Information about Sefton’s Access To Food initiative over the Summer Holidays 2019

This summer, Sefton Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) are coordinating a network of community venues and local organisations to offer children, young people and families access to food during the school holidays—especially those who would normally be in receipt of free school meals during term time.

Click here for details of the VCF sector provision during Summer 2019 (PDF)

This service is open access and is available to all regardless of income throughout the school holidays, and we hope this will compliment the service being provided by Sefton Council from the Family Wellbeing Centres across the borough.

Click here to donate online and support this year’s Access To Food initiative 

Sefton 4 Good are hoping to raise valuable funds to support the access to food initiative, and are appealing to the general public, local businesses and organisations to donate what they can.

All funds raised will go to support local not-for-profit voluntary, community and faith (VCF) sector organisations who are providing this service during the summer holidays.

 

Job Vacancy: Tenancy Sustainment Worker with Sefton Supported Housing Group (closing date: 12noon Monday 8th July)

Sefton Supported Housing Group (SSHG) is seeking applications for Two Tenancy Sustainment Workers to work across a number of temporary accommodation settings in the Sefton area. The posts will be employed by our partner providers, Excel Housing Solutions and Venus Charity.

SSHG is an organisation that promotes a work life balance to ensure staff are productive and remain motivated in their objective. Working 33 hrs per week, you will be required to have a flexible approach to your hours to meet your own personal commitments and the commitments of your clients.

Working with clients who are ready for move on to independent accommodation but may be prevented due to lack of opportunity, you will be required to find them suitable accommodation and provide support to clients to set up and manage their property until they are able to manage it independently.

Applicants will have a positive attitude, be confident, assertive, innovate and be able to establish a good rapport with clients and other professionals quickly. You must be able to work alone and be self motivated. Your role will require you to establish positive relationships with Registered Social Landlords, Landlords from the Private Sector, and local lettings agents.

Applicants must have general knowledge of the Property Pool Process and knowledge of the Welfare System (Benefits and Housing Benefit). Knowledge of Mainstay is desirable. A full clean driving licence is preferable.

Please note that two positions are available in two separate organisations.  For further information please go to:

www.excelhousingsolutions.com refer to the jobs section within the website.

For Venus Charity please email: recruitment@venuscharity.org

Job Vacancy: Youth Work Co-ordinator with Parenting 2000 (closing Monday 15th July 2019)

Parenting 2000 is a Sefton based  Charity established in 1993, we deliver  a number of services to improve the lives of  families, children and young people 

We have an vacancy for a youth Co-ordinator to lead our Alchemy Youth Service 

Job Purpose:  To provide, targeted support for Young People at risk to themselves or others. To develop services within the Crosby/Southport Youth Centres and to deploy and manage sessional staff and volunteers, to support the universal services within the area. 

Main Responsibilities: 

  • To take day to day responsibility for ensuring that the Alchemy Youth  service meets the needs of the commissioners, young people and local community
  • Work closely with Children’s Services, Youth Providers and other partner agencies and to attend Youth Providers meetings and other relevant meetings and events.
  • Work proactively with those Young People that are difficult to engage, using a variety of methods, in order to gain their trust and support them to address their issues going the extra mile to achieve this.
  • Create bespoke programmes of activity for vulnerable Young People in partnership with other organisations
  • To develop volunteering programmes that includes opportunities for Young People to develop their leadership skills. 

Minimum Qualifications:  Youth and Community Qualification, Qualified Teacher Status or equivalent – or demonstrable evidence of delivery at an equivalent level. 

Experience & Skills:

  • Experience of working with young people aged 11 – 19 years, including those displaying challenging behaviour.
  • Experience of leading and supervising staff and volunteers in a youth club work setting.
  • Knowledge of effective youth work and experience of working with service users in groups and as individuals

Working Pattern:  25 hours per week. There is an expectancy that workers will be available to work on at least 4 evenings per week as well as occasional weekend work.  The pattern of the remaining hours will be between Monday to Friday as agreed with a flexible approach for which time off in lieu 

Salary£23,900 pro rata,  plus Company Pension
Closing date:  Monday 15th July 2019

Job Description/Person Spec.
Application Form & Guidance Notes
Equal Opportunities Form & Equality and Diversity Statement

Closing date for applications is Monday 15 July 2019

Completed forms must be returned by email or post to: Head Office, Parenting 2000, Crosby Youth & Community Centre, 58 Coronation Road, Crosby, Liverpool, L23 5RQ.
Email: admin@parenting2000.org.uk

Job Vacancy: Community Builder with the L30 Community Centre (closing Monday 22nd July)

The L30 Communtiy Centre are looking for someone who can get alongside the Netherton community whilst it builds.

