SAFE News Archives 2011

September 26, 2011 - VOTE, VOTE, VOTE for SAFEchild!

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SAFEchild works with adults to help keep children and young people safe when they attend activities away from home and school. With a wide range of online and face to face services including training, CRB checks, polices, support and advice; SAFEchild is the "one stop shop" for child protection, so vote for us by clicking here to help us keep chidren safer everywhere.

August 23, 2011 - New Barnado's Report on Child Sexual Exploitation

SAFEchild CEO, Rosie Carter, spoke today on BBC Radio Suffolk of how welcome this new report is; as it highlights the very real risks children and young people face in towns and villages across the country. If you are worried about the welfare of a child contact your local social care services, the police or the NSPCC helpine.

Barnardo's Chief Executive Anne Marie Carrie said: "This is a horrific and pernicious crime that everybody needs to be alive to. Vulnerable defenceless girls and boys, who crave love and attention, are groomed then abused in the most callous and calculated way, leaving them deeply traumatised and scarred for life. Yet victims continue to go unidentified as telltale signs are overlooked. I want mothers, fathers, professionals and young people to have the confidence in spotting these signs. The earlier abuse is identified, the earlier we can stop it."

To listen again click here.

August 2, 2011 - BBC TV Abuse of Trust

As a precursor to tonight's BBC documentary about the serious offender, Derek Slade, our CEO, Rosie Carter will be on air during the BBC TV Look East news. She will be suggesting simple ways in which charities and youth groups can safeguard the children and young people in their care. SAFEchild members will already be familiar with the vital needs for a clear policy, training programme, rigorous recruitment and risk assessment of practice. This is a timely reminder to all members to review their arrangements and achieve their SAFEchild Award. Simply log on to the website and click on "Apply for the Award".


July 26, 2011 - Listen Live!

BBC Radio Suffolk's reporter Luke Deal will be meeting the SAFE team tomorrow (Wednesday 27th July) at 7.40am and broadcasting live from our Chestnuts Farm offices.We are really looking forward to discussing all matters safeguarding with Luke over croissants and coffee!


July 14, 2011 - National advocacy strategy under way to boost support for vulnerable children in England

Vulnerable children in England are set to benefit from a national advocacy strategy under development by a group led by the children's commissioner for England and the outgoing chief executive of charity Voice.

To find out more click here.


July 8, 2011 - Health and Safety Advice

A statement, prepared by the HSE, has been published for schools and LAs - explaining what teachers should consider when Newly revised health and safety guidance for schools has also been published by the DfE, summarising how the existing health and safety law affects schools, LAs, governing bodies, and staff - particularly in relation to school trips. This advice has been slashed from 150 pages to just 8 pages.

The revised guidance:

- summarises the legal duties of head teachers, governing bodies and LAs on H&S, and covers activities that take place on and off school premises
- makes clear that a written risk assessment need not be carried out every time a school takes pupils on a regular, routine local visit e.g. to a swimming pool or museum.
- tackles myths and teachers' fears about being prosecuted by making the law clearer
- clarifies that parental consent is not necessary for pupils to take part in the majority of off-site activities organised by a school, as most of these activities take place during school hours and are a normal part of a child's education.

To find out more click here and here.

July 7, 2011 - Children's Minister welcomes Dixons Retail Plc action to help keep children safe online

The Children's Minister, Tim Loughton, has welcomed the commitment by Dixons Retail Plc to promote the UK Council for Child Internet Safety Click Clever, Click Safe campaign through all their PC World and Currys stores, through in-store promotion and on till receipts.

The announcement comes on the day of the second UKCCIS annual summit, which brings together mobile phone companies, social networking providers and children's charities to help keep children safe online. To find out more click here.

July 7, 2011 - Families torn apart as older grandparents 'too old to care', says new report

The new report, Too Old to Care?, reveals the heartache felt by families as social services make ageist assumptions about grandparents' ability to raise their young grandchildren. It also reveals the intense fear felt by many older grandparents of their grandchildren being taken away – which prevents them seeking help.
There are an estimated 25,000 grandparents over the age of 65 raising 30,000 grandchildren in the UK, often due to challenging circumstances including parental alcohol and drug misuse, abuse or neglect, imprisonment, bereavement, disability or illness. If the children they are caring for were in independent foster care it would cost 1.4 billion in care costs alone each year.

