Our Pantosaurus song…watch it here

pantosaurusOur Pantosaurus song, picked up gold at the British Arrows Craft 2016 awards for Best Original Composition, despite strong competition from Virgin Media and Thomas Cook.

When played at the awards evening, Pantosaurus had the audience clapping and singing along to the catchy tune.

We developed Pantosaurus in collaboration with Adelphoi Music and Aardman Animations.

Watch and listen here – Watch & Listen

Christmas Fair on 17th December 2016

christmastreeThis is advance notice of the Sutton NSPCC Branch Christmas Fair on Saturday 17th December from 10am.

The local branch will be holding its Christmas Fair at The Parochial Rooms, The Broadway Cheam.

More details to follow.

 

 

 

Lullingstone Castle Plant Hunters Weekend over August Bank Holiday

lullingstone castle world gardenGuests at our Gardeners’ Question Time events will know Tom Hart Dyke and appreciate all he and his colleagues do for Sutton NSPCC.  We are pleased to promote an event at Lullingstone Castle that may be of interest to those who love the outdoor life.

The World Garden at Lullingstone Castle celebrates the lives of some of Britain’s most intrepid plant hunters who heroically discovered the far-flung botanical delights of the world and have inspired Tom Hart Dyke, as a modern day plant hunter, to travel all over the world.

lullingstone plant huntersThis event is on over the weekend Saturday 27th, 28th and Bank Holiday Monday 29th August 2016.

Visit their website for more details and directions – Lullingstone Castle

Photo courtesy of Lullingstone Castle

 

 

 

 

Social Worker vacancies across England

newsletterAlmost a fifth of all children’s social worker jobs in England are vacant, despite a rise in recruitment. Councils are said to be relying on agency workers, whilst social workers say they are under constant pressure because of media coverage and criticism of their role in high profile cases.

On BBC News we said that social workers are under an increasing workload, noting that last year ChildLine made 3,714 referrals to local authorities – a 72 per cent increase on the previous year: “Social workers play a vital role in protecting children in communities up and down the country and whilst high profile cases may be adding to the pressures felt by some in the profession, they also emphasise the essential role that social workers can play in prevent tragedies occurring.” Further coverage included Express & Star.

It’s time to demand change

its timeA new report published by the Education Select Committee last week highlights the fact that some of our most vulnerable children in care are being failed due to a lack of therapeutic support. The report is an important step forward for our It’s Time campaign, as we’re calling on the government to ensure that all children entering care receive a mental health assessment by a trained mental health professional, and regularly throughout their time in care. This is vital to ensure that problems are identified early and the necessary support is provided, rather than waiting until problems reach crisis point, which is what young people in care tell us is happening at the moment.

Also in parliament Catherine McKinnell MP raised our concerns about the mental health of looked after children by asking a question of the Minister for Children and Families, saying: “The vast majority of children entering the care system have experienced abuse and neglect and are particularly vulnerable in regard to their mental health needs. Will the Minister accept the concerns expressed by the NSPCC, which I share, that if the Department does not commit to counting and tracking abused and neglected children, those children will continue to be at risk of falling through the cracks and not receiving the mental health support that they need to rebuild their lives?”

The Minister agreed and re-stated that the Department of Health and Department for Education are setting up an expert working group which will seek to improve care pathways for looked after children. He also stated that more needs to be done to track the progress of looked after children.

Azoomee launches to keep children safe online

azoomeeNew app will donate up to £2 to the NSPCC for annual subscription, helping even more children

Keeping children safe online is a priority for the NSPCC – for children, being online is just part of real life. Children and young people spend a lot of time online and it can be a great way to explore, socialise and learn.

But there are also risks, and we know that it can sometimes be daunting for parents to know how to keep their children safe online – 75% of parents have looked for or received information and advice about how to help their child manage online risks.

Now, a new tablet-based app has been launched to help keep 5-11 year olds safe online. Azoomee is designed to be a single place where children can watch their favourite shows, play games, learn new skills, get creative and send messages to friends and family.

Experts in education and children’s media have approved everything in Azoomee. There’s no advertising or in-app purchases required. And children need parent’s permission to leave the app – so there’s no risk of them accidentally viewing content that isn’t appropriate for their age.

It’s a great place for young children to have fun, but also to learn how to stay safe online. We’ve been a strategic partner for Azoomee since March 2015 – and we believe that together we can help more children keep safe.

Read more and download app here – Download app