Dan Aid was founded in 2003 by family and friends of 17yr old Daniel Hindle after his untimely and tragic death; to raise awareness of the lack of legislation over the body piercing industry and to inform young people of the health risks associated with body piercing.
Dan Aid provide advice, assistance, workshops and professional support for practical programmes of educational and other activities around the subject of body piercing, and works in partnership with schools colleges, universities, body piercers and healthy school advisers, Sheffield City Council, Sheffield Safeguarding Children and other agencies.
We work with pupils across Key Stages 3 & 4 (12-16yrs) in assemblies, school health days/events and classroom workshops on all aspects of body piercing safety as part of the PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education), Citizenship and Business & Enterprise secondary school curriculum.
Dan Aid also provides and facilitates body piercing safety awareness presentations to Post 16 FE and HE students including Sixth Form, College and University and outreach programmes. We also offer consultations/training to teachers; health/youth workers; support staff; school nurses and other professionals etc, wishing to use our educational resources.
Our most important campaign achievements so far:
• A change in the law and the introduction of permissive legislation for body piercing which local authorities can adopt to ensure safer regulation of all body piercing outlets in their jurisdiction. Sheffield adopted the new legislation on 1st June 2007.
• Handed a 4,000 strong petition to the Prime Minister at NO 10 Downing Street urging the Government to Regulate the Body Piercing Industry
• Designed and implemented a 7,000 strong leaflet and poster body piercing ‘Check it Out’ safety campaign which was delivered into secondary schools, health clinics, GP surgeries etc
• Designed, developed and produced a ‘Body Piercing Teaching Resource’ which has been embedded into the secondary school curriculum
• Educated in excess of 30,000 school children and young people to date on all aspects of body piercing safety through our workshops and presentations
Sharing our story
Generously sharing our personal experiences and knowledge to benefit and empower thousands of young people is paramount to us; helping them to understand the importance of making personally responsible and informed choices that could impact significantly on their health and well-being.
We acknowledge and appreciate the freedom to enjoy and express personal individuality and understand that body piercing is a rite of passage for many teenagers, but we want to help young people to do it safely. Until there is a more consistent and robust monitoring and tighter regulation of the body piercing industry throughout the UK, young people may be putting themselves unknowingly at risk if they are not aware of the facts.
Our mission is to challenge and change attitudes towards body piercing through educational programmes, helping to assist, improve and promote safe piercing practice throughout the UK. We hope this ground-breaking educational teaching resource and our popular body piercing safety workshops will mark a significant step towards that goal.
Changing the world by educating teenagers, one school at a time!