schools.

The survey will be presented to Downing Street as part of the launch of Road Safety Week, which will also see protests at schools around the country with children and bereaved families appealing to drivers to slow down in their communities.

For more information click here, here and here.

November 24, 2010 - Small grants for VCS workforce development launched (18/11/10)


The NCVYS, with CWDC funding, have launched a Share and Learn Grant Scheme to support VCS front-line organisations delivering services to children, young people and families to share their experience of supporting and developing their staff and volunteers and enable other front-line organisations to learn from their practice.

The scheme will sign-up 13 Workforce Development Champions across England, who will share information about their work and host learning visits. A small number of grants are also available to 26 front-line organisations (Learning Partners) to take part in learning visits. Other organisations will be able to learn from the good practice examples the Champions will produce.

Closing Dates:
Champions: 16th December 2010
Learning Partners: 14th January 2011

To find out more click here or here.

November 24, 2010 - Mental Health Act Annual Report 2009/10 (Nov 2010)


This is the first report of the work of the CQC in monitoring the use of the Mental Health Act. It covers the period from April 2009 until March 2010 and includes:

- The admission of children and adolescents to adult wards
- Holding powers used on children and adolescents in 2009/10
- Detention under the Act on child and adolescent wards

For full report click here or here.
 

November 15, 2010 - Nearly half of 11-16 year olds see bullying on journey to school

A new survey of children and young people has found that almost half of 11-16 years olds see bullying on the journey to and from school. A significant number of children and young people are being bullied on the journey to and from school and need more support to help keep them safe, according to new research released today (Monday 15th November) by the Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA), based at NCB.

The survey, unveiled for the start of Anti Bullying Week 2010, reveals that 43% of 11 to 16 year olds surveyed have witnessed another student being bullied on the journey to or from school, with 1 in 10 suffering themselves in the past year. This could potentially affect as many as 370,000 11 to 16 year olds in England.

Worryingly, the study also shows that 47% of those who have seen another student being bullied in the past year did not report it, with half of 13-16 year olds failing to do so. Of those young people who didn't report the bullying, more than 4 out of 10 (44%) didn't think it was any of their business and 1 in 10 didn't know who to tell, with 7% unsure as to whether anyone would take action if they did.

For more information click here.

November 15, 2010 - End Violence Against Women Poll Results

Research has been undertaken to determine the amount of violence against women. Total sample size was 788 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 4th - 11th October 2010. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all 16 to 18 year olds from the UK on age and gender.

For the full survey click here.

For the full website for women's aid click here.

November 8, 2010 - Anti-Bullying Week 15th November

This years theme Taking Action Together aims to get everyone involved in preventing bullying. Instead of just standing there and watching, or ignoring it taking place online, ABA wants children and young people to recognise what's happening and take action to stop it.

For more information click here.

November 8, 2010 - International Day of Disabled People December 3rd 2010

"Celebrating Empowerment through Independence, Inclusivity and Choice"

The aim of this day is to raise awareness and understanding of disability issues and to promote independence, inclusion and choice of disabled people. The theme is focused on human rights and participation of disabled people in all areas of mainstream society. A full day event is being organised to celebrate the 2010 International Day of Disabled People which will take place at Disability North on the 3 December 2010.

For more information click here.

November 1, 2010 - Sparkling Advice

Did you know, it is an offence to let fireworks off during night hours (11pm to 7am), except on Bonfire Night (midnight), Diwali, New Year, and Chinese New Year (1am). It is also an offence under the Explosives Act 1875 to throw/set off fireworks or tamper/modify fireworks.

Anyone who throws or lets off fireworks in a highway, street, thoroughfare or public place, can be fined of up to 5,000 and can be imprisoned for up to six months. Penalty notices for disorder (on-the-spot fines) can also be issued for this offence, attracting the upper tier fine of 80.

Similarly under the Fireworks Act 2003, it is also an offence for the under 18s to possess fireworks in a public place. Also under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 it is an offence to cause any unnecessary suffering to any domestic or captive animals. The penalty on conviction is either imprisonment up to 51 weeks or a fine of up to 20,000 or both. Fireworks must not be sold to anyone who is under 18. Sparklers should never be given to a child under five.

