Stephen Webb an accomplished creative professional and managing director of Safety Assured Limited in North Ockenden has set up Children’s Charter, a research based not for profit organisation to protect the rights and welfare of Children.
With the aim of keeping children safe and well there are several areas where Children’s Charter focuses its efforts. Stephen is passionate not only about door safety but also the impact of electromagnetic smog, promoting fitness and raising the issue of prejudice by policy.
Children’s Charter will conduct research, educate, lobby and accredit products and services.
Stephen said “Through the eyes of a child the world is a wonder, an exciting place with a million things to see and discover. But as adults we know the world is also fraught with DANGER. We have the responsibility of making sure our children are safe, healthy and happy.”
What will be unique about Children’s Charter is the organisation will create a platform that will be given to children to voice their own opinions.
Stephen is the inventor of the award-winning Door Finger Protector® safety system and arguably he is the most experienced specialist in door finger entrapment solutions in the UK, if not the world. It was 20 years of experience in this field that convinced Stephen more needed to be done to improve child wellbeing in the UK.
“I am passionate about child safety and their rights and, issues that are not getting mainstream media coverage, but nevertheless are very real threats to children’s wellbeing.”
Initially Children’s Charter will focus on door safety, exposure to electromagnetic smog, prejudice by policy and children’s fitness.
Door Safety - NHS data suggests there are over 80,000* reported door related injuries in the UK costing the tax payer over £240m every year. Many of these incidents result in disabilities and disfigurement for children who suffer amputations or permanently mutilated fingers. All these injuries are entirely preventable.
Electromagnetic Smog - The past decade has seen an explosion of modern wireless devices. We’re surrounded by and increasingly depend on our tablets, mobiles, laptops, iPads, games stations and other devices that emit electromagnetic fields (EMF) or microwaves. Such devices connect us to the world and are found in almost every aspect of our lives yet these devices and the Wi-Fi blitz we’re being subjected to daily is causing a massive change to the electromagnetic environment. Very simply we’re rapidly being engulfed in electro smog and many are beginning to suffer its ill effects without even knowing it.
Protecting children and adults from harmful electromagnetic radiation from everyday technology like mobiles and Wi-Fi we believe is important as there is now overwhelming and substantial evidence to show negative health effects.
Prejudice by Policy - Children’s Charter highlights and challenges prejudice by policy, in other words, children who for whatever reason are being denied their rights. There are many instances where Government, local authorities and schools are failing children. Our initial focus is on Special Educational Needs and Disability Children (SENDs) Articles 7 and 24 of the UN convention of the rights of persons with disabilities commits the UK government to promoting inclusive education of disabled children and young people and the progressive removal of barriers to learning and participation in mainstream education.
Children’s Fitness - Thanks to the tireless campaigning by Jamie Oliver and others, there’s national debate about children’s nutrition. But with concerns about children’s couch potato lifestyles and soaring childhood obesity, there also needs to be action on children’s fitness. The UK’s chief medical officer has said that an hour of exercise is the bare minimum to boost children’s health and to prevent them becoming overweight or developing heart problems. However, research published in the medical journal BMJ Open showed that almost half of all the country’s seven-year-olds lead such sedentary lives that they don’t have an hour of exercise a day. Star jumps and catching games in schools simply aren’t enough to counter the effects of a sedentary lifestyle based on TV watching, computer games and checking Facebook on a mobile phone every 5 minutes. Exercises for children should work different muscle groups in the body in the same way that an adult’s workout does.
According to Stephen, “we are all a product of our childhood and the children of today are the products for our future. So, let’s strive to make the future a bright one.”
For more information please visit www.childrens-charter.org