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.
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Some of our Family Wellbeing Centres may be closed* but you can still keep in touch via our Facebook page @SeftonFamilyWellbeing.
During the COVID-19 crisis, it is more important than ever to keep in touch and look out for one another.
Like or follow our Facebook page for information and links to resources for parents, carers, children, young people and their families. We also share ideas for activities for all the family to try at home.
*Three Family Wellbeing Centres remain open for emergencies only:
- Talbot Street, Southport – 01704 534975
- Netherton – 0151 282 1405
- Marie Clarke, Bootle – 0151 330 5260
If you are self-isolating or require additional community support please call the Sefton Council COVID-19 helpline on 0345 140 0845.
Many charities, especially those working with children and people in vulnerable circumstances, already have their own codes of conduct. But these are understandably specific to their particular circumstances and areas of work.
Although charities face different challenges depending on how large they are, the work they do and where they operate – we believe there are some values and principles that are relevant to everyone.
What NCVO have set out to do with this code of ethics is to develop an overarching set of ethical principles that could act as a framework for all charities.
We want the code of ethics to help every organisation: whether they work in social care, international development, health, arts or anywhere else. Every charity should be able to use the code to review their own policies and practice – and then decide what needs to change, based on their particular work and specific values.
Endorsement and use of the code will be voluntary, but we hope as many organisations as possible will sign up to it and put it into practice – both as a helpful tool in its own right and as a clear signal that charities want to deal with problems where they arise.
Children England would like to hear from any of our members who are finding that the definition of ‘eligible roles’ for a Disclosure and Barring Service check is causing problems. We’re aware that there are some roles considered by charities to require a DBS, such as charity shop volunteers, which are not included in the government’s definition of eligible roles – meaning charities struggle to obtain the checks they feel are necessary.
Government is currently talking to the sector about possible improvements to the DBS system so now is a good opportunity for us to gather your experiences and make sure they’re taken on board when any changes are made.
The Great Get Together is inspired by Jo Cox, who was killed in 2016. The weekend aims to bring communities together and celebrate all that unites us through a weekend of neighbourhood celebrations across the country from the 22nd – 24th June. It’s promising build on the success of last year with to be the biggest community celebrations this year!
In the words of The Great Get Together themselves; “We’re inviting people to get together with their neighbours to share food and celebrate all that we hold in common. It could be a street party or a shared barbecue, a picnic or a bake off. What matters is that we have fun and bring communities closer together.”
What’s on in Sefton
If you would like to get involved there are several events happening on the 22nd throughout the borough.
North Sefton at Southport Community Centre
For more information about Southport Community Centre – southportcommunitycentre.org.uk
Central Sefton at the Feelgood Factory
For more information about about the Feelgood Factory – www.feelgoodfactory.org.uk
South Sefton at Strand By Me Shop
Will be holding a Get Together at their shop in the Strand Shopping Centre from mid-morning until the afternoon. Volunteers from the Strand will be leading the event, however members of the public are welcome to drop in throughout the day.
For more information about Strand By Me – seftoncvs.org.uk/projects/strandbyme/
If you are inspired to hold your own Get Together further information of how to get involved throughout the weekend is available at – www.greatgettogether.org
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.
Further information: Brent Centre for Young People
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)
The Department of Health and Social Care has published a carers action plan for England for 2018-2020. The plan includes a section on supporting young carers, which covers: identifying young carers, improving educational opportunities and outcomes, improving access to support services and the transition for young adult carers.
Further information: Carers action plan: 2018 – 2020: supporting carers today (PDF)
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).
Further information: Overview of child health (profiles) Overview of child health (interactive tool)
“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.
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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.
The Isle Of Dogs (PG)
1 hour 41 mins.
Animation, adventure, comedy
Frame stop animation
Director: Wes Anderson. Also director of Fantastic Mr. Fox.
Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand and Yoko Ono
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.
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.