For more safety information from the Fire Service click here.

With many thanks to Phil Kemp, Community Watch and SNT Liaison officer, Suffolk Police

October 23, 2010 - Trick or treat?


Suffolk Police provide advice on dealing with trick or treat. Look at your own county police website for local advice. Yes it's nearly that time of year again, when children go out 'trick or treating', Suffolk Police ask that if your children will be out over this holiday period to please abide by these simple guidelines:

- Do not visit the elderly or other vulnerable members of your community - especially those displaying our "Sorry, NO trick or treat" posters. They're there for a reason, so please respect their privacy and the fact that they don't like answering the door at night.
- Know where your children are at all times over this period and accompany them, or get a responsible adult to accompany them.
- Knocking on strangers doors is unwise and could put them at risk, so again accompany your children or get an appropriate adult to assist.

Better still organise a party with your neighbours and friends at either your house or a neighbours and not only will you know what they're up to and where they are, but you'll also know they are safe.

Halloween can be harmless fun, but sometimes members of the community can become distressed by unexpected callers. Police are urging residents who don't want to be disturbed, to display our specially designed posters. Whilst Trick or treaters are asked to show respect on seeing these posters and not to knock on the door, but move on to another address.

If you would like to download a poster, or you know someone who is vulnerable that you think would like such an item, please choose from the following two posters, one is a general display poster and the other is particularly for households to put up on their front doors, to request people not to knock on their door. For those of you who do not have access to print off these posters, they are available through your local Safer Neighbourhood Team.

General Poster, click here.

Household Poster, click here.

 

October 22, 2010 - Date for your diary: 13th December 2010 SAFEchild AGM

The AGM will be held 4-4.30pm on Monday 13th December 2010 at our registered office address, courtesy of Birketts Solicitors, 24-26 Museum Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 1HZ. Please let us know if you would like to attend so we can organise numbers for light refreshments

Agenda
1. Chair's opening remarks
2. Apologies for absence
3. To approve the minutes of the last Annual General Meeting 2009
4. To receive and approve the annual report 2009-2010
5. To adopt the annual accounts 2009-2010
6. To re-appoint the auditors : Ballams Chartered Accountants
7. Any other business
8. SAFEchild activity report
9. Chair's closing remarks

October 22, 2010 - Government announce review of CRB checks and vetting and barring

The government are to review the whole regime of checking the suitability of people working and volunteering with vulnerable groups. Click here for more details.

SAFEchild will keep everyone up to date as the review progresses.

Any contributions to the VBS review process should be sent to VBSreview@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk." data-mce-href="mailto:VBSreview@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk.">VBSreview@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk. The Independent Advisor also welcomes e-mails with your comments about the criminal records regime. These should be sent to CriminalRecordsReview@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk" data-mce-href="mailto:CriminalRecordsReview@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk">CriminalRecordsReview@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk Please note that these mail boxes will only be active until 22 November 2010 and that they will be unable to enter into any individual correspondence.

October 21, 2010 - SAFEchild Annual Conference 2010 Report


Click here to read the report. Many thanks to Des from Near the Coast.

October 6, 2010 - SAFEchild Annual Conference - 15th October 2010

We have a fantastic line up of speakers including:

- Sharon Doughty, President, Kids Task Force missdorothy.com
- Helen Penn, Head of Education CEOP (Child Exploitation On-line Protection)
- Cheryl Stevens JustWhistle, Derby

SAFEchild members 30 and others 75. A buffet lunch is included.