Too Old to Care? finds that:

Older grandparents are often reluctant to approach children's services for support as they fear their children will be taken away
Where support is provided for grandparents carers, it often fails to meet their needs
75% of older carers have a long term health condition or a disability
Sam Smethers, Chief Executive of Grandparents Plus, said:

"This research reveals the hidden contribution made by older grandparent carers. But it is worrying to discover that many who need support are too scared to ask for it and of those who do, most don't get the help they need. There is a fundamental lack of trust in the system which needs to be addressed.

To find out more click here.

June 29, 2011 - New CEOP Report "Out of mind, out of sight"

CEOP have today released their report about groups of men who are reportedly grooming and sexually abusing children across the UK.

To read the report and recommendations click here.


June 28, 2011 - GMC announce Consultation on new child protection guidance

The GMC are encouraging everyone from health professionals, other agencies and the general public to comment on the new guidance.

To read the guidance and take part in the consultation click here. The consultation closes Friday 14th October 2011.


June 18, 2011 - More exact paracetamol dosing for children to be introduced

Updated dosing for children's liquid medicines containing paracetamol has been developed to ensure children get the most effective amount, and to support giving it to them in the best way. The updated dosing will have a larger number of narrower age bands and will define a single dose per age band.

Paracetamol continues to be an acceptably safe and effective method of short-term pain and fever relief in children when used according to the patient information supplied with the medicine. To find out more click here.


June 17, 2011 - NSPCC finds 64 child sex crimes a day recorded by police

Police in England and Wales recorded a child sex crime every 20 minutes last year, new NSPCC research reveals.

More than 23,000 offences were logged in 2009-10, an 8% increase on the previous year. Most reports concerned children aged 12-15. However, over 1,000 victims were pre-school age and 1 in 4 were 11 or under. Girls continue to be around 6 times more likely to be assaulted than boys, with over 20,000 (86%) female victims recorded.

The figures show, for the first time, the number of young people accused of committing CSA offences. Nearly one-quarter (2,200) of known suspects in these cases were under 18. To find out more click here and for ACPO response click here.


June 16, 2011 - Tougher checks for registered sex offenders

Tough proposals to strengthen the police and probation services' ability to protect the public and manage registered sex offenders in local communities were published by the Government today.

These proposals have been designed to strengthen and extend the current checks and would make it compulsory for offenders on the Sex Offenders' Register to:

- notify the police of all foreign travel, requiring offenders who travel abroad for less than three days to notify in the same way as those who travel for longer must do under the existing scheme;
- notify the police weekly where they can be found when they have no fixed abode;
- notify the police when they are living with a child under the age of 18; and,
- notify the police of passport, bank account and credit card details and provide identification at each notification, so that sex offenders can no longer avoid being on the register when they change their name by deed poll.

A sex offender given a custodial sentence of 30 months or more is automatically placed on the Sex Offenders' Register for life. The Government has also today laid the proposal to make the draft order which will ensure that public protection remains a priority in dealing with these cases, and for considering when, if ever, offenders should be removed from the register.

Minister for Crime and Security James Brokenshire said:
"Protecting the public is our number one priority and tough checks and a range of tools are already in place to manage known sex offenders.

"We recognise that we can build on this which is why we are seeking views on extending and strengthening the notification requirements which will further enhance our ability to manage offenders in local communities."

"Today the Government has also laid the proposal to make the draft order which will ensure that strict rules are put in place for considering whether sex offenders who are placed on the register for life should ever be allowed to be removed."

ACPO lead on the management of sexual offenders and violent offenders Assistant Chief Constable Michelle Skeer, said:

"It is recognised that the legislation under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 and the multi-agency public protection arrangements provide some of the most effective tools in the world to manage registered sex offenders.

"Protecting the public from harm is a fundamental role for the police service but we recognise that this must be balanced with the rights of individuals, as highlighted by the Supreme Court judgment. We have worked closely with the Home Office and other key partners to develop a robust review process that ensures a full assessment of the risks posed before an offender is removed from the notification requirements.

"The reality is that the risks posed by some offenders can never be completely eliminated, but we will continue to do all in our power to keep them to a minimum and believe that the proposed review process strikes the right balance between individual rights and public safety."

Today's proposals will ensure that sex offenders currently required to register with the police for life will have to wait 15 years following their release from prison before they can apply to be considered for removal from the register (this period will be eight years for juveniles).

To find out more click here.

