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Information and Support Resources for Regulated Businesses

Welcome to the SCSP Safeguarding Training and Support Page, here you can book places on our multi agency safeguarding training.  The training is designed for the business community, and you can download supporting materials to help you with your safeguarding responsibilities.

About the Safeguarding in Licensing Service

The SCSP is the 'Responsible Authority' for the protection of children from harm under the Licensing Act 2003 and the Gambling Act 2005.

The Safeguarding Licensing Manager works in consultation with partners, including enforcement agencies, education, health and social care workers, children and young people and the licensed trades.

We aim to support the Licensing Authority and Regulated Businesses to meet the core objectives of the legislation and to provide safe environments for children and young people.

The service has attained a reputation for innovative work, locally and nationally and has received local, regional and national awards for its proactive approach. We routinely share our good practice and strategic approach with other organisations and Local Authorities. The work being undertaken by the service has raised the awareness of safeguarding issues within the licensing and broader community, contributing to the evolution of a family friendly culture that is safer for children and young people.

For further information please contact the Licensing Managers: SCSPsafeguardinglicensing@sheffield.gov.uk

Body Modification

The Sheffield Children Safeguarding Partnership (SCSP) recognises how popular body modification trends such as piercings and tattoo have become. Unfortunately, when body modification procedures are not done responsibly, children and young people are at risk of harm.

For this reason, we have been working in partnership with the Sheffield City Council’s Health Protection Service and a range of organisations, drawing on local expertise to raise awareness, so that children and young people in Sheffield can receive impartial information about piercing and tattoo.  To enable children and young people to make informed decisions about the choices they make, resources have  been developed to raise awareness about body modifications, including the risk of ‘Scratchers’ – individuals who tattoo in an illegal and unregulated way. The following resources were designed to equip parents/carers and other professionals to deliver key messages to young people about body modification.

The materials are available to download below:

  • Factsheet scratchers
  • Scratchers z-fold

Body Piercing Awareness  for Young People

Daniel Hindle In December 2002 Daniel Hindle, a 17 year old Sheffield boy, died from septicaemia after visiting a Sheffield studio to have his lip pierced. After his death, Daniel’s mother Christina Anderson  campaigned to raise awareness of the health risks associated with body piercing and for better regulation of the body piercing industry.

Changes to the Law Regulating Body Piercing Outlets With the support of Meg Munn MP the Dan Aid campaign and Meg Munn achieved an amendment to the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982, allowing local authorities to regulate body piercing outlets in their jurisdiction. This by-law (section 120 and Schedule 6 – the regulation of cosmetic piercing and skin-colouring businesses), has been adopted by Sheffield City Council. This means that all local body piercing outlets must be registered and will be subjected to inspections; practitioners must meet basic hygiene standards – failure to do so could result in prosecution.

 It is important that young people, parents and carers are able to make informed choices about body piercing.   The ‘Check It Out’ awareness campaign conveys  important safety information about body modification.

You can access the "Check It Out" resources here:

  • Check it Out! Body Piercing Campaign Card
  • Check it Out! Body Piercing Leaflet
  • Check it Out! Body Piercing Poster

For further information please contact the Licensing Managers: SCSPsafeguardinglicensing@sheffield.gov.uk

Education, Health, and Social Care Workers

This page provides information for education, health and social care workers who work with children, young people and families who live or work in a business setting, such as pubs clubs, shops or takeaways.

For most families, living/working in a business setting presents no problems and children living there enjoy a normal family life. However, some parents / carers may find themselves facing circumstances and risks that families living in other types of households do not normally experience.

Information for professionals

To ensure that professionals are able to fully support families living/working in a business setting, the SSCP has produced an advice leaflet for Education, Health and Social Care workers to raise awareness of environmental and lifestyle issues that may present when families are living in this type of environment. The leaflet includes how to identify and manage risk and suggests best practice for workers safeguarding children and young people where the family is living/working in a business setting. You can download it from the attachment below.

For further information please contact the Licensing Managers: SCSPsafeguardinglicensing@sheffield.gov.uk

The Gambling Act 2005

As part of licensing reform, in 2007 the Government implemented a regulatory regime at premises where gambling activities take place, to promote safer practice in relation to children and vulnerable adults.  The Gambling Act 2005 is underpinned by three objectives:

These are:

  • To prevent gambling from being a source of crime or disorder, being associated with crime or disorder, or being used to support crime;
  • Ensuring that gambling is conducted in a fair and open way; and
  • To protect children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling.

The Sheffield Safeguarding Children Partnership acts as a Responsible Authority under the Gambling Act 2005 and has a duty to ensure gambling facilities operate responsibly.

The Safeguarding Licensing Manager aims to promote safe practice and support the prevention of harmful gambling.

Useful resources

Toolbox talk on harmful gambling; https://youtu.be/NQT03XUeFRg

Lived experience film; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8jgP7GdpoY&list=PLlT1hSoitj5Q6xtF3u5avin0g1IgA0sk-&index=3

For further information please contact the Licensing Managers:SCSPsafeguardinglicensing@sheffield.gov.uk


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