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TRAUMA TEDDIES

News Posted: 1st January 1970

POLICE SCOTLAND - SHETLAND - APPEAL TO KNITTERS!

We are appealing to Knitters to assist us with a project that is a partnership project between Children 1st and Police Scotland where knitted teddies are given by Police Officers attending incidents involving young victims or witnesses.

Trauma teddies will be given as a simple distraction to help take their focus away from potentially upsetting circumstances and help Police Officers build a relationship and turn the experience from a negative to something positive. When a Teddy has been given recipients will be offered a follow up call from Children 1st, to review the young person’s well-being and to address any subsequent needs identified after the incident.

Consideration may be given to providing a trauma teddy on occasions where a young person has witnesses a road traffic accident, criminal offence, being lost and any other incident as deemed appropriate to provide a teddy to offer comfort.

GUIDELINES FOR DONATIONS OF TRAUMA TEDDIES

Your interest in supporting this project is greatly appreciated. In order to comply with recommendations provided by Police Scotland Legal Department and to ensure good Health and Safety practice it is requested that all donations adhere to the following guidance:

  1. Donations must be hand-knitted and meet the pattern specifications provided.
  2. Teddies must not include buttons, zips or anything else which could be accidentally or forcibly removed.
  3. Seams must be securely fastened. Should access be gained to any fibrous filling material within the teddy through a seam, this may present a choking risk if swallowed. Seams should be tension-tested to ensure they are as secure as possible.
  4. Prior to their distribution, pre-prepared labels will be attached to each donated teddy, advising of the need to take care of the item, given that this has been hand-made. Labels will be provided to Police Scotland by Children 1st and attached with string to the teddy. 

Patterns can be located within: Loose Ends, Anderson's, Jamieson's Knitwear.

Completed teddies can be handed into any Police Station.

If you are concerned about someone’s welfare, please tell someone who can help.

These are the phone numbers:

Duty Social Work (for Children)
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm:
01595 744421

Duty Social Work (for Adults)
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm:
01595 744400

Outside office hours:
01595 695611

Police: 101

Children’s Reporter:
0131 244 3780