Monday, 1 April 2019


SKCIN CONTINUES TO LEAD THE WAY IN EDUCATIONAL INTERVENTION WITH OUR UNIQUE ACCREDITATION PROGRAMMES



Skcin launched the UK’s first ever national educational ‘Accreditation' programme many years ago now and we continue to lead the way with the subsequent development of a suite of Accreditation programmes that cover key ’at risk’ and influential target sectors with the key objective of preventing skin cancer and promoting early detection to save lives.



Our pioneering work in educational intervention is our USP, we recognised many years ago that measuring outcomes is absolutely key to offering a sustainable resource, not just a short lived ‘campaign’ that’s here today and forgotten tomorrow. It needs a direct strategic approach that has longevity



Most importantly, all our accreditation programmes are annual, requiring participants to review, refresh and reinforce year on year. 



OUR SUN SAFE SCHOOLS NATIONAL ACCREDITATION PROGRAMME IS NOW TEACHING & REACHING OVER 620,000 CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES NATIONWIDE….



Teaching children from a young age the importance of sun safety to influence behaviour for a positive, sun safe, skin cancer free future is a no-brainer. Every child in the UK goes to school and ALL schools have a duty of care to safeguard these children whilst being best placed to educate them. It’s also the perfect way to reach the parents and families of every child, engaging the wider school community in vital sun safe messaging.



With Spring finally in the air, registrations to our Sun Safe Schools Accreditation programme are ramping up and we are busy packing and despatching comprehensive free resources to every school that registers. These printed resources include; A comprehensive welcome pack and accreditation guide with copies of all educational lesson plans, activities and worksheets; stickers for all children;  books for the school library and the required number of our ’sun safety and skin cancer’ information booklets that get sent home with a bespoke letter to all parents. These resources complement the on-line accreditation programme which supports schools in its implementation



But that’s not where the support ends. Schools are a tough nut to crack and constant support is crucial. Last year our schools support service assisted schools directly with over 8k emails with teachers and parents  This puts a huge amount of strain on our time and resources, but we are committed to assisting schools in every way we can. Our schools work is all funded solely by the charity



There is a much bigger picture here though! As government calls for ‘blue-sky’ thinking when it comes to preventing skin cancer - what we offer is a strategic and robust solution and has been proposed to Government in many times via lobbying in the past with Melanoma Taskforce and ongoing work with the Department of Education and our submission to the Public Consultation on school’s curriculum content last year This tireless work goes on behind the scenes in addition to work supporting our service users.



UV awareness and skin cancer have always been regarded as a public health issue and not an educational one. The fact is that they are inextricably linked is part of the challenge we face in addition to so many other priorities placed on Government. These things take much time to implement, but Skcin is in this for the long haul. We been offering our educational solutions for six years, Australia who take the lead in this field have taken this seriously and they are 20 years ahead, so this is marathon, not sprint.





If the UK ever sort out BREXIT, maybe important issues relating to the nations future health can take the prominence in government our future generations deserve, in the meantime, we continue our work to raise awarness of skin cancer, promote early detection sun safety and engage and lobby Government and highlight our work 

For more information about our work visit www.skcin.org


Sunday, 31 March 2019

Chambersbury Primary School completes Step 1 towards becoming a Sun Safe School - Sun Safety Policy

Skcin are pleased to announce that Chambersbury Primary School in Hemel Hempstead have completed Step 1 towards becoming a Sun Safe School by creating a Sun Safety Policy using our easy, online policy maker.

“The resources available to create the sun safety policy have been invaluable. Before finalising the policy it gave us plenty to think and talk about, deciding what we could implement straight away and other things which may need a little more thought. Once decided, the policy was very easy to update and download, even for a technophobe like myself!

(Carolyn Brady - Chambersbury Primary School) 31st March 2019

Friday, 29 March 2019

Aleph Bet Children's Center is now an Official Sun Safe Nursery!

Congratulations to Aleph Bet Children's Center for obtaining their Sun Safe Nursery Status & Award

“Thank you so much for offering this program outside of the UK. We are happy that Aleph Bet Children's Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee is now a Sun Safe Nursery!”

