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Three quarters (75%) of parents worry about their children accessing – or inadvertently stumbling upon – inappropriate adult content online, according to new research.


The study of 1,500 parents, by leading age-verification provider, AgeChecked, found that websites containing pornographic material were the biggest concern for children’s safety and wellbeing. This was ahead of gambling platforms (51%) and shopping sites that sell restricted items such as knives and alcohol (40%).


The worrying impact of adult content on young people’s mental health was recently highlighted in a report by the NSPCC. The charity cited widespread confusion over what constitutes “normal” intimate activity as a cause for increasing peer sexual abuse. 


However, despite this clear need to safeguard minors against viewing inappropriate content online, fewer than half (43%) of the parents surveyed believe that current age restrictions in place are working effectively. 


Better online age checks form a key part of the Digital Economy Act, which will require the adult industry to check the age of all online users when it is implemented in April 2019. 


This is in addition to growing pressure on social media platforms to better regulate their content. The research found that 59% of children have used social media by the age of 10, even though many of these have a minimum age requirement of 14. 


Currently, the adult industry is able to promote explicit content via certain social platforms that are easily accessible by children. However, there is nothing within new Digital Economy Act regulations to stop sites from continuing to advertise their services in this way. 


Alastair Graham, CEO of AgeChecked, said: “Pressure is mounting for adult content providers to ensure they are operating entirely within the law. Although parents have a responsibility to protect their children, it’s almost impossible to constantly monitor exactly what they are doing online. The onus is therefore also on the adult industry to help safeguard young people.


Young carers are recognised as a vulnerable group. On top of coping with modern life as a typical young person, they face huge amounts of responsibilities and pressures because of their caring role. That’s why we ran a special event for 100 of them: Your Life, Your Choice.

Held on 30th March, at Surrey Police HQ, the workshop aimed to give our young carers the confidence and knowledge of how to deal with online safety, how to build resilience and wellbeing, and the potential dangers of street gangs and criminal exploitation in relation to their caring role. All are serious risks for young carers and their families.

Talking to our Juniors in the morning (up to 11) and Seniors (11+) in the afternoon, our speakers included Dean Coady OBE, MD of Urban Pure Solutions, Liz Stanton MBE, and Mental Health Therapist Rebecca Kinnear, from Eden Therapy. The speakers were excellent. In particular, Dean Coady had his audience rapt with tales of his background (the army, police and time in Africa and South America), his gritty portrayal of the potential scenarios young people might find themselves in, and his practical and realistic guidance to them on how to handle such situations.

The children also enjoyed sessions from representatives from Chelsea Football Club over the lunch break – buoyed up by an excellent lunch (sourced from generous local corporate donors). Huge thanks to Chelsea FC, to Surrey Police for the venue and to Family Building Society for a generous gift towards the day.

Becoming a parent can be challenging so the NSPCC has put together some advice to help you bond with your baby, cope with tantrums and help them sleep.


Crying is how your baby communicates. It might mean they’re too hot or cold, hungry, windy, have a full nappy or just need some attention.

If you don’t know the cause try and calm them by:

  • Singing
  • Baby massage
  • Going for a walk


This is how toddlers test their boundaries. If you can’t find a reason, such as being hungry or tired, try:

  • Distracting them with an activity
  • Drawing their attention to something else
  • Telling them you know how they feel if they’re angry


By three months babies are responsive to sleep cues so introduce them early with a short routine so your baby knows it’s time to sleep:

  • Run a bath
  • Read them a story
  • Try separating the bedtime feed from your routine
  • Put your baby to bed drowsy but not fully asleep – falling asleep on their own means they’re more likely to settle themselves in the night
  • Keep daytime naps regular but from nine months avoid them late afternoonPhotography by Tom Hull. The children pictured are volunteers. Registered charity England and Wales 216401 Scotland SC037717


Surrey primary school children benefit from new book to help develop positive mental health

 All 317 primary schools across Surrey are receiving a specially written book and teaching resource pack to help their Reception and Year 1 pupils develop into emotionally and mentally resilient teenagers and adults.

 Surrey school nurse Katrina Sealey created the book, Angry, ANGRY Angus, for schools to use with Reception and Year 1 children as part of the national Physical Health Social Education (PHSE) curriculum.

 The book, activities and lesson plan will help teachers and parents to give children aged four to six the words they need to talk about their feelings and express their emotions, thus increasing their chances of having good mental health as they grow up.

