Parents of sunburnt children \’should be referred to social services\’
Children who get severely sunburnt should be referred to social services, according to campaigners.
A very, very, serious problem.
\”It\’s very serious. These parents have tripled their children\’s chances of getting skin cancer.
\”Malignant melanoma is the most common cancer in young adults aged 15-34 in the UK and it happens from getting sunburnt.
\”We also need to make sure schools are protecting children from sunburn while they are there. As far as I\’m concerned it is a child protection issue.
\”It\’s not sexual abuse and you\’re not hurting them there and then but you\’re making their vaccination programmes and the money spent on their education pointless if they get melanoma and die from it.”
Pat Wade, founder of charity Burned Children\’s Club, failing to put on sunscreen is neglect.
\”The agony these children can suffer is horrendous.
\”With all the advice out there children should not be getting burned. It\’s neglect.
\”In effect you\’re abusing that child because you\’re not looking after it properly.
\”You can buy sun cream for as little as £1 a bottle. Even if you don\’t have a lot of money you should be able to protect your child.
\”If a child comes into an A&E ward after abuse you phone social services.\”
Total number of deaths per year in the UK from melanoma is 2,200. That\’s people of all ages.
We might be seeing the interesting spectacle of people with a bee in their bonnet getting press coverage here.
Especially since we\’re also seeing cases of rickets as a result of too much sunscreen being slapped on the little darlin\’s.