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ICON is an evidence based programme consisting of a series of brief ‘touchpoint’ interventions that reinforce the simple message making up the ICON acronym.

  • I – Infant crying is normal
  • C – Comforting methods can help
  • O – It’s OK to walk away
  • N – Never, ever shake a baby 

The measures to contain and delay the spread of COVID19 are already presenting major stressors for families which they cannot control e.g.

  • Loss of income
  • Self-isolation with children and potentially at risk adults
  • Social distancing restrictions on activities which might lessen stress (e.g. sports, social engagement and entertainment, celebrations)
  • Social distancing restrictions on activities which might enhance support and coping (e.g. support groups, children/baby groups and classes, baby clinics).

Please share the ICON coping techniques with families across your networks

Karma Nirvana - Day of memory for victims of so-called HBV 

Every year many women and men across the UK and world are murdered for bringing "shame" on their families. Why? Simply because they want to live a life where they can make their own choices, much to the disapproval of some of their family members and community.

In 2015, Karma Nirvana teamed up with Cosmopolitan Magazine to petition the government for a national Day of Memory. With over 100,000 signatures, we successfully campaigned for the first-ever Day of Memory, marked on Shafilea Ahmed's birthday.

Shafilea was killed by her parents in 2003 when she was just 17, for bringing 'dishonour' on her family by embracing a 'Western' lifestyle. They suffocated her by stuffing a plastic bag into her mouth, then dumped her body. They were later found guilty of her murder and given life sentences. We refuse to let women like Shafilea become forgotten.

Karma Nirvana is hosting their 6th Day of Memory on 14 July 2020 - but this time it is in a virtual space. Stories from real-life experiences, remembering those that have been murdered and learning more about what you can do to #ShineTheSpotlight on Honour Based Abuse. We will be launching our national communications toolkit to help you work with us on this hidden harm.

#WeRemember #ShineTheSpotlight

Free webinar hosted by Karma Nirvana for the day of memory for victims of so called HBV;


Stop Loan Sharks

Illegal money lending - loan sharks

Cheshire East Council want to help if people think they are dealing with a shark. They are working with the Illegal Money Lending team to stop people becoming a victim of a loan shark.

Someone issuing loans must have a credit licence. A loan shark is someone who runs a money lending business without permission from the Financial Conduct Authority. Loan Sharks rarely give any paperwork and if payments are missed they often use intimidation and violence to get money from their 'clients'.

Report a loan shark

To report a loan shark, receive support or get more information visit the stop loan sharks website or call 0300 555 2222 


Cheshire East Safeguarding Children’s Partnership


 The Cheshire East Safeguarding Children’s Partnership document (PDF,1.73Mb) sets out the arrangements for safeguarding partners to work together with other agencies, to identify and respond to the needs of children in Cheshire East. There is also a 7 minute guide (PDF,433Kb) that provides a summary of the new partnership arrangements.


Cheshire East Safeguarding Children’s Partnership aim to do this through our collective commitment to;


  • Strategic Leadership across the partnership – to make the safety of children and young people a priority.
  • Challenge – through focused inquiries or investigations into particular practice or issues on the basis of evidence, practitioner experience and the views of children and young people, in order for us to improve together
  • Learning – to achieve the highest standards of development and to ensure all practitioners have the skills and knowledge to be effective. This will include listening to the voice of children and young people and using what we hear to inform best practice.

Keeping Children Safe in Cheshire East