It has been reported that Greater Manchester Police Officers will give out teddy bears to children who are involved in car accidents.
The idea behind the project is that the teddy bears can be used to distract, comfort and calm young children down in the aftermath of an accident.
A spokesperson from Personal Injury Solicitors Sheffield said ‘We think this is an excellent project. We have seen the trauma and upset that can be caused for children who are involved in car accidents. It’s a very simple idea to keep children calm and to provide some comfort at what can be a very difficult time. Hopefully the project is a success and, if so, we hope to see it rolled out across the country in the future.’
A local Manchester company has already pledged to donate 100 teddies to the initiative.
Response officers will carry the teddies in their patrol cars and will give the bears out to any child involved in a road traffic accident, whether they are injured or not. Even a relatively minor collision can leave children traumatised. It is hoped that by giving young children a teddy bear at the scene, they will be distracted from what they have just witnessed and it may reduce the likelihood of the child suffering from mental trauma as a result of the accident.
The project has been met with praise and support.
The SNP’s controversial Named Person Scheme has been ruled unlawful by the UK’s Supreme Court.
The Scottish National Party introduced this policy with the aims of giving every child in Scotland a ‘named person’ who would be available to help and advise the child. The Scottish government argued that having designated person would help families address problems before they became more serious.
The named person would also act as a liaison between the family and government services such as the health service, bereavement counseling and speech and language services.
However, many people have argued that the Named Person Scheme is an unnecessary state intrusion into private family lives and may even be incompatible with EU law.
Since the scheme was announced, many bodies have voiced concerns with the policy, and the campaign group No to Named Person was set up. This organisation argues that the scheme will intrude upon parent’s responsibilities and decision making for their own children.
Their main concerns include undermining family privacy; the fact the scheme is compulsory for every child in Scotland and that the scheme facilitate state intervention when there is no risk of harm only concerns about a child’s “happiness”.
The UK Supreme Court ruled that aspects of the scheme were incompatible with EU law. The ways of sharing information between named persons and other bodies were ruled unlawful.
However, despite the ruling, this is not necessarily the end for the Named Person Scheme. The Scottish Government have vowed to start work on addressing the non-compliant aspects of the scheme so that the policy can be introduced.
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