Sun Safe Schools
The Sun Safe Schools Accreditation Scheme has been developed by national skin cancer charity; Skcin. The key objective of the charity is to prevent skin cancer through education, promote early detection and reduce the soaring incidence rates in the UK. Our mission via Sun Safe Schools is to assist primary schools in their duty of care to provide a sun safe environment and to educate children on the importance of sun safety, to influence behaviour and ultimately, save lives.
Skin cancer is the most common and fastest rising cancer in the UK. Melanoma, the deadliest form of the disease is now one of the biggest cancer killers in 15-34 year olds. Experts estimate that by 2024 melanoma will become the most common form of all major cancers. Sunburn in childhood can more than double a person’s chance of developing melanoma in later life. Over 85% of all skin cancers are caused by over-exposure to UV. Skin cancer is almost entirely preventable by adopting simple sun safe practices.
Duty of Care
The NICE guidelines for skin cancer prevention make it clear that children should never be allowed to burn and should be made aware of how important it is to protect their skin. Government guidelines recommend that schools develop a policy on how to protect children when they are outside for more than a brief period in strong sunlight. The Department for Education makes it clear that schools are expected to take a sensible approach to tackling this issue. It is therefore a schools duty of care to ensure that an effective policy is implemented and supported by parents.
To register and more information please visit the Sun Safe School website.
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