 Children and Family Health Surrey funded a successful pilot of the book and teaching resource pack last year. Both are now being made available to all infant and primary schools in Surrey. All libraries in Surrey have also received a copy of Angry, ANGRY Angus.

 The author of Angry, ANGRY Angus, Katrina Sealey from Epsom, is a Specialist Practitioner School Nurse working at Children and Family Health Surrey.

 Katrina Sealey, author, says: “Mental health and emotional wellbeing is such a important and growing issue for children and young people. In 2004, 10.1% of 5-15 year olds suffered mental ill health, rising to 11.2% in 2017*. This is equivalent to four children in a class of 32.

 “To improve the country’s mental health we need to start with the next generation – by helping young children to understand and effectively express their feelings and emotions and understand those around them. Angry ANGRY Angus is helping to give children the skills to live in good mental health as they grow up.”

 Trudy Mills, Director of Children and Family Health Surrey, says: “We’re really proud to be offering this valuable initiative to all the primary schools in Surrey, especially with Children’s Mental Health Week taking place this week (4 to 10 February).

 “Promoting the mental and emotional health and resilience of children and young people is an important part of the new NHS Long Term Plan and Angry, ANGRY Angus does this in a fun way that children can understand and enjoy.” 

 The book features Angus the badger who sometimes feels angry but doesn’t know how to tell people how he feels without losing him temper. His family and friends show him how to listen to those around him and how to talk about what he is feeling. Angus learns he can even help his friends to feel less angry by listening and talking to them.

 Angry, ANGRY Angus introduces children to the language they need to discuss their feelings.  Phrases like ‘I think’, ‘I feel’, ‘I know’ and ‘I remember’ give children the words they need to explain what is happening inside them.

 Anyone interested in the book can buy it online at or visit

 Katrina Sealey was named ‘Rising Star of the Year’ at the annual Nursing Times Awards in November 2017.


  • National midwife shortage leaves 2 in 3 mums feeling under-supported
  • Half of pregnant women consult the internet for advice
  • 36% want additional breastfeeding support

 New mums are the latest demographic to feel the sting of a stretched NHS, as research reveals overstretched resources have left 66% of mums wishing they’d been given more time with their midwife during pregnancy.

The survey of 300 mums who have given birth in the UK in past five years, published in the UK Maternity Report by the UK’s leading private midwifery services provider, Private Midwives, has revealed that throughout their pregnancies only 1 in 3 felt they had enough time with their midwife.

And more than 1 in 10 (13%) went as far as to say they received nowhere near enough contact time.

The study highlighted the need for additional midwifery funding to ease the strain on the UK’s hardworking midwives and enable them to execute the desired level of care.

Midwives are now being faced with a higher volume of work than ever with additional responsibilities including antibiotic administration, clinical observations on high risk babies, post-operative care and increasing demands for documentation. As such, giving their patients the time and support they deserve proves to be a daily struggle.

The research also revealed that more than half (51%) resorted to consulting the internet for advice when their midwife was not on-hand. Yet, understandably, 38% of women admitted to then feeling anxious about trusting information supplied via a search engine.

The need for being able to ask a midwife for professional advice is further evidenced by the fact that more than 1 in 3 mums (34%) woke in the night with pregnancy-related worries.

Linda Bryceland, head of midwifery at Private Midwives, said: “Unfortunately, budget cuts and a fast-growing list of duties means the UK’s extremely hardworking NHS midwives are under more strain than ever. Sadly, despite NHS midwives working tirelessly to ensure a high level of care is delivered, it is still common for women to feel under-supported during their birthing journey.

“It is important for women and their families to consult a medical professional with any pregnancy-related concerns so that proper support can be offered. Whilst the internet now offers a wealth of information on pregnancy, an online search should never replace medically sound advice from a trained midwife. Our aim is to provide women and their families with all the support they need to make their pregnancy a positive experience.”

Highlighting the importance of having support from a professional during the pregnancy journey, 24% of UK mums admitted to finding breastfeeding difficult and more than 1 in 3 (36%) believe they would have benefitted from additional support when learning to breastfeed.

Almost 1 in 5 (19%) mums believe that with more support from medical professionals, they could have possibly breastfed for longer.

Sadly, 18% of mums confessed to feeling like a bad mother as a result of not being able to breastfeed, further highlighting the need for additional medical advice and the importance of one-to-one support from a midwife.

Private Midwives is the UK’s leading provider of private midwifery services, which connects expectant parents with expert private midwives who provide antenatal care, birth care, birth support, and postnatal care at times and locations that work best for parents-to-be.