June 15, 2011 - Heatwave plan to protect the vulnerable from summer heat

The annual heatwave plan, first published in 2004, is updated each year to provide health and social care services with emergency planning and preparedness guidance in the event of a heatwave. It operates from 1 June to 15 September and is based on information provided by the Met Office. The Met Office can trigger one of four alert levels:

1.Summer Preparedness and Long-term Planning: Green;
2.Alert and Readiness: Amber;
3.Heatwave Action: Red; and
4.Emergency: Red Emergency.

While many people enjoy sunny weather, high temperatures can be dangerous for vulnerable groups such as the young, older people and those with serious illnesses. It can make heart and respiratory problems worse and in extreme cases, excess heat can lead to heatstroke, which can be fatal.

To find out more click here and here and here.


June 14, 2011 - You are not on your own

The Children's Commissioner for England and The Children's Society have published a booklet for use by children affected by a parent or carer drinking too much alcohol. It will help them to have frank discussions with teachers, professionals or an adult who they trust when they are worried about a parent or carer and the problems caused by their alcohol consumption.

The booklet is a free online resource that will help them to discuss what to do and ways to keep them safe from harm. To find out more click here and here.


June 12, 2011 - Diabetes Week

Diabetes UK's annual UK-wide awareness and fundraising week. This year Diabetes Week is 12-18 June 2011

For more information click here.


June 6, 2011 - Bailey Report on the sexualisation and commercialisation of children

"Pester power" is a challenging issue for parents and carers. Following several high profile complaints about the possible sexualisation of children with regards to the TV "Watershed", billboard advertising and childrens' wear; the long awaited Bailey Report is published today.

Reg Bailey, CEO of the Mother's Union has today made several recommendations for the media, internet providers and retailers. These include a new code of conduct for retailers of clothing, a more robust adherence to the TV 9pm "Watershed" and a new website for parents and carers to report their concerns. To read more click here


June 5, 2011 - Safeguarding deaf and disabled children

Research shows that deaf and disabled children are at significantly greater risk of abuse and neglect than non-deaf and non-disabled children. Govt guidance stresses the importance of professionals having expertise to give disabled children the same levels of protection from harm as non-disabled children, and the relevance of disability equality training to all service providers.

The NSPCC have released a resource that aims to raise awareness about this additional vulnerability and to help everyone who works with children know how they can safeguard deaf and disabled children more effectively. It is particularly relevant to professionals in education, health, children's social services, the police and the justice system, whether their area of expertise is safeguarding or disability or deafness.

The DVD contains:
- An information film about why deaf and disabled children are at greater risk of abuse and how we can safeguard them more effectively
- 8 short scenarios - people expressing concerns
- 2 longer, dramatised scenarios - Kayleigh's story and Anil's story
- Interviews with professionals reflecting on the films and the issues they raise

The films are supported by:
- Prompt sheets to guide trainers and facilitators in using each of the scenarios
- Handouts on key issues

To find out more click here.

June 3, 2011 - ISA - new referral guidance and form

The Government has published its VBS review, but until new legislation to implement any changes is introduced, the current safeguarding responsibilities remain. Employers, social services and professional regulators are under a legal duty to notify the ISA of relevant information, so that individuals who pose a threat to vulnerable groups can be identified and barred from working with these groups.

If your organisation dismisses or removes a member of staff/volunteer from working with children and/or vulnerable adults (in what is legally defined as regulated activity) because they have harmed a child or vulnerable adult you have a legal duty to inform the ISA. An organisation which knowingly employs someone who is barred is breaking the law and a person barred from working with children or vulnerable adults is breaking the law if they work/volunteer or seek to work/volunteer with these groups.

A new referral form and guidance document are now available. To find out more click here.

June 2, 2011 - UK's Child Protection Centre to lead national response on missing children

A new dedicated team of experts from CEOP will strengthen and lead the UK's ability to respond to missing children, HO Minister James Brokenshire announced today. Speaking on International Missing Children's Day, the minister outlined that CEOP will, from 1 July, take the national lead for missing children's services.

Through the creation of the UK's first ever team of experts dedicated to tackling missing children issues, CEOP will bring their considerable expertise to bear and ensure the right arrangements are in place to protect vulnerable children. CEOP's new capability will provide operational support to the police through resources such as the Child Rescue Alert system and the MissingKids website. It will also ensure arrangements are in place to co-ordinate the collective response to complex cases of missing and abducted children.


