A new sun protection initiative designed to support those working outdoors with children, has been launched by The Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund.
The Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code, which is supported by the Youth Sport Trust, aims to protect children from the harmful effects of the sun, whilst enjoying the benefits of physical activity.
The national melanoma charity worked in partnership with a number of experts in physical education, coaching and safeguarding to produce a free online guide. These included the Youth Sport Trust, the Association for Physical Education (afPE), sports coach UK, and CPSU. Skincare specialist, Mr Paul Banwell (FRCS), was also the medical advisor to the project.
The free downloadable online guide, was produced after the charity identified the absence of guidance for professionals who work outdoors with children. A recent report from Cancer Research UK revealed that the incidence of melanoma in the UK is now five times higher than it was in the 1970s; more than 13,000 people develop melanoma each year, compared with around 1,800 in the mid-1970s.
By following suggested guidelines, individuals and clubs can earn an Accreditation Mark, demonstrating their commitment to implementing an effective sun protection policy. The Youth Sport Trust and over 30 other National Governing Bodies of Sport and outdoor groups and charities, are supporting the initiative, designed to work across a full range of outdoor activities.
Claire Harvey, Assistant Director at the Youth Sport Trust, said:
"At the Youth Sport Trust we work tirelessly to ensure young people have the best access to high quality PE and sport. During the summer months much of this activity will take place outdoors and it is extremely important for schools to have good advice on how to help their pupils stay safe in the hot sun."
Schools, coaches, leaders and volunteers can find out more at www.oksunsafetycode.co.uk