PCC urges Community Groups to Work Together to Prevent Crime

Organisations which are working to prevent crime and protect communities in Merseyside are being invited to apply for a share of a fund aimed at helping to build stronger, safer communities.

This is the fourth year that Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy has opened the Crime Prevention Fund, which is used to help charities, community groups and social enterprises stop problems before they occur, by reducing the opportunities for crime and by deterring people away from becoming involved in anti-social and criminal behaviour.

A total of £135,000 is available from the fund for innovative community safety projects or schemes that will run over the next 12 months. This year the Commissioner is encouraging organisations to work together to submit bids for between £5,000 and £25,000 from the grant and she is specifically inviting applications for projects which focus on tackling serious and organised crime.

Jane said: “Serious and organised crime is, for many people, their greatest concern. It blights our communities, bringing misery and harm and causing decent, ordinary people to live in fear.

“Many organisations and community groups are already working with Merseyside Police and my office in tackling this issue, and I want to encourage and maximise this collaborative approach by encouraging organisations to join forces to bid for funding from the Crime Prevention Fund.

“Local people understand their communities better than anyone and know what will work best to improve their area.  We are fortunate to have a wealth of voluntary and community groups which are working hard to prevent people, especially young people from getting involved in crime. By pooling resources and working even closer together we can all do more to make a difference for communities across Merseyside.

“I’ve met hundreds of people across Merseyside who are really proud and passionate about the places they live in and are committed to keeping them safe and I’m excited to see their proposals for how this funding can be best spent.”

Last year, 13 grassroots organisations were chosen from among more than 70 applications to receive a share of the Fund to help make communities across Merseyside safer. Successful organisations included the Royal Court Trust, which was awarded £25,000 to continue to run the hard-hitting drama Terriers, and the educational charity Ariel Trust who received £15,000 to deliver preventative education to young people on a range of issues, including domestic and homophobic abuse, child sexual exploitation and grooming.

A £10,000 grant was also given to Breckfield and North Everton Neighbourhood Council (BNEC) to help them deliver their Making Waves project which delivers both outreach and centre-based services for young people living in areas of high deprivation to divert them away from crime.

Jane said: “Over the last year, this funding has helped to deliver some really important projects which have made a profound difference in the lives of the people they support. Even a small cash boost can be of huge benefit to many of these grassroots projects and I look forward to seeing what more we can deliver together over the next 12 months.

Any organisation wishing to apply for funding will need to show how their project works to tackle one of the following four priorities set out by the Commissioner; preventing crime and anti-social behaviour; tackling serious and organised crime; supporting victims, protecting vulnerable people and maintaining public safety; or improving road safety.

Applications will also need to show how the initiatives will deter individuals from committing crime, reduce the number of people entering the criminal justice system, or lower reoffending. They will also be assessed to see how well they will protect vulnerable communities.

The fund will be administered by the Community Foundation for Merseyside (CFM), an independent charity which assists grant-making and charitable giving. Local groups who would benefit from the funding can find more details on its website here http://www.cfmerseyside.org.uk//funds/crime-prevention-fund

CFM is also available to help any organisation looking to make a bid.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Monday 11th June 2018.

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/

Gender, Sexuality and Healthy Relationships

The NSPCC’s Impact and evidence insights series features a blog by Emily Robson, Evaluation Officer at the NSPCC, exploring how gender and sexuality affect young people’s thoughts about healthy and unhealthy relationships. A review of the research in this area highlights the importance of providing young people with non-gendered ways to consider their relationships and the need for adults to provide an environment where young people feel safe to discuss gender stereotypes and assumptions and explore how these concepts apply to their own relationships and lives.

Source: NSPCC insights and evidence impact blog  

Net Aware: a New Online Safety Guide for Parents

NSPCC have joined forces with O2 to help parents explore and understand online life as children know it. They have worked with parents, carers and young people to review social networks and apps that children use and have produced a guide for parents.

The guide aims to help parents keep their children safe in today’s digital world. Along with popular social media sites, they have reviewed popular gaming apps such as Fortnite, Minecraft and FIFA Football.

For more information: www.net-aware.org.uk/


Early Identification Key to Sepsis Treatment

Everyone has a role to play in identifying and treating sepsis in its early stages. That is the message from local health commissioners who are backing a campaign to raise awareness of the illness.