(Vicki Cathcart - Aleph Bet Children's Center )

Dubai English Speaking School completes Step 3 towards becoming a Sun Safe School - Assembly Plan

Skcin are pleased to announce that Dubai English Speaking School in Dubai have completed Step 3 towards becoming a Sun Safe School by conducting a whole school assembly to introduce the scheme and the importance of Sun Safety to the children.

“Fabulous slides for the power point presentation. Thank you.

(Anna McKeown - Dubai English Speaking School) 29th March 2019

Vale Primary School completes Step 1 towards renewing their Sun Safe Accreditation - Sun Safety Policy

Skcin are pleased to announce that Vale Primary School in Vale, have completed Step 1 towards renewing their Sun Safe Accreditation by reviewing their Sun Safety Policy using our easy, online policy maker.

“As last year we continue to encourage legionnaire style sun hats. We have some hats available in school for those children who forget them. We have a not hat play in the sun rule although we try to make sure everyone is wearing a hat. Our staff are encouraged to model sun safety too. As we are in guernsey in addition to the elements of your policy we have an additional section which is about making sure the children have access to water at all times and at all events and facilities to refill their water bottles to make sure that they have plenty to drink.

(Juliet Bell - Vale Primary School) 29th March 2019

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Noah's Ark Completes Step 1 towards becoming a Sun Safe Nursery - Sun Hats, Sunscreen & Role Models

Congratulations to Noah's Ark for issuing Sun Safety Fact Sheets to all their pupils. Noah's Ark has also pledged to keep sun hats and sunscreen available for all their children and to act as role models with regard to sun safety:

“We have sent out letters and received the replies from parents. We have added this letter to our registration packs for new starters”

(Karen Donley - Noah's Ark)

“We have a stock of spare sunhats and have a 5 star sun protection. Staff are good role models and are vigilant.”

(Karen Donley - Noah's Ark)

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Little Tinkers Childcare & Education Completes Step 2 towards becoming a Sun Safe Nursery - Shade

Congratulations to Little Tinkers Childcare & Education for providing shaded areas for their pupils.

Shaded Area photo submitted by Little Tinkers Childcare & Education

“We have a shaded wood and use canopies, shelters, tents and tarpaulins. ”

(Heid Chapman - Little Tinkers Childcare & Education)

Little Tinkers Childcare & Education Completes Step 3 towards becoming a Sun Safe Nursery - Teaching Resources & Activities

Congratulations to Little Tinkers Childcare & Education for reading George the Sun Safe Superstar to all their children and introducing everyone to the ‘Slip, Slap, Slop song’.Little Tinkers Childcare & Education have also pledged to continue to regularly use the resources provided to reinforce the sun safe message to their children.

“We have all enjoyed listening to George the sun safe superstar and learning the 'slip, slap, slop song.' We are using the resources to help the children learn about the importance of sun safety in a fun age appropriate way. ”

(Heid Chapman - Little Tinkers Childcare & Education)

“Having completed all three steps to accreditation we pledge to regularly use the resources to reinforce the sun safe message to all of our children and their families/carers.”

(Heid Chapman - Little Tinkers Childcare & Education)

Monday, 18 March 2019

British Embassy School completes Step 1 towards becoming a Sun Safe School - Sun Safety Policy

Skcin are pleased to announce that British Embassy School in Ankara have completed Step 1 towards becoming a Sun Safe School by creating a Sun Safety Policy using our easy, online policy maker.

“Great to see the British Embassy School in Ankara Turkey undertaking theie Sun Safe Accredaition. The resources have helped to take every aspect into account when planning my policy.

(joan macdonald - British Embassy School) 18th March 2019

Thursday, 14 March 2019

Invitation 2 Play Completes Step 3 towards becoming a Sun Safe Nursery - Teaching Resources & Activities

Congratulations to Invitation 2 Play for reading George the Sun Safe Superstar to all their children and introducing everyone to the ‘Slip, Slap, Slop song’.Invitation 2 Play have also pledged to continue to regularly use the resources provided to reinforce the sun safe message to their children.