For the last two years we have been working in Netherton, thanks to funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, on developing asset based community development approaches across the area.  The focus on what’s strong rather than what’s wrong has enabled this community to begin to discover and connect what is already there.  In the last few months, the buds have started to flower and community members have stepped up to take the lead.  They want to see a village where neighbours get together and look out for each other, they want to see local businesses supported and growing; they want a village where children, young people and adults who are on the edge feel a sense of belonging.

They need a special person to support their growing vision.  Someone who can get alongside, steward and serve whilst walking backwards.  They are looking for someone who loves their village as much as they do.  Anyone who applies for the role from the village and meets the requirements will automatically be offered an interview.

We know that this is a long term role.  We know that we only have two years Lottery funding left at the moment.  We have hope and believe that this work will continue (believe not guarantee!).

This is an amazing opportunity to be part of something special in Netherton.  In addition to support from The National Lottery Community Fund the area is also a Big Local area. Local people are keen to create a legacy. Can you help them do it?  Do you want to see if you have the gifts, skills and passion that we are looking for?

For an application pack please contact rene.martin@l30communitycentre.org.uk

For an informal discussion please email angela@ripens.co.uk to arrange.

Closing date for applications: Monday 22nd July 2019. 

Satisfactory Enhanced DBS Disclosure and references are required if successful at interview.

The L30 Community Centre is based on the Sefton Estate in Netherton and sits under the umbrella of Fun4Kidz.

Registered office: L30 Community Centre, Stonyfield, Netherton, L30 0QS. Company Limited by Guarantee: 4201603. Registered Charity: 1091549

Litherland In Bloom Logo Design Competition (closing Friday 31st May 2019)

The Litherland In Bloom group was established in 2018 and are always looking for new members and volunteers to help with our efforts to make Litherland flourish and bloom – but now, Litherland In Bloom need our whole communities help!

We are asking our community to put their creative skills to the test and enter our competition by designing the Litherland In Bloom logo, and this competition is open to the whole community, for individuals of all ages!

Click here to download the information poster

Sefton Sexual Health Service – Consultation for Community Organisations

Sefton Sexual Health Service is considering bringing the age of access for free Emergency Hormonal Contraception in Community Pharmacies down to under 25s only.  In order to make sure there are no adverse consequences for women accessing this service and local participating pharmacies, an equality impact assessment must be carried out.

Please click here to participate in the consultation

Volunteering & Fundraising Toolkit for Schools & Young People NOW AVAILABLE

Volunteer Centre Sefton and Sefton 4 Good have teamed up to produce a brand new Volunteering & Fundraising Toolkit for Schools & Young People – packed with information about local volunteer opportunities and creative ideas for fundraising events and activities!  

Suicide in England and Wales Increasing among Young People

The Guardian reports that figures obtained by the Brent Centre for Young People through a Freedom of Information (FOI) request indicate that overall the number of deaths by suicide among those age 10 to 19 in England and Wales has increased by 24 per cent from 2013/14 to 2015/16. The number of deaths by suicide in the same age category increased by 107 per cent from 2013/14 to 2015/16 in London itself. The Brent Centre calls for more investment in mental health services to better support young people.

Source: Guardian 

Further information: Brent Centre for Young People

Factors Affecting Children’s Mental Health

The Children’s Society and Barnardo’s have published a study that explores how factors at age 10 and 11 can affect children’s mental health at age 14 and 15. Data was analysed from the UK Household Longitudinal Study (UKHLS) and a new longitudinal analysis. Key findings include: children with poor family relationships at age 10 are more likely to have mental health problems like depression and anxiety by age 14. Recommendations include: training for mental health leads in schools to identify and act on problems that can harm children’s mental health; and more advice and services for parents worried about their teen’s mental health.

