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Child Safety Week: 3rd June – 9th June

This years’ Child Safety Week runs from Monday 3rd June to Sunday 9th June 2019. The theme is Family life today: Where’s the Risk?

It highlights the new dangers facing families today from our modern lifestyles and offers simple solutions to keep children safe. Family life today is more complex than it’s ever been and often the very things that help make life more convenient bring new risks.

New dangers in the home include things like:

  • button batteries that can kill when swallowed,
  • child appealing washing capsules that can poison
  • or nappy sacks stored under cot mattresses that can suffocate babies.

Dangers when out and about include:

  • distraction from devices when we’re driving or walking near busy roads,
  • the coffee culture trend that sees young children at risk from hot drink scalds in busy coffee shops
  • and the loss of pedestrian education for children and families.

Child Safety Week 2019 aims to cut through the noise and offer families and practitioners working with families some simple answers to today’s accident risks.

Child Safety Week provides a platform for profiling the work you do for and with families. You can use this year’s theme to engage with local families and highlight the work you are doing to support them and keep local children safe.

To really make the most of Child Safety Week, now is a good time to start thinking about where it fits into your plans for the year and colleagues or partners you may need to engage.

3 things to do now:

  • If you have colleagues you would like to involve in Child Safety Week, send them the link to register and receive an action pack in the Spring.
  • Contact potential partner organisations who may work with families you want to reach or who may be able to come to speak to your families. Check out this link for inspiration.
  • If you have any end of year budget you could use it to stock up on CAPT publications and resources to make delivering child safety child’s play. It’s easy to see what’s available in the CAPT Shop.

For more information and inspiration visit the Child Safety Week section of the website.


The PSHE Association Annual Conference

The 2019 PSHE Association annual conference event in London is on the 27th June.

The majority of PSHE education will be compulsory in all schools from 2020, so the conference will focus on getting the statutory elements right (health education, RSE/relationships education) while continuing to prioritise economic wellbeing and careers education.

You can attend two practical workshops on the day on a variety of pressing topics, and hear thought-provoking keynotes on next steps for improving the status and quality of PSHE education at an exciting time for the subject. We will also explore the implications of the new Ofsted framework for PSHE education.  And as always there will be the opportunity to meet with like-minded PSHE professionals, visit a variety of exhibition stands and enjoy a lovely lunch!

Book your Place

Safeguarding children and protecting professionals in early years settings: online safety considerations

The Government has published guidance to help those who work in early years settings consider their practice and to take steps to safeguard both children and adults online.

With internet enabled devices being a part of everyday life for children, early years settings (birth to 5 years old) provide a vital foundation for online safety education in today’s digital age. To support early years settings, the UKCIS Education Working Group has developed two documents to help early years settings managers and staff consider their practice and to take steps to safeguard both children and adults online:

New Start4Life weaning campaign

Public Health England (PHE) has just launched its first ever Start4Life campaign offering parents support and advice on introducing solid foods to their baby, during what can be a confusing time. A brand-new weaning hub has been launched on the Start4Life website to help parents during their weaning journey. Packed with NHS-approved advice and tips for each weaning stage, plus simple, healthy weaning recipes, it puts everything parents need to know in one place.

Click on the links for information on:

London Borough of Barking & Dagenham – Mental Health

Kelly Rendell
Mental Health Advisor

Email Address:
Mobile: 07966279067

Borough:  LBBD

Provision Summary:
Working with schools and health to improve the wellbeing and mental health outcomes of children and young people in Barking & Dagenham. This involves providing advisory support for schools and implementing projects that have been commissioned as a result of the Local Transformation Plan.

Target Group:   Early Years, Primary and Secondary Schools (for Staff, Parents and Carers)

Cost Implication for Schools:  No

Mentor UK

Jamila Boughelaf
Head of Programmes

CAN Mezzanine
49-51 East Road
N1 6AH

Email Address:
Alternative Email Address:
Tel No:  02075539920
Alternative Website:

Borough:  All

Provision Summary:
The Alcohol and Drug Education and Prevention Information Service (ADEPIS) is a platform for sharing information and resources on alcohol and drug education and prevention for schools and practitioners. Mentor-ADEPIS is publicly acknowledged as the leading source of evidence-based information and tools for alcohol and drug education and prevention. The resources we have already produced draw on eight years of work with the Drug Education Forum, which supported local authorities and schools to implement best practice in alcohol and drug education.

Our resources are free and suitable for both primary and secondary schools as well as practitioners working on alcohol and drug education and prevention in informal and community settings. Among the resources we have produced there are toolkits and guidance documents, briefing papers, lesson plans, research and links signposting to useful organisations, services and resources available.

To access Mentor-ADEPIS resources and see details of upcoming teacher training seminars, visit

We also offer training and consultancy services for schools and practitioners as part of a Quality Mark offer for effective and evidence based alcohol and drug education.

Target Group:   Early Years, Primary and Secondary Schools (for Staff, Parents and Carers)

Cost Implication for Schools:  No