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SKCIN are the UK’s leading skin cancer charity, founded in 2006 by the family of Karen Clifford (the ‘KC’ in SKCIN) following her courageous battle to melanoma. Compelled to make a difference and save lives, we set out to fill the mammoth void in the awareness arena…

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With a strong family history of both melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer, we are a unique charity in that we represent all forms of skin cancer. Given that 90% of cases are preventable and almost always curable if diagnosed early, we specialise in raising awareness of prevention and early detection through sustainable educational intervention. Our passion, expertise, dedication and long-standing work in this arena is well-respected and our innovative, multi-channel approach to combatting the disease is making significant impact that reverberates borders.


We don’t do here today, gone tomorrow campaigns - we are in it for the long-run!
Our suite of five, bespoke, national accreditation programmes that infiltrate key ‘at risk’ and ‘influential’ target sectors, provide robust solutions with longevity. They require continued commitment from both SKCIN and programme stakeholders which is paramount in providing ongoing reinforcement, growing knowledge and driving behavioural and attitudinal change.

Our Sun Safe Schools and Sun Safe Nurseries national accreditation programmes support settings in their duty of care to safeguard children and provide ongoing education to influence behaviours and prevent skin cancer for our future generations. To date, we are proud to have reached over one million children and their families nationwide with vital education, gaining official recognition as ‘Best Practice’ by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

Our award winning MASCED (Melanoma and Skin Cancer Early Detection) training programmes have taken the hair & beauty industry and healthcare sector by storm, boasting international media coverage with many lives saved due to this ground-breaking intervention. Reviewed by the British Association of Dermatologists and officially recognised, endorsed, accredited and supported by many key industry bodies, to date, we have trained and accredited over 11,000 professionals who are now providing a potentially life-saving, free service to in excess of 1.5 million clients/patients across the UK and beyond.

There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to education! As such, Skcin are nationally recognised as the go-to charity for our comprehensive range of bespoke solutions and resources designed to engage, educate, and equip communities nationwide, empowering the nation to take charge of their skin health and surveillance.

Suffice to say, if you are considering signing up to the Sun Safe Workplaces programme - you are in safe hands.


Sun Safe Workplaces originally launched in 2014 as our third-born national accreditation programme and we have delivered education and training to some big names in business during that time. However, due to advancements in technology and our continued growth in experience and expertise - we decided this baby was ready for an upgrade!

Following 18 months of planning, writing, designing, building, developing and testing, we are delighted to launch this new and improved version of our well-established programme - offering what is, without doubt, the most comprehensive resource to support employers and HSRs in their duty of care.

Via our improved service offering and renewed commitment to this high risk sector, we hope to save many more lives from a devastating disease that’s almost entirely preventable and if diagnosed and treated early - almost always curable.

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SKCIN would like to pay special thanks to the David Price Melanoma Trust for funding the build of this website. Without the support of like-minded individuals who recognise the value and impact we can and are making through bespoke initiatives, the extent of our work would not be possible. The David Price Melanoma Trust has supported SKCIN for over 10 years now, funding various projects and initiatives that make our mission possible and our vision a reality.


Accreditation + Resources

If you want to confidently address your duty of care and provide evidence of your commitment - we’ve got your back! Learn more about the accreditation process and the range of comprehensive resources we provide to assist you - every step of the way.

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Employers Legal Obligations

Employers of outdoor workers not only have moral obligation to ensure the health and safety of their employees, but also a legal one. Skin cancer is an occupational disease priority area and it is vital employers understand their responsibility and legal duty of care.

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Skin Cancer Statistics

Skin cancer statistics are compelling and urgent action is needed to combat this major public health concern. The facts speak for themselves and should serve as a wake up call to industry, employers and HSRs responsible for the health and safety of outdoor workers.

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