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!

For more myths, information and a handy leaflet to help organisers plan events safely click here.

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.

To access the website click here.

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.
- "Frequency" of contact will now be once a week or more and not once a month.
- "Intensive" contact will now mean four or more days in a 30 day period, or overnight.
- School exchanges will not be in the scheme when visits last less than 28 days, and where the overseas family accepts the responsibility for the selection of the host family.
- 16-18 year olds will not need to register when in work placements as part of their education.
- Organisations will not need to register with the scheme if their regulated activity is carried out frequently in different settings (such as schools).
- Workers from overseas who bring their own groups of children or vulnerable adults into this country will be exempt from registering for up to 3 months for the work they do with the children or vulnerable adults they have brought to the UK.

To read the full statement click here.

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.

For more information click here.

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 175,000.

SAFEchild members benefit from both ensuring their safeguarding arrangements are robust; and reduced public liability insurance premiums from Access Underwriters. Why not make time to do your SAFEchild Award today?

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.

Click here to access the website.

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.

Young disabled people are asked to complete a diary for a week. To download the diary click here.

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.

For your copy click here.

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.

In order to reach that person, CEOP are asking for the public's help to share this message virally, via the internet, so that the message is so widespread it becomes one click away to the person who knows something about Madeleine's disappearance. The message is then a constant reminder that it is never too late to do the right thing, to stop keeping this secret and pass this vital information to their local police.

You can view the full message which is part of a 60 second film at:

If you are online and part of an online community, you can help. Post the link on your social networking site, email your friends and colleagues and encourage them to share the film, blog and Tweet about the film and link to the website above. Do anything you can to spread this message around the world.

The message is available at and is in seven different languages; English, Arabic, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.

This initiative is supported by Leicestershire Police, Interpol, Europol and international police agencies as well as specialist charities and NGO's such as the US National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), Missing Children Europe and the UK charity Parents and Abducted Children Together (PACT).

So, please help. Take a minute for Madeleine and help share this message around the world.

Thank you

Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre

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.

In 2008, 712 children aged 6 - 11 were killed or seriously injured while walking in GB while 155 children of the same age were killed or seriously injured while cycling.

For useful hints and tips to keep the children you work with safe click here.

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 hours

Many thanks,

The SAFEchild team

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.

Did you know:

- It is against the law to carry fireworks in public if you're under 18.
- Fireworks must not be sold to anyone who is under 18.
- 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 an offence under the Explosives Act 1875 to tamper with or modify fireworks

For more information click here.

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 school.

For your free access click here.

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 clicking here.

If you are concerned about the welfare of a child or children, contact your local social care services, or the police in an emergency.

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.

All checks delivered to the CRB by today will be processed, those that arrive late will need resubmitting as enhanced checks.

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.

To get involved and to see what you and your organisation can do to help, click here.

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 attend.

Following the Bichard Report into the tragic Soham case, the government wanted to ensure there is one streamlined system for checking people who want to work with vulnerable groups. Last year the CRB announced they had prevented 80,000 unsuitable people working with children. That is 80,000 very good reasons for volunteers to be checked.

As a CRB umbrella group, our evidence suggests that when unsuitabe people can no longer get work in the tightly recruited statutory sector, they will endeavour to find work in the voluntary and independent sectors. That is why ISA numbers are vital.

If you would like to know more about keeping your own children safe, do take a look at Charles Fortt's short course on our homepage.

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.

Any standard CRB applications MUST be made before 2nd October 2009. Thereafter, standard checks will only be appropriate for certain positions in security or financial settings. For all other posts, only enhanced CRB checks will be appropriate.

If you need more information please contact us.

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.

To read more click here.

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:

- 38% said they had received a sexually explicit or distressing text or email
- 70% of young people knew the sender of the message.
- 45% of messages were from a peer, 23% from a current boyfriend/girlfriend and just 2% from adults
- Of the 25% who received an offensive sexual image, 55% were issued via mobile phones
- 29% have been chatting online chat when someone started talking about offensive or up-setting sexual things
- In this instance, 45% said the chat was instigated by a peer, 10% by an ex-partner and 2% by an adult

If you want to learn more about internet abuse why not attend our 3rd Annual Conference, 'Wise up to the Web'. You can register for a place under 'Seminars and Events' on our home page.

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.

If you are affected by issues raised by young runaways the charity Missing People may be able to help.

Their Helpline is 0808 800 70 70

Text 80234

Email or click here to visit their website.

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.

For more information click here.

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.

Click here for more information.

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.

Ofsted can be contacted on 08456 404046 (Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm) or e-mail

For more information click here.

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.

Since the campaign started, the incidence of cot death has dropped dramtically by 70%. To read more click here.

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 Diana Awards?

Entries close 22nd May 2009. Click here to read more.

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.

The DCSF (Department for Children, Schools and Families) have produced a handy leaflet for parents and carers about safety in the home for children.

Click here to download a copy.

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.

To access a copy click here.

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

Click here for more details.

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.

Everything you need is in your SAFEchild Child Protection Toolkit.

Have some brilliant red nose fun!

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.

For more information and to access a copy click here.

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.

Click here for more information.

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.

"Our aim is to identify what the people of Wales need in order to best protect children from sexual abuse and prevent child sexual abuse from happening" said Stop it Now! Wales national campaign manager Rebecca Wasinski. "We are also looking to identify the need for support services across Wales for adults concerned that child sexual abuse may be taking place".

As well as a national survey, Stop it Now! Wales is also holding focus groups in Cardiff, Newport, Aberystwyth and Bangor in March 2009 and is appealing for people interested in taking part to register now.

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

The electronic survey links can be found here:


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:

- 9 out of 10 people say anyone working or volunteering with vulnerable groups should be checked
- More than 70% think the CRB helps protect the vulnerable
- 3 out of 4 people are more likely to use a business if staff have been CRB checked

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.


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
PoCA, PoVA and List 99. SAFEchild advises all those who recruit staff and volunteers to continue to adhere to SAFEchild's rigorous recruitment guidance. To read more here.

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" 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.

Wise up to the web and download the charity leaflet for parents and carers for more information.

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 dangers:

1. The age and maturity of the child
2. How long they will be left
3. Where they are being left

For more useful information click here to read the NSPCC's Home Alone leaflet.

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.

Encourage your local school to get involved. There are a whole range of resources, including new KS2 and 3 assemblies. Schools should register early for verification in advance, resources will be available shortly.

Click here for more information.

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 Access Underwriting.

The SAFEchild team wishes everyone a very Happy New Year for 2009.




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