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Sun safety in schools

Did you know that one blistering sun burn as a child can double the risk of skin cancer in later life?

Melanoma is also one of the most common cancers affecting young adults (aged 15-34) in the UK. That’s why we think it’s essential that young people know the importance of sun safety. For the last three years, we’ve been visiting schools across Wales to talk to pupils and staff, and raise awareness of skin cancer.

Working in partnership with Skcin for school’s accreditation

This year, we’re going one step further and are proud to be partnering with Skcin, the Karen Clifford skin cancer charity, to help primary schools across Wales educate children on the importance of sun safety.

Together, we’ll help schools attain Skcin’s Sun Safe Accreditation by delivering sun safety workshops and whole-school assemblies, and creating lesson plans for all Welsh primary schools who register to take part.

Our Sun Safety Advisors will work with the resources provided by Skcin, which have already reached more than half a million children across the UK.

Why your school should get accredited

It’s so important that children learn the importance of sun safety from an early age. Building it into your school’s programme:

  • Helps adopt a whole school approach to sun safety
  • Ensures school environments are suitable for keeping pupils and staff safe in the sun
  • Encourages changes to school policy which leads to long-term impact
  • The accreditation can be used as evidence for the Healthy Schools Award

To gain Skcin’s Sun Safe Accreditation schools must complete a four-step process.

  • Create a sun safety policy
  • Communicate with parents
  • Conduct a whole-school assembly
  • Conduct individual class lessons

All schools who sign up to the Sun Safe Schools programme receive a comprehensive welcome pack and accreditation guide, printable resources, a school assembly and workshops which can be provided by Tenovus Cancer Care.

Sign your school up

Please get in touch for support on how to make your school sun safe. Email us at health@tenovuscancercare.org.uk or call us on 029 2076 8899 or 029 2076 8871.

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