June 1, 2011 - Volunteers' Week June 1st to 7th

Volunteers' Week is an annual event 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.

To find out more click here.


May 31, 2011 - CEOP Success in Protecting Children

CEOP (Child Exploitation Online Protection) have today released a report which details that 411 children have been rescued from exploitation, 513 offenders have been arrested and 132 child sexual offender networks have been dismantled or disrupted. This report underlines the importance of parents and carers talking to their children about the possible risks when accessing the internet, whether it be on a PC, mobile phone or games console.

To read more click here and also here for SAFEchild's comments. SAFEchild works with the CEOP Thinkuknow team with regards to their general safeguarding information. If you work with children and young people email us at" data-mce-href=""> for details of our CEOP Thinkuknow training.


May 19, 2011 - Olympics 2012

London Board Olympics Subgroup - This group is chaired by Philip Ishola from the Harrow Council. Membership comprises the Olympic LSCBs, other interested LSCBs, the Metropolitan Police Service (SCD5 and SCD9) and representatives from the voluntary and community sector (ECPAT UK, Refugee Council, Children's Society, Stop the Traffik).

The group is in place to ensure that London LSCBs and partner agencies are prepared for the potential challenges around safeguarding children at the 2012 Games and to influence the Olympics delivery agencies in relation to prioritising the safeguarding children in planning and delivering the Games. To find out more click here.


May 19, 2011 - Foster Care Fortnight

Foster Care Fortnight will run between 16th and 29th May 2011. This is an annual awareness campaign to promote fostering and encourage more people to become foster carers. It is run by the Fostering Network and supported by other fostering services.

Click here for more information.


May 17, 2011 - NEW NSPCC Helpline Text Service

The NSPCC have launched their new, free and round the clock 88858 text service so the anyone can refer any child safeguarding concerns immediately and privately.

SAFEchild recommends that everyone puts this number in their mobile so it is to hand should they ever need to refer a concern. Do remember that in an emergency, always dial 999. To read more click here and for comment, click here.

May 10, 2011 - Government makes vetting and barring U-turn

Children and Young People now report that the government has taken a U-turn on plans to scale back the age limit on vetting and barring arrangements for children's professionals. Under the Protection of Freedoms Bill the arrangements would have no longer applied to those working with only 16- and 17-year-olds. But ahead of a debate at the committee stage of the bill today the government has added an amendment to keep the cut off age at 18.

Andrew Flanagan, chief executive of the NSPCC, which had lobbied for the amendment, said: "The government's amendment is absolutely right. We welcome this wholeheartedly as it will make a huge difference to the safety of young people.

"Young people can be particularly vulnerable to grooming and abuse from adults who work with them and wish to develop inappropriate relationships. Therefore it is important that adults working closely with these young people are subject to robust checks."

Home Office minister Lynne Featherstone confirmed that the amendment has been made following discussions with the NSPCC and other children's charities.

She said: "We have engaged with children's charities, including the NSPCC, throughout the process and are today amending the Protection of Freedoms Bill so the scheme includes people working with 16- and 17-year-olds to address their concerns and ensure children and vulnerable people are protected."

To find out more click here.


May 9, 2011 - Common errors in applying for registration with Care Quality Commission

To view the common errors click here.


May 3, 2011 - Children being forced to grow up too quickly

A survey of over 1000 parents has revealed that 88% think that children are under pressure to grow up too quickly.The survey forms part of the independent Bailey Review of Commercialisation and Sexualisation of Childhoods.

Findings from the survey show that:
- 40% of parents said they had seen things in public places that they felt were inappropriate for children to see because of their s-xual content.
- 41% said they had seen programmes or adverts on TV before 9pm that they felt were unsuitable or inappropriate for children due to their sexual content.
- Of those who had felt the need to complain about these issues but hadn't, over 60% said that they had not done so because they didn't think anything would be done or they didn't know who to complain to.
- Around half felt that celebrity culture, adult style clothes and music videos encouraged children to act older than they are.

To find out more click here.

May 1, 2011 - Serious child abuse reports to NSPCC Helpline at all time high

Last year (April 2010 to March 2011), trained NSPCC counsellors working on the 24-hour freephone (0808 800 5000) service referred 16,385 serious cases to police or social services, up 37% on the previous year and the biggest annual increase in referrals to the Helpline yet recorded. The biggest increase in referrals was for neglect, which jumped 81% to 6,438 cases. We also referred 4,113 cases of reported physical abuse, 1,520 cases of s-xual abuse and 2,932 cases of emotional abuse.