“All the children love George the sun safe superstar! They all join in with the song and also enjoy looking at the pictures in the book l.”

(Katie Inglis - Invitation 2 Play)

“We will continue to share the story and make all our parents of how to keep their children safe during in the hotter months”

(Katie Inglis - Invitation 2 Play)

Invitation 2 Play Completes Step 2 towards becoming a Sun Safe Nursery - Shade

Congratulations to Invitation 2 Play for providing shaded areas for their pupils.

Shaded Area photo submitted by Invitation 2 Play

“We have a large bell tent in the garden where children can sit in the shade and enjoy a story.”

(Katie Inglis - Invitation 2 Play)

Invitation 2 Play Completes Step 1 towards becoming a Sun Safe Nursery - Sun Hats, Sunscreen & Role Models

Congratulations to Invitation 2 Play for issuing Sun Safety Fact Sheets to all their pupils. Invitation 2 Play has also pledged to keep sun hats and sunscreen available for all their children and to act as role models with regard to sun safety:

“All parents have been given a sun safety fact sheet and asked to sign and return the forms ASAP. We have now included this in our registration packs for all new children to sign.”

(Katie Inglis - Invitation 2 Play)

“we have a selection of spare hats at the setting and sun cream is provided by the nursery factor 50+ ”

(Katie Inglis - Invitation 2 Play)

Invitation 2 Play is now an Official Sun Safe Nursery!

Congratulations to Invitation 2 Play for obtaining their Sun Safe Nursery Status & Award

“All our children love this story book! Thank you for making sun safety a fun way to learn ”

(Katie Inglis - Invitation 2 Play)

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

St Columba's Catholic Primary School completes Step 1 towards becoming a Sun Safe School - Sun Safety Policy

Skcin are pleased to announce that St Columba's Catholic Primary School in Bolton have completed Step 1 towards becoming a Sun Safe School by creating a Sun Safety Policy using our easy, online policy maker.

“The questions posed were very thought provoking and really made us reflect our current practice with regards to sun safety. It has helped us create our points for development with this mater which will be addressed before the end of the spring term ready for summer.

(Anna Hewson - St Columba's Catholic Primary School) 6th March 2019

Friday, 1 March 2019

Nicola Roberts is MASCED Accredited!

Congratulations to Nicola Roberts for completing the MASCED Accreditation!

“This is such a great course, and would be great if it was more widely known about - by everyone, not just professionals dealing with people who look at skin. I am going to check my son and husband more closely from now on!”

Nicola Roberts would recommend the MASCED Accreditation to other industry professionals and rates the programme 5 stars.

Thursday, 28 February 2019

LAURA DOÑATE GIMENO is MASCED Accredited!

Congratulations to LAURA DOÑATE GIMENO for completing the MASCED Accreditation!

“I found masced accreditacion progamme as a clear, detail and easy to follow course. I feel it helped me to undertand more the causes of skin cancer and how to identify something that does not look normal. This will surely benefit me and my future clients.”

LAURA DOÑATE GIMENO would recommend the MASCED Accreditation to other industry professionals and rates the programme 5 stars.

Friday, 15 February 2019

Congratulations to Kiddi Caru Walnut Tree who have just renewed their Sun Safe Nurseries Accreditation.

Skcin are pleased to announce that Kiddi Caru Walnut Tree in Buckinghamshire have renewed their Sun Safe Nurseries Accreditation. The accreditation has been awarded to the nursery as they have completed the necessary steps to ensure their pupils and employees are educated on the importance of sun safety and that a suitable sun safe environment and policy is put in place and reviewed annually.

Skcin’s Sun Safe Schools, Sun Safe Nurseries and Sun Safe Workplaces national accreditation schemes are dedicated to educating at risk groups and future generations on the importance of sun safety to prevent skin cancer and promote early detection of the disease.

Congratulations to Twinkling Tots who have just renewed their Sun Safe Nurseries Accreditation.

