Residents enjoy a ‘Big Chat’ at NHS annual review

Over 40 south Sefton residents turned out for the local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) ‘Annual Review meets Big Chat’ event on Thursday 21 September.

For the third year running, NHS South Sefton CCG combined its annual review meeting with a ‘Big Chat’ style event held at The Park Hotel in Netherton.

Access Sefton

Find your balance with Access Sefton this World Mental Health Day 2017 (October 10).

Held at Hugh Baird College’s L20 Centre, the free event will feature stands from a range of local wellbeing organisations, along with activities and workshops people can get involved with, including crafts, mindfulness, hand and shoulder massage, and more.

Health and wellbeing organisations will be at hand to offer information and advice to anybody who needs it.

There will also be lots of opportunities to win great prizes in a free-to-enter wellbeing treasure hunt, including EFC tickets, signed LFC memorabilia and vouchers for local stores and restaurants.

The event will take place October 10. 10am-3pm.

Access Sefton is supporting the ‘30 Days of Sefton In Mind’ Campaign – to spread the word about local services and activities available to people in Sefton to improve their mental health.

For more information follow @AccessSefton on Twitter.

Sefton Council celebrates ‘Allotment Fortnight’ – Put your mental health in bloom

Get your green fingers at the ready and go outside to do some gardening to mark allotment fortnight and support the 30 days of Sefton in Mind Campaign.

The benefits of gardening are endless, not only does it get you outside and moving but it also helps make your surroundings a lovely place to be in.

Getting involved with community gardening projects like can also help you to connect with others and keep active together.

Feelgood Factory – Bereavement Support

The Feelgood Factory offers group and individual one to one bereavement support. The support is delivered from a suitable venue within Sefton.

Bereavement may be one of the most difficult feelings we ever have to face. For many, cultural changes have resulted in death becoming a ‘taboo’ subject, no longer talked about, so when the inevitable happens we are often not equipped to deal with either our own or other people’s reaction.

May Logan Health Walks

Living Well Sefton is a free service available to people in Sefton.  As one of the main partners – The May Logan Health Walks are a great opportunity to build some social and physical activity into people’s week and ties in with the Public Health England One You campaign, which encourages regular walking.

Active Sefton launches ‘Spooktacular’ half term line-up!

Active Sefton has released its exciting line up of activities taking place over the October half term (October 23-28).

The ‘Spooky Spectacular’ timetable includes lots of fun activities available for 2-16 year olds to keep them entertained during the school break.

Sessions include themed workshops, Everton Soccer School, archery, Born to Move music classes and the ever popular ‘Spooky Spectacular’ days are set to make a grand return.

Share your views on Children’s Centres

Sefton Council is looking at new ways in how people access information, advice, activities and receive support for children and their families.

An 8-week consultation, which launched this week (25 September) looks at merging Children’s Centres and Family Centres across the borough.

One Stop Shop raffle raises funds for Maghull social club

Staff at the One Stop Shop in Tree View Court, Maghull recently organised a raffle and raised valuable funds to support a local monthly club night for adults with learning difficulties.

Maghull Young Adults Social Club (MYASC) received a donation of £329.52 which was raised by customers and staff at the One Stop Shop in August.

Ofsted Questionnaires

Ofsted has issued its annual point-in-time questionnaires requesting views of children and young people, their parents and carers, and staff about the boarding or residential provision of boarding schools, residential special schools, and further education colleges. The deadline for responses is 12 October 2017.

Source: Ofsted Date: 31 August 2017

Youth Custody

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has published a report exploring outcomes for black and other minority ethnic (BAME) 10 to 17 year olds in the youth secure custodial estate in England and Wales. Findings include: 9 in every 10,000 young black people in the general population were in youth custody in 2015/16, the highest proportion of any ethnic group. This compares to 4 in 10,000 mixed ethnic young people; 2 in 10,000 ‘Asian and other’ young people; and 1 in every 10,000 for young people from white ethnic backgrounds. Analysis in this report indicates that the high proportion of young black people in custody is likely to be driven by a number of factors including arrest rates, and custodial sentencing at the magistrates’ court,

Further information: Exploratory analysis of 10-17 year olds in the youth secure estate by black and other minority ethnic groups (PDF)

Source: MoJ

Social Work and Human Rights Law

The Guardian features an article by Helen Wildbore, Senior human rights officer at the British Institute of Human Rights, about a series of pilot schemes which have taken place across England to find out how social workers can use human rights to help deliver compassionate care. Key issues include: the Human Rights Act can be a useful tool to practitioners, helping them make difficult decisions.

