National Youth Agency (NYA) Advice & Guidance – Managing youth sector activities and spaces during COVID-19

The National Youth Agency (NYA) as the Professional Statutory and Regulatory Body for youth work in England has, in consultation with Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive, developed youth sector specific advice and guidance. The guidance will support local providers, leaders, volunteers and young people to remain safe when engaging in youth sector activities. It is intended to guide the youth sector in opening up services for young people at the right pace and time.

This guidance must be used in conjunction with the readiness framework and your existing safeguarding policies and procedures. It is complementary to government guidance on social distancing, travel and other measures which must be adhered to.

Everyone should read the guidance document below and follow the recommended actions and requirements. This guidance is intended for use in England. (Version 2)

** Despite the recent change to social gathering restrictions (9th September 2020), we can confirm that as an essential service, youth sector activity can continue unchanged where COVID secure to NYA guidance standards **

Additional tools and resources to support this guidance can be found here

National associations for specific types of organisations (uniformed, etc.) and activities may have additional advice and guidance to safeguard young people and in related areas of sports, culture and the arts, which are included in or make use of facilities for youth activities.The NYA is grateful to members of a ministerial task-force who supported the development of this guidance and approved of its release. NYA is grateful to members of a ministerial task-force who supported the development of this advice and guidance. Our thanks to:

  • Minister for Civil Society
  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (Youth and Loneliness Team)
  • Department for Education
  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • Girl Guides
  • Local Government Association
  • Onside
  • Princes Trust
  • Regional Youth Work Unit’s Network
  • Scouts
  • UK Youth
  • Unison
  • Unite the Union
  • Youth United Foundation members

If you have any feedback for us, please email guidance@nya.org.uk

Please read our legal statement on the above guidance

Executive Director of Children’s Social Care and Education pays tribute to children’s workforce as Sefton returns to school

Families are getting ready as schools open their doors to all pupils in Sefton from Tuesday 2nd September.

In the following video, Vicky Buchanan urges parents and carers to visit their school’s website to find the arrangements put in place for pupils returning during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Vicky also took time to thank all of the children’s workforce in Sefton, including teachers, early help workers, social workers and the many volunteers who generously give their time.

Sefton residents reassured that breastfeeding support is available (World Breastfeeding Week 1-7th August)

This World Breastfeeding Week (1-7 August), health organisations in Sefton are reassuring new parents that there is still infant feeding support available during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Breastfeeding is scientifically proven to have several benefits to both mother and baby. Studies show that breastfeeding can:

  • help babies fight infections and illnesses
  • help strengthen the bond between mother and baby
  • lower the risk of diabetes, osteoporosis, and breast cancer
  • burn up to 300 calories a day.

More than 81% of women in the UK start breastfeeding, and 17% of babies are still exclusively breastfed at 3 months.

Sefton Gets First COVID-19 Local Testing Sites

The first ever dedicated walk-through Covid-19 testing sites in Cheshire and Merseyside are to be deployed in Sefton.

The semi-permanent sites, known as Local Testing Sites (LTS), are being created in both Bootle and Southport, with the first of these set to go live this Friday 31st July in Bootle.

LTS are designed to supplement existing testing routes such as Regional and Mobile Testing Units.

They are the first to offer bespoke walk-through appointments; to improve access for the whole community, especially those who do not have access to a car or should not be using public transport because they have symptoms.

Unlike Mobile Testing Units, which are often deployed for around four days, the LTS will be open for several months to ensure that accessible testing is continually available to people within their communities.

Each LTS will have between four and eight testing bays which can each test up to three people an hour.

The sites are being set-up at Bootle Town Hall and Southport Town Hall , and users will be asked to self-swab when attending. The LTS will operate by appointment only which can be booked at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.

Please note:

  • Book via nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.
  • Sites are wheelchair accessible
  • They are self-test sites
  • All people attending must wear a face-mask, except children under the age of 3 years
  • Must arrive on foot/cycle/motorbike
  • Need booking confirmation or QR code and/or valid form of ID
  • Attendees need to keep to a 2m social distance rule
  • There can be segregation for religious/cultural reasons.

Information about access to food during the summer holidays (Summer 2020)

As with previous years, Sefton CVS are working in partnership with Sefton Council to coordinate 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.

The Access To Food initiative is available to all regardless of income throughout the school holidays, and we hope this offer will complement the service being provided by Sefton Council’s Family Wellbeing Centres in the South, Central and North localities.

All voluntary sector locations will be offering packed lunches to children and young people during the times provided and social distancing measures must be maintained at all times.

Please click here to download the information leaflet (PDF format). Alternatively, please see below for the image of the information flyer

Sefton Sexual Health – Scoping Exercise for VCF sector organisations (deadline Mon 3rd August)

Sefton Sexual Health is open and is still operating and continuing to offer an appointment only service.

The service will continue using the telephone triage system in order to book appointments, which are currently being offered in our Southport and Bootle clinics only. This number is 01695 656550. Please call this number for all sexual health enquiries. In addition, there is useful Self-Help information on our website www.seftonsexualhealth.co.uk

Young people in Sefton tell decision makers about their lives during COVID-19

Young people from Sefton came together with key decision makers in the first ever virtual SYMBOL meeting which involved 50 participants.

Being a member of SYMBOL (Sefton Youth Making Better Opportunities with Leaders) means a young person plays an active role in their community, with a direct line of communication with leaders such as councillors and senior managers at Sefton Council, and also with partners including representatives from Public Health.