Skcin are pleased to announce that Twinkling Tots in Essex have renewed their Sun Safe Nurseries Accreditation. The accreditation has been awarded to the nursery as they have completed the necessary steps to ensure their pupils and employees are educated on the importance of sun safety and that a suitable sun safe environment and policy is put in place and reviewed annually.

Skcin’s Sun Safe Schools, Sun Safe Nurseries and Sun Safe Workplaces national accreditation schemes are dedicated to educating at risk groups and future generations on the importance of sun safety to prevent skin cancer and promote early detection of the disease.

Sunday, 3 February 2019

Kerri Macdonald is MASCED Accredited!

Congratulations to Kerri Macdonald for completing the MASCED Accreditation!

“I feel this is such an incredible opportunity to educate my clients on skin safety and a wonderful knowledge on what is potentially be a life saving for my clients! Thank you”

Kerri Macdonald would recommend the MASCED Accreditation to other industry professionals and rates the programme 5 stars.

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Claire Stewart is MASCED Accredited!

Congratulations to Claire Stewart for completing the MASCED Accreditation!

“We do literally have 1000s of reviews for posting. Here is another great one left by user. I've really enjoyed doing this course and feel far more knowledgeable about the early detection of skin cancer and melanoma. I also feel more confident and able to bring up any concerns with my client in an appropriate manner. I also feel that i am adding something extra to my service that will be of value to my clients.”

Claire Stewart would recommend the MASCED Accreditation to other industry professionals and rates the programme 5 stars.

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Linda Preston is now an Official Sun Safe Nursery!

Congratulations to Linda Preston for obtaining their Sun Safe Nursery Status & Award

“We are loving all the information and the support you have give us to share with our parent and children”

(Linda Preston - Linda Preston)



SKCIN CELEBRATES AFFILIATION WITH THE BRITISH BEAUTY COUNCIL

One year ago today Skcin launched their fourth national accreditation programme, MASCED (Melanoma and Skin Cancer Early Detection) a national training programme for hair, health and beauty industry professionals.

In just one year we have achieved a great deal. From Industry recognition and endorsement, national media coverage and peer review, to the implementation of a training roadshow across 11 UK locations. In just twelve months we are proud to have over 8,300 registered professionals across 30 industry sectors nationwide. In addition, international interest continues to gain momentum with registrations from 26 different countries across the globe.

We have received literally thousands of 5 star testimonials and recommendations with reports of how accredited professionals have spotted both non-melanoma and melanoma skin cancers, putting their new found knowledge into action and quite literally saving lives. 

On the day of our first year anniversary we are delighted to announce the support of the British Beauty Council, who in recognition of our work, have invited us to become affiliate members, helping us to connect with industry experts and potential stakeholders.

The British Beauty Council has been founded to represent the voices, opinions and needs of the British beauty industry and are committed to developing excellence and growth in a sector that is a significant contributor to the British economy.

Millie Kendall MBE, CEO of the British Beauty Council said: We are delighted to work with and acknowledge such an innovative charity. Skcin is so unique and by educating industry professionals, and teaching them methods of early detection to help reduce the numbers of people with late stage skin cancer, is something we had to affiliate ourselves with. It is incredibly important work and personally I feel very proud to be supporting them."

Marie Tudor, from Skcin said: The MASCED Accreditation programme is a unique and innovative addition to the British beauty Industry. By increasing industry knowledge to prevent and promote the early detection of skin cancer, we can harnesses the power of the professional, enabling them to become powerful advocates in the fight against skin cancer and save lives. We are thrilled to receive support from the British Beauty Council and to be recognised for our valuable contribution to this industry by enhancing the role of the British beauty professional and highlighting the significant value they can add to the communities in which they operate.

To register to take part in the MASCED accreditation, hair, health and beauty industry professionals
can get with the programme at: masced.uk

To find out more about and join the British Beauty Council visit: britishbeautycouncil.com



Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Clare Fiori is MASCED Accredited!

Congratulations to Clare Fiori for completing the MASCED Accreditation!