Sepsis is a potentially life threatening condition which can lead to multiple organ failure and death if not identified and treated early. It is estimated that around 150,000 people a year in the UK are diagnosed with sepsis which can be treated with antibiotics if identified in its early stages.

NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG are backing a campaign by Health Education England titled ‘Think Sepsis’ which is raising awareness of the illness. Local health commissioners are highlighting a different element of sepsis diagnosis and treatment every month between now and world sepsis day on September 13.

This month, the Sefton CCGs have focussed on medicines management and the role community pharmacists can play in offering support to anyone who may have concerns about the illness.

Speaking about the campaign, Susanne Lynch, head of medicines management at the CCGs, said: “Everyone has a role to play in identifying and treating sepsis, including community pharmacists. Although it would be very rare for someone to present themselves at a chemists with signs of sepsis, we need everyone to be vigilant and ensure they familiarise themselves with the symptoms and are able to respond accordingly.

“Official guidelines state that, within an hour of diagnosis of sepsis, broad-spectrum antibiotics should be administered, so getting people to hospital quickly is of paramount importance.”

People are advised to seek medical advice urgently if you’ve recently had an infection or injury and you have had possible early signs of sepsis. People should be aware of the following symptoms which may indicate a person has sepsis.

In children under five, you should go straight to A&E or call 999 if your child has any of these symptoms:

  • looks mottled, bluish or pale
  • is very lethargic or difficult to wake
  • feels abnormally cold to touch
  • is breathing very fast
  • has a rash that does not fade when you press it
  • has a fit or convulsion

In older children and adults, early symptoms of sepsis may include:

  • a high temperature (fever) or low body temperature
  • chills and shivering
  • a fast heartbeat
  • fast breathing

Anyone who would like to know more about sepsis, including further information on what symptoms to keep an eye out for, can visit the NHS Choices website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/sepsis/treatment/

Aim for greater impact with new adoption support service

Adoption in Merseyside (AiM) recently commissioned After Adoption to deliver adoption support services across the region. 

Recognising the impact adoption has, After Adoption, with over 28 years’ experience of supporting to all parties affected by adoption, will offer a proactive and flexible service.

This will include support for adopted adults seeking to trace their birth families, including search services and counselling, and counselling for adopted adults seeking to access their records post adoption.

It will also provide information, advice and support for birth parents and birth relatives who have had their child adopted – helping them navigate the complexities of the adoption process through a combination of information and advice and face-to-face counselling. This approach aims to help them deal with grief and loss, explore their own life story as part of this, and negotiate and maintain appropriate levels of post adoption contact. For birth parents and relatives who want to reconnect with adopted children who have reached adulthood, there will also be the ability to access search and intermediary services.

Iain Moore, Head of Business Development at After Adoption, commented: “We are passionate about ensuring everyone affected by adoption can access the support they need, so are delighted to have won this contract. We are confident that our expertise in this area will ensure we deliver a high quality service and make a real difference.”

The full list of services to be offered on behalf of the Adoption in Merseyside includes:

  • Support for adopted adults seeking to trace their birth families
  • Information, advice and support for birth parents and birth relatives who have had their children adopted
  • Counselling for those seeking intermediary services
  • Counselling for those seeking to access their records post adoption
  • An intermediary service for birth relatives
  • Access to Letterbox to maintain contact agreements (delivered on behalf of Liverpool by After Adoption and internally for other local authorities).

The service will be available in the geographical area covered by the newly formed Adoption in Merseyside (AiM), a regional adoption agency covering Liverpool, Knowsley, Sefton and Wirral.

Jenny Ness, Head of Service for AiM commented: “We are delighted that AiM will be working in partnership with After Adoption. This is a new contract covering the city region and will ensure adopted adult’s, birth parents and birth relatives will receive the advice and support needed with a prompt and empathic approach.”

To find out more or make a referral, call the After Adoption action line on 0800 056 8578 or email actionline@afteradoption.org.uk

Maghull Town Council Youth Survey (Closing Date: Friday 8th June)

Maghull Town Council are currently conducting a survey to find out what the young people of Maghull are looking for in regards to services and activities.

Maghull Town Council are actively looking to expand what is available within the town and hopefully create new opportunities.

The survey is open to all young people aged 11 to 21 years old. It will take no more than three minutes. Please share your views with us!

