SAFE News Archives 2011
September 26, 2011 - VOTE, VOTE, VOTE for SAFEchild!
SAFEchild has been successfully nominated for the National NatWest Community Force Awards 2011. Voting opens today on line at http://communityforce.natwest.com.
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."
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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 DVD contains:
June 3, 2011 - ISA - new referral guidance and form
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
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
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.
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).
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.
May 10, 2011 - Government makes vetting and barring U-turn
Home Office minister Lynne Featherstone confirmed that the amendment
has been made following discussions with the NSPCC and other children's
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:
May 1, 2011 - Serious child abuse reports to NSPCC Helpline at all time high
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
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:
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:
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
February 24, 2011 - The Diana Award : Nominations being sought
Does your organisation work with young people aged 12-18?
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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'.
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
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.
Helen Penn, CEOP's Head of Education explains:
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:
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.
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.
January 11, 2011 - Food Allergy and Intolerance Week 2010
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