Source: The Children’s Society 

Further information: Factors affecting children’s mental health over time (PDF)

Child Health Profiles for 2018 Published

Public Health England (PHE) has released the child health profiles for 2018, providing an overview of child health and wellbeing for each local authority in England. The profiles present data on key health indicators, including: childhood obesity; young people and alcohol; and young people’s mental health. PHE has also created an interactive version of the profiles for local authorities and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs).

Source: PHE

Further information: Overview of child health (profiles) Overview of child health (interactive tool)

ADHD Foundation Conference; “ADHD in 2018, Neurodiversity and Mental Health.” – 8th/9th November

“ADHD in 2018, Neurodiversity and Mental Health.”

It is the largest ADHD themed conference in the UK- the focus of the conference on the 8th November is clinical and medical and the 9th November, education.

Bursary places available to all teachers,SENDCOs, School Leaders, doctors and nurses with an interest in ADHD for £120 per person per day.

Book early– sold out by mid- September in both 2016 and 2017.

The programme on the 8th November includes presentations on optimising treatmentfor ADHD,best practice models for nurse led ADHD clinics,the latest research into ADHD and Genetics, Diagnosis and Misdiagnosis in high functioning ADHD, Mental Health and Comorbidity.

Key speakers include:

Professor Anthoni Ramos Quriga, Head of Psychiatry at Vall d’Hebron University Hospital in Barcelona who will be delivering a keynote presentation on his groundbreaking research into the use of both mindfulness and virtual reality as a treatment for ADHD.

Professor Sandra Kooij, Head of the Dutch Expertise Centre for Adult ADHD and the Founder and Chair of the European Network for Adult ADHD, will be leading a session entitled, “ADHD, Sleep amd Mental Health.”

The programme on the 9th November includes presentations on supporting learners with ADHD, ASC , Tourette’s Syndrome and Pathological Demand Avoidance, addressing anxiety, supporting parenting, developing good sleep hygiene for SEND learners,active learning and using assistive technology effectively.

Key speakers include:  

Professor Barry Carpenter OBE.

Honorary Professor at the Universities of Worcester (UK), Limerick (Ireland) , Hamburg (Germany), Flinders, (Australia) and the Director of the Centre for Special Education at Westminster College, Oxford.

Professor Carpenter will be delivering a keynote presentation on “Creating Mental Wealth in children and young people with ADHD.” and a breakout session on his ground breaking work exploring the unique needs of Girls with Autism.

Dr Simon Bignall.

Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Derby, nominated for the Times Higher Education,‘Most Innovative Teacher of the Year’ Award. Research interests include Autism, Asperger’s & ADHD, with a PHD in “ADHD and Children’s Language.”

Dr Bignall will be delivering a key note presentation on supporting learners with the overlapping symptomology of ADHD and ASC.

For booking information, go to www.adhdfoundation.org.uk and click on “Book Now” on the Home page and fill in the booking form.

For more information, contact colin.foley@adhdfoundation.org.uk

Download the 2018 ADHD Conference Programme Here

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Autism Friendly Film Screening at the Plaza Community Cinema – 18th June

The next Autism Friendly Film Screening at the Plaza Cinema will be on Monday 18th June, at 5.30pm. As usual low level lighting in the auditorium will be maintained and screen the film at a reduced volume.

Details below:

The Isle Of Dogs (PG)

1 hour 41 mins.
Animation, adventure, comedy
Frame stop animation
Director: Wes Anderson. Also director of Fantastic Mr. Fox.

STARRING:
Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand and Yoko Ono

STORYLINE:
Set 20 years into the future …. an outbreak of dog flu has spread through the city of Megasaki, Japan, and Mayor Kobayashi has demanded all dogs to be sent to Trash Island. On the island, a young boy named Atari sets out to find his lost dog, Spots, with the help of five other dogs… and many obstacles along the way.

