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Appeal for knitters

Appeal for knitters

Children 1st are working with Police Scotland in Dundee, and knitters across the country to give teddies to children who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event where the police have been involved.

The idea is to comfort the child and give the family the contact number for ParentLine, our digital family support service,  as a source of additional support.

At the moment the Police find that they leave a family after their role is ended knowing that there is no support for the child or the family, and  that children may have a potentially scary or negative impression of the police that might impact on them asking for help in the future. Trauma Teddies enable the police to give some comfort and distraction to the child and the family a direct link for help  through Children 1st.

On 2nd May an appeal was launched with Dundee Police for knitters to knit the Teddies. Read  some of the coverage Planet Radio, Police Scotland, Evening Telegraph, STV news which also appeared in the Dundee Courier and help us spread the word.

We would be very grateful if you could talk to knitters you know, share messages on social media or knit a Teddy yourself. The pattern is attached to this email but can also be found on Police Scotland’s website or requested through Children 1st.

Trauma teddies are currently working in England, Wales and Australia very well and we and the police in Dundee hope that it will be taken up by forces across Scotland.

TEDDY DONATIONS CAN BE HANDED INTO ANY POLICE STATION FOR THE ATTENTION OF LONGHAUGH COMMUNITY POLICE TEAM, OR ANY Children 1st OFFICE, WHERE THEY WILL BE DRESSED AND

DISTRIBUTED TO POLICE VEHICLES ACROSS DUNDEE.

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