Safeguarding Children and Young People
” Since 2006, the Sheffield Safeguarding Children Board has supported the aims of the Dan Aid campaign to raise awareness of the risks associated with body piercing, following the death of 17 year old Daniel Hindle in 2002.
We recognise how popular body piercing has become but, as some types of body modification are not currently regulated, young people may be at risk of harm. For this reason, we have worked in partnership with Dan Aid and a range of professionals, drawing on local expertise from PSHE teachers, school nurses, the Council’s Health Protection Service and the Chair of the Tattoo and Piercing Industry, to develop awareness and educational materials, so that children and young people in Sheffield receive impartial information about body piercing and the potential health risks, enabling them to make informed decisions.
Until the body piercing industry is consistently regulated and supported by a system of training and qualification, children and young people may be at risk if they are not aware of the facts. We are reassured that the Dan Aid resource pack will equip teachers and other professionals to deliver key messages about staying safe and being healthy. I hope that, in the long term, this type of educational resource will be used nationally, so that young people everywhere may benefit from this important information.”
Trevor Owen, Senior Manager, Safeguarding Children Service/Board, November 2013
” Since the death of Daniel Hindle in 2002, important steps have been taken to influence and improve body piercing practice, both locally and nationally:
As a result of a campaign undertaken by Dan Aid and Meg Munn MP, the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 was successfully amended, resulting in local authorities having the option to regulate their body piercing outlets.
In addition to local good practice guidance for piercing practitioners, national good practice guidance has been developed and published.
In consultation with schools, other key organisations and local young people, Sheffield has in 2011/12, produced and piloted an educational resource pack about body piercing, to raise awareness and deliver key messages about making safer choices. The resource will be made available to schools, colleges and other relevant organisations imminently.
The Safeguarding Children Board is pleased to have been part of the significant partnership journey towards making children and young people safer if they are involved in body piercing.”
Julie Hague, Licensing Project Manager, Sheffield Safeguarding Children Board