"A key factor in identifying children and young people who need help is ensuring services are designed to encourage contact from members of the public, parents and children and young people as well as by other agencies. If safeguarding children is everybody's responsibility, then everybody should know how, and who, to contact if they are concerned about a child or young person" Lord Laming, The Protection of Children in England: A Progress Report 2009

Target Audience:

For all those who work with children, young people and their families
Delegates will:
a. explore the ways in which communities, organisations and professionals understand, identify and manage child protection issues within local settings
b. consider the safeguarding implications of when children and young people may be at risk in the community: including domestic violence, child sexual exploitation, drugs misuse and Esafety
c. become familiar with how potentially dangerous people are managed in the community and learn more about the role of the police when investigating child focussed crimes
d. be signposted sources of support, advice and reminded of best practice when making child protection referrals.

Please email Rachael Oliver at rachael.oliver@safechild.co.uk" data-mce-href="mailto:rachael.oliver@safechild.co.uk">rachael.oliver@safechild.co.uk to book your place.

October 5, 2010 - Shock government decision about CEOP

Today has seen the loss of CEOP's (Child Online Protection Centre) independent identity as it will now come under the proposed National Crime Agency. The ability to respond effectively and quickly has been the underpinning factor in CEOP's success as a smaller and independent unit. The CEOP button has offered children and young people an instant mechanism for reporting possible online abuse and they have total confidence that their referrals will be taken seriously. CEOP head Jim Gamble has resigned today as a result of this. The irony is that several countries have been watching CEOP as they want to emulate its success. Jim Gamble is quite right, CEOP is about protecting young people and children.

SAFEchild has worked with the CEOP Education team for a long while and this news is a bitter blow to the protection of children and young people when they use modern technology. CEOP cost the taxpayer 22 million over the last four years and attracted over 14 million of partnership funding over that time.

Since CEOP started 624 children have been protected from horrific abuse, 96 child sexual abuse offender networks have been stopped, 5.7 million children have received e-Safety education and 46,000 volunteers have been trained to deliver the excellent CEOP Thinkuknow education resources.

The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and all four Childrens' Commisioners fully support keeping CEOP as an individual unit.

If you are passionate about the online safety of children write to your local MP and/or the Home Secretary Theresa May:

Rt Hon Theresa May MP
House of Commons
London
SW1A 0AA

Or email her direct with your views mayt@parliament.uk" data-mce-href="mailto:mayt@parliament.uk">mayt@parliament.uk

October 5, 2010 - Sleep positioners are taken off Mothercare shelves (30 Sep 2010)

In a separate recall, Mothercare has removed baby sleep positioners from its shelves for review after US authorities warned parents to stop using them following a number of infants dying by suffocating after becoming trapped in the sleep-aids.

To find out more click here and for the response from the cot death charity (FSID), click here.

October 5, 2010 - Safety scare over baby toys

Hundreds of thousands of Fisher-Price toys and high-chairs have been recalled amid concerns about their safety. The concerns were sparked in the US, where a number of babies and children have been injured when using the high-chairs and toys.

To find out more click here and here.

October 5, 2010 - Equality Act 2010: What do I need to know? (1 Oct 2010)

The Equality Act brings together 9 separate pieces of legislation into one single Act simplifying the law and strengthening it in important ways to help tackle discrimination and inequality.

Implementation of the majority of the Act begins on 1 Oct 2010. A series of summary guides and "Quick Start" guides to the key changes in the law, set out clearly what the new laws will mean for business, the public sector, the voluntary sector and the public.

To find out more click on the following links:

The Central Office of Information
Government Equalities Office
Equality Act - what does it mean for you?
Equality Act 2010 Overview

October 5, 2010 - Anti-Bullying Week 2010: 15th - 19th Nov 2010

The Anti-Bullying Alliance and its member organisations will send the message that bullying is not acceptable, or inevitable in schools and communities. This year's campaign "Taking action together" offers schools and LAs opportunities to explore bullying and action to stop it.

ABA has put together an online resources pack full of information to support anti-bullying work, with advice for schools, parents and carers, ideas from Young ABA for C&YP and an online shop with ABA hologram rulers, Anti-Bullying Week pencils, poster and sticker packs and ABA pin badges.

To find out more click here and here.

October 4, 2010 - Child protection scheme rolled out to more forces

A scheme that allows parents to find out whether people with access to their family are sex offenders will be extended to a further 11 police forces this month.