“I found the masced accreditation programme very helpful and informative, it has confirmed some melanomas and non-melanomas I was already aware of, but also highlighted some completely new melanomas I had never heard of and would not have been able to identify as abnormal.”

Clare Fiori would recommend the MASCED Accreditation to other industry professionals and rates the programme 5 stars.

Clare Fiori is MASCED Accredited!

Congratulations to Clare Fiori for completing the MASCED Accreditation!

“I found the masced accreditation programme very helpful and informative, it has confirmed some melanomas and non-melanomas I was already aware of, but also highlighted some completely new melanomas I had never heard of and would not have been able to identify as abnormal.”

Clare Fiori would recommend the MASCED Accreditation to other industry professionals and rates the programme 5 stars.

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Lesley Craig is MASCED Accredited!

Congratulations to Lesley Craig for completing the MASCED Accreditation!

“I was unsure how effective this programme would be, but decided to try anyway. I'm very impressed, I have learnt more than I thought I would, and will definitely feel confident in knowing what I should be aware of now, and how to approach my clients without alarming them. I will be telling all my therapist friends about this programme and will be encouraging them to take part.”

Lesley Craig would recommend the MASCED Accreditation to other industry professionals and rates the programme 5 stars.

Friday, 18 January 2019

Leanne Gillmore is MASCED Accredited!

Congratulations to Leanne Gillmore for completing the MASCED Accreditation!

“Very valid feedback from one of new accredited users . Skcin, national skin charity is the organisation that developed and launched MASCED. We previously relied on donations and provided our training for free. Over 4000 professionals have had the training for free of any charge. We now make a small charge to help us sustain the training moving forward and all monies go towards development of education to support our work. I found this course very interesting and without my tutor telling me about it i would not have known it was even available, I assume the payment for the course goes to a charity which is great, I could not see anywhere that confirmed this so maybe you would get more people to sign up if they know that the money to get the accreditation is going to a charity, Thanks”

Leanne Gillmore would recommend the MASCED Accreditation to other industry professionals and rates the programme 5 stars.

Monday, 14 January 2019

Julie Hawkins is MASCED Accredited!

Congratulations to Julie Hawkins for completing the MASCED Accreditation!

“Really good, as a hairstylist i feel now i fully understand what to look out for and how to advise my clients if I spot any changes.”

Julie Hawkins would recommend the MASCED Accreditation to other industry professionals and rates the programme 5 stars.

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Jessica Murray is MASCED Accredited!

Congratulations to Jessica Murray for completing the MASCED Accreditation!

“I really enjoyed this course, it is very informative and as i am a beauty therapist, i am sure i can use this new knowledge. Thank you”

Jessica Murray would recommend the MASCED Accreditation to other industry professionals and rates the programme 5 stars.

Monday, 7 January 2019

States Works Completes Step 1 towards becoming a Sun Safe Workplace - Risk Assessment

Congratulations to States Works for completing a UVR Exposure Risk Assessment for their employees.

“The risk assessment template proved to be useful and I used it as a base for our company assessment.”

(Paul Freeman - States Works)

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Amy O'Brien is MASCED Accredited!

Congratulations to Amy O'Brien for completing the MASCED Accreditation!

“I provide a large number of different beauty treatments and will find this will help to advise & refer my clients the best i can on early detection if they have any changes with their skin. I have thoroughly enjoyed learning this short course and find it very valuable knowledge that i believe everyone should learn. Thank you.”

Amy O'Brien would recommend the MASCED Accreditation to other industry professionals and rates the programme 5 stars.

Amy O'Brien is MASCED Accredited!

Congratulations to Amy O'Brien for completing the MASCED Accreditation!

“I provide a large number of different beauty treatments and will find this will help to advise & refer my clients the best i can on early detection if they have any changes with their skin. I have thoroughly enjoyed learning this short course and find it very valuable knowledge that i believe everyone should learn. Thank you.”

Amy O'Brien would recommend the MASCED Accreditation to other industry professionals and rates the programme 5 stars.