Sefton Local Safeguarding Children Board Newsletter (July 2020)

The latest newsletter from Sefton LSCB is now available at the link below. This month’s issue of the newsletter includes:

  • Introduction from Paula St Aubyn, Sefton LSCB Independent Chair
  • The Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel (CSPRP)
  • Information for educational settings
  • Keeping Children Safe in Education (DfE) Guidance
  • Children in Need and Children in Care: Educational Attainment and Progress
  • Guidance from the UK Safer Internet Centre
  • & more information and resources.

The newsletter also includes details of the latest training opportunities from Sefton LSCB

Click here to download the Sefton LSCB July Newsletter 

VS6’s Children and Young People VCFSE Sector Assembly – Build Back Better: Recommendations for a Six Point C&YP Recovery Plan

The VS6 Children and Young People’s VCFSE Assembly was held via Zoom on 27th May 2020, and the key findings and recommendations have now been published into a report (download here). Gill  Bainbridge, MYA, chaired the event and 44 participants from 39 organisations attended.

Young people of the Liverpool City Region and the Metro Mayor – A conversation on COVID-19 #LCRListens (Wed 3rd June, 3.30pm)

The Coronavirus pandemic has completely transformed life as we knew it and has had a major impact on every citizen of our area. One of the groups most impacted by the effects of the virus is young people. Steve Rotheram invites the young people of the Liverpool City Region to take part in a live conversation about the impact of COVID-19 on your lives.

Sefton LSCB: Guidance for joint targeted area inspections on the theme of child exploitation

Sefton LSCB have advised that Ofsted have recently published the new guidance for Joint Targeted Area Inspections (JTAI) Child Exploitation, focusing on CSE, CCE and County lines.

There has been a very important (and surprising) change in the published guidance; Annex A Lists 6 (CIN), 7 (CPP), and 8 (CLA) with CCE/CSE information will now be required by 5pm on the Monday, i.e. on the same day as notification. All other deadlines are therefore a day earlier. Attached is the full guidance, and the link is below.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/joint-inspections-of-child-sexual-exploitation-and-missing-children

To download the guidance, please click here

Sefton Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) Upcoming Training Opportunities (March-June 2020)

Please see below for training and development opportunities from Sefton Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB). To book a place on Sefton LSCB Training Courses visit our website. www.seftonlscb.org.uk 

Get fit in February with fantastic BeActive Half Term fun!

oung sports fans will be delighted to hear that Active Sefton’s bumper BeActive programme is returning for the February half term.

Featuring a host of thrilling fun days, sports and splash sessions, schoolchildren across Sefton will be able to experience a week of none stop sporting entertainment between Monday February 17 and Friday February 21.

Help support Sefton’s Foodbanks this Christmas

Local people in Sefton are encouraged to support Sefton’s Food banks this festive period and help to back the final theme for the Year of Friendship, ‘Giving’.

This year, Sefton Food banks have launched a Reverse Advent Calendar which encourages more people to give, rather than receive, this Christmas. The calendar gives a suggested donation for each day of the Advent and includes essential items like tinned tomatoes, tinned potatoes, instant mash and tinned fruit as well as toiletries and Christmas items like chocolate, nuts, stuffing and gravy.

Sefton switches on to a very merry Christmas 2019 (22nd – 30th November)

Festive fun is just around the corner as town and village centres across Sefton get ready to switch on their 2019 Christmas lights.

Following the incredibly popular Constellations event in Crosby last week, Sefton will shine yet again with Christmas themed events taking place in numerous locations throughout the borough, with a range of festive fun for all the family.

The events, starting with the Southport BID Christmas Lights Switch On on November 17,  are delivered through a number of different ways including partnership between business communities, local residents, voluntary and charity organisations, and Sefton Council.

Funding is secured through the private, voluntary and public sector to encourage people to shop local in the run up to Christmas.

A spokesman for Sefton Council said: “Christmas lights switch-ons always prove to be popular events and are a great opportunity for local people and families to get into the festive spirit.

“We hope plenty of people will come out and support their local traders in the run up to Christmas and shop local, and we are very grateful for the hard work and community spirit which goes into these important events.”

Southport BID Christmas Lights Switch On takes place on Sunday November 17 from 1pm, with Lord Street boulevard and the Atkinson being lit up in a festive glow from 5.30pm.

Other locations include:

Crosby Village – November 22 (6pm)
Thornton – November 22 (6:45pm)
Bootle – November 23 (5pm)
Melling – November 25 (6:45pm)
Kirkstone Park – November 27 (5pm)
Marian Square – November 27 (6pm)
Hightown Village – November 27 (6.30pm)
South Park – November 29 (5pm)
Bowersdale Park – November 30 (5pm)

For more information about festive events and displays throughout the Christmas period, visit http://www.mysefton.co.uk.

Sefton Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) host powerful “Voice of the Child” event to learn from case reviews

Hundreds attended Sefton Local Safeguarding Children Board’s (LSCB) latest ‘Voice of the Child’ event at Bootle Cricket Club.

Around 500 people from agencies across Sefton attended three ‘Learning from Serious Case Reviews’ sessions throughout the day.

Drama Training Company AFTA Thought delivered the sessions using actors, powerfully conveying four case reviews by “bringing the voice of the child into the room”.

“Going Forward Without Fear” Sefton LSCB Learning Event – Serious Case Reviews (Tuesday 12th November)

Due to the overwhelming success of the Learning Event (SCRs) held in June, Sefton LSCB will be hosting a further repeat event for the multi-agency workforce. The event is FREE to attend and we have again secured actors from AFTA Thought (Training Consultancy) to deliver the learning from Sefton Serious Case Reviews using the ‘voice of the child’.

All staff/volunteers working with children, young people and their families including: all practitioners, managers and senior leaders connected to the children’s workforce in Sefton.

Click here to download the event information, and to book your place please click here or follow the link in the information poster.

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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.

 

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