The child sex offender disclosure scheme provides members of the public with a way to check whether people who have contact with their children are a possible risk. The police will pass on information if it will help keep a child safe.

The scheme is expanding to 11 additional forces, taking the total number of areas covered to 24. The remaining forces will come onboard by next spring.

To find out more click here.

The Home Secretary said that the further roll-out was, 'an important step forward for child protection in this country and will mean even more children are protected from potential harm. 'These checks provide reassurance to parents, carers and the wider community and also assist the police in managing known sex offenders living in the community more effectively', she said.

The new forces are:

Staffordshire
Sussex
Leicestershire
Wiltshire
Cheshire
Durham
Northumbria
Dorset
Lincolnshire
Surrey
Gloucestershire

September 30, 2010 - International Day of Persons with Disabilities - 3 December 2010

The Day aims to promote a better understanding of disability issues with a focus on the rights of persons with disabilities and gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of the political, social, economic and cultural life of their communities. The goal of full and effective participation of persons with disabilities in society and development was established by the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1982.

To find out more click here.

September 23, 2010 - Walk to School Month

Walk to School Month is a month long awareness week held in October every year where schools across the world join forces to promote walking to school. As it is in October, it is the perfect time to start new travel habits or try something new. See why walking is so important.

It runs over a whole month which means you can take part whenever suits you. Walk to School produce resources to make it easier for you to promote and run activities, which are available throughout the entire school year, so you can run an event whenever it is convenient for you.

To find out more click here.

September 23, 2010 - Dealing with the Bullies: Can Parents Prevent Bullying Behaviour?

This report released by Parentline Plus follows research from long calls* to their free 0808 800 2222 Helpline.

Between October 2008 and April 2010, the free 24 hour helpline received 67,983 long calls of which 3,331 calls concerned bullying.

Key findings:

In 89% of the callers that rang regarding bullying, the perpetrator was known to the victim (2,967 out of 3,331).
In 8% of these cases, the caller's child was the perpetrator involved.
68% of the perpetrators come from the school environment, either from the same class or pupils from other classes.

To find out more click here.

September 23, 2010 - Free Anti-Bullying Pack For Parents

Parentline Plus is offering parents a series of free family friendly leaflets that help address and tackle the problem of bullying. Titles include, "Bullying
- Prejudice and Difference", "Bullying via Internet and Mobile Phones" and "What can I do if my child is being bullied".

To find out more click here.

September 23, 2010 - Parental responsibility for travel arrangements to and from school

Colin Green clarified the position on parental responsibility for travel arrangements to and from school for Radio Four's Today programme in the following statement:

"It is parents' responsibility to help their children to school safely, based on their specific circumstances. Schools may support children, young people and families with safe travel plans and education in road/travel safety. In rare cases unsafe arrangements for children getting to school will be of concern to school staff and local authorities."

To find out more click here.

September 21, 2010 - World Alzheimer's Day

Today is when organisations across the globe unite to promote awareness of dementia. Ths year's theme is "Dementia, It's Time for Action". Click here for more information.

If you or your family are affected you can also access more information here and locate your local contacts.

September 19, 2010 - National Personal Safety Day 2010

Monday 11 October

National Personal Safety Day is an annual event aimed at raising awareness of the simple, practical solutions that everyone can use to help avoid violence and aggression in today's society. It's about helping people live safer, more confident lives.

This year's SIMPLE STEPS campaign aims to promote some easy, every-day precautions people can take to help avoid becoming a victim of violence on the streets, with particular emphasis on staying safe in our own neighbourhood.

To find out more click here.

June 30, 2010 - The Mental Capacity Act (28/06/10)

The Mental Capacity Act has required, and still requires, a review of much existing policy and practice in relation to enabling people who lack capacity to be assisted to make decisions and access services.

Continued resources for 2010/11 have been made available by the Department of Health for implementation of the Act.

To find out more click here.

