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Developing resources about body piercing

Monday, September 3, 2012

Meg Munn MP recently met up again with Christina Anderson, a constituent and founder of Dan Aid. She set the group up after the tragic death of her son Daniel Hindle in 2002. He died of heart failure following complications after contracting septicaemia after having his lip pierced. Dan Aid now works locally to raise awareness amongst young people about the health risks of body piercing.

Meg became involved with the Dan Aid campaign in 2003 after Christina went along to her advice surgery. They worked together for stricter regulation of body piercing and supported work to help educate young people when they are considering having a piercing. They successfully lobbied for an amendment to the Local Government Act, which now allows local authorities to regulate body piercing outlets within their jurisdiction. Sheffield City Council was one of the first local authorities to adopt the by-law.

Dan Aid has since developed resources for teachers, which have been used in 20 Sheffield secondary schools. As a result of interest in the education packs from schools elsewhere in the country, Christina is now looking to developing the resources to support more schools. She would also like to develop Dan Aid’s work to undertake more awareness raising campaigns.

Meg said:

“Christina has done so much to educate young people in Sheffield about the risks involved in body piercing following Daniel’s tragic death. She is a real inspiration.

We have worked together to understand the issues and to see what could be done through government action. I am pleased that we managed to change to the law, which now let’s local authorities regulate body piercing. The work of Dan Aid continues to be of vital importance, providing young people with accurate and engaging information through our local schools.”

To find out more about the Dan Aid visit: http://www.danaid.com/main.html

For information about Sheffield City Council’s work visit: https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/environment/environmental-health/health-and-safety/skin-piercing.html

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Meg with Christina Anderson

Meg with Christina Anderson

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