Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Stockton Home Safety Association Minutes

Date:
Tuesday, 26th June, 2018
Time:
1.30pm
Place:
Ground Floor Committee Room, Town Hall, High St,, Stockton on Tees, TS18 1AU
 
Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

Attendance Details

Present:
Cllr Evaline Cunningham (Chairman), Michelle Bendelow (Vice Chair), Cllr Helen Atkinson, Cllr Mohammed Javed
Officers:
Allison Lilliendahl, Andrea Gledhill
In Attendance:
Clare Gamble, Alex Metcalfe
Apologies for absence:
Cllr Bill Woodhead MBE
Item Description Decision
Public
SHA
2/18
EVACUATION PROCEDURE, AUDIO RECORDING & HOUSEKEEPING PROCEDURES
 
SHA
3/18
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
 
SHA
4/18
MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 24TH APRIL 2018 - FOR APPROVAL
 
SHA
5/18
CAMPAIGN TOPICS
 
SHA
6/18
FINANCIAL UPDATE
 
SHA
7/18
WEB PAGE UPDATE
 
SHA
8/18
REPORT OF CHILDREN'S CENTRE OFFICER
 
SHA
9/18
REPORT OF TRADING STANDARDS OFFICER
 
SHA
10/18
REPORT OF COMMUNITY SAFETY OFFICER
 
SHA
11/18
REPORT OF FIRE OFFICER
 
1.30pm

Preamble

ItemPreamble
SHA
2/18
Evacuation Procedures were noted.
SHA
3/18
There was no declarations of interest
SHA
4/18
Consideration was given to the minutes of the meeting held on 24th April 2018.

AGREED that the minutes of the meeting held on 24th April 2018 be approved.
SHA
5/18
Members gave consideration around the Association focusing more in future on campaign topics and events rather than scheduled meetings It was suggested the focus of campaigns be:

• Trips and falls in young and old
• Poisoning in young and old

This followed confirmation that the number of instances of poisonings amongst children in the Borough exceeded the national average. 7 out of 10 instances were due to medicines.

It was confirmed that funds were available in the Associations budget for any purchase necessary and lots of free merchandise was also available for use.

Allison Lilliendahl informed members the ‘Take Action Today' events held by ROSPA would still continue for the next few months in Stockton, Thornaby and Billingham. Office based staff were looking to contact other venues in the Borough to facilitate possible future events.

It was suggested contact be made with the Pharmacist who had previously agreed to attend Home Safety events secure their participation in the event. It was proposed that the event be held in October in Stockton on Market Day. Other events for consideration in the future would be campaigns in Billingham, Thornaby etc.

AGREED that the proposed campaign for October be approved.
SHA
6/18
Members were informed there was 1,500 available funds within the budget.

AGREED that the report be noted.
SHA
7/18
The Chair informed members that she had met with the Leader of the Council regards setting up a web page for the Home Safety Association. Hopefully an update on progress would be given at the next meeting.
SHA
8/18
Allison Lilliendahl informed members since April 2018 8 Children's Centres had been reduced to 4 and were now known as Family Hubs based at:

• High Flyers, Thornaby.
• Sunrise Centre, Stockton.
• Redhill Centre, Rosweworth.
• Ochil Terrance, Billingham.

Family Hubs provide services for 0-19 working closely with Harrogate Trust and Home Safety sessions will remain within the Hubs; every session covers falls, burns, scalds, poisoning, strangulation, suffocation, choking and drowning.

Child Safety week took place in June with topics covered every day on Twitter and Facebook due to positive working with SBC Comms. Child Safety was included in the SBC HIVE questionnaire last week.

Alison Lilliendahl confirmed she had attended a ROSPA conference in May which highlighted the good work Stockton had carried out with regards to the ‘Take Action Today, Put Them Away" campaign.

According to the latest Child Health data, the number of A&E attendances for 0-4's in the Borough is lower than the national average. The number of hospital admissions is however higher than the national average but the number is decreasing.


It was noted that Officers were planning to meet with the Registry Office to ensure leaflets about the Home Safety Service can be handed to new parents.

AGREED that the report be noted.
SHA
9/18
It was noted that 13 Truecall (call blocker) boxes had been installed since July 2017 by Trading Standards. Criteria for supplying was initially the resident requiring a dementia diagnosis but this was then broadened to anyone who was vulnerable to scam calls. The boxes were supplied free of charge by National Trading Standards Board but the real cost of the supply of the 13 boxes was 2,015.
Each of the boxes had received an average of 14 nuisance calls per month, with 21% of these calls estimated to be scam calls. 99% of the nuisance calls were blocked by the Truecall box. Over the 5 year life of the units at the current rate it was forecast they would block 2025 scam calls, prevent 12 scams and save vulnerable households an estimated 22,248. Due to the health impact that scams often have on victims it is further estimated that these units will save the NHS and social care funds up to 20,133 based on data that indicates that a quarter of older vulnerable people who are scammed move up one level of social care as a result of the scam. In general terms, the consumers who have had the boxes fitted report real lifestyle benefits as they know that they are able to get the calls that they want without being plagued by nuisance calls.
The supply of Truecall boxes had now run out. NTSB had applied for funding to continue the project and were awaiting a decision from central government on condition of its funding. It takes up quite substantial officer time but had demonstrated its worth.

AGREED the report be noted.
SHA
10/18
No Safety Officer was in attendance at today's meeting and no reports offered.

AGREED the report be deferred
SHA
11/18
No Fire Officer was in attendance at today's meeting and no reports offered.

AGREED that the report be deferred.

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