The NSPCC Northern Ireland is the leading children's charity fighting to end child abuse in the UK and Channel Islands. They help children who have been abused to rebuild their lives, protect those at risk, and find the best ways of preventing abuse from ever happening. They support young people by providing domestic abuse recovery, therapeutic work for those who have experienced abuse, and preventative work in schools among many others.
"Abuse ruins childhood, but it can be prevented. That’s why we’re here. That’s what drives all our work, and that’s why – as long as there’s abuse- we will fight for every childhood in Northern Ireland. Through our local centres for children and families we are providing crucial therapeutic support to children and young people who have suffered abuse and their families. We are also helping children and young people to speak out and stay safe through our programme for local primary schools and through our Childine helpline with bases in Belfast and Foyle. On-line abuse is a growing concern for us."
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"Children are going online earlier, sometimes at a very young age. They love using new technology and see the online world as creative, fun and exciting.
Keeping up to date with changing technology can be a challenge and helping your children stay safe online can sometimes seem even harder. But it’s important to take on this challenge and treat it like any other parenting task. It’s OK to be worried about your child’s online safety – help is at hand.
You don’t need to be an expert on the internet. Talking to your child regularly, and being a part of their online world, will help you set and develop boundaries from an early age, meaning you can identify risks before they become issues. It’s our goal to get every family in the UK to chat about, and understand, their kids’ online world, just as they would about their day at school.
Children and young people go online to connect with friends, and make new ones; to browse the internet for information, especially if they need help with homework; to chat with others and play games. It’s also a great way to express themselves creatively, by sharing images or videos. However, as well as these positive online experiences, there can also be risks.
O2 and NSPCC want to help your family enjoy the best of the digital world safely and confidently. To help, we’ve put lots of useful information on our website. Or if you would prefer to speak to someone, call our online safety advice helpline, visit O2 or call 0808 800 5002. Lines are open from 9am to 7pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 6pm on weekends and will be free of charge.
We are working to address the issue of online safety through our partnership with 02, by developing and delivering initiatives such as Share Aware and Net-Aware. For more information on these initiatives please visit Net-Aware and Share Aware.”
Chain Reaction Cycles Technology are the technical team responsible for Chain Reaction Cycles, the world’s largest online bike store. In addition to fielding a competing team, CRC contributed to the sponsoring of numerous aspects of the event.
We would like to thank CRC for the support they provided on the day of the 2016 and 2017 challenges, from providing event officials, custom Start and Finish lines, to providing bike mechanics and Pro-paramedics helping support cyclists throughout the day. This contributed greatly to the overall success, adding professional race conditions and leading to the smooth running of the event.
CRC also kindly donated prizes for competitors, including a Garmin Vector 2 Power Meter worth £1200 to the fastest segment competitor and a Garmin Edge 520 GPS to each member of the winning team at the Vanishing Lake segment.
We are pleased to announce that our event will be supervised and supported by Proparamedics - Northern Ireland's leading independent ambulance service. Proparamedics Ltd has many years of experience in the event field with all the necessary skills to assess needs and provide appropriate resources to deal with minor to acute illness and event-specific risks.
For all major events Proparamedics have highly experienced staff in command and control, who are familiar with all aspects of command and control duties and are experienced in liaison with NIAS, PSNI, Event Managers and other parties involved in such large event management.
Our 2018 event is being supported by Cycling Ireland - the National Governing Body for the sport of cycling on the island of Ireland. The aim of Cycling Ireland is to promote cycling as an accessible and enjoyable pursuit, where every cyclist may participate and develop to their full potential.
In order to take part in the event riders must have Cycling Ireland membership. Membership gives cyclists personal accident and public liability insurance by virtue of their membership of Cycling Ireland. This insurance covers participants when they are out training and taking part in the SQS Cycle Challenge.