Founded in 2012, the Cheshire-based business has a network of midwives across the UK and Ireland, who are available to provide treatment and advice during appointments arranged at a time to suit mothers-to-be. In-between scheduled appointments, expectant parents can also contact their 24 hours, 365 days per year for urgent advice.

All midwives are registered and regulated by either the Nursing and Midwifery Council (UK) or the Nursing and Midwifery Board for Ireland, and the service is Care Quality Commission registered and regulated.

For more information, visit

We are very excited to be starting opening our Little Dippers baby swim classes at a beautiful private pool in Cranleigh.  Based just off the A281 so easy access for anyone coming from as far as Guildford or Horsham.

Our classes are half hour sessions teaching babies confidence in the water. We keep to a maximum of 6 babies in a session to maintain a calm and relaxed environment for both parent and baby.

Our aim is to teach babies key water safety techniques in a way that is both fun and nurturing.  As well as great exercise for your baby improving their cognitive skills, it is also a great opportunity to spend some special one on one time with your baby.

We are offering a 20% introductory discount for our new courses starting in Feb, you can either book online on our website or call us in the office and we can help book you in over the phone. T: 01273 229 390

On a crisp and cold Saturday evening, fearless folk brought their warmth and bravery to Guildford’s Stoke Park to take part in a walk with a difference – the Shooting Star Chase
Fire Walk.

Over 50 brave ‘soles’ came together to walk over burning embers for the local children’s hospice charity, raising thousands for the babies, children and young people, and their families who are facing the most unimaginable circumstances.

Before the daring walkers put their best foot forward, they were given a full briefing on the challenge ahead by Cliff Mann from Time 4 Change, who explained the history of fire walking, how to mentally prepare and most importantly how to do it correctly!

Cliff and his team then made the final preparations to the fire, including measuring the temperature, before they themselves walked across to show exactly how it’s done. It was then the turn of the fire walkers who stepped forward to take on the heat.

After their triumphant walk, the participants were presented with a bespoke Shooting Star Chase Fire Walk 2018 medal before having a chance to celebrate and enjoy the annual Guildford Lion Fireworks Fiesta with friends and family.

Close friends Ellen and Sarah took on the heat together; Sarah said; “I feel quite emotional. It was amazing, really amazing. I was really nervous before but we did it!”

Ellen agrees, “I purposely didn’t think too much about it beforehand. My daughter Sophie is supported by Shooting Star Chase, as the whole family are, and the amount that Sophie goes through day to day pain wise, procedure wise, surgery wise, it wasn’t a patch on any of that – it was so worth doing and I am very pleased to of done it. From a personal point of view, the amount of support and the use of Christopher’s (the Guildford hospice)…it just makes the world of difference to us to be able to go somewhere we can be as a family without Sophie’s additional needs and medical issues being a problem. So I urge you to do it next year!”

The event has raised £19,507 to date and counting, which will help Shooting Star Chase support and care for families practically and emotionally across London and Surrey.

Emma Edwards, Challenge Events Fundraiser, said, “The Fire Walk has been such a fantastic night and we are beyond proud of everyone who took part and helped on the evening. It’s no mean feat to walk over burning embers and even though some of our walkers were understandably nervous at first, they all conquered their fears and took on the challenge! They were on fire with their fundraising efforts, all of which will go toward making every moment count for the families we support.”

If this has fuelled your fire why not register your interest for Fire Walk 2019 at and if you have a burning desire to take on a challenge in aid of Shooting Star Chase why not visit our Challenge Events page – to find out more!

To hear more about Shooting Star Chase – sign up to enews by visiting

Children’s Activities Week 2019 kicked off in style at the What’s On 4 Kids Awards event last week.  Headline sponsors Morton Michel and the Bears joined ambassadors Dick and Dom and we were treated to uplifting songs from Jonathan Bremner (X factor 2006 finalist in case you wondered!) as we heard more from Caudwell Children about how much we have already helped.  We’re now all set for a fabulous Children’s Activities Week from 13th to 17th May 2019.

Are you a children’s activities provider? Register and get directly involved now or you may also be interested in sponsorship if you want to reach the family and/or SME market?