Recent NSPCC research found:
- nearly 1 in 5 secondary school children in the UK has been severely maltreated during childhood, most commonly through neglect.
- There are currently around 46,000 children of all ages on a local CP plan or register.
- 46% of the people who contacted the Helpline last year were reporting concerns so serious they needed to be passed on to the authorities - up from 39% the previous year.

The NSPCC is calling for a major shift in UK child protection policy towards earlier and more effective intervention in child cruelty cases. This relies on people taking swift action to report any concerns about a child being maltreated.

To find out more click here.


April 13, 2011 - Free CRB checks for your volunteers!

As a child protection charity we are passionate about helping organisations and using CRB checks remain an essential part of the recruitment process. As part of SAFEchild membership we now carry out completely FREE CRB checks for volunteers, including the expert support from our helpful SAFEchild professional staff should a CRB disclosure give rise to concern.

With each CRB application realising a saving of 10 and SAFEchild membership starting from as little as 39.50, membership can pay for itself after just 4 volunteer CRB checks, leaving you with all the membership benefits, effectively for free.

REVISION: This funding stream is no longer available, so free volunteer CRB checks are no longer unlimited. However, 4 free volunteer checks are still included with membership.

SAFEchild membership continues to be great value and what's more membership is still at 2010 prices. Membership includes:

* Latest best practice policy and procedure templates
* The SAFEchild Award to assess all your safeguarding arrangements
* Email and telephone support from the expert SAFEchild team
* Online tracking of the progress of all your CRB applications

To take up this offer please click on the following link:

SAFEchild Membership

 April 12, 2011 - Under 18s protected from sunbed dangers


Businesses will face fines of up to 20,000 if they allow under 18s to use sunbeds from today, the Public Health Minister has announced. The Sunbeds (Regulation) Act 2010 will prevent under 18 year olds from:

- being allowed to use tanning salons and sunbeds at premises including beauty salons, leisure centres, gyms and hotels
- being offered the use of a sunbed
- being allowed to be in an area that is reserved for sunbed users

Local Authorities will be responsible for enforcing the Act by inspecting businesses and premises to make sure they are complying with the new regulations. To find out more click here.


April 7, 2011 - World Health Day


Each year on April 7th, the world celebrates World Health Day. On this day around the globe, thousands of events mark the importance of health for productive and happy lives. To find out more click here.



April 4, 2011 - Sex offender disclosure scheme will operate in all forces in England and Wales by April.


Children in all 43 police force areas in England and Wales are better protected thanks to the final rollout of the child sex offender disclosure scheme, the Home Secretary has announced. Under the scheme anyone can ask the police to check whether people who have contact with children pose a risk. If the individual has convictions for sexual offences against children or poses a risk of causing harm then the police can chose to disclose this information to the parent, carer or guardian.

A phased introduction began in August 2010 following a successful 12 month pilot in four police force areas. By 4 April 2011, all 43 police forces will be running the scheme. To find out more click here.



April 4, 2011 - Registration of primary dental and independent ambulance services


On 1 April the Care and Quality Commision (CQC) registration system came into force for primary dental care and independent ambulance services. Those providers that have submitted a valid application, but not received their notices of decision or certificate by 1 April will be protected from prosecution for operating without registration. They can still operate and commissioners should continue to contract their services.

To find out more click here.



April 1, 2011 - Awareness Day and Autism Awareness Month


Over 500 Iconic Buildings and Landmarks Around the World will Shine a Bright Blue Light on Autism. To find out more click here.



March 31, 2011 - NEW CRB Website goes live


For all information, application tracking and access to services for CRB applicants and the general public visit the new website:



March 30, 2011 - Advice on how to support childminders


Guidance has been published to advise Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) on how to improve support for childminders. The National Childminding Association (NCMA) advice Supporting childminders has been developed in partnership with the Department for Education and sets out how LSCBs can help childminders with their safeguarding responsibilities.

The guidance encourages LSCBs to spend time establishing relationships with registered childminders and provide accessible training that relates to the local authority's policy and procedures. It also advises LSCBs to publicise up to date information and support, share information and provide clear contact points for childminders.

To find out more click here and click supporting childminders for report.



