DON’T MISS! Maghull Methodist Church Christmas Tree Festival (24th-26th Nov)

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Maghull Methodist Church
180 Liverpool Road North, L31 2HP
Friday 24th November (2pm – 6pm)

Saturday 25th November (10am – 5pm)
Saturday Free Christmas Concert 7.30pm
Sunday 26th November (12noon – 3pm)

Trees and Nativity Scenes displayed by the church and the local community
Visit Father Christmas in his grotto £3 inc. present
Stalls Refreshments Free Parking
Adults £2, Children accompanied by an adult free
Disabled facilities available
Start your Christmas early by visiting us you will be most welcome

To display a Tree or Nativity Scene or to book a table contact Ken: Tel. 01695 421232, email

Stop, Speak, Support: Cyberbullying Campaign

The Royal Foundation’s taskforce on the prevention of cyberbullying has launched the Stop, Speak, Support campaign. The NSPCC along with other organisations and young people have developed guidance for teachers designed to support them to deliver Stop, Speak, Support to 11-16 year olds in their schools. The campaign helps young people spot cyberbullying and highlights three steps that bystanders can take if they witness bullying and ways to provide support to the person being bullied.

Source: The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry

Further information: The Anti-Bullying Alliance


Body Image

The British Youth Council’s Youth Select Committee has published a report on body image and the impact it has on the wellbeing of children and young people. Recommendations to government include: the commissioning of research to address current gaps in the evidence base, including on poor body image in pre-adolescents, the link between poor body image and risky behaviours, and the long term impact of poor body image on young people; the development of resources to support the challenges faced by young men, LGBT+ youth, ethnic minorities, and those with disabilities or serious illnesses; and the establishment of an annual National Body Confidence week to act as a focus for body image activities.

Source: British Youth Council

Depression Link between Fathers and Teenage Children

Findings from a study led by researchers at University College London (UCL) looking at the association between paternal and adolescent depressive symptoms has been published. The study of 14,000 families in the UK and Ireland showed an association between depressive symptoms in fathers and depressive symptoms in their adolescent children. The research paper is published in Lancet Psychiatry.

Source: UCL

Mental Health Treatment for Children and Young People

The NSPCC has released figures, following a freedom of information request to NHS trusts in England, which show that between 2015 and 2017, from a total of 652,023 cases referred to child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS), 109,613 children were turned away. The number could be significantly higher, as one in five Trusts which responded to the request failed to report the number of rejected referrals.

Source: NSPCC

Children whose Parents have a Drug or Alcohol Problem

The NSPCC has published an evaluation of the Family Environment: Drug Using Parents (FEDUP) service which supported children whose parents have a drug or alcohol problem. Findings from the evaluation of the experiences of 59 parents and 253 children who took part in the programme between 2011 and 2015 include: a small but statistically significant improvement in children’s emotional and behavioural wellbeing, and in their self-esteem and ability to process their thoughts and feelings.

Further information: Supporting families where parents have substance misuse problems: final evaluation of our FED UP service (PDF)

Source: NSPCC

Children England News

The Case for a Children Act Funding Formula

Children England believes the case for a fair, sustainable funding mechanism for essential children’s services is too urgent and too acute to ignore. We propose the establishment of a Children Act Funding Formula, which would distribute national taxation to all authorities with duties under the Children Act 1989 according to the needs of children in their area. We call on the government to implement such a formula by 2020 at the latest. Read our full briefing and sign up to support our proposal for a Children Act Funding Formula

The Management Delusion

“Over recent months there has been a big head of steam publicly building up to put pressure on Government to tackle the children’s services funding crisis in the next Budget. LGA has been publicly decrying a £2 billion funding gap; ADCS have spoken out forcefully about the role of child poverty in the rising levels of need… But whatever our particular angles all sector voices have shared a common core message – money matters and there’s just not enough of it. In the words of the LGA, ‘We cannot carry on like this’. Read Kathy’s full article (first published in CYP Now this month).

Healthy eating guidance for early years settings

The Department for Education has published example menus and recipes to help early years providers plan healthy, tasty meals for young children. They are part of the government’s plan to address childhood obesity and can also be used by families.

Reversing the move to late intervention spending

The Children’s Society, the National Children’s Bureau and Action for Children have published a report describing the “ongoing trend where councils no longer have the resources to fund services that step in and help families early. Instead they are increasingly forced to focus on dealing with problems once they have escalated.” It calls for:

  • The Government to urgently address the funding gap in children and young people’s services
  • The Government to work with local authorities to ensure additional funds are used to improve early intervention
  • Future decisions about investment in children and young people’s services should take into account local need, and the Government should clarify its plans to reform local government funding


User Engagement in the Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton & Wirral (KLSW) Combined Adult Safeguarding Board

In April this year, four Merseyside Local authority areas established a Combined Adult Safeguarding Board. The authorities involved are Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton and Wirral.

