Serious message

PUBLISHED: 13:07 07 September 2007 | UPDATED: 23:03 28 May 2010

I AM writing as the independent chairman of the Local Safeguarding Children Board, a statutory body, established by the Government, to ensure organisations work together effectively to safeguard children and promote their welfare. One of our important fun

I AM writing as the independent chairman of the Local Safeguarding Children Board, a statutory body, established by the Government, to ensure organisations work together effectively to safeguard children and promote their welfare.

One of our important functions is to raise public awareness in respect of risks to children. The board has been deeply involved in reviewing a recent and tragic case in which two very young children died as a result of an accidental fire caused by a cigarette lighter.

The board welcomes and fully supports the thoughtful action taken by the fire service and the police in bringing to the public's attention the lessons from these sad and untimely deaths.

I was shocked to see that your community newspaper made light of the serious message contained in the briefing from the emergency services (Fenlander's Diary, August 24). I think it is irresponsible and arrogant to imply that this is, in some way, unnecessary advice.

Fortunately, other newspapers took a more responsible and public-spirited approach and saw the true benefits of assisting the emergency services in spreading a message which may help to save lives.

I would suggest you reconsider your position on this matter and give positive attention to the messages contained in the briefing.

BARBARA TREVANION, Safeguarding Children Board, Shire Hall, Cambridge

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