March 29, 2011 - Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims (Amendment) Bill 2010-11


Section 5 of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004 created an offence of causing or allowing the death of a child or vulnerable adult. The offence is limited to incidents where the victim died of an unlawful act and only applies to members of the household who had frequent contact with the victim. The household member must have either caused the victim's death or failed to take reasonable steps to protect the victim, and the victim must have been at significant risk of serious physical harm. Only those who are 16 or over may be guilty of the offence, unless they are the mother or father of the victim.


The Bill would amend section 5 of the Act to widen its scope to include situations where children and vulnerable adults have been seriously harmed. 'Serious harm' is defined in the 2004 Act as "harm that amounts to grievous bodily harm for the purposes of the Offences against the Person Act 1861". To find out more click here.



March 29, 2011 - Factsheet: Childminding between friends


This factsheet has details about when you should or should not register with Ofsted, if you provide care for your friends' children. It only applies to childminding. To find out more click here and here.



March 28, 2011 - Sleep Matters: The Impact Of Sleep On Health And Wellbeing


Sleep is as important to our health as eating, drinking and breathing. It allows our bodies to repair themselves and our brains to consolidate our memories and process information. Poor sleep is linked to physical problems such as a weakened immune system and mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.

Sleep Matters provides sound, evidence-based advice on how to improve the quality of your sleep. This includes simple ways to improve your 'sleep hygiene', such as adjusting the light, noise and temperature in the bedroom and changing your eating, drinking and exercise routines, advice which can also be found in Sleep Well, a handy pocket guide to better sleep. To find out more click here.



March 17, 2011 - New Guidance to help pubs, clubs and shops spot fake ID


New posters warning young people of the risks of using fake ID and guidance to help door staff and those selling alcohol to spot false documents are available to download today.

Schemes to crackdown on underage drinking such as Challenge 21 and 25 have made it more difficult for people to use fake ID to buy alcohol or get into pubs and bars, but the use of counterfeit ID bought over the internet or borrowed ID from older siblings or friends by some young people can still cause problems.

Examples of the kinds of fake ID used include the international driving permit and the provisional motorcycle licence, which don't even exist as real documents. For more information click here.



March 17, 2011 - Internet safety materials for children available to order


Materials from the Zip it, Block it, Flag it campaign are available free to all those who work with children. The UK Council for Child Internet Safety have developed the 'Click Clever Click Safe Code', designed to act as an everyday reminder of simple good behaviours, to help you and your children avoid common risks online. For more information click here and here.



March 17, 2011 - Parents urged to do safety homework before booking holidays


Research conducted by The Royal Society of Provention of Accidents (RoSPA)shows that in 7 years up to 09, 67 British children, aged 0 - 17, drowned while on holiday abroad, mostly in popular European destinations: 26 in hotel pools, 15 in the sea and 11 in private pools e.g villas. The rest happened in lakes, rivers and canals.


The best time to find out as much as you can about your destination is while booking. Reputable holiday specialists should have information on how appropriate their properties are for children, so don't be afraid to ask questions about the swimming pool or any other aspect of the safety arrangements. If you are thinking of staying in a hotel or apartment, see if the pool has a lifeguard on duty at the poolside (be aware that a "pool attendant" might not be a trained lifeguard). If you prefer a villa, ask whether it has pool safety fencing with lockable gates and, if you have young children, think twice before booking if it doesn't.

To find out more click here.



February 24, 2011 - The Diana Award : Nominations being sought


Does your organisation work with young people aged 12-18?
Do you know a young person who inspires others?


If you know an exceptional young person or group of individuals who have made a selfless contribution to your community then nominate them for one of the three Diana Award schemes. Nominations close on the 20th May 2011. Click here for more details.



February 18, 2011 - Devon Social Networking Incidents


Following the ongoing police investigation and yesterday's mass mail-out to pupils at schools in Torquay, Paignton and Teignbridge; SAFEchild advises parents and carers everywhere to monitor their childrens' use of social networking sites.


This particular case involves a particular geographic area but highlights the risks children and young people may face if they do not take simple steps to protect their online identity and profile when surfing the net or using other internet enabled technology.

Click here for SAFEchild's handy Wise up to the Web leaflet. To read more about the Devon incidents, click here.



February 11, 2011 - New Freedoms Bill


Today sees the announcement of the new Act and the proposed scaling back of CRB checks.


The charity deals with thousands of checks a year; currently some 5% of checks return criminal records with concern and 1% reveal records of people who should not be working with vulnerable groups. In 2010 alone we made 12 referrals for dangerous individuals.