Click here to complete the survey


Job Vacancies; Venus are Recruiting for a number of posts – 14th May

Temporary Family Support Worker (maternity cover)
30 hours per week, pro rata (FTE £22,425)

Temporary Family Support Worker (1 year)
30 hours per week, pro rata (FTE £22,425)

Due to the nature of these roles we can only accept female applicants

The closing date is Monday 14th May 2018
Interviews will be held on Wednesday 23rd May 2018

For an application pack email recruitment@venuscharity.org from 30th April 2018.
For more information call Venus on 0151 474 4744

Key Worker
30 hours per week, pro rata (FTE £22,425)

To work alongside women in Sefton whose children have been removed into care. Step Together will support women to address their needs and challenges to hopefully reduce ongoing incidences of repeat proceedings.

Due to the nature of this role we can only accept female applicants

The closing date is Monday 14th May 2018
Interviews will be held on Wednesday 23rd May 2018

For an application pack email recruitment@venuscharity.org from 30th April 2018.
For more information call Venus on 0151 474 4744


Cheshire & Merseyside Women & Children’s Programme Evaluation

Cheshire & Merseyside Women’s and Children’s Services wants to hear your views on the Partnership Vanguard. The Vanguard is a partnership between 27 healthcare providers in the Cheshire and Merseyside area, also known as Improving Me. It aims to improve the experiences and healthcare of women and children in the area. You may know about some of the work of the Vanguard through activities such as Baby Box, Game Changer and Building Bonds.

If you live in the Cheshire and Merseyside area, please complete the short survey (link below) on the work of the Vanguard. All responses are anonymous and individual responses will not be published in our report or shared with any healthcare professionals.

Please click here to complete the survey

National Child and Maternal Health Intelligence Network News – Public Health England

Resources to Support Local Authorities with Commissioning Services for those aged 0-19 years

PHE has published a number of resources to support local authorities with commissioning services for those aged 0-19 years:

  • The Best Start in Life return on investment (ROI) tool is an interactive Excel sheet which pulls together the best economic evidence available on public health interventions aimed at young children (0-5 years), and/or pregnant women. Specifically included interventions look to increase breastfeeding uptake and prevent or treat postnatal depression. The ROI tool is accompanied by a user guide.
  • The commissioning guidance is a refresh of the current guidance that PHE provides (working alongside partners including the Local Government Association) to support local authorities in commissioning the Healthy Child Programme for 0-19 years. This suite of documents replaces the existing document and includes the latest policy and guidance.

Child Health Profiles Updated

PHE has updated the Child Health Profiles interactive tool which present data across 32 key health indicators of child health and wellbeing. The profiles provide an overview of child health and wellbeing for each local authority and CCG in England and are designed to help local organisations understand the health needs of their community and work in partnership to improve health in their local area. Due to delays in receipt of data from third party suppliers, the pdf profile reports for local authorities will receive their annual update at a later date (provisionally in June 2018). We have also published the results of the latest child health profiles user survey.

New Report looks at Creating National Indicators for Child Development Outcomes

PHE has published findings from work looking to create child development outcomes indicators. The report looks at how data health visitors collect from their use of the ASQ-3 as part of the Healthy Child Programme development review might be used to create indicators at a national level as part of the Public Health Outcomes Framework. A blog has been published alongside the report which summarises the opportunities for such indicators to inform the planning of early years services.

National child measurement programme operational guidance (Public Health England)

Guidance for local commissioners, providers and schools on running the national child measurement programme (NCMP).

Local transformation plan toolkit: guidance on how to design and deliver mental health services for children who have been abused (NSPCC)

The toolkit and guidance follows the annual analysis of local transformation plans looking at how the needs of these children and young people are considered in the commissioning of services. The toolkit aims to help commissioners and other stakeholders understand how their plans can better meet the mental health needs of children and young people who have been abused. Key criteria and best practice themes include: recognising that some groups of children are more vulnerable to mental health problems than the wider population, including children who have been abused and children in care; carrying out a needs analysis of vulnerable groups using a range of sources; providing evidence-based services for vulnerable groups.

Safe sleeping – supporting parents. (Public Health England)

Blog report from Wendy Nicholson, Nursing Lead for Children, Young People and Families at Public Health England, about helping parents ensure their baby sleeps well and is safe. PHE have teamed up with Lullaby Trust to develop guidance to help new and expectant parents make safer choices when deciding on sleeping products for their baby. The guidance can be downloaded here https://www.lullabytrust.org.uk/about-us/safer-sleep-week-2018/ . It aims to provide parents with some key pieces of advice when choosing sleeping products.