June 30, 2010 - Use of Force Guidance: Short summary (June 2010)

All school staff members have a legal power to use reasonable force to prevent pupils committing a criminal offence, damaging property, injuring themselves or others, and to maintain good order and discipline.

Staff members can sometimes be worried that using force will lead to false allegations of unreasonable or unlawful conduct in the form of a complaint or legal action. But if the force used is reasonable, all staff will have a robust defence against any accusations. This guidance is intended to help staff feel more confident about using force when they think it is right and necessary.

The purpose of legislating on the use of force was to provide a clear and transparent power which enables staff to use reasonable force on pupils in specified circumstances.

To find out more click here.

This document summarises the main report and provides guidance on how the power should be exercised. It helps school staff understand what the law means for them in practical terms and provides advice on good practice.

June 29, 2010 - Posters, leaflets and wallet cards about the NSPCC and ChildLine available

ChildLine Posters, ChildLine wallet cards and Helpline posters and wallet cards are available here.

June 28, 2010 - Deaf Awareness Week

The theme 'Look at me' aims to improve understanding of the different types of deafness by highlighting the many different methods of communication used by deaf, deafend, deafblind and hard of hearing people such as lip reading and sign language.

Find out more click here.

June 25, 2010 - Wrong Trousers Day

Inspired by the Oscar-winning characters Wallace and Gromit, Wrong Trousers Day is all about paying 1 for the right to look wrong and wearing trousers to help improve the quality of life for children in hospitals and hospices around the UK.

Find out more click here.

June 23, 2010 - Bring Your Bear

An opportunity for childen to have fun and raise money for research into children's illnesses. Teddy bear picnics, treasure hunts and competitions are all part of the fun to help us celebtrate Paddington's birthday.

Find out more click here.

June 22, 2010 - Child Safety Week 21st-27th June

Child Safety Week is for anyone working with families or children. So whether you work in a nursery, children's centre, GP surgery, school, your own home, in the community, in road safety, in fire safety or somewhere else with children or families, you can get involved with Child Safety Week. The emphasis of the Week is on empowering families to take action rather than on telling them what to do or lecturing them about what they are doing wrong.

Accident prevention is not about restricting children or wrapping them up in cotton wool. Instead it's about creating safer environments where children can be active and thrive. Child Safety Week provides an opportunity to get this message across to parents and children in a fun and engaging way and help parents learn how to fit safety into their busy lives.

Find out more click here.

June 21, 2010 - Government announces independant review of child protection at the front line

The Secretary of State for Education Michael Grove and Children and Families Minister Tim Loughton have asked Professor Eileen Munro to conduct an independent review to improve child protection at the front line. The final report and recommendations are due April 2011.

Find out more click here.

June 21, 2010 - Deafblind Awareness Week

Deafblind awareness week is a great opportunity to raise public awareness about the issues facing prople who live with deafblindness. The week culminates on June 27th, honouring the birthday of Helen Keller.

Find out more click here.

June 19, 2010 - BT Giant Sleepover

This will be the biggest sleepover in history and a huge fundraiser with organisers gearing up for 50,000 children sleeping in their school, scout and guide halls, cave, ships, tents or even cardboard boxes.

Find out more click here.

June 16, 2010 - Day of the African Child

Day of the African child is a day recognised throughout the world as an opportunity to reflect on progress towards health, education, equality and protection for all the continent's children.

Find out more click here.

June 14, 2010 - New ISA Numbers halted

The government has announced that, as part of the "The Coalition: Our programme for government", that the Independent Safeguarding Authority scheme is now halted. It will now be reviewed and only some of the scheme with regards to the "duty to refer" will continue for the present.

A person who is barred from working with children or vulnerable adults will be breaking the law if they work or volunteer, or try to work or volunteer with those groups.

An organisation which knowingly employs someone who is barred to work with those groups will also be breaking the law.

If your organisation works with children or vulnerable adults and you dismiss a member of staff or a volunteer because they have harmed a child or vulnerable adult, or you would have done so if they had not left, you must tell the Independent Safeguarding Authority.