This new proposal is a backwards step and it would appear that the tragic Soham case, with the subsequent Bichard report, has been forgotten. We need to balance the need to protect personal privacy with the rights of vulnerable groups. Children and vulnerable adults must come first. SAFEchild will update all members as the details become more apparent.



February 8, 2011 - SID (Safer Internet Day) 2011


Over the years, SID has become a landmark event in the Internet safety calendar. Starting as an initiative of the EU SafeBorder project in 2004 and taken up by the Insafe network as one of its earliest actions in 2005, SID has grown beyond its traditional geographic zone and is now celebrated in more than 60 countries worldwide, from Brazil to Japan and Kenya. This year the theme for SID2011 is, Virtual Lives: It's more than a game, it's your life! This is the third year the charity has marked SID.


SAFEchild is working with University Campus Suffolk (UCS) for today Tuesday, 8th February 2011. The event will be held at UCS today from 9am and is funded by the Big Lottery Fund - Awards for All, and supported by Suffolk police, UCS and Suffolk NSPCC.

The aim of SID is to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people across the world. From cyber bullying to social networking, SAFEchild aims to be at the forefront of emerging online issues. This year focuses on virtual lives. Today, young people spend a good part of their lives on activities ranging from online gaming to social networking. In doing so, they face multiple challenges relating to their privacy, reputation and health. Taking care, being safe and responsible online and offline is an important part of child development. All Internet users need to be aware of the consequences of their online actions.

Two half-day conferences (9.30am-12.00 pm and 1pm-3.30pm) will take place with pupils mainly from years 5/6 attending as E-safety Champions from all education sectors across Suffolk. Approximately 80 pupils from schools in Ipswich will attend in the morning and approximately 80 pupils from schools in areas other than Ipswich will attend in the afternoon. The champions will return to their educational setting with a comprehensive resource pack to enable them to spread the vitally important messages about E-safety to their peers via assemblies and other means. An appropriate adult will accompany all pupils. All schools unable to send a champion will also receive a resource pack.

Competitions and surveys have been conducted on the run-up to the day. Competition winners will be announced on the day and the results of the survey will be published once full analysis has been completed.

During the fun-packed interactive programme the delegates will predominantly learn about E-safety. They will meet and talk about how they use modern technology and what they should do to keep safe and therefore diminish risk-taking behaviour. They will become accredited SID E-safety Champions for their educational setting. Sessions will be delivered by representatives of SAFEchild, Suffolk Constabulary, Suffolk County Council (SCC) and UCS. Cliff James, Head of Safeguarding at SCC and Crazee ITFC mascot will be present during the lunchtime crossover period. There will also be a 'parking lot' for students to post questions and comments.

Numerous stands, information, and resources will be available throughout the day. Contributors include AimHigher, BeatBullying, Education Business Partnership, Ip-Art, ITFC Community Development Team, NetMums, MYKE, Ormiston Trust, Phosphene, the Event Shop, Suffolk Children's University, SCC, Waveney 4 Town's Bus and the Library Service and Safeguarding in Education Team. The event is not open to the public but people are welcome to attend and obtain free literature on how to stay safe online.

A parents/carers E-safety awareness quiz, "How safe is your child on the internet?" is available on our website on the 7th February news. There are only five questions and it only takes a minute to complete.

We have also jointly produced a leaflet, kindly published by Suffolk Constabulary's Publications Unit, which we would like everyone to download and display at work or school - World Wide Warning.



February 7, 2011 - Safer Internet Day (SID) 2011 is tomorrow: How safe is your child?


In preparation for tomorrow, the SAFEchild team have prepared a quick quiz to help parents and carers consider how safe their child is when using modern technology. If your child uses the internet or other technology, try answering the following questions:


1. Does your child have their own mobile phone, laptop, PC or a games box?
Yes No
2. Does your child use the internet in their bedroom or away from home?
Yes No
3. Does your child use the internet late into the night?
Yes No
4. Does your child have contact with people who they do not know in the real world?
Yes No
5. Has your child's behaviour changed since they have been able to access the internet such as becoming secretive, having unexplained money or goods, away from home for periods of time without satisfactory explanations?
Yes No

If you have answered Yes to Question 1 then you need to think about your own knowledge of the internet and modern technology.

If you have answered Yes to any of the other questions do think about how you can monitor your child's use of technology and what you may need to do to keep them safe.