Alternative provision innovation fund (Department for Education)

Funding to deliver projects to improve outcomes for children in alternative provision. The Alternative Provision Innovation Fund is a £4 million grant funding programme launched to support innovative practices that will deliver better outcomes for children in alternative provision.

Updated screening standards for Down’s, Edwards’ and Patau’s syndromes (Public Health England)

PHE screening blog post which covers recent changes to updated screening standards for the NHS Fetal Anomaly Screening Programme.

Indecent images of children: guidance for young people (Home Office)

This guidance aims to help young people understand the law on making or sharing indecent images of children.
The Home Office have also produced a supporter pack to help educate young men on the law relating to indecent images of children online. To better protect potential victims and reduce demand on the criminal justice system, the campaign aims to prevent offending before it occurs and disrupt the escalation of harmful offending behaviour. The supporter pack includes more information about the campaign and materials you can use such as videos, posters, infographics and social media messages.

Mentally Healthy Schools website available nationwide (Place2Be)

The Mentally Healthy Schools website, a landmark project from Heads Together to help schools better support children’s mental wellbeing, is now available nationwide. Mentally Healthy Schools is a free and easy-to-use website for primary schools, offering teachers, school leaders and school staff across the UK reliable and practical resources to help them support the mental health of their pupils. Created by Heads Together partners Place2Be, the Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families and YoungMinds, the site will provide over 600 free, easy-to-use lesson plans, activities, assemblies and more. More info on the aims of the site from the Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families here.

New booklet empowers young people to understand normal vulva appearance (Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the British Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology)

A new resource aimed at educating young people on normal female anatomy – specifically vulva appearance – has been launched by RCOG/BritSPAG. The resource consists of a booklet titled ‘So what is a vulva anyway?‘ and has been developed in response to an increasing number of girls and women with cosmetic genital concerns requesting surgery despite having normal anatomy.

Healthy child programme 0 to 19: health visitor and school nurse commissioning (Public Health England)

This service specification is for local authorities commissioning health visitors and school nurses, for public health services for children aged 0 to 19. The guidance from PHE has been republished to reflect new evidence and guidance to support local authorities commissioning ‘public health services for children and young people’ and in particular delivering the healthy child programme 0 to 5 and 5 to 19. It focuses on the contribution of health visiting and school nursing services leading and co-ordinating the delivery of public health for children aged 0 to 19. The healthy child programme aims to bring together health, education and other main partners to deliver an effective programme for prevention and support.

Best start in life: cost-effective commissioning (Public Health England)

A tool to help local commissioners provide cost-effective interventions for children aged up to 5 and pregnant women.

Domestic violence and abuse (Home Office)

Find out about domestic violence and abuse, coercive control, disclosure scheme, protection notices, domestic homicide reviews and advisers. This guidance is offered to coincide with the Domestic Abuse Bill consultation which is now open. Details and how to contribute are available on the consultation page.
The Home Office and Ministry of Justice have also made available social media infographics and animations to encourage engagement with the Domestic Abuse Bill consultation and raise awareness of domestic abuse. Graphic 3 concerns children.

Doctors launch ‘game-changing’ new eLearning tool to help identify muscle degenerative disorders (Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health)

The new eLearning resource, launched by RCPCH, aims to equip health professionals with the information to identify conditions such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy and spinal muscular atrophy at the earliest opportunity. This will allow treatment to begin much earlier which will in turn, enhance mobility, prolong life and allow family members to be tested to assess the risk of passing the condition on to future generations. Go to RCPCH Compass Online Learning Tool – learn the signs and help improve the quality of a child’s life today Doctors say this new resource, aimed at health visitors, GPs, nurses and physiotherapists will void the gap of knowledge that currently exists and will finally enable awareness to catch up with the science.