June 13, 2010 - Refugee Week

Refugee Week is a UK-wide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourages a better understanding between communities.

Find out more click here.

June 1, 2010 - Volunteer Week

Volunteer Week is an annual event, since 1984, which celebrates the fantastic contribution that millions of volunteers make across the UK. The week plays a huge part in raising the profile of the millions of volunteers who regularly contribute to society, while inspiring others to get involved too.

For more information click here.

May 31, 2010 - National Family Week 2010

This week has been dedicated to celebrating family life. Now in its second year, the National Family Week event website is packed with ideas and activities for everyone to get involved in,especially as this is half term week for many schools.

To find out more and access various competitions and discounts for half term activities click here.

May 25, 2010 - New Child Rescue Alert System is launched

Today, on International Missing Childrens' Day, the The NPIA (National Policing Improvement Agency) Missing Persons Bureau will launch their new scheme. Their system is launched when children go missing and are feared to be abducted and in danger.

For more information click here.

April 22, 2010 - New Trustees Required!

We wish to recruit new trustees to support us in achieving our charitable objectives in our very exciting period of expansion. The successful applicants will be committed to safeguarding children, have independent judgment and professional experience at a senior level, in one or more of the following:

- Safeguarding
- Business management
- Charity or company law
- HR
- And particularly web commerce

Commitment is attending five trustee meetings plus the AGM annually and focusing on one key area of the charity. New trustees will receive a comprehensive induction and may claim any out of pocket expenses.

For an informal discussion about the role of a trustee, or to apply for a pack, please contact the SAFEchild Chair, Paul Tebbutt on 01473 601402 or e-mail ht.hillside.p@talk21.com

Interviews will be held in Ipswich Suffolk. Click here for an application form. Click here for the job description.

All applicants should be over 18 and not disqualified to act as trustee under Section72 (1) Charities Act 1993. SAFEchild is committed to safeguarding all children and young people. All offers of appointment will be made subject to a satisfactory enhanced CRB check.

April 22, 2010 - Take Our Sons & Daughters to Work Day 2010

Today is about Teamwork! Working together with employers, employees, parents, mentors and educators is key to creating a successful day that strengthens the connection between education and work and relationships between parents and their children.

To find out how you can join in click here.

April 20, 2010 - Childline Latest Casenotes

Childline have just published their latest Casenotes about children talking about loneliness.

This is a study of 639 cases where children and young people contacted Childline because they were lonely. It is essential reading for anyone working with, or caring for, children and young people. It underlines the vital importance of providing space and time for children to talk to the caring adults in their lives before a crisis arises.

To read the report click here.

April 16, 2010 - Heritage Lottery Fund Young Photographers Competition

Open to all young people aged 13-20 years old, this competition has a 250 Jessops' voucher up for grabs plus another similar voucher for the winner's nominated group, charity or team of their choice.

To learn more click here. Hurry as the closing date is 30th April 2010.

April 1, 2010 - Outdoor Adventure Week 2010

Promoted from today, for 10 days and running until June, the BBC Thrillseeker Intiative has a web based database of exciting activities varying from "Easy" through "Adventurous" and "Adrenaline Rush" to "Extreme".

Either free of charge, or at cost, there is something for everyone. Click here for more information about activities in your area.

March 25, 2010 - Getting into homework pack

This pack has been designed to help parents help their children with their learning. Parents can make a difference to their child's success, even by just spending a little more time with them. The pack contains some helpful tools and ideas, designed for parents/carers to help children with their homework. It includes top tips and information about school.

These resources, aimed at parents of children 8 - 13, promote consistency and persistence of communication around learning, encouraging ongoing contact with the school once the child has moved from Primary to Secondary. It provides triggers, practical solutions, ideas and encouragement to enable parents to proactively support their child's learning in the home specifically around homework support.

Click here for the pack.

March 22, 2010 - Adopt the Button

CEOP has said that all social networking providers need to adopt a one click button for children to get immediate police help. "CLICKCEOP", launched in 2006 as an online button for young people to use whenever they are in danger online, has been adopted by hundreds of sites including MSN Live Messenger and AOL BEBO.