PREVIEW:

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5104604/videoplayer/vi2651502617?ref_=vi_nxt_ap

Children in Need of Help and Protection: Call for Evidence

The Department for Education (DfE) has extended the closing date for the consultation on children in need of help and protection until 01 July 2018. The call for evidence seeks to understand: what makes a difference to the educational outcomes of children in need; how some children in need can achieve better educational outcomes than others.

Source: DfE

Internet Safety Strategy Green paper: Consultation Outcome

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Home Office (HO) have published the government response to the consultation on the Internet safety strategy green paper published in October 2017. A white paper, to be published later in the year, will set out plans for legislation including the social media code of practice and transparency reporting and online advertising as well as considering new policy areas on safety including: age verification; policies aimed at improving children and young people’s mental health; tackling issues related to live-streaming; and further work to define harmful content.

Source: DCMS and HO

Further information: Government response to the internet safety strategy green paper (PDF)

Consultation outcome: internet safety strategy green paper

NSPCC #WildWestWeb campaign

Parental Alcohol and Drug use: Toolkit for Local Authorities

Public Health England (PHE) has published a toolkit for local authorities to help identify problematic parental drug and alcohol use in their area, and to understand the impact this can have on children and young people living in the same household. The toolkit includes data on local prevalence and unmet need amongst adults who live with one or more child and misuse substances. It aims to: help local authorities commission services to reduce and prevent harm to children and families; and address the effects of adverse childhood experiences and to safeguard children.

Source: PHE 

Further information: Children & Young People Now

Support for 16 and 17 Year Olds

The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) and The Children’s Society have launched a survey on support for 16 and 17 year old children in need and young people’s transitions to adulthood. The survey asks questions about: the support available for 16 and 17 year olds who are subject to a child in need plan or a child protection plan, or receive early help; how the support helps prepare them for adulthood; and changes needed to improve support for vulnerable 16 and 17 year olds during transition and into young adulthood.

Source: BASW 

Further information: Survey monkey (link to take the survey)

Data Protection Act 2018

The Data Protection Act 2018 received Royal Assent on 23 May 2018. The Act, which replaces the 1998 Act, provides a legal framework for data protection in the UK. It is supplemented by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the legal framework that sets guidelines for the collection and processing of personal information of individuals within the European Union (EU). Schedule 3 Section 15 outlines exemptions from the GDPR relating to health, social work, education and child abuse. When the UK leaves the EU, the GDPR will be incorporated into the UK’s domestic law under the powers in the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, currently before Parliament.

Source: UK Parliament 

Further information: Data Protection Act 2018 (PDF)

Exam Stress

The NSPCC has released figures which show that Childline delivered 3,135 counselling sessions relating to exam stress in 2017/18, with 683 of these (22%) taking place in May 2017. Young people’s concerns included: an overwhelming workload; pressure from their parents; and worries about whether they would get the grades they want. Some young people contacting Childline also said the prospect of taking exams was having an adverse effect on their mental health.

Source: NSPCC Date: 25 May 2018

Further information: Childline

NSPCC Conference: How Safe are Our Children? Growing Up Online

The NSPCC’s annual conference takes place on 20-21 June 2018 in London. The conference will feature talks from sector leaders and explore the latest research and insight on keeping children safe in the digital age. Speakers include Digital Secretary Matt Hancock MP, who will deliver the keynote address on day one; clinical psychologist Professor Tanya Byron; and experts from O2, Facebook, Snapchat, the Internet Watch Foundation and CEOP. The conference will also see the launch of the NSPCC’s How safe are our children? 2018 report, a comprehensive overview of the latest child protection data from the UK.

Source: NSPCC conference: How safe are our children? Growing up online

Further information: Conference schedule (PDF)

NSPCC #WildWestWeb campaign

Relationships and Sex Education

The NSPCC and the PHSE Association have published lesson plans and guidance to help schools teach relationships and sex education (RSE). The resource includes lesson plans for teachers spanning Key Stages 2, 3 and 4 (age 10-16) covering subjects including: transition to secondary school; online safety and online friendships; consent; sexualised behaviour; unhealthy relationships; and sharing sexual images. A guide for teachers to support the delivery of the Making sense of relationships lesson plans has also been published.