The newly established Board has the Voice of the Service User a priority.

In order that we can ensure that we have the widest possible reach across the area, we are to establishing a directory of service user groups and organisations.

A questionnaire has been developed to assist in this process, and we are looking to gather as many responses as possible.

Click here to download the questionnaire (Word / PDF

PLease return your questionnaire by email to or by post to:

KSLW Questionnaire
Suite 3B, 3rd Floor, North Wing,
Burlington House,
Crosby Road North,
L22 0LG

If you would like to know more information regarding the Combined Board you can also contact David Grisenthwaite from the Boards Business Team whose e-mail is:


Job Vacancy: Operations Director with Career Connect – Liverpool/Manchester Base (closing 30th November 2017)

Innovative Operations Director for careers/employment support services for adults and young people

Innovation has been at the heart of our success; we have lead the way in winning social investment for contracts that deliver change.  With the early retirement of our current Director, we now seek an innovative and determined leader to head up a range of our multi-site/agency services delivery teams. A member of our Executive and Board teams, you will play a key role in:

  • Developing our client and market presence
  • Driving excellence in our delivery
  • Continuously improving our performance management framework and associated systems
  • Building capacity in our teams of professionals to grow and achieve

Specific knowledge of the careers sector is not essential, and we seek candidates who are:

  • Experienced in leading targeted services delivery such as employment/skills, social services, housing support and careers guidance
  • Experienced in successfully managing and overseeing a diverse range of contract types, including PBR
  • Innovative, able to shape our strategy and identify novel services approaches
  • Bright and inquisitive, highly data/IT literate
  • Customer and business development oriented and experienced in focused networking

To request a candidate pack, please contact our recruitment adviser at, or contact Bryan McPaul on 01244 675 132 to arrange an informal discussion.

For specific enquires please contact our recruitment adviser, Bryan McPaul, at, or on 01244 675 132

The closing date for applications is 30/11/2017.

Interviews will be held on 7th and 8th December

#CleanerSeas for Sefton

Whether you swim, paddle, or simply enjoy a stroll on one of the Sefton beaches, you can be assured, once again, that the quality of the water is cleaner than at any time in the last 30 years.


For the second year in a row the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has published statistics that reveal that all 31 of the North West’s bathing waters meet the government’s required standards for water quality.

The 2017 classifications of bathing waters in Sefton are;

  • Formby beach has been rated Excellent – the highest, cleanest class;
  • Southport and Ainsdale have been rated Good – generally good water quality.

Full classifications can be found here:

A range of stakeholders have contributed to reducing pollution and improving the regions rivers, lakes and the sea, including the Environment Agency, United Utilities and the local community.

You can continue to help maintain, and improve, these standards by making small changes at home and at the beach:

• Only flush the 3P’s down the toilet – poo, pee and paper. Everything else goes in the bin!
• Pour cooled kitchen fats in the bin, not down the sink – it can cause blockages and sewage to overflow.
• Pick up after your dog and put it in the bin.
• Don’t feed birds at the beach and keep outdoor areas free of food waste.
• Always put litter in the bin or take it home if it’s full.

Job Vacancy: Finance Manager with Sefton CVS (5pm, Friday 24th November 2017)

The Finance Manager will be a member of the Senior Management Team (SMT), reporting directly to the Chief Executive. The post holder will assist with the strategic planning and budget preparation for the organisation as well as maintaining the charity’s financial accounting systems.

Sefton CVS’s Health & Wellbeing Trainer Social Impact Report

The Health and Wellbeing Trainers Team was first formed in 2013 as a pilot project and soon became established as a key part of the Sefton CVS’s Reablement Service. This brand new Social Impact Report details the work of the team across South Sefton.

Job Vacancy: Group Caseworker with SWACA (closing 12noon, Wednesday 29th November)

A committed and skilled practitioner is required to support our existing team in providing a direct service to women who have, or are currently living in an abusive environment.

Job Vacancy: Receptionist/Administration Assistant with Sefton Carers Centre (closing 12noon, 20th November)

Sefton Carers Centre would like to recruit an experienced, enthusiastic and welcoming receptionist to provide a quality reception and administrative service at our Centre in Waterloo. As our first point of contact this ensures that the carers are given a supportive service from their first contact with us.

We are looking for candidates who have experience of dealing with both face to face and telephone enquiries as well as sensitive information. You will have excellent communication skills and experience using Microsoft office.

Salary:                                  £6,757 + 3% pension
Hours:                                   14 hours per week (Thursday and Friday)

If you wish to apply, please visit: to view the Job Descriptions, Person Specification and to download a job application form.

Completed forms can be emailed to: or return via post to Sandra McCaughley, Sefton Carers Centre, 27-37 South Road, Waterloo, L22 5PE. Alternatively contact 0151 288 6060 to request an application pack.

