Following Daniel’s tragic death I worked closely with Dan Aid to get a change to the law, which now allows local authorities to regulate body piercing. Since that time Dan Aid has done so much to educate young people in Sheffield about the risks involved in body piercing. The work of Dan Aid continues to be of vital importance, providing young people with accurate and engaging information through our local schools.
Meg Munn, Labour and Co-operative Member of Parliament for Sheffield
Meg became involved with the Dan Aid campaign in 2003 after Christina went along to her advice surgery. They worked together for stricter regulation of body piercing and supported work to help educate young people when they are considering having a piercing.
Together they successfully lobbied for an amendment to the Local Government Act, which now allows local authorities to regulate body piercing outlets within their jurisdiction. Sheffield City Council was one of the first local authorities to adopt the by-law. This means that all body piercing outlets must be registered and will be subjected to inspections. They must also meet basic hygiene standards – failure to do so could result in prosecution.
Meg was delighted that Sheffield adopted the amended regulations, and hopes that through them we can avoid another tragedy happening like Daniel and that there is a greater awareness about the risks involved with piercing.
Since 2003 Dan Aid has campaigned for the improved regulation of body piercing, and has lobbied the government to make this a priority. With the support of Sheffield MP Meg Munn, Dan Aid has managed to highlight this need in parliament, the press and the media at local and at national level. The links below are testament to all our hard work, dedication and perseverance and provide information that you may find useful, interesting and informative.