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)
Public Health England (PHE) has published a toolkit for local authorities to help identify problematic parental drug and alcohol use in their area, and to understand the impact this can have on children and young people living in the same household. The toolkit includes data on local prevalence and unmet need amongst adults who live with one or more child and misuse substances. It aims to: help local authorities commission services to reduce and prevent harm to children and families; and address the effects of adverse childhood experiences and to safeguard children.
Further information: Children & Young People Now
The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) and The Children’s Society have launched a survey on support for 16 and 17 year old children in need and young people’s transitions to adulthood. The survey asks questions about: the support available for 16 and 17 year olds who are subject to a child in need plan or a child protection plan, or receive early help; how the support helps prepare them for adulthood; and changes needed to improve support for vulnerable 16 and 17 year olds during transition and into young adulthood.
Further information: Survey monkey (link to take the survey)
The Data Protection Act 2018 received Royal Assent on 23 May 2018. The Act, which replaces the 1998 Act, provides a legal framework for data protection in the UK. It is supplemented by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the legal framework that sets guidelines for the collection and processing of personal information of individuals within the European Union (EU). Schedule 3 Section 15 outlines exemptions from the GDPR relating to health, social work, education and child abuse. When the UK leaves the EU, the GDPR will be incorporated into the UK’s domestic law under the powers in the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, currently before Parliament.
Source: UK Parliament
Further information: Data Protection Act 2018 (PDF)
The NSPCC has released figures which show that Childline delivered 3,135 counselling sessions relating to exam stress in 2017/18, with 683 of these (22%) taking place in May 2017. Young people’s concerns included: an overwhelming workload; pressure from their parents; and worries about whether they would get the grades they want. Some young people contacting Childline also said the prospect of taking exams was having an adverse effect on their mental health.
Source: NSPCC Date: 25 May 2018
Further information: Childline
The NSPCC’s annual conference takes place on 20-21 June 2018 in London. The conference will feature talks from sector leaders and explore the latest research and insight on keeping children safe in the digital age. Speakers include Digital Secretary Matt Hancock MP, who will deliver the keynote address on day one; clinical psychologist Professor Tanya Byron; and experts from O2, Facebook, Snapchat, the Internet Watch Foundation and CEOP. The conference will also see the launch of the NSPCC’s How safe are our children? 2018 report, a comprehensive overview of the latest child protection data from the UK.
Further information: Conference schedule (PDF)
The NSPCC and the PHSE Association have published lesson plans and guidance to help schools teach relationships and sex education (RSE). The resource includes lesson plans for teachers spanning Key Stages 2, 3 and 4 (age 10-16) covering subjects including: transition to secondary school; online safety and online friendships; consent; sexualised behaviour; unhealthy relationships; and sharing sexual images. A guide for teachers to support the delivery of the Making sense of relationships lesson plans has also been published.
In June 2018 the Centre for Youth Impact and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) are hosting a series of roundtables that will explore the role of and potential for an evidence base for informal and non-formal youth provision. The overarching goals of these roundtables are to understand: what difference would an evidence base make? What is currently holding us back from establishing or growing a shared evidence base? And what role should the government and other stakeholders play in order to support the creation of such an evidence base?
Date: 28th June 2018
Location:The Grange Community Resource Centre, Pilgrim Drive, Manchester, M11 3TQ
Time: 12.30pm arrival, with a 1pm start to 4pm
At this event we will discuss:
- What are the aspirations for an evidence base for the youth sector? Whose aspirations are they?
- What are the most important features of an evidence base (for example, collective ownership) that would enable it to fulfil aspirations?
- How would an evidence base inform design, delivery, evaluation and the sustainability of youth provision?
- What is the role of stakeholders in advocating for, developing, maintaining and using an evidence base for the youth sector?
The potential role of an evidence base for the youth sector is yet to be defined and we hope that you will be able to join as we as we explore this important topic.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Vision for new secure schools
The Ministry of Justice has published its vision for the two new secure schools it announced in December 2016, comprising 70 – 80 places in total. Ultimately anticipated to replace prisons and young offenders institutions for children and young people in the justice system, the new type of institution will offer “bespoke provision for individual children that has education, healthcare and physical activity at its heart – a therapeutic environment in a secure setting.” It’s not yet clear whether these places will replace or create additional capacity in the secure estate.
