New crackdown on child groomers comes into force

New offence of sexual communication with a child introduced today (3 April 2017).

Sefton supports Give Up Loving Pop (GULP) health campaign

This month sees the launch of the Sefton GULP Campaign.  Across Sefton, 24.7% of reception age children are overweight or obese, rising to 35.2% at year 6 and 69.7% of adults. And whilst dental health is better than some of our neighbouring local authorities, 22.7% of five year olds still have decay in their milk teeth.

Children and young people are consuming more than three times as much sugar as the maximum recommended daily intake, most of which comes from sugary drinks.  A recent World Cancer Research Fund study found that our young people are drinking three bath tubs of sugary drinks per year!

The recommended daily maximum is no more than five cubes of sugar for 4 to 6 year olds, no more than six cubes for 7 to 10 year olds per day and no more than seven cubes for 11 years and older, including adults.  Now bear in mind that one can of Cola can contain nine cubes alone, this is before we have considered any added sugar contained within food and other drinks.

Sugar is not necessary in the diet and especially when consumed in the form of sugary drinks can cause a whole host of health issues, from tooth decay, to obesity, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Excess sugar intake has also been linked to certain cancers.

An easy way to reduce sugar intake is to cut out or reduce sugary drinks.  And this is why along with Food Active, Sefton Council are running a borough-wide campaign to encourage residents to Give Up Loving Pop (GULP).

The GULP campaign is aimed at young people and families to encourage them to switch from sugary drinks to water or milk.  The Sefton campaign involves working with schools through the delivery of PSHE lessons at both Key Stage 2 and 3, along with school assemblies suitable for all year groups.  Sefton Council and Food Active have teamed up with Everton in the Community to deliver theory and physical activity sessions to year 5 and 6 students across schools in the borough.  Using community coaches to deliver health messages, such as GULP, has been shown to be effective in changing behaviour.

During April we will be challenging students, teachers and parents to give up sugary drinks. Residents can sign up the challenge via a website and will receive encouraging emails, there will be a prize draw for those who let us know whether they were successful or not.

Sefton schools will also be challenged to enter an inter-school competition.  Primary schools classes will be asked to design and deliver an assembly to the rest of the school to encourage reduced consumption in sugary drinks, whilst secondary schools will be asked to design a campaign based on soft drinks industry tactics. With just one entry per school, the students must choose which entry to take forward.  A panel will judge the entries with a prize-giving ceremony at the start of June.

Sefton residents to write a new chapter by fostering children this Spring

Sefton Council’s Fostering and Adoption Service is asking local residents to think of fostering this spring and make a huge difference to local children.

Using the campaign strapline ‘Make their next chapter a happy one’ the local authority has launched a new fostering recruitment website to make the enquiry process easier and to tackle myths about fostering that can discourage potential foster carers.

In Sefton there are approximately 400 children who are looked after, with a broad mix of carers providing them with loving, stable family lives, but there is still a need for more carers from a wide range of backgrounds to join the service.

Recruiting new foster carers will mean that the local authority can better support hard to place children, such as older children, teenagers and sibling groups.

Cllr John Joseph Kelly, Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Safeguarding, said: “I want anyone who thinks that they cannot foster children to think again and make an enquiry that will profoundly change both their life and that of local children for the better.

“People often think that they will not be approved if they apply to become foster carers. It does not matter if you are married, single, LGBT, straight, older or rent your home, what does matter is that you have room in your home and the time, compassion and energy to dedicate to children who need those qualities more than most.

“Please don’t hesitate to come forward.”

Maria Spatuzzi, Team Manager at Sefton’s Fostering Service, said: “Our team here at Sefton has a saying along the lines that no-one goes it alone when fostering with us. We help you every step of the way, from your first enquiry through to approving you as a foster carer and beyond.

“You will receive round the clock support from a dedicated social worker, excellent training and a competitive financial package. As a local authority fostering agency, we are the best equipped to make sure that once approved, you will not have to wait for placements and build your career as a foster carer.

“Whether you’ve only just begun thinking of fostering or have considered it for many years, our friendly experts will be happy to talk to you and answer any burning questions you have.”

If you would like to make an enquiry or simply find out more about fostering in Sefton, visit the Sefton Fostering Service website www.seftonfostering.co.uk

You can also contact the service on 0800 923 2777 or by email: Fostering.Adoption@sefton.gov.uk

Sexual Health Training Survey 2017

Sefton Sexual Health Service would like to hear your views to help shape their plans to put on free workforce sessions.

You can CLICK HERE to take the survey

Sefton Sexual Health Service is commissioned by Sefton Council to deliver a combined clinical service alongside sexual health promotion. The service is expected to provided targeted work and support for young people and other members of the community who are known to be more vulnerable to poor sexual health. Part of this support is building capacity within the teams of professionals who support these groups.