Source: NSPCC: Making sense of relationships: PSHE lesson plans for key stages 2-4 on personal safety and healthy relationships

Youth Sector Evidence Roundtables Scoping Aspirations for an Evidence Base

In June 2018 the Centre for Youth Impact and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) are hosting a series of roundtables that will explore the role of and potential for an evidence base for informal and non-formal youth provision. The overarching goals of these roundtables are to understand: what difference would an evidence base make? What is currently holding us back from establishing or growing a shared evidence base? And what role should the government and other stakeholders play in order to support the creation of such an evidence base?

Hosted by Brathay Trust and Youth Focus North West

Date: 28th June 2018

Location:The Grange Community Resource Centre, Pilgrim Drive, Manchester, M11 3TQ

Time: 12.30pm arrival, with a 1pm start to 4pm

At this event we will discuss:

  1. What are the aspirations for an evidence base for the youth sector? Whose aspirations are they?
  2. What are the most important features of an evidence base (for example, collective ownership) that would enable it to fulfil aspirations?
  3. How would an evidence base inform design, delivery, evaluation and the sustainability of youth provision?
  4. What is the role of stakeholders in advocating for, developing, maintaining and using an evidence base for the youth sector?

The potential role of an evidence base for the youth sector is yet to be defined and we hope that you will be able to join as we as we explore this important topic.

Please RSVP  to jake.leeper@youthimpact.uk

Children England News

Vision for new secure schools
The Ministry of Justice has published its vision for the two new secure schools it announced in December 2016, comprising 70 – 80 places in total. Ultimately anticipated to replace prisons and young offenders institutions for children and young people in the justice system, the new type of institution will offer “bespoke provision for individual children that has education, healthcare and physical activity at its heart – a therapeutic environment in a secure setting.” It’s not yet clear whether these places will replace or create additional capacity in the secure estate.

Social Work England
Colum Conway, currently Chief Executive of Northern Ireland’s social work regulator, has been appointed to become the Chief Executive of the new regulatory body Social Work England. The government has published its response to the consultation on the new body, and summarised the changes it will make as a consequence, including:

  • The investigation, case examination and adjudication roles in the fitness to practise system must be separate
  • Interim orders can now only be made by adjudicators, rather than case examiners
  • Social Work England will not have power to suspend approval of education courses or training as a remedial measure
  • Under default powers, the Secretary of State will have the power to appoint an independent person to take over the regulator’s functions or give effect to a remedial direction

Mental health assessment pilots for children in care
The government has confirmed that, after some delay, the pilots for mental health assessments of children coming into care will start later this year. The areas running pilots, and the organisations contracted to manage and evaluate them, are yet to be announced.

Young women aged 16 – 19 most likely to experience abuse by partner
The latest data from the Office of National Statistics shows that of all the age groups, young women aged 16 – 19 were most likely to have experienced partner abuse in the year ending March 2017 (7.6% compared with 6.2% for women aged 16 – 59). Other groups of women with higher than average rates of abuse from a partner included:

  • Women who had a long-term illness or disability (12.4% compared with 5.1% who did not)
  • Women who identified with Mixed/Multiple ethnicities were more likely to have experienced partner abuse (10.1%) than any other ethnic group

Women living in households with an income of less than £10,000 were more than four times as likely (14.3%) to have experienced partner abuse in the last 12 months than women living in households with an income of £50,000 or more (3.3%)

Have your say on Sefton’s Equalities consultation (closing 29th June)

Residents and visitors still have time to have their say on Sefton’s Council’s updated Equality and Diversity Policy.

The refreshed Equality and Diversity Policy 2016 – 2020 helps set out Sefton’s approach to making sure all staff are equipped with the relevant knowledge and skills to meet the diverse needs of the borough.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “This is a very important policy and we encourage as many people as possible to take part in our consultation.

“The policy sets out our approach to equality and diversity for the next three years and shows how we meet the requirements of the Equality Act 2010.

“In everything we do as a council, we make sure that our services are accessible and that we encourage supportive and cohesive communities.”

Those wishing to have a say on the policy have until June 29 to make their views known.