By clicking on the link, children can access a range of advice and guidance from organisations such as the IWF, Childline, Beatbullying and GetSafeOnline, as well as CEOP's own specialist teams. Children can also use the link to make reports to CEOP's specialist police teams with over 500 reports received each month. Four a day are cases where a child is in immediate possible danger.

Click here for more information.

March 22, 2010 - New Revised Working Together 2010

The new government guidance has been released and applies to everyone who works or volunteers with children, young people and their families.

The SAFEchild team are now very busy assessing the impact of this very large document and will update everything on the SAFEchild website accordingly.
In the interim, click http://publications.dcsf.gov.uk/eOrderingDownload/00305-2010DOM-EN.PDF" target="_blank">here to access the document. Do think before you print as it is some 300 pages long.

March 19, 2010 - Guide for New Dads

The Guide for New Dads, produced by the Fatherhood Institute and funded by the DCSF, will be included in Bounty packs. These are the packs of information, advice and samples of baby care products given to parents at the birth of their children.

The guide contains key information, top tips and useful contacts for new fathers, under the following headings:

- Welcome to fatherhood
- You and Mum, working together
- Your legal position
- Earning and caring
- Looking after your family's health
- Communicating with your baby

Click here for further information.

March 15, 2010 - "Your Kids and Alcohol" Leaflet

A recent Drinkaware YouGov poll showed over a third of 16 and 17 year-olds would prefer to get information on alcohol from their parents.

It's best to start early - Drinkaware research shows children's openness to their parents' influence changes dramatically as they grow up. Between the ages of 8 and 12, children generally accept what their parents say about alcohol.

From 13 onwards, young people increasingly pay attention to their friends. However, parents may still have more leverage with their children than they might think. To access the leaflet click here.

March 10, 2010 - Wise up to the web

Following the recent headlines and concerns about young peoples' on-line safety, parents and carers may find SAFEchild's leaflet very useful.
Along with detailing how young people may be at risk, the leaflet signposts points of referral.

Click here for a copy of the leaflet.

March 9, 2010 - ISA Briefings

Important ISA Briefings for anyone involved in providing Sport and leisure activities to young people in Suffolk. You will hear about the implementation of the new ISA Vetting and Barring scheme and what that really means for you as an organisation or individual.

For all those who:

- Recruit sports staff and volunteers
- Coach or are an activity provider
- For all those who are committee members or trustees

Guest speakers:

Rosie Carter, SAFEchild
Vicki Askew, Lead Child Protection Officer, Suffolk Sport

Topics Include:

- Key Standards for Recruitment
- How to register with the ISA
- Your responsibility as an organisation, manager and an individual

Cost: 10 for statutory agencies or free for Voluntary organisations
A buffet will be provided during the day time event to offer the opportunity to network with partners and colleagues

Daytime Briefing Sessions:
Thursday 11th March
Suffolk County Council,
Endeavour House, Ipswich
10.00am - 12.00 or 1.00 - 3.00pm

Evening Briefing Sessions: 6 pm start
Tues 23rd March - Kirkley High School, Lowestoft
Wed 31st March - Guildhall, Hadliegh
Wed 21st April - Mid Suffolk District Council, Needham Market
Thurs 22nd April - Bury St Edmunds
Thurs 6th May - Grafton House, Ipswich
Thurs 29th April - Jubilee Centre, Mildenhall
Tues 27th April - Riverside centre, Saxmundham

If you require additional information, please email vicki.askew@suffolksport.com or call 07900 137 796

To Book a place at any of the above briefing sessions, please email holly.middleditch@suffolksport.com or call 01394 444 605

March 9, 2010 - Talk to your children tonight!

Following today's tragic headlines about on-line grooming, everyone at SAFEchild urges all parents to talk to their children tonight to find out what they are accessing online and who they are talking to.

If you are an adult and do not understand how Facebook and other sites work, make time to become familiar with what your children are using. Make sure they know how to report anything online that worries them, including using the CEOP (Child Exploitation Online Protection Centre) button which is on the home page of our website under the "Worried about a child" button.