This questionnaire is a scoping activity to help understand how that training should look so that a workforce development programme that is tailor-made specifically to Sefton.

The questions ask a little about your organisation and role in supporting young people. It then goes to ask questions about the types of training that would be useful and whether accreditation is something which is valued.

Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Working Group established

A Working Group looking into Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in Sefton has been set up.

Sefton Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Children’s Services and Safeguarding) have established the group and are keen to speak with parents or guardians who are or who have accessed the service.

Councillors on the committee and members of Healthwatch will form part of the working group.

There are various ways in which parents or guardians can share their views and experiences and we will try our very best to accommodate you:-

  • As part of a group with parents and guardians; or
  • Individually; or
  • By way of a written submission.

All information will be anonymised.

Anyone interested in sharing their views and experiences of the service are invited to contact Ruth Harrison, Senior Democratic Services Officer, by either telephone or e-mail: 0151 934 2042 or ruth.harrison@sefton.gov.uk

Has your 2, 3 or 4 year old had their flu vaccination?

Parents in Sefton are being urged to get their children vaccinated against flu.

All healthy children aged 2, 3 and 4 are eligible to have free flu vaccinations as part of the Stay Well This Winter campaign.

Pippa Rose, a practice nurse lead for NHS South Sefton clinical commissioning group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “Flu can be far more dangerous than parents realise and of course, when they get it, they tend to spread it around the whole family. Every year, thousands of children get sick and it is not uncommon for them to be admitted to hospital.

“Children with flu are “super spreaders” of the virus, however, children can have a simple nasal spray vaccine that protects them and stops them spreading the flu virus. For children aged 2, 3 and 4 year old, the nasal spray is given at your GP practice. For children aged 5, 6 and 7 years old, they are offered the nasal spray at their school.

“We’re now seeing an increase in flu across the North West and we urge parents to get the free vaccination if they haven’t already done so. It’s not too late.

“Ask your GP about the free flu vaccine for your 2, 3 or 4 year old.”

Flu can be horrible for little children; they have the same symptoms as adults – including fever, chills, aching muscles, headache, stuffy nose, dry cough and sore throat. Some children develop a very high fever or complications of flu, such as bronchitis or pneumonia and may need hospital treatment.

Reducing transmission by children can potentially help cut the number of GP appointments and unplanned admissions for children and adults, reducing winter pressures on the NHS. The programme will be extended gradually to older age groups in primary school in future years.

For more information on the flu vaccine for children please visit: www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/pages/child-flu-vaccine.aspx
And for a full list of who is eligible for a flu vaccine please visit: www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vaccinations/Pages/who-should-have-flu-vaccine.aspx

Talent Match – A local project supporting young people look for long term employment

Are you aged 15-29 years old looking for work?

Have you been unemployed or out of education for 12 months?

Do you feel your ideal job is out of reach?

If yes, then Talent Match can support you!

A Big Lottery funded project designed to provide support to young people looking for long term employment.

Part funded by The European Social Fund and Youth Employment Initiative offering support to 15-17 year olds and 25-29 year olds.

The Talent Match has a team of mentors throughout Merseyside who will work closely with you, providing intensive support to gain sustainable employment.

The Sefton Intensive Mentors are: Lynne Evans, Marie Hall, Clare McGrory and Megan Gamble. We offer various types of support and opportunities including:

  • Therapeutic support (counselling/anger management etc)
  • Substance misuse support
  • Housing issues
  • Confidence and motivation
  • Employability skills CV’s, Interview prep, Application, UJM support
  • Work and volunteering placements
  • Travel funding
  • CSCS card and Health and Safety Test
  • Apprenticeship support
  • Business start-up support
  • Post-employment support
  • Access to Breaking down barriers funding

Click here to download a referral form

 

For any enquiries please contact  talent.match@mya.org.uk or 0151 702 0700 .

EIF’s Evidence Seminar Series (November – February)

Building on the huge success of the national launch of ‘Foundations for Life’, EIF’s important review of early years parent child interventions, we are delighted to announce a regional series of free half day Evidence Seminars to reach out to a wider audience of leaders, commissioners and others.

The goal of the evidence seminars is to engage early years stakeholders across education, health and social care with the latest evidence and support them to use this for local service redesign and commissioning.