‘Children’s Publications – Source: Children England Bulletin (March 2018)

Children’s wellbeing statistics 2018
The Office for National Statistics has published its latest statistics showing how children aged 10 – 15 feel about a range of areas of their life, including relationships and social media. The main points include:

  • The percentage of children in the UK who reported talking to their father more than once a week about things that matter to them increased significantly between 2009 to 2010 and 2015 to 2016, increasing from 38.0% to 45.2%.
  • Between 2009 to 2010 and 2015 to 2016, the percentage of children aged 10 to 15 years who argued with their mother more than once a week fell significantly, from 30.5% to 25.8%.
  • Between 2015 and 2017, the percentage of children aged 10 to 15 years who reported high or very high happiness with their friends fell significantly, from 85.8% to 80.5%.


Keeping children and young people out of court
The Inspectorates for probation and for constabulary and fire and justice have reviewed the operation of Youth Offending Teams (YOTs) in working with children and young people who have committed low-level offences to keep them out of the criminal justice system. It says: “We found YOTs often doing good and effective work to make it less likely that children would offend again, and to enable them to change their lives for the better. However, with some specifc changes, the work could be better still and more children could beneft, as well as local communities and society as a whole.” The report’s recommendations for YOTs are:

  • Make sure that the requirements of youth conditional cautions are meaningful to children, and describe the desired outcomes and how these will be achieved
  • Make sure that all victims have a fully informed and effective opportunity to have their views heard, and to receive an appropriate restorative intervention
  • Make sure that children understand the implications of receiving an out-of-court disposal before they are asked to accept it


Government responds to Youth Select Committee on Body Image
The government has published its response to the findings of the Youth Select Committee’s inquiry into body image. Whilst it agrees with the sentiment of the Inquiry’s findings and says “The Government will continue to seek opportunities to support civil society to promote and raise awareness of body image issues”, it stops short of committing to any new actions as a result, restricting itself to confirming existing initiatives and ongoing work including:

  • Considering how new PSHE curriculum content and guidance could address body image
  • Involving children and young people in testing the new approaches to mental health support set out in the green paper Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision
  • Suggesting that “if industry-led, voluntary action is unsuccessful in relation to the measures set out in the Internet Safety Strategy, legislation may be necessary” (regarding minimum standards and removal of social media content)

Growing Up North 
The Children’s Commissioner has published her year-long research into the experiences of children growing up in the north of England and the impact of the developments associated with the Northern Powerhouse project. It finds that children love where they live, but are not properly benefitting from investment in the North, which should focus more on children. The findings include:

  • Northern 2 to 3 year olds are more likely than their London counterparts to attend nursery – but are less likely to reach the expected standard of development when starting school
  • More than half of the schools serving the North’s most deprived communities are below a ‘good’ rating. This means children in these communities face the double-disadvantage of being from a poor community and attending a poor school. Schools in these ‘cold spots’ are facing the same problems: weak leadership, poor governance and difficulties recruiting staff
  • Many more children in the North than nationally are starting school with high-levels of development issues, but fewer children are having special educational needs diagnosed before they start school
  • High numbers of children across the North are dropping out of school too early, missing vital parts of their education and undermining their future prospects

More Support needed for Vulnerable 16 & 17 year olds

The Children Society has just published research into the support available for vulnerable 16 and 17 year olds as they move into adulthood, finding that it ‘can disappear overnight’. Whilst local authorities have a duty to help 16 and 17 year olds deemed to be ‘in need’,

  • 46% of 16 and 17 year olds referred to children’s services receive no further action
  • 35% of 16 and 17 year olds who are referred to children’s services have also been referred in the preceding 12 or 24 months
  • 1 in 3 referrals of 16 and 17 year olds to children’s services come from the police
  • Fewer than 3% of closed cases of children in need aged 16–17 get transferred to adult services

Autism Friendly Screening at the Plaza Cinema – Monday 16th April

The Plaza Cinema will be holding a autism friendly screening on Monday 16th April, showing ‘Duck, Duck Goose’ at 5.30pm. Low level lighting will be maintained throughout the auditorium, and the film will be played at a reduced volume.

Monday 16th April, 5:30pm
Title: Duck, Duck Goose (PG)
Length: 1 hours 31 minutes
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Adults: £4.90
Children: £3.90

Duck Duck Goose April 18 - Plaza Cinema

Step Together at Venus

Step Together offers support to mums who have children who are not in their care. This can be a really difficult time for mums. You may feel alone, or not know where to turn. In this situation Step Together can support you in looking to the future and reaching for your goals. We can provide information, advice and support with a range of issues including contact with your children, housing, mental health and managing your money.