In brief, we have all this planned:

  • WatchMeFly is back!  This worked so well this year and made a huge visual impact across social media with a 26 million reach on Twitter alone
  • Children will take part in different sponsored challenges during the week
  • There is a big showcase on Friday 17th May 2019 at the brand new Caudwell International Children Centre! And Dick and Dom will be coming along to join in with as many activities as possible too!
  • A big PR and social media campaign will be ramping up and during the week each day will have a theme so Sport and Physical Activity, Arts and Craft, Music and Performing Arts so we can promote the very specific benefits of each of these range of activities.
  • Huge thank you to Morton Michel, ClassBiz, ICON Training, Family Grapevine, What’s On 4 Kids, Nursery World and Learning Resources for coming on board already to help us make the Children’s Activities Week possible again!

Find out more about the week and all the fun we have planned over at


Continuing on his mission to find a cure for Duchenne, a dad of three from Epsom is taking on his fifth fundraising challenge in four years for a charity close to his heart.

Since two of his sons, Theo (7) and Oskar (5), were diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy in 2014, Nick Taussig has been fighting tirelessly to raise money for Harrison’s Fund, so it can continue its work funding research into the disease.

The charity was set up in 2012 and funds research into Duchenne – a rare genetic condition which affects all the muscles in the body, causing them to waste away.  Harrison’s Fund’s goal is to get as much money as possible into the hands of the world’s best researchers, who are working to find a cure for Duchenne. The charity is currently funding 16 research projects in the US and the UK.

Since 2014 Nick has raised more than £100,000 by running marathons and organising cycling events. The latest challenge will see Nick take part in the Phoenix Riverside Marathon on Sunday 18 November.

Nick, 45, said: “Theo and Oskar are happy boys, but as their condition progresses, both of them are now part reliant on wheelchairs. Theo is due to participate in a clinical trial this year, and we hope to have Oskar on a different trial by the of next year, as Duchenne research studies, and the search for a significant treatment and/or cure, steadily gain in number and momentum I am keen to continue to do all I can to raise awareness and money for Harrison’s Fund.”

Phoenix Riverside Marathon sees participants run along the River Thames from Walton on Thames to Hampton Court and back. Runners complete four identical laps for the full marathon distance.  Nick is hoping to raise £2,750.

Laura Morgan, Events Fundraiser at Harrison’s Fund said: “Nick is such an inspirational person, he just never stops with his ideas of how to raise money and awareness of the charity. The amount he has raised over the years is just incredible and like any parent would, Nick won’t rest until he finds a cure.”

To support Nick please visit :


New research has revealed that the number of young carers in England is significantly higher than
previously estimated at 800,000. Research commissioned by the BBC and carried out by Nottingham University shows that there are a staggering six young carers in every secondary school class. This means that in Surrey, we have over 13,000 secondary school age children working to support parents, siblings and other family members.
The young carers have always been there, but are often undetected, meaning children are left to manage on their own, often struggling, isolated and failing to thrive. Being a young carer can affect a child’s school attendance, educational achievement, mental and physical health, and future life chances.
In Surrey, Surrey Young Carers, part of Action for Carers, works to support these children.
We offer free, impartial information and support to young carers and their families on minimising the
impact of their caring role. We also provide workshops, forums, fun activities and groups. We give young carers time out from caring and help them to achieve their full potential. We also offer training to health, social care and educational professionals. Young carers can get in touch on 01483 568269, or visit our website

“Now I’m at uni I’m heading into my third year studying costume design and making, which
is very fun! And I’m really, really glad that I was a part of Surrey Young Carers because if it
wasn’t for them, no way would I be at university now. More than likely I would be homeless
or would have been homeless 100% at one point. And I would definitely be struggling a lot
more with mental health and wellbeing issues.” Young Carer, Surrey

“As soon as I joined Surrey Young Carers, things started to get easier. Finally I met other
people in the same boat as me, who I could talk through my experiences with, and I have a
better social life too. It’s made such a difference.” Young Carer, Surrey

Free resource for Surrey schools – ‘People Like Us’
We also have a resource for schools to help teachers and pupils identify and support the young carers in their midst. ‘People Like Us’ was launched earlier this year, and is being given free to all Surrey’s schools.
Research from Carers Trust has shown 68% of young carers are bullied in school – and miss an average of 48 school days because of their caring role. Often teachers are not aware of the young carers in their class – 39% of young carers said that nobody in their school knew about their caring role.

Barbara Cormie, Marketing and Communications Manager, Action for Carers Surrey
Tel 01483 302748 | Mobile 07966 396217 | Email [email protected]
Amanda Yarker, Assistant Manager, Surrey Young Carers, Action for Carers Surrey
Tel 01483 568269 x208 | Mobile 07714 076263 | Email [email protected]