Source: Guardian


Treatment of Children and Parents with Disabilities

The United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) has published a report on the UK’s compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Recommendations include: strengthen measures to prevent bullying, hate speech and hate crime against children with disabilities; ensure appropriate support for parents with disabilities to fulfil their role as parents and make sure their disability is not used as a reason to remove their child from the home; establish measures to ensure equal access to justice and to safeguard disabled people from abuse, ill-treatment, sexual violence and/or exploitation.

Further information: CRPD: concluding observations on the initial report of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Source: Children and Young People Now


Assessing Children with Hearing Loss

The National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) provides free specialist advice to social work professionals on the factors they should take into account when carrying out assessments and planning or providing support for children with any level of hearing loss.

Source: NDCS

Serious Case Review

Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Board has published the report of the serious case review (SCR) into the death of a 21 month old toddler (”Polly”) following a fatal heart laceration, and who had suffered other injuries and medical episodes in the months before she died. The toddler’s mother was jailed for life after being convicted of killing her daughter. Key issues identified include: social workers missed the signs of disguised compliance and focused too much on attachment and parenting  while risks to “Polly” increased; and social workers “should have been more inquisitive” about the impact the mother’s new partner and her other relationships on the safety and health of the toddler.

Source: Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Board  Date: 05 September 2017

Further Information:  Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Board: serious case review  ADS14: Polly (PDF)

Age of Criminal Responsibility

Children’s Rights Alliance for England (CRAE) and Just for Kids Law have published a briefing on the minimum age of criminal responsibility explaining why they believe that the current age of criminal responsibility in England and Wales is too low. The briefing is published ahead of the House of Lords debate on a Private Members Bill which aims to raise the age of criminal responsibility in England and Wales to 12 years old – currently it is 10.

Source: CRAE  Date: 06 September 2017

Further information: Age of Criminal Responsibility Bill: House of Lords second reading briefing (PDF)

Briefing on the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill

Children’s charities including the NSPCC have published a joint briefing on the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill calling for parliament to consider the impact of the decision to leave the European Union on the rights, safety and welfare of children and young people. The briefing proposes two amendments for debate in later stages of the Bill including: the protection and promotion of children’s rights; and ensuring that cross-border mechanisms are in place to safeguard children.

Source: Children England  Date: 06 September 2017

Further information: European Union (Withdrawal) Bill Briefing (PDF)

Gender, Emotional Well-being and Mental Health

The National Children’s Bureau (NCB) has published a report looking at young people’s views on gender, emotional well-being and mental health. Findings from a survey of more than 100 young people aged between 12 and 24 include: young people are very aware of expectations on boys and men to be strong and not show emotion; some girls and young women described feeling that, when they try to share difficulties with adults, they are seen as hormonal and over-emotional; transexual young people reported that gender stereotypes affected how they coped with difficulties: specifically, decisions about exercise, diet and relaxation.

Source: NCB  Date: 29 August 2017

Further information: Just getting on: young people’s views on gender, emotional well-being and mental health (PDF)

Food Poverty

Family Fund has published findings from a survey of 110 parents and carers of disabled or seriously ill children in Northern Ireland who had previously received grant support from the charity, which show that: 79% of the parents and carers have struggled to afford healthy food for their disabled or seriously ill children in the last year; 46% reported missing a meal in order to feed their children instead.

Source: Family Fund  Date: 08 September 2017

Further information: Survey on holiday hunger in Northern Ireland (PDF)

Independent Investigation Reports: Rotherham

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council has published findings from six independent investigations commissioned in response to the findings of the Independent inquiry into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham 1997-2013 (Jay Report) and the Report of inspection of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council (Louise Casey Report). One of the reports reviews the 15 case files for children, identified as examples in the Jay report, investigating whether there was evidence that council employees of were guilty of misconduct, professional misconduct or capability issues. The review found pockets of adequate and good practice on the part of individuals, as well as evidence of extremely poor practice. The report recommends that one case relating to Child E, should be passed to the local safeguarding children board to consider if it should be investigated as a serious case.

