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6 January 2003

 

CHAT ROOM SAFETY CODE WELCOMED

BY HEALTH VISITORS

A new code designed to protect children using internet chat rooms from paedophiles has been welcomed by the Community Practitioners' and Health Visitors' Association. The Home Office has produced the world's first code of good practice for internet chat room providers, which proposes virtual panic buttons and prominent safety messages to protect the estimated 20 per cent of nine-to16 year olds who use chat rooms. There will also be a 1 million advertising campaign to encourage parents to learn about how chat rooms operate. The director of the CPHVA, Mark Jones said today (6 January): 'This new code of good practice is an important step in making the internet safe for children to use. Any measures that can be taken to deter paedophiles from making contact with children, and then arranging a meeting are to be applauded.' 'The problems posed by chat rooms won't go away and the sooner that health professionals working with families, parents and children themselves become fully acquainted with the dangers the better.' 'I hope this code will be strong enough. If rogue internet chat room operators don't comply with these sensible guidelines, we would be in favour of legislation.' Last August, health visitors and community nurses welcomed the government's pledge that it would 'ratchet up' child protection measures, following the murder of Soham schoolgirls Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells.

 

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The CPHVA represents 18,000 health visitors, school nurses, practice nurses and registered nurses working in the community in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The CPHVA is an autonomous professional section of the amicus trade union. MSF joined with the AEEU to form amicus, the UKs second largest union, on 1 January 2002.

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NOTE TO NEWS EDITORS

For further information, please contact:

Ann Owen ( 07768 931 297

Shaun Noble Communications Officer ( (020) 7939 7043

mobile ( 07768 69 39 40

CPHVA press releases can be seen on the CPHVA web site: amicus-cphva.org

 The CPHVA represents health visitors, school nurses, practice nurses and registered nurses working in the community in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The CPHVA is an autonomous professional section of the amicus trade union. MSF joined with the AEEU to form amicus, the UKs second largest union, on 1 January 2002.

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For further information, please contact

Shaun Noble Press Officer (020) 7939 7043 Mobile 0468 69 39 40 MSF

press releases can be seen on our web site: www.msf.org.uk

Amicus/MSF represents 65,000 health service professionals including the Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists, laboratory scientific staff, the College of Health Care Chaplains, the Community Psychiatric Nurses Association, the Medical Practitioners' Union, clinical psychologists, speech therapists, the Hospital Physicists Association and the Community Practitioners' and Health Visitors' Association.

Amicus/MSF has 400,000 skilled and professional members in a wide range of industries. It is the UK's second largest union.

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