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In Uncategorized on January 29, 2008 at 10:37 am

Sport Relief is just around the corner – What’s your school doing?

HollyoaksOn Friday 14th March, thousands of you across the country will be putting your Sport Relief Socks on at school and getting involved, using everything that’s good about sport to change lives for the better. There are plenty of things your school council can still do, here are some ideas:

1. Order Sport Relief Socks using the Schools Sock Deposit Scheme. Schools can bulk order Socks at a deposit price and pay the remaining money after their event. A pair costs £2 with at least £1 going to Sport Relief. Visit sportrelief.com/schools.
2. Host a mile-long conga during lunchtime – students can pay to take part.
3. Football with a difference – teachers and students dress up as each other! Students can pay to watch.
4. Learn and perform a new sporty trick, perhaps samba or limbo-dancing. Invite and charge friends and family to watch.
5. Tell everyone at school to watch a brilliant weekend of TV on BBC ONE from 7pm on Friday 14th March.

Comic Relief spends the money you raise to help people living incredibly tough lives in the UK and abroad. If you’re still stuck for ideas then there’s a step by step guide with all the advice, ideas and tools you might need at sportrelief.com/school-councils.

If you have any questions, just email schools@sportrelief.com.

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Children are Unbeatable campaign

Rachael Harrington (aged 18) writes: In the UK, hitting other people is illegal. It’s called assault. That is unless the person you hit is a child. In that case it is called ‘reasonable chastisement’, and so long as you don’t leave a mark, it is
still legal. To me, this is nonsensical. Surely everyone should have equal protection in the law? If anything, children need extra protection from assault, not less. “Smacking” means to hurt a child deliberately, and this should not be an acceptable thing to do.

Some parents claim it is their right to hit their children and the state should not intervene. But children are not the property of their parents. Violence against anyone, including anyone in the family, should be illegal and the state should intervene to stop people getting hurt.

There are numerous other reasons why hitting children should be banned. Firstly, adults need to set a good example for young children to follow. The idea that if someone does something you dislike, you hit them, is surely not a message we want children to pick up. The UK is also under international pressure to give children equal protection. For instance, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child and the European Committtee on Social Rights have both said the UK needs to update its laws. The UK is behind several countries such as Germany, the Netherlands and Spain, which have all outlawed corporal punishment. Thirdly, the vague wording of rules over hitting children leaves children open to more serious abuse. One person’s “reasonable punishment” will seem extreme to others. Research has also shown that parents often hit their children harder than they mean to. A complete ban on violence against children removes any ambiguity.

News reports frequently feature statistics on how many parents support smacking. Children’s views are rarely mentioned. This needs to change.

The Children are Unbeatable Alliance is a campaign to make hitting children against the law. They are looking for people, especially children and young people, to get involved in their campaign. If you want to get involved you should contact Children are Unbeatable, on
phone/text: 07504 738 741
email: elinor@childrenareunbeatable.org.uk
website: http://www.childrenareunbeatable.org.uk/children

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