If you answered Yes to Question 5, there may already be a problem and you do need to listen to your child to find out if there is anything worrying them. Whatever your score, do take time to read our handy E-Safety leaflets which we have written in partnership with the Ormiston Trust for SID 2011.

Leaflet One
Leaflet Two



February 1, 2011 - Researchers launch mobile device 'to spot paedophiles'


A mobile phone application which claims to identify adults posing as children is to be released. The team behind Child Defence says the app can analyse language to generate an age profile, identifying potential paedophiles. Isis Forensics developed the tool after parental concerns over children accessing sites on their mobiles. But child protection experts warned against such technology lulling people into thinking they are safe.

To find out more click here.



January 31, 2011 - Sleep Matters


Sleep affects us all and can affect mental health so profoundly that it has been chosen by the Mental Health Foundation as a major public mental health theme for 2011. To kick off, They have published a new report this month called 'Sleep Matters'.

As well as highlighting the importance of sleep for mental and physical wellbeing, Sleep Matters provides evidence-based advice on how to improve the quality of sleep. This includes simple ways to improve 'sleep hygiene', like adjusting the light, noise and temperature in the bedroom and changing eating, drinking and exercise routines. It includes advice on how Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) can be more effective in helping people with long-term insomnia than medication, and how NHS policy could be changed to reflect this.

To download the Sleep Matters report, the Sleep Well pocket guide or an audio MP3 on getting better sleep, click here.



January 17, 2011 - 'Puppet on a string' Report reveals the urgent need to cut children free from sexual exploitation


A New report, by Banardos, into child sexual exploitation which gives evidence of trafficking being on the increase as grooming methods become more sophisticated, with abusers using the whole range of technology and the internet to meet, groom and control children to be able to abuse them.

Anne Marie Carrie, Chief Executive of Barnardos says in the intoduction of the report:

"I have a lifetime of experience working in children's services, but there is nothing that shocks me more than the horrific nature of child sexual exploitation. Vulnerable,defenceless girls and boys who are craving love and attention, are groomed and then abused,often for years on end, leaving them deeply traumatised and scarred for life."


To read the report click here.



January 17, 2011 - Protecting vulnerable children and young people online:


New online safety resources launched for young deaf people and those with special educational needs. Vulnerable children are being taught how to stay safer online thanks to two new educational films and teaching resources, launched today by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre; the UK's national centre for child protection.

The resources have been created by CEOP in the recognition that vulnerable young people and those with additional needs and learning difficulties can be more susceptible to abuse, making the provision of online safety messages in a variety of formats especially important.


Helen Penn, CEOP's Head of Education explains:

"The internet opens up the world to all young people and even more so for those who are especially vulnerable, allowing them to connect with friends and family in ways they can't in the real world.

These new resources have been designed to help children and young people who are deaf or who have additional needs to understand issues such as stranger danger and how to keep their personal information protected, in ways that are relevant to them. I would like to thank all agencies and young people who have been pivotal in the creation of these new films and encourage parents and teachers to become even more involved in their children's lives by using them".

To find out more click here.



January 13, 2011 - CEOP launches study into sexual exploitation


The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre is to research ways to reduce the risk of "on-street" grooming and sexual exploitation of young people. The team, comprising CEOP staff and independent experts, will study patterns of offending, victimisation and vulnerability. It will also consider the effectiveness of processes that might help to identify offenders and victims. Findings are expected to be published within three to six months.


CEOP Chief Executive, Peter Davies, said:

"We need to continue to build our understanding about the different types of threats faced by children across a range of environments. Child sexual exploitation is not exclusive to any single culture, community, race or religion - it cuts across all communities. Neither can it be simplified along ethnic lines where the victims constitute one ethnicity and offenders another."

To find out more click here.



January 11, 2011 - Safer Internet Day - 8 February 2011


Safer Internet Day is organised by INSAFE each year in February to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people across the world.

To find out more click here.



January 11, 2011 - The 11th Annual National Storytelling Week


Storytelling can be found enriching lives everywhere: from nurseries to schools, from bereavement aids in hospitals to strengthening communication in the business sphere, from reminiscence centres to support groups for those with special needs, and in theatrical performances. The sharing between teller and listener empowers, feeding the imagination from one generation to the next.

To take part in National Storytelling Week please contact Del Reid by telephoning 020 8866 4232.

To find out more click here.

January 11, 2011 - Food Allergy and Intolerance Week 2010





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