Closing Date for completed applications is 12noon on 20th November 2017

Pregnant women in Sefton urged to get their flu jab

Pregnant women across the borough are being urged by Sefton Council, NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG to make sure they get the flu jab this winter.

Hospital Car Park Under Review

A review of a local hospital’s car park system has been welcomed by Healthwatch Sefton.

Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is currently considering changes to the ways in which patients and visitors can pay for parking on site and is canvassing views through a survey. A Trust spokesperson explained: “To help us take account of as many views as possible, we hope people will complete this short survey, which will take less than two minutes.”

Sefton Council Tax Reduction Scheme Consultation (consultation closes 10th November)

The council is considering changing its Council Tax Reduction scheme for working age customers from April 2018.

Pension age claimants will not be affected by these proposed changes.

Merseyside Police introduce ‘The Herbert Protocol’ for missing or vulnerable people.

Merseyside Police would like to introduce you to The Herbert Protocol – an initiative named after George Herbert – a War veteran of the Normandy landings – who lived with dementia.

‘We appreciate that caring for people with dementia is challenging – and that planning ahead and keeping safe is really important.  More than 60% of people living with dementia can at some point start to “walk about”.  Whilst this may only be into the garden or street and returning a short time later, people can get lost and go missing; leading to feelings of confusion, fear and vulnerability – particularly at night time or at times of extreme weather.

As part of making reasonable life adjustments, we want to help by putting a system in place that will help to give the emergency services the best possible information should there be a need for them to become involved in a search for someone with dementia.

Sefton Council urge residents to #PawsForThought when buying a puppy this Christmas

Sefton Council is asking residents to give ‘Paws for Thought’ to ensure they don’t buy illegally imported puppies, following the culmination of a high profile case in Southport.

The “Paws for Thought” campaign has launched this week in a bid to educate people about the financial and emotional dangers of buying illegally imported puppies, especially in the run up to Christmas.

One Vision Housing Start Universal Credit Help Hub

To help people to learn more about the introduction of Universal Credit, One Vision Housing have launched the OVH Help Hub.

Universal Credit (UC) is a single monthly payment for people in or out of work on low income. From this month (October), if you live in Sefton, are of working age and make a change to claiming one of the six legacy benefits, you will be ‘migrated’ to Universal Credit.

Still time to have your say on joining up Family and Children’s Centres (consultation closes 17th Nov)

There is still time for families to have their say on Sefton Council’s consultation to join up Family and Children’s Centres, which you can complete online

The idea behind the proposals is to make sure that children and young people aged 0-19 years can find the right support, for the right issue at the right time.

The consultation runs until November 17 and anyone who is interested in the proposals are being encouraged to give their views.

Don’t trick or mistreat during Halloween and Bonfire night!

Merseyside Police is encouraging young people, families and businesses to play their part in helping to keep their communities safe over the Halloween and Bonfire Night period.

Officers will be patrolling local neighbourhoods to ensure people can enjoy the festivities in their area safely but Merseyside Police cannot do this alone.

History, Injury, and Psychosocial Risk Factor Commonalities Among Cases of Fatal and Near-Fatal Physical Child Abuse.

Authors: Mary Clyde Pierce, Kim Kaczor, Deborah Acker, Tina Webb, Allen Brenzel, Douglas J. Lorenz, Audrey Young and Richard Thompson
Format: Article

Summary: Analysis of 20 fatal and 10 near fatal physical child abuse cases in children less than four years old in Kentucky to identify commonalities and determine whether indicators of abuse were present before the event. Finds: psychosocial factors were present in 100 per cent of cases; traumatic brain injury (95 per cent) and bruising (90 per cent) were the most common injuries; the caregiver was male in 70 per cent of cases; prior unexplained bruising was often a precursor to escalating abuse.

Journal: Child abuse and neglect (Vol.69), July 2017, pp 263-277
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CAMHS: Learning From Case Reviews.

Authors: NSPCC
Format: Online report

Summary: Provides a summary of risk factors and learning for improved practice for child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS). Concludes that CAMHS practitioners have a key role to play helping children and young people rebuild their lives following difficult early experiences such as abuse and neglect. However organisational and operational challenges can result in many vulnerable young people not receiving the help they need when they need it. Highlights emerging good practice to resolve these issues.

Publication details: London: NSPCC, 2017
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A Rapid Review of Sources of Evidence on the Views, Experiences and Perceptions of Children in Care and Care Leavers.

Authors: National Children’s Bureau (NCB) and Research in Practice
Format: Online report

Summary: Presents findings of a rapid review of evidence looking at the views and experiences of children in care and care leavers in England since April 2015. The review aimed to assess the feasibility of using existing sources for a State of the Nation report in the future. Findings from 306 sources of evidence include: the sector would benefit from opportunities to access guidance and share good practice on systematic ways of seeking, recording and analysing children’s views and experiences. Makes recommendations on approaches for a State of the Nation report that draws on existing sources.

Publication details: London: Children’s Commissioner for England, 2017
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