Social Work England
Colum Conway, currently Chief Executive of Northern Ireland’s social work regulator, has been appointed to become the Chief Executive of the new regulatory body Social Work England. The government has published its response to the consultation on the new body, and summarised the changes it will make as a consequence, including:
- The investigation, case examination and adjudication roles in the fitness to practise system must be separate
- Interim orders can now only be made by adjudicators, rather than case examiners
- Social Work England will not have power to suspend approval of education courses or training as a remedial measure
- Under default powers, the Secretary of State will have the power to appoint an independent person to take over the regulator’s functions or give effect to a remedial direction
Mental health assessment pilots for children in care
The government has confirmed that, after some delay, the pilots for mental health assessments of children coming into care will start later this year. The areas running pilots, and the organisations contracted to manage and evaluate them, are yet to be announced.
Young women aged 16 – 19 most likely to experience abuse by partner
The latest data from the Office of National Statistics shows that of all the age groups, young women aged 16 – 19 were most likely to have experienced partner abuse in the year ending March 2017 (7.6% compared with 6.2% for women aged 16 – 59). Other groups of women with higher than average rates of abuse from a partner included:
- Women who had a long-term illness or disability (12.4% compared with 5.1% who did not)
- Women who identified with Mixed/Multiple ethnicities were more likely to have experienced partner abuse (10.1%) than any other ethnic group
Women living in households with an income of less than £10,000 were more than four times as likely (14.3%) to have experienced partner abuse in the last 12 months than women living in households with an income of £50,000 or more (3.3%)
Cash for Kids and The Sovini Group have been working together in collaboration with Cobalt Housing Association to create an autism-friendly garden for a local Merseyside family. Cash for Kids has facilitated the project, whilst The Sovini Group have delivered the works.
The Sovini Group which incorporates One Vision Housing, Pine Court Housing Association, Sovini Property Services, Sovini Trade Supplies and Carroll Group is a property management and development group based in Merseyside operating throughout the UK.
Cash for Kids mission is to respond to the needs of children in their communities, they aspire to enable all children to live life to the full and achieve their individual potential. They support children ages 0-18 who are disabled, disadvantaged or suffering from abuse or neglect. In 2017 they raised over £23 million and supported more than 709,000.
The family were in need of some outdoor space for their two children, George and Jack Knowles who suffer from autism. After approaching The Steve Morgan Foundation for sensory toys the family realised their garden wasn’t autism-friendly or suitable for the sensory toys, for example the fences could be easily climbed on, and they needed artificial turf as the little ones often enjoyed playing in the mud and putting bits of plastic from the ground in their mouths. The children couldn’t play in the garden without constant supervision.
Soon after discovering the garden wasn’t suitable, the family began to search for the costs involved in transforming it into an autism-friendly escape for the kids. They quickly realised the costs involved would be completely unaffordable at around £6,000, this was when they were put in contact with Cash for Kids and The Sovini Group.
A sensory garden stimulates all senses in a non-overwhelming way; sight, touch, taste, and sound, through the use of different artificial plants, materials and toys.
Come along and meet Sefton Council’s newly formed ‘Green Sefton’ team who will be taking to the borough on June 8 to support World Oceans Day.
Green Sefton brings together Coast & Countryside, Parks & Greenspaces, Flooding & Coastal Erosion, Risk Management and Grounds Maintenance teams all together to ensure a joined up approach to the vital management, development and oversight of Sefton’s beautiful coastline, parks and green spaces for years to come.
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 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.
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 email@example.com to arrange an informal meeting prior to applying to join our expedition team.
For more information – www.the-ycp.co.uk/
National Early intervention initiative set to expand – A national task force is to expand its efforts to help local authorities, charities and funders intervene early to avoid children and young people experiencing a range of social problems.
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.
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/
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/