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Sun Safety in Schools

Sun Safety & Prevention

Is your child’s school or pre-school Sun Safe?
Make sure children are protected during school hours...

Over 80% of all skin cancers are preventable by following
just 5 simple sun safe measures: Slip, Slop, Slap, Slide, Shade...

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A child’s delicate skin can burn within minutes causing
irreparable damage - learn how to protect them...

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Do you know your facts about Sunscreen? Which to buy, what
SPF, UVA protection, how much to apply, when to reapply...

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Did you know that the snow reflects up to 80% of sun
burning UV radiation! Learn about winter sun protection...

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Do you work outdoors? Is your workplace Sun Safe?
Find out more about Sun Safety in the Workplace...

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Is your child's school 'Sun Safe'?

Children spend almost half their childhood at school, with approximately 8 hours per week spent outdoors. During the hotter months of the year children are exposed to UV radiation from the sun, the majority of which is when UV penetration is at its strongest. Without adequate protection, a
child's delicate skin can burn within minutes, causing irreparable damage.
This can significantly increase their risk of developing skin cancer in later life.

Parents should always ensure that children go to school with a broad brimmed sun hat and a broad spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen for their child to use during extended periods of play outside, like lunch
breaks (when UV penetration is strongest) and outdoor lessons like PE or even school trips.

However, Skcin believe that it's not just parents who have a responsibility to ensure their children are equipped to protect themselves against UV during school hours. We believe that schools also have a duty of care to ensure the health and safety of their pupils, which includes working with both pupils and their parents to not just ensure children have access to sun protection measures, but that they are actively educated annually on the importance of sun safety.

By planting the seeds of sun safety, not just at home, but in the classroom, we can begin to evoke a much needed culture change and shift in attitudes towards sun safety that will significantly reduce
the soaring rates of skin cancer cases and deaths in the UK for our future generations.

This is why Skcin have developed comprehensive, national Sun Safe Schools and Sun Safe Nurseries annual accreditation schemes. The schemes are completely free for all primary schools and preschools and provide a vast and comprehensive array of free teaching resources, with a step by step authenticated guide and annual accreditation for school's to achieve, proving they have implemented a suitable sun safe policy.

CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE SUN SAFE SCHOOLS WEBSITE:

Getting your school to take part:
Parents/carers can help ensure their children are both educated on and protected against UV during school hours by getting their primary school or pre-school setting on board to register with the scheme and take advantage of a vast range of free resources at www.sunsafechools.co.uk
Here's how you can help: Click here to download the parent information and hand in to your head teacher to let them know about the scheme. Thank you!

FREE RESOURCES FOR PARENTS TO EDUCATE YOUR LITTLE SUNBEAMS!

Goerge the Sun Safe Superstar!
As part of the Sun Safe Schools and Nurseries national accreditation schemes, Skcin have written and produced a rhyming, illustrated story to engage primary school aged children and teach them key sun safe messaging in a fun and engaging manner. The book also includes a parental / teacher activity section at the rear to help reinforce the key messages learnt throughout.
Click here to read the book on-screen >
Click here to download a copy of the book in PDF format >
Click here to buy a hard copy of the book >

CHILDREN'S SUN SAFE SUMMER ACTIVITY PACK - DOWNLOAD FOR PARENTS

Do you want to help educate your children on the importance of sun safety?
Click on the 'Sun Safe Summer Activity Pack' tab (right) to download a fun and engaging set of 10 education activities for children aged between 5-11 years produced by Skcin.

Sun Safety & Skin Cancer Booklet
Sun Safety & Skin Cancer Booklet
Download all you need to
know in one handy little book
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Skin Cancer - The Warning Signs
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Spotlight Topics

Sun Safe Schools
Sun Safe Schools
National primary school accreditation scheme developed by Skcin to teach children and assist schools and parents on the importance of sun safety
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Sun Safe Nurseries
Sun Safe Nurseries
National pre-school accreditation scheme developed by Skcin to teach children and assist settings and parents on the importance of sun safety
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Sun Safe Workplaces
Sun Safe Workplaces
National workplace accreditation scheme developed by Skcin to teach outdoor workers and employers the importance of sun safety
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Virgin Holidays
Virgin Holidays
Skcin have partnered with Virgin Holidays to target the most difficult ‘at risk’ group of holiday makers and active tan seekers for all year round awareness
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