A draft copy of the refreshed policy is available to view online via http://www.engagespace.co.uk/sefton or by calling 0151 934 3202.

 

 

Leading Sefton health figures say ‘no’ to sugary drinks as part of GULP campaign!

Sefton Council is working with Food Active to promote the new GULP (Give Up Loving Pop) Early Years campaign called ‘Kind to Teeth’.

The campaign aims to improve knowledge and raise awareness of the health risks associated with consumption of sugary drinks in under-fives.

Developed by registered nutritionists, the campaign has been launched as part of National Smile Month and is the UK’s largest and longest running campaign to promote good oral health.

Research shows that by the age of five, nearly a third of children had obvious decay in their milk teeth.  In another study, 12% of three-year-olds were found to have evidence of tooth decay having on average three decayed, missing or filled teeth – and sugary drinks are a major part of the problem.

This is despite the fact that babies are only recommended to consume breast milk (or formula milk if necessary) until six months and then milk and water are the best sources of hydration for babies and young children.

Sugar is not necessary for the diet, especially for children and when consumed in the form of sugary drinks, can cause a whole host of health issues, from tooth decay to obesity and type 2 diabetes. Lots of sugar can often be hiding in many baby juices and other sugary drinks marketed at the early years.

The Kind to Teeth campaign has been developed by registered nutritionists, dental health and early year’s specialists and forms part of the well-known GULP campaign.  It is aimed at parents of children under five years of age, to help promote healthier drinking habits in the early years and will involve a number of electronic resources for local authorities to utilise.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Improving the health of Sefton’s young children is a key priority for us, so I am very pleased that the Kind to Teeth campaign is being promoted in Sefton.

“Nearly a quarter of our 5-year-olds start school with dental decay and a quarter in Reception year are overweight or are an unhealthy weight by the time they start school. Tackling unhealthy drink habits in the early years is a crucial preventative measure to protect our young children against poor dental health and weight gain”

Matthew Ashton, Director of Public Health for Sefton and Knowsley, added: “When children are young, we have a fantastic opportunity to influence healthy food and drink patterns, as habits are often established when children are young.

“This campaign will help to educate parents on the health risks associated with consuming sugary drinks in the early years, and emphasise that water is the best source of hydration for their young one. We hope it will help to influence healthy drinking patterns from the early years and throughout their growth and development into adulthood.”

Green Sefton launches with massive borough-wide cleanup

Come along and meet Sefton Council’s newly formed ‘Green Sefton’ team who will be taking to the borough on June 8 to support World Oceans Day.

Green Sefton brings together Coast & Countryside, Parks & Greenspaces, Flooding & Coastal Erosion, Risk Management and Grounds Maintenance teams all together to ensure a joined up approach to the vital management, development and oversight of Sefton’s beautiful coastline, parks and green spaces for years to come.

Healthwatch Sefton offers Independent Complaints Advocacy Service

Healthwatch Sefton now  offers an Independent Complaints Advocacy Service.

For anyone wanting to make a complaint about the care and/or treatment they have received from the NHS there are two options:

  • We have a pack of self-help materials which provides supportive information including the NHS complaints process and an example framework for a first letter of complaint
  • Or, if people prefer, there is a fully-trained advocate who can support people to make their complaint by providing free, confidential and independent help

More details of this service can be found on our website – https://healthwatchsefton.co.uk/independent-complaints-advocacy-service/

– along with a downloadable referral form and self-help pack.

If you want to discuss this service with the team then please contact Healthwatch Sefton on 0151 920 0726 ext 240.

D.ofE. Expeditions: Volunteering / Casual Work Opportunities

The Youth and Community Partnership (YCP) are currently seeking to recruit volunteers and experienced youth workers / D.ofE. workers to support young people through the EXPEDITION section of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at Silver level.

Having a D1 Driving License and experience of driving a 17-seater minibus would be an advantage. We offer competitive rates of pay for casual, experienced workers and generous expenses for experienced volunteers.

If interested – email ycp@live.co.uk to arrange an informal meeting prior to applying to join our expedition team.

For more information – www.the-ycp.co.uk/