National Sun Awareness


National Sun Awareness Survey for Outdoor Activity Leaders

Dear Scouts and Scouters,

The Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code is the first sun protection initiative for those who work outdoors with children.  Launched in 2014, it is now supported by over 80 National Governing Bodies and outdoor organisations including British Canoeing.  This year the Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund (the charity behind the initiative) is launching a national survey to investigate the current provision of sun protection for children in the UK.

The findings will be used to promote the launch of a new Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code website in May. The revised format offers easier to follow guidelines and new resources to help you develop and implement an effective sun policy. The feedback will help generate an understanding of opinions, knowledge and habits with a goal of improving the awareness and implementation of effective sun protection not just for children, but for all those who spend prolonged periods of time in the sun either teaching, coaching, playing or watching outdoor activities.

Please Help the Research

All official partners and supporters of the initiative are being asked to take part, so if you work with children outdoors, please get involved.  It needs to be completed by individuals (coaches, teachers, leaders, instructors etc.) will take under a minute to complete and is completely anonymous, so please ensure you responses reflect your current practice. The survey link expires on the 6th April.


Thank you so much for taking the time to help in this project.