Welcome to the NYSCP April 2023 edition of our
After a relatively mild winter it is great to see the clocks going forward and the return of Spring, my favourite time of the year!
There are a few calendar activities to be aware of this month. In April we have Stress Awareness Month and National Pet Month as well as World Autism Day on 2 April and National Stalking Awareness week from 25-29 April. Keep posted to our social media (Twitter and Facebook) for messages throughout April.
Don’t forget that as well as our website (www.safeguardingchildren.co.uk) which is full of information for professionals, parents/carers and children/young people, we also have our YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/@nyscp). On here you will find a wealth of videos and recordings of our masterclasses and other information. Please don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to be notified of future updates.
Our Masterclass for April is a little later in the month to allow for the Easter holiday. This month we will be sharing the key headlines from the Growing up in North Yorkshire Survey for 2022, which includes the views of children and young people from North Yorkshire. You can book your place by visiting www.safeguardingchildren.co.uk/training-north-yorkshire/training-courses.
Thank you for subscribing to our e-bulletin. We hope you have a good Easter, and we will see you next month.
Haydn Rees Jones, NYSCP Policy and Development Officer
01609 798641| Haydn.ReesJones@northyorks.gov.uk
- Updated Pre-Birth Practice Guidance
- Child Exploitation Resource Pack for Parents and Professionals 2023
- North Yorkshire Youth Commission
- Sexual Abuse: Discovery and Disclosure
- Childline Campaign: Day in the Lonely
- Disabled people and Domestic Abuse
- The Go-To: For healthy minds in North Yorkshire
- “Stand Up Against Street Harassment”
- Standing Against Stalking: Supporting Young People
- Harmful Sexual Behaviours
Updated Pre-Birth Practice Guidance
This guidance has been developed in conjunction with North Yorkshire and City of York partner agencies and seeks to assist professionals when considering safeguarding concerns relating to unborn children. It is designed to help all professionals to carefully consider a range of themes and to identify issues that have potential for having a significant negative impact on the safety and wellbeing of unborn babies. Importantly, the guidance aims to support practitioners when undertaking an assessment of risk and need.
Child Exploitation Resource Pack for Parents and Professionals 2023
The resource contains a suite of options for a single lesson or series of lessons exploring the topic of grooming and exploitation. Materials include lesson slides with embedded links and videos; comprehensive lesson plan guidance with photocopiable activity sheets; a handbook for parents and professionals.
The resource has been written by a team of frontline practitioners and a curriculum lead from one of our Catch22 schools. The aim is to make children aware of child exploitation, empower them to recognise the warning signs, and know where to go to get help if they or their friends are targeted.
North Yorkshire Youth Commission
The North Yorkshire Youth Commission has published a report on their work to the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner.
The Youth Commission allows young people to get involved and have their say about policing, fire and crime, where they live.
The North Yorkshire Youth Commission enables young people to support, challenge and inform the work of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire and York, North Yorkshire Police, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and partner agencies about issues that are important to them.
This is a very important role, because it helps the Commissioner, the police, fire service and partners to make better decisions to meet the needs of young people.
The Youth Commission’s latest report focuses on:
- Mental Health and Emotional Well-being
- Gender Violence & Safer Streets
- Online Safety
- Relationships with Police & Authorities
- Drugs Gangs & County Lines
Sexual Abuse: Discovery and Disclosure
Marie Collins Foundation is launching a new resource on the difference between the discovery of child sexual abuse material and the disclosure of the abuse.
Their response to finding out when a child has been sexually harmed or abused will play a significant role in their recovery. For Technology-Assisted Child Sexual Abuse (TACSA) there is an increased possibility that the image of the abuse is discovered online. It is with this in mind that the Marie Collins Foundation have produced a resource highlighting the difference between a child disclosing their abuse and the abuse being discovered. How we find out a child has been sexually abused is an important factor for the way in which we respond. This resource is a useful aid for reflecting on and enhancing practice when responding to child sexual abuse as it explores some of the complexities of discovery versus disclosure.
To download the resource click here
Childline Campaign: Day in the Lonely
Nationally we have seen a rising number of children reaching out to Childline due to loneliness, and worryingly, since 2017/18 there has been a 71% increase in contacts from under 11s seeking support for feelings of loneliness.
In response to these growing concerns Childline has developed this campaign to normalise these feelings and encourage children to speak openly about their mental health before the issues escalate.
You can read more about this campaign on our website here Childline launches loneliness campaign Day in the Lonely | NSPCC, and hopefully you will notice coverage like this
CHILDLINE: Campaign tackles loneliness among children | Sunderland Echo, as well as the campaign video clips:
The Childline website has a wealth of free resources for young people who may be struggling with a range of issues, and is well worth an explore if you’re not acquainted with it: Childline | Childline.
Disabled people and Domestic Abuse
To mark World Health Day (7th April), IDAS are holding a free taster session about their work supporting disabled people impacted by domestic abuse.
Did you know that disabled people are more likely to be targeted by abusers and can experience additional barriers to accessing support? Research has shown that disabled women are twice as likely to be impacted by domestic abuse than non-disabled women.
Disabled people are also likely to be subjected to the abuse for a longer time period. In addition, disabled people are more likely to be subjected to domestic abuse by an adult family member than non-disabled people.
The Go-To: For healthy minds in North Yorkshire
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Welcome to the home of wellbeing and mental health for young people in North Yorkshire. We’re here to help you find the right help and support for you, to help you stay well, whatever is going on in your life.
“Stand Up Against Street Harassment”
The Suzy Lamplugh Trust are delighted to announce that we have partnered with L’Oréal Paris to exclusively bring you the expert approved “Stand Up Against Street Harassment” international training programme by “Right to Be”. Sessions are an hour long and free of charge to attend.
There has been unprecedented demand for bystander training from both the business world and the general public after the tragic case of Sarah Everard. People and organisations want to take steps to address the prevalence of unwanted and aggressive behaviours such as harassment that underly the broader cycle of violence against women and girls, which the Trust has worked on since its inception over three decades ago. This partnership will allow the Trust to fulfil its objective of standing against harassment alongside the wider public.
Standing Against Stalking: Supporting Young People
For National Stalking Awareness Week (NSAW) this year, our theme is ‘Standing Against Stalking: Supporting Young People’. We will be focusing on stalking amongst young people from the ages of 16 to 24. In our line of work, we are finding that an increasing number of 16- to 24-year-olds are contacting our Helpline to seek support in how to deal with such unwanted behaviours, as often, this can be an incredibly difficult and anxious time for them, leading to adverse mental health outcomes, and impacting their education and social life. This year we will be exploring young people’s experiences of stalking and the awareness of potential stalking behaviours.
We will be hosting a conference on the 25th of April from 10am to 12pm to discuss the findings of our research into the prevalence and impact of stalking on young people and talk about best practice for supporting young victims.
Harmful Sexual Behaviours
Key messages from research on children and young people who display harmful sexual behaviour. This document can be found on the NYSCP website within the Harmful Sexual Behaviours section of our BeAware website.