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Board Manager's Blog (December 2023) Fri 15 Dec 2023

Blog by Darren Minton Board Manager for BDSCP & BSAB



December 2023: Stepping into the Festive Season with a Heart for Safeguarding"

Hello everyone, Darren Minton here with the final blog of 2023. As we step into Christmas (don't worry, I won't be breaking out a version of Elton John Christmas classic, I can't help but reflect on how the year has flown by. With its long days, November seems to stretch out endlessly, but as soon as December arrives, time seems to accelerate, rushing us towards the end of the year.


The festive season is well and truly upon us, a time filled with joy, celebration, and togetherness for many. However, from a safeguarding perspective, it's important to acknowledge that this period can be pretty challenging for some, especially those who experience loneliness. Loneliness knows no age; it can touch the lives of the young and the old alike. So, during this season of goodwill, I encourage you to reach out. A simple act of calling in on someone or just saying 'hi' can make a world of difference.


Safety of Toys and Gadgets

With the festive season also comes the excitement of giving and receiving gifts. Remembering the safety of toys and gadgets, particularly for our younger ones, is crucial. When choosing toys, ensure they are age-appropriate, have no small parts that could be a choking hazard, and are made from non-toxic materials. It's important to consider online safety and privacy settings for gadgets, especially for devices that connect to the internet. Let's make sure that the gifts we give not only bring joy but also ensure safety.


Looking Forward to 2024

As we move into the colder months of winter, let's carry a sense of positivity about the future. The new year, 2024, holds promise and potential for continued growth and development in our safeguarding efforts. The work we do is vital, and I am continually inspired by the dedication and commitment of our safeguarding colleagues.


A Special Thanks and Thought

I want to take a moment to extend my deepest gratitude and respect to all our safeguarding colleagues for their unwavering support and contribution throughout 2023. Your efforts have significantly impacted the lives of many, and for that, we are all grateful.

Additionally, let's spare a thought for those Emergency Service workers who will be working tirelessly day and night during this festive period to keep us all safe. Their dedication and service often go unnoticed, but they are the unsung heroes who ensure our safety and well-being.


As we close this year and look forward to the next, remember the importance of safeguarding our community. Together, we can make a difference, ensuring that everyone feels safe, valued, and protected regardless of their circumstances.

Wishing you all a safe, joyful, and peaceful festive season. See you in 2024!

Warm Regards,