Funded by Public Health England, each evidence seminar will hear from the review authors, and explore the implications for practice.  The programme of evidence seminars is as follows:

London

Coin Street conference centre

Wednesday 16th November 2016

09:00 – 13:00

Book your place here

View webpage

Leeds

Royal Armouries Museum

Wednesday 30th November 2016

09:00 – 13:00

Book your place here

View webpage

Bristol

Armada House Conference and Events

Thursday 8th December 2016

09:00 – 13:00

Book your place here

View webpage

Manchester

Friends Meeting House Manchester

Wednesday 18th January 2017

09:00 – 13:00

Book your place here

View webpage

London

Coin Street conference centre

Wednesday 8th February 2017

09:00 – 13:00

Book your place here

View webpage

 

Demand for places will be high so book your place as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

 

For all enquiries please email info@eif.org.uk. Follow us on twitter here to keep updated with EIF’s work.

University of Cumbria and Brathay Trust’s Child, Young People, Family & Community Annual Events (2016-17)

The Child, young person, family and community practice development group,founded by the University of Cumbria and Brathay Trust, are hosting a range of educational and informative events between October 2016 and throughout 2017.

Please click here to download full details

Work with children, young people, families and communities is as important as ever. Yet resources seem to be stretched tighter than ever, and the range of issues people face ever more complex. With restricted time and resources it can be easy for sectors to work in silos as there is limited time to conduct core business, let alone work with others.

The child, young person, family and community practice development group is an open and inclusive group who strive to achieve the opposite. By working together we believe that we can achieve more than we can alone. By bringing together young people, students, practitioners, leaders and managers, commissioners, academics and researchers, we can develop and exchange knowledge that will enhance what we all do.

BBC issues warning today – Button batteries pose ‘deadly’ risk to toddlers

Today the BBC issues a stark warning about the dangers of button batteries, with coverage on BBC Breakfast, the BBC website and the 6 O’Clock News.

What’s the problem?

If a button battery, particularly a lithium coin battery, gets stuck in a child’s throat or gullet, the battery’s energy makes the body create caustic soda (the chemical used to unblock drains).

This can burn a hole through the throat and lead to serious internal bleeding and death.

Lithium coin batteries are the most dangerous as the higher voltage means more energy is released, creating more caustic soda. The reaction can happen in as little as two hours.

Button batteries are found in many products that can appeal to young children, including remote controls, nightlights and novelty cards.

How you can help

Please help the CAPT get the word out as widely as possible.

VCF Direct – Help us keep your details up-to-date!

Here at Sefton CVS we have developed an online directory of Voluntary, Community & Faith (VCF) sector services provided for Sefton residents. It includes the details of over 3,500 services delivered by more than 1,000 organisations in the voluntary, community and faith sector. These range from small lunch clubs / self-help groups / sports and hobby clubs / etc… to large commissioned providers of services (eg: Healthy Living Centres / CAB / Parenting 2000 / etc)… and literally everything in between!

Although we do make changes when we are made aware of them, because of the scale of the directory we do have to rely on organisations to keep their own records up to date and relevant. This is where you come in!

You can access VCF Direct in a number of ways:

  • Type vcfdirect.org.uk in your internet search bar.
  • Go to Google and search for VCF Direct. It will appear at the top of the list.
  • Click on the link on the Sefton CVS website.

On the homepage, add the name of one of your services or a keyword associated with your service. You should be able to find your service on the list of search results. You will need to log in to make changes. Please contact us if you have forgotten your login details or if you need a new login.

We are very happy to help you amend your organisation’s records – over the phone or, if you have lots of records, face to face (at CVS or your place). Please get in touch with Helen Hagan via 0151 920 0726 ext 241 or vcfdirect@seftoncvs.org.uk.

Early Intervention Foundation’s Evidence Seminar Series (November to February)

Building on the huge success of the national launch of ‘Foundations for Life’, EIF’s important review of early years parent child interventions, we are delighted to announce a regional series of free half day Evidence Seminars to reach out to a wider audience of leaders, commissioners and others.

The goal of the evidence seminars is to engage early years stakeholders across education, health and social care with the latest evidence and support them to use this for local service redesign and commissioning.

Funded by Public Health England, each evidence seminar will hear from the review authors, and explore the implications for practice.  The programme of evidence seminars is as follows:

London

Coin Street conference centre

Wednesday 16th November 2016

09:00 – 13:00

Book your place here

View webpage

Leeds

Royal Armouries Museum

Wednesday 30th November 2016

09:00 – 13:00

Book your place here

View webpage

Bristol

Armada House Conference and Events

Thursday 8th December 2016

09:00 – 13:00

Book your place here

View webpage

Manchester

Friends Meeting House Manchester

Wednesday 18th January 2017

09:00 – 13:00

Book your place here

View webpage

London

Coin Street conference centre

Wednesday 8th February 2017

09:00 – 13:00

Book your place here

View webpage

Demand for places will be high so book your place as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

For all enquiries please email info@eif.org.uk. Follow on twitter here to keep updated with EIF’s work.

