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Stockton Home Safety Association Minutes

Date:
Tuesday, 25th October, 2016
Time:
13:30
Place:
Ground Floor Conference Room, Municipal Buildings, Church Road, Stockton-on-Tees
 
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:
Andrea Gledhill (Trading Standards), Alison Lilliendahl (Children's Centre's), Gayle Nertney (Democratic Services)
In Attendance:
Michelle Bendelow, Anne Cains (Members of the Public)
Item Description Decision
Public
SHS
21/16
APPOINTMENT OF CHAIR AND VICE CHAIR OF STOCKTON HOME SAFETY ASSOCIATION
AGREED that Councillor Evaline Cunningham be appointed Chairman, and Michelle Bendelow appointed Vice Chairman, for the municipal year 2016/17 in accordance with the Terms of Reference.
SHS
22/16
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
 
SHS
23/16
MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 28 JUNE 2016
AGREED that the minutes be approved.
SHS
24/16
REPORT FROM TRADING STANDARDS
AGREED that members would complete the Friends Against Scams Awareness and promote the campaign.
SHS
25/16
REPORT FROM COMMUNITY SAFETY OFFICER
AGREED to contact Community Safety regarding non-attendance, and request that a briefing note be supplied in future should an Officer be unable to attend.
SHS
26/16
REPORT FROM CHILDRENS CENTRE OFFICER
AGREED that contact be made with the Fire Brigade in relation to their unattended appliances campaign.
SHS
27/16
REPORT FROM FIRE OFFICER
AGREED to contact the Fire Brigade to request that a briefing note be supplied in future should an Officer be unable to attend.
SHS
28/16
FLOATING PAPER LANTERNS UPDATE
AGREED that any publicity be put to the Committee prior to publication.
SHS
29/16
HOME SAFETY BUDGET
 
SHS
30/16
ANY OTHER BUSINESS
 
1:30pm

Preamble

ItemPreamble
SHS
22/16
There were no declarations of interest made.
SHS
23/16
Consideration was given to the draft minutes of the meeting held on 28 June 2016.
SHS
24/16
Members received an update from an Enforcement Officer from Trading Standards:

A phone Charger supplied by Vagus Electronics, direct from China - overheated when in use (Lingdale Close in Stockton). Removed from sale from Amazon and Ebay but no testing possible so unable to look at further recall action.

A house fire in Howard Place, Stockton was caused by a Candy Tumble Dryer - Purchased from Argos. Argos and the manufacturer were speaking about the complaint and there have been other issues with this particular model. Milton Keynes Trading Standards - where Argos head office is based were dealing with the complaint. The fire was severe enough for the occupant to have to move out of property.

National Trading Standards - Childrens Nightwear fire safety project had been cancelled. Funding available wasn't sufficient to cover the cost of test house fees. Trading Standards had been reimbursed for the test samples that were purchased and they had been donated to a homelessness charity. This was very disappointing as Officers had spent time sourcing the samples and this kind of project was only viable when there was external funding due to the high cost of testing.

Members enquired whether this could have been carried out at the facility that SBC used to have, and were advised that informal testing could have been carried out, but that they would not have been able to follow up formally.

Members enquired why they were looking at testing nightwear, and whether there was a concern. Members were advised that there was a concern , and that Stockton had been asked to concentrate on some of the smaller suppliers as the big chains did do a lot of testing, but that it was also about challenging the test results that the companies had on file.

Friends Against Scams had recently been launched by the National Trading Standards Scams Team. This was an online resource which aimed to tackle the lack of awareness of scams, prevent people becoming victims of scams and encourage communities and organisations to take a stand against scams. Scams affect the lives of millions of people in the UK, people who are scammed often experience loneliness, shame, social isolation and welfare issues as they are often sending the money they need to live on to the scammers.
Anyone could become a friend against scams. The online awareness course only takes about 15 minutes to complete from start to finish. It covers information on all kinds of scams (postal, telephone, internet and doorstep).

The link would be forwarded to members of the committee, and members were encouraged to complete the online awareness and think about how the committee could get involved in this campaign as an organisation.

Members were advised that there was currently a legal challenge with Royal Mail, over the delivery of the scam mail.

Many carers and post office staff were currently receiving training on identifying and reporting a suspected scam victim.
SHS
25/16
There was no Community Safety Officer in attendance at the meeting.
SHS
26/16
A Children's Centre Officer attended the meeting to provide Members with an update.

The Home Safety Programme was still ongoing but from September new criteria had been introduced. Previously any parent, grandparent or carer could attend a session, but since September only those on certain benefits could attend.

Home visits could still be carried out for child protection/child in need/looked after or early help, regardless of their personal situation. The programme was under review, and currently going through consultation, so may be subject to change in the new year.

Concern was raised by members as it is not always the families on benefits that need the support. It was advised that safety sessions no longer took place on Ingleby Barwick, as it was perceived as an affluent area, however it was noted that many of the properties were rented in that area.

Members enquired whether any work would be done to assess whether there were any increase in accidents in the area's that no longer benefitted from the sessions, however it was advised that collecting the right kind of data was very difficult as hospitals don't often collect the information that would be required, such as the type of accident and the cause, so would be very difficult to analyse. Public Health were in the process of trying to change the type of data collected at hospitals, so this may change.

Members expressed their concern that unless the team can prove that this service is required, and that it makes a difference then it may be cut further.

Members enquired whether grandparents could be targeted through certain groups as safety measures had changed dramatically since most grandparents raised their own children.
Grandparents did attend previous sessions but since the change in criteria in September, then the number had decreased.

Members were keen for posters to be produced in relation to the risk of fire from washers and driers, and displayed in the children's centre. This may be something that the Association could help fund. It was understood that the Fire Brigade had recently done a campaign in relation to unattended appliances.
SHS
27/16
The was no Fire Officer in attendance at the meeting.
SHS
28/16
The Committee were advised that Officers had been working together to agree that the use of Paper Lanterns be prohibited on Council land, and events held by Stockton Borough Council by taking it through an Officer delegated decision .

Implementation had already started to take place with the Events Team amending their guidance discouraging the use of lanterns.

Once the policy had been signed off, then the Communication Team could be engaged to promote the decision. Members were keen that any publicity on the issue, included the work carried out by the Stockton Home Safety Association in getting the policy amended.
SHS
29/16
The spend for the Home Safety Event was; Catering 161.10, Voucher 15.00 leaving a balance of 1323.90 in the budget. The home safety budget had always had its own code so that it was separate from trading standards but finance have this year merged it with the trading standards budget. Members were advised that this was not a problem, and that it would not be spent by the Trading Standards Team. The balance would need to be spent before the end of the financial year as it could not be carried over.

Members would look at either arranging for posters to be provided as part of the Home Safety Programme, or possibly arranging another Home Safety Event.
SHS
30/16
There was no other business.

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