Blow the Whistle on Sunburn


With the Sainsbury’s School Games and a summer of sport approaching us, it is important to remember to be safe when playing in the sun.

Getting kids active in the fresh air at breaks and after school is vital for their overall health, whether its playing sport, garden club or learning a new skill.

The last thing on their minds is sun protection and often there can confusion on who’s responsible, however with rates of melanoma steadily rising, this needs to be taken seriously. The Skin Cancer Foundation estimates that with 80% of life time sun exposure occurring during childhood and that just one blistering attack can double the risk of getting a melanoma later in life, so a good protection policy should be in place and actioned.

To help, the Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund has devised The Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code, designed to be implemented by all those who work outdoors with children. This FREE online resource bank was developed by a leading skin cancer specialist alongside experts in physical education and child welfare, and is supported by over 30 national governing bodies of sport and outdoor activities.

Individuals, schools or groups need to follow simple guidelines based on three core elements; educating, protecting and leading by example. Once they have completed the required criteria, they can then use their OK Accreditation Mark.

Ambassador Julia Bradbury says: “I am a lover of the outdoors, but also aware of the harmful effects of the sun; we owe it to all children to make sure they are sun protected.”

Why not get your school OK Accredited and show you are doing all you can to sun protect those in your care. For further details visit

British Paralympic Association Department for culture, media and sport Change 4 Life Lottery funded Youth Sport Trust

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