 

Working Futures Programme for people age 16-29 in Liverpool

Tomorrow’s People is a national employment charity that works with those facing the greatest barriers to employment and helps them to get and keep a job. The charity has helped over 475,000 people on their journey into work since it was founded in 1984.

The Working Futures programme lasts 10 weeks with minimum 12 hours attendance over 2 days weekly. This will include in work placements or training .Participants will be provided with a paid for weekly bus pass and their benefits will be unaffected by attending this 10 week programme.

Support is aimed at people looking to develop their confidence and employability skills. Participants will be given support in choosing their job goals and setting out an immediate action plan. They will also benefit from work experience and CV development.

The Sefton programme will commence from Wednesday 5th October through to Friday, 9th December 2016, from 2nd Floor training room in 3tc House, 16 Crosby Road North, Waterloo L22 0NY (from where we will also deliver future 2017 courses commencing 17th July & 4th December).

Click here for referral form.

Bulger charity team to conquer Kili climb in memory of James

A TRUSTEE of the James Bulger charity has taken fundraising into his own hands by pledging to climb the world’s highest freestanding mountain.

Anthony O’Brien, along with friend Jamie Campbell, will attempt to scale Mount Kilimanjaro, which is 5,895 metres above sea level.

The challenge is in aid of the James Bulger Memorial Trust, which was set up in memory of the murdered Bootle toddler following his death in 1993.

The aim is to raise £3,000 and the pair are well on their way having already generated more than £1,200 already.

Anthony said: “In September Jamie and I will be attempting to summit the world’s highest freestanding mountain. We will be off the ‘beaten track’ and on the uncrowded route to the peak, walking for up to 14 hours a day for eight days.

“We will be raising money and awareness for the James Bulger Charity. James Bulger will never be forgotten. He was a fun-loving, innocent little boy whose life was so cruelly taken away from him.

“To this day James’ mother Denise Fergus continues to receive messages of sympathy and support from people all over the world.

“The aims and objectives of the James Bulger Memorial Trust are to benefit and support young people who are disadvantaged by reason of having become the victims of crime, hatred or bullying. To reward those who are judged to have shown exemplary conduct, making a positive contribution to the welfare of others, or society in general.

“As a trustee for the charity, I cannot think of anything more fitting or deserving of my donations.”

A spokesperson for the James Bulger Memorial Trust said: “Anthony will be raising money and awareness for the James Bulger Charity to enable us to send disadvantaged children and families on the holiday that they deserve.”

If you would like to donate, visit the website https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Anthony-OBrien4

Sefton Council Launch Disabled Children’s Database

Sefton Council has launched the Disabled Children’s Database to help parents of children with special educational needs and/or disabilities access support and advice from across the borough.

The Sefton Disabled Children’s Database, supported by the Aiming High Team, will host information on a range of organisations that can provide services, help and advice to support parent and child, including respite, short breaks, health, education, childcare, training, travel and more.

Parents who are registered with the database will also receive a copy of the highlyinformative Aiming High for Disabled Children newsletter 3 times per year.

The database is voluntary and completely secure.

For more information, visit the Disabled Children’s Database page.

Sefton Sexual Health Service teenager campaign hits 50,000 milestone!

More than 50,000 condoms have been distributed to Sefton teenagers as part of a campaign to encourage safer sex.

Sefton Sexual Health Service has been running a condom distribution scheme for young people aged between 13 and 19 since 2008.

Known as the “C-Card” scheme, it has seen more than 50,000 condoms given out.

To mark National Condom Week, which starts on Valentine’s Day, Sefton Sexual Health Service is out and about during February speaking to young people.

The team will visit sixth forms and further education colleges to promote sexual health. Special promotional condoms will be distributed from jars during this time.

Ann Morris, C-Card coordinator, said: “The C-Card scheme has been a big success and we are delighted to have provided advice to many thousands of young people over the last eight years. To mark National Condom Week, we will be out and about throughout February distributing condoms.”

National Condom Week educates young adults about serious risks involved with unprotected sex. This includes the risk of catching and spreading sexually transmitted infections as well as preventing unwanted pregnancies.

Sefton Sexual Health Services provides advice on all contraceptive methods, sexually transmitted infection testing and treatments including HIV, free condoms and pregnancy tests. It has a new website here: www.seftonsexualhealth.co.uk

Information on where to register for Sefton C-Card can be found at the website or on the Sefton C-Card Facebook page.

Did you know …?

  • Condoms date back to Roman times when animal bladders were used
  • The first rubber condoms was introduced in 1855
  • Japan accounts for more than a quarter of all condom sales
  • Condoms are still your only protection from someone else’s sexually transmitted infection (other than not having sex)