They offer:
• One-to-one outreach support
• One-to-one counselling
• Group sessions

If you or somebody you know has a child not in their care, you can call Venus for a
chat. They accept self-referrals and referrals from professionals. You can make a
referral by phone, on our website, by email or face to face at their centre. If you would like more information please contact Leah or Kati.

Step Together Referral Form

Step Together Criteria

The Venus Centre 215 Linacre Lane,
Bootle, Merseyside L20 6AD.
T: 0151 474 4744
E: kati.oakes@venuscharity.org
Venus Centre

Step Together Event - Venus


Safer Internet Day 2018; Free Activity Pack

Create, Connect and Share Respect: A Better Internet Starts with You

Activities to promote online safety with young people aged 11-19

Click here to download the VR youth work resource pack

A 2016 survey by Opinium found that on average, UK children have a phone by the age of seven, an iPad by eight, and a smart phone by the age of ten giving them almost unlimited online access and the ability to communicate around the globe. Additionally social media platforms are an influential part of contemporary culture, providing an essential tool for learning and communication and a virtual space to form personal identity and independence.

But, alongside all of the benefits, there is a concerning darker side to the digital revolution. Whilst being online can be empowering, 20% of children aged between 10 and 18 say they have experienced online bullying or trolling, rising to almost 60% amongst 16-18 year olds. This includes the misuse of popular social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat.

One certainty is that digital media is not going to go away, which is why it is so important to teach young people how to use it safely and respectfully. This pack contains a selection of activities to support this. Designed for practitioners working with young people aged 11-19, it celebrates Safer Internet Day 2018 by promoting good ‘netiquette[2]’ and safer digital citizenship for all.

Source: Vanessa Rodgers – www.vanessarogers.co.uk

Care Crisis Review: Two New Surveys

Family Rights Group is leading the Care Crisis Review, which;

  • is examining the reasons for the record number of care order applications and high numbers of children in care;
  • aims to identify specific changes that can safely reduce the number of care cases coming before the family court and avert the need for children to come into or remain in care.

They are very keen to get the views of parents, kinship carers, social workers, legal professionals, academics, elected members, managers, judges and others who work with families. They have now launched two surveys:

One survey is for practitioners, senior managers, elected members and the judiciary.

The other survey is for family members whose children are or have been involved with children’s social care service or subject to care proceedings

Personal Travel Budgets for Children with Special Educational Needs

Children England’s Outreach Officer, Sue Thomas, has produced an online resource for children and young people on the Personal Travel Budget (PTB). PTB is a sum of money that can be paid to parents or carers of children and young people with special educational needs and / or a disability who qualify for free school transport.

The resource outlines who is eligible and how to apply, and was produced as part of Children England’s  Listen To My Voice project – a toolkit and guide to consulting with children and young people, in particular those facing challenges to engagement through special educational needs and/or disabilities.

For more information see Children England’s website – Personal Travel Budgets

GDPR Advice for Children’s Charities

The PDF below is guidance that should help charities specifically concerned about the implications of the new General Data Protection Regulation for your records of children you work with, or have worked with in the past. Whilst the new regulation does not make many precise stipulations such as how long data can be held, what constitutes the right level of security for data storage or the purposes for which an organisation can gather personal data, it does require that organisations can show their reasoning in each case, and that their actions are fair and lawful – so children’s charities will need to make policies of their own that are appropriate for safeguarding, parental consent etc. It’s worth noting that for the purposes of sharing their personal information via an online service, the age of consent is expected to be 13.

Click here to download the PDF

Sefton CVS have put together a number of useful resources and presentation that can guide you through GDPR which are available at the following link: https://seftoncvs.org.uk/support/gdpr/

Local Authority Support for Non-EEA Migrant Child Victims of Modern Slavery: Research report.

Summary: Looks at how local authorities support and accommodate non-European Economic Area (EEA) migrant children identified as potential victims of modern slavery, including trafficking. Uses data from a review of the literature, an online survey of local authorities in England and Wales, and telephone interviews with 28 local authorities and six voluntary sector organisations. Finds that foster care was perceived in the literature and by the majority of interviewed local authority and voluntary sector stakeholders as the most effective placement type, particularly for children under 16. States that the majority of local authority stakeholders who took part in interviews reported that there is an under-supply of foster carers who are knowledgeable and trained in understanding the needs of these children and young people.

