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Stockton Home Safety Association Minutes

Date:
Tuesday, 28th June, 2016
Time:
1.30pm
Place:
Ground Floor Committee Room, Town Hall, High Street, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 1AU
 
Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

Attendance Details

Present:
Cllr Helen Atkinson, Cllr Evaline Cunningham, Cllr Bill Woodhead MBE
Officers:
Paul Beattie (Cleveland Fire Brigade), Andrea Gledhill (Trading Standards), Alison Lilliendahl (Children's Centres), Gayle Nertney (Democratic Services), Jenna McDonald (Democratic Services)
In Attendance:
Michelle Bendelow, Anne Cains (Members of the Public)
Apologies for absence:
None
Item Description Decision
Public
SHS
11/16
EVACUATION PROCEDURE
The evacuation procedure was noted.
SHS
12/16
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
There were no declarations of interest.
SHS
13/16
DRAFT MINUTES - 26 APRIL 2016
AGREED that the minutes be approved
SHS
14/16
REPORT FROM TRADING STANDARDS OFFICER
AGREED that the report be noted
SHS
15/16
REPORT FROM COMMUNITY SAFETY OFFICER
 
SHS
16/16
REPORT FROM CHILDREN'S CENTRE OFFICER
AGREED that the report be noted
SHS
17/16
REPORT FROM FIRE OFFICER
 
SHS
18/16
FLOATING PAPER LANTERNS
Agreed that the item be carried forward to the next meeting.
SHS
19/16
EVALUATION OF THE STOCKTON HOME SAFETY EVENT 2016
 
SHS
20/16
ANY OTHER BUSINESS
 
1.30pm - 2.00pm

Preamble

ItemPreamble
SHS
13/16
Consideration was given to the draft minutes of the meeting held on 26 April 2016.
SHS
14/16
An Enforcement Officer from Trading Standards attended the meeting to provide Members with an update.

With regard to issues raised at the last meeting around bibs purchased from Mothercare, it was noted that Mothercare was asked to revise the Risk Assessment; recommendations had been made to change the position/location of the tags on the bibs.

Questions were raised around the nightwear discussed at the last meeting, Members were advised that the items were awaiting testing.
SHS
15/16
There was no Community Safety Officer in attendance of the meeting.
SHS
16/16
A Childrens Centre Officer attended the meeting to provide Members with an update.

Members were informed that during 2015/16, 457 visits were made, and 400 families received safety items. This figure did not include people who attended events.

Members were advised that from September 2016, the scheme will be changed in order to target more families in need. It was confirmed that there would be some restrictions from September following a reduction in the budget. More information will be provided in August.

Members queried how families were identified, and it was detailed that referrals for home visits/assessments are received from social workers, health visitors and other professionals but any parent/carer can currently attend a home safety session held within their local Childrens Centre. Most items available are applicable for families primarily with children under the age of 5 years although depending on personal circumstances, some equipment has been provided specifically with older children in mind, ie lockable medicine cabinets
SHS
17/16
An Officer from the Cleveland Fire Brigade attended the meeting to provide members with an update.

Linked to the NHS, Operation Exeter worked with vulnerable people in the area, and it was advised that 10000 people had been identified and sorted into risk - low, medium & high.

An assessment had been made on each case looking at things such as loose handrails, tripping hazards etc.

Members were advised that return visits were being carried out by volunteers at the Coulby Newham branch.

It was discussed that on the new build site at Victoria in Stockton, it had been agreed to include sprinklers within the design of each property, which members agreed was a huge positive, as no lives had been lost were sprinkler systems were in place.

Members were also informed of a recent scheme on the bungalows at Ragworth, where sprinklers had been installed by Tristar Homes/The Thirteen Group.

The Committee was informed that the fire service can request sprinklers to be installed but they have no powers to enforce.
SHS
19/16
Members were updated on the recent Stockton Home Safety Event.

Over 300 people attended the event which proved to be a success.

79 questionnaires were returned, all with positive comments. Most attended after seeing the event whilst visiting the town..

Most popular topics were; credit card safety, care call, safety with children, Fire Service, pharmacy, Trading Standards.

There was some requests for first aid training/medical advice and for cold caller signs to be made smaller.

The Chair praised everyone helped to prepare for the event as well as those who helped on the date.

Photo's had been taken, and members were keen to promote the event on the website and Stockton News.
SHS
20/16
Congratulations were given to Councillor Bill Woodhead following the recent Honours List where he was awarded an OBE.

Re-election of the next Chair and Vice Chair to be on the agenda for the next meeting.

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