Source: Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council  Date: 06 September 2017

Further information: Independent investigation review of cases A to O: report (PDF)

Summary report: independent investigations reports (PDF)

Social Media guidance

The Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) has published guidance for social workers and other health and care professions on using social media. Top tips include: think before you post; think about who can see what you share; maintain appropriate professional boundaries; and not posting information which could identify a service user unless you have their permission.

Source: HCPC  Date: 04 September 2017

Further information: Guidance on social media (PDF)

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

NHS Digital has published an experimental statistics report on female genital mutilation (FGM) in England for the period April 2017 to June 2017. Figures show that: there were 2,288 attendances reported at NHS trusts and GP practices where FGM was identified or a procedure for FGM was undertaken; 1,178 women and girls who had their FGM information collected in the Enhanced Dataset for the first time, of whom 19 were under the age of 18.

Source: NHS Digital   Date: 05 September 2017

E-safety for schools

The NSPCC has updated its website to include online safety advice and resources for schools and colleges. The webpage includes: links to resources to teach children and young people the skills to stay safe online; resources and advice to share with parents and carers; and guides and example documents on how to safeguard against and respond to an online safety incident which can be used to develop policies and procedures.

Source: NSPCC  Date: 08 September 2017

Young people’s experiences of social networks

The NSPCC has published the Net Aware Report for 2017, providing a snapshot into young people’s online lives along with reviews of individual sites, apps and games that they use. Findings from a survey of 1,696 11–18 year olds across the UK exploring the opportunities they benefit from alongside the risks they face include: young people are motivated by enjoyment in their exploration of the online space valuing opportunities for fun, communication, self-expression and online autonomy; one in four reviews stated that the platform being reviewed was risky – the primary risks identified were: interaction with strangers; and inappropriate content which was particularly prevalent on sites and aps with live streaming. Recommendations include the setting up of an independent body to ensure social media platforms are transparent and accountable for the safety of children using their services.

SourceNSPCC  Date: 11 September 2017

Further information: Net Aware report 2017: “Freedom to express myself safely”: exploring how young people navigate opportunities and risks in their online lives (PDF)

Using a public health approach to prevent child abuse

The NSPCC’s Impact and evidence series features a blog by Professor Dorothy Scott founding director of the Australian Centre for Child Protection, University of South Australia, discussing how a public health approach can be used to prevent child abuse and neglect from taking place.

Source: NSPCC  Date: 11 September 2017

People in Sefton encouraged to talk about mental health

We’re working with Sefton Adult Mental Health and Wellbeing Consortium (also known as SAMHAWC) to remember those who have lost their lives through suicide.

For every life that is lost through suicide, multiple impacts are felt by family, friends, professionals dealing with the death and the wider community to which the person belonged.

On the 11th September 2017 SAMHAWC partners will be remembering the lives of people lost through suicide. Lights will be placed in the SAMHAWC Partners premises in remembrance.

Last year many of the staff working for SAMHAWC partner organisations received training in suicide awareness. They learned the importance of asking “Are you alright?” a simple question that might save someone’s life. By asking if someone is alright you open possibilities to get help and support with the issues that are making that person feel suicidal.

SAMHAWC partners are not experts on suicide prevention but they do offer a wide range of services to support the mental health and wellbeing of people living in Sefton.

For more information about SAMHAWC partners and the support they can offer get in touch with Sefton CVS.

Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. In England, 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem (such as anxiety and depression) in any given week.

The overall number of people with mental health problems has not changed significantly in recent years, but worries about things like money, jobs and benefits can make it harder for people to cope. In Sefton there many activities and services that happen in the community every week, that you might not even know about, which could improve your mental health and help make life a little easier.

So, from World Suicide Prevention Day (10th September) to World Mental Health Day (10th October) we are going to spread the word about local services and activities available to people in Sefton. Look out for the hashtag #SeftonInMind and join in by telling us about good local services and activities that have helped you.