Authors: Cordis Bright
Publication details: London: Department for Education (DfE), 2017

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Assessment of Physical Child Abuse Risk in Parents with Children referred to Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Summary: Investigates whether parenting a child referred to mental health services leads to a higher risk of physical child abuse. Uses data from 59 parents and caregivers of children aged 6 to 11 years in a child and adolescent psychiatry department. Findings showed a two and a half times higher risk potential for physical child abuse in parents with children referred to mental health services.

Authors: Natalie Van Looveren, Inge Glazemakers, Linda Van Grotel, Erik Fransen and Dirk Van West
Journal: Child Abuse Review (Vol.26, No.6), November-December2017, pp 411-424

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Combatting Child Sexual Exploitation with Young People and Parents: Contributions to a Twenty-First-Century Family Support Agenda.

Summary: Discusses family work with young people and carers affected by child sexual exploitation (CSE). Uses evidence from a literature review and data from an evaluation of the FCASE project, an early intervention project with young people at risk of or affected by CSE and their families. Finds that a separation between mainstream social work and CSE prevention work is not always helpful.

Authors: Roma Thomas and Kate D’Arcy
Journal: British Journal of Social Work (Vol.47, No.6), September 2017, pp 1686-1703

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Social Care Commentary: Hidden Children – the challenges of Safeguarding Children who are not attending School.

Summary: Discusses safeguarding of vulnerable children who are home educated. Considers the risks to these hidden children, and uses findings from the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) survey to establish reasons for children being educated at home. Outlines what the law says about home education, what local authorities can do, and looks at the support available for children educated at home.

Authors: OFSTED and Eleanor Schooling
Publication details: London: Ofsted, 2017

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Everyday coping with moral injury: the perspectives of professionals and parents involved with child protection services.

Summary: Examines how 10 parents and 38 professionals involved in the child protection system cope with moral injury using resources available in their everyday lives. Moral injury refers to the lasting harm caused by one’s own or another’s actions in high-stakes situations that transgress deeply held moral beliefs and expectations. Findings include: coping strategies including psychological resources such as mental toughness, self-reflection and forgiveness; micro-systems through social support; macro-systems through engagement in advocacy and support from other parents; and spiritual engagement.

Authors: Wendy Haight, Erin Sugrue, Molly Calhoun and James Black
Journal: Children and Youth Services Review (Vol.82), November 2017, pp 108-121

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The Prince’s Trust Programme returns to Southport

The Prince’s Trust Team Programme is coming back to Southport. Team Programme is 12 weeks long with an additional 3-week work placement at the end. It focuses on promoting community engagement, employment skills and teamwork. Team is for those between 16 and 25 years old, who are NEET or working under 16 hours. We have two modules called Community Project and Supporting Others in the Community aimed at engagement and giving back to the local area.

If you know of any young people suitable for team, or a project and you need volunteers for in the Sefton area, please refer them to our phone numbers on the Prince’s Trust Leaflet attached or contact us directly for a chat.

We are based in the building behind Parenting 2000 on Mornington Road, Southport. Feel Free to pop in Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm. Our next team start date is 22/01/2018.

For more information contact the Southport team on mobile;
07849 069 574 or 07860 839 294
Or download the informational flyer here;
The Prince’s Trust Team Programme 2018

Child welfare as justice: why are we not effectively addressing inequalities?

Summary: Explores questions raised by the Child Welfare Inequalities Project, a four-nation comparison of child welfare interventions in the UK. Looks at theoretical ideas from political theory, psychology and moral philosophy to explore whether inequalities in child welfare interventions should be addressed.

Authors: Gavin Davidson, Lisa Bunting, Paul Bywaters, Brid Featherstone and Claire McCartan
Journal: British Journal of Social Work (Vol.47, No.6), September 2017, pp 1641-1651
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Exploring peer mentoring as a form of innovative practice with young people at risk of child sexual exploitation.

Summary: Explores peer support as a response to child sexual exploitation. Presents findings from a qualitative study of the Manchester Active Voices (MAV), a young people’s service which works with young women who have been exploited or are at risk of gang exploitation. Finds that peer mentoring may have emotional, practical and interpersonal benefits for vulnerable young people.

Authors: Gillian Buck, Angela Lawrence and Ester Ragonese
Journal: British Journal of Social Work (Vol.47, No.6), September 2017, pp 1745-1763
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