Click here for more information.

February 26, 2010 - Abuse in Teenage Relationships

The Home Office has launched an advertising campaign for 13-18 year olds about how to keep safe in relationships and how to prevent and report abuse.
There are several useful resources, including video clips, for those who work and care for this age group.

Click here to access everything.

February 24, 2010 - Have you met Lee and Kim yet?

CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) have released their new animated "Lee & Kim's Adventures" for KS 1 (5-7 year olds).

If you are CEOP trained click here. If you are not click here.

February 11, 2010 - SID 2010 Report

SAFEchild would like to thank everyone who attended the Breakfast Summit on the 9th February. Riverside Middle School have released a new page on their website reporting on the event. Click here to read more.

February 10, 2010 - SAFEchild at NFAN Conference

SAFEchild is out and about today meeting members of the National Farm Attractions Network at their conference at Market Drayton. Steve Ruffle, our West Midlands officer, will be giving a presentation about child safety at attractions, including the new ISA (Independent Safeguarding Authority) numbers.

We look forward to seeing you there!

February 8, 2010 - Click Clever, Click Safe

The UKCCIS (UK Council for Child Internet Safety) have now launched their new campaign with downloadable resources for tomorrow's Safer Internet Day. To read more and access the materials click here.

February 4, 2010 - CONGRATULATIONS!

To our SID 2010 video winners:

8-10's St Mary's Catholic Primary School, Ipswich
11-16's Riverside Middle School, Mildenhall

With a high calibre of entries the judges found it difficult to select the winners so well done everyone!
To view the winning entry from Riverside click here

Special "Highly Commended" also goes to Elm Tree Middle School.

January 28, 2010 - Data Protection Day

Data Protection Day is celebrated on 28th January 2010 and aims to raise people's awareness in Europe of their rights and responsibilities when it comes to data protection and privacy.

For more information click here.

January 26, 2010 - SAFEchild calls for more investment to recruit and retain social workers

SAFEchild was asked by the Essex Gazette to comment about the shortage of social workers. Social work can be particularly demanding and challenging, and the salary scales do not always reflect this. When asked by the press to comment about recent shortages in Essex, the charity highlighted the need for more government commitment and funding to attract and retain these highly professional staff across the country.

To read the story click here.

January 20, 2010 - Safer Internet Breakfast Summit 9th February, 8am Ipswich

All SAFEchild members, colleagues and friends are cordially invited to attend SAFEchild's Summit and also encourage young people to enter the "Think Before You Post" Competition.

For further details, please click here.

January 14, 2010 - Think Before You Post Young Peoples' Competition

As part of the Suffolk and National Safer Internet Day on 9th February 2010, SAFEchild are inviting all young people to enter both the national and the Suffolk competition. Please click here for more details.

To see the competition poster, click here.

If you would like to attend the Breakfast Summit in Ipswich on the 9th February, enrol by clicking here.

January 7, 2010 - RoSPA's Icy Water Warning as the Big Freeze Continues

As the Arctic conditions continue across the UK this week, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents is warning about the dangers of frozen-over water in a bid to preserve lives. This message is especially important as many schools are closed and children are outside playing in the snow.

To read more click here.

January 4, 2010 - The SID Countdown begins

With just 37 days to go to Safer Internet Day on the 9th February 2010, SAFEchild invites all members, clients and supporters to get involved to raise awareness of the risks young people face when using the internet.

SAFEchild is dedicating the whole week to this important issues by working with young people, meeting the public and also holding a SID Breakfast Summit in Ipswich on the 9th February. If you would like to attend the summit and pledge your commitment to SID please e-mail us for further details.

Watch this space for an important competition to encourage young people to make films for YouTube later this month. For more information click here.

January 1, 2010 - Happy New Year Everyone!

The SAFEchild team would like to wish all SAFEchild members, clients and supporters a very happy and prosperous New Year. We look forward to working with you all in 2010.

 

 

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