NYSCP July 2024 e-bulletin - North Yorkshire

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July 2024 e-bulletin

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Welcome to the NYSCP July 2024 edition of our e-bulletin

Summer is here, and in just a few short weeks, children and young people across the Country will begin their summer holidays. Living in North Yorkshire, our children have the privilege of enjoying the beautiful countryside and visiting various tourist attractions.

Our goal is for children and young people to be Happy, Healthy, Safe, and Achieving in life. These principles are the foundation of our Partnership. We want children and young people to enjoy their holiday time and remain safe. This July, we aim to raise awareness of common issues that may expose children and young people to danger, much of which is preventable.

One popular pastime for families is visiting open water, whether it’s a lake, reservoir, or the sea. However, many children, young people, and even parents and carers are not aware of the dangers open water can pose. These dangers include diving into shallow water, unpredictable undercurrents, water temperature, and deep water, all of which can lead to potentially fatal accidents that are often preventable.

We urge all professionals to familiarise themselves with our water safety advice for parents, available here, and to promote awareness with families throughout July and August.

With children and young people at home during the holidays, they are more likely to spend time with family pets, including dogs. Nobody expects their dog to bite, and we often underestimate the potential danger our beloved pets may represent. Shockingly, 91% of bites to children happen at home with a dog they know.

We, again urge professionals to promote how to keep children, young people, and family pets safe and happy together. Please familiarise yourself with and promote our information for parents available here.

These are just two of the many risks children and young people could be exposed to over the summer period. Remember to always be professionally curious and advise parents and carers of these and other risks such as road, cycle, and pedestrian safety; burns and scalds; and the swallowing of harmful substances and items (e.g., button batteries and super strong magnets).

To everyone who works to keep children safe, we thank you for your continued support. Have a lovely summer, and we look forward to seeing you next month.

Haydn Rees Jones
Policy and Development Officer
North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Partnership

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Do your PART and sign up to one of our consultation events and help shape the Being Young in North Yorkshire and Early Help strategies

Being Young in North Yorkshire 2021-2024 is the North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Partnership Strategy for children and young people living in North Yorkshire, with a vision that “all children and young people are safe, happy, healthy and able to achieve in North Yorkshire”. As we move as a partnership to develop a new Being Young in North Yorkshire Strategy from 2025, we would like to take the opportunity to consult with partners on the impact of the current strategy, shine a light on areas of achievement and good practice in line with our four key themes, and identify areas of focus and priority.

The Early Help Strategy outlines what Early Help looks like and how the approach works across North Yorkshire. The strategy is due for review and it is vital to consult with partners on their views of the Early Help, remembering that The Early Help System is not a single service. It is a network of services, processes and interactions that aim to help children, young people and families at the earliest opportunity. Improving this system requires clarity of what success looks like, shared across a range of partners, and informed by the voices of managers, practitioners and families.

As a partnership, we have arranged a series of online consultation events as an opportunity for you to share your views and help us shape the future development of these strategies. Three sessions have been arranged, for you to select and attend the most convenient session for you, involvement at all three sessions is not required. If you are interested, in been involved please email us at nyscp@northyorks.gov.uk confirming which session you would like to attend and we will send you the meeting link.

  • Tuesday 2nd July 2024, 9:30 – 11:00
  • Thursday 4th July 2024, 16:30 – 18:00
  • Wednesday 10th July 2024, 12:00 – 13:30

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New interactive learning resource from Childnet looking at reliability online

Childnet are delighted to announce the launch of a brand new, interactive and gamified resource helping young people to decide what they can trust when they are online.

Reliability Online’ has been developed in partnership with the Childnet Youth Advisory Board and covers a variety of risks including AI generated imagery, scams, fake news, giveaways, body image, and social media bots.

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Webinars for professionals on child sexual abuse

The Centre of Expertise on child sexual abuse have a series of free webinars available for professionals over the coming months, on a range of topics from spotting the signs and indicators of child sexual abuse to supporting parents/carers when their child may have been sexually abused. To book onto these webinars and for more information visit – Events | Webinar | CSA Centre

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Workshops for Professionals on Gaming and Gambling Harms

This July, Ygam are collaborating with Safeguarding Children Partnerships across the UK to provide fully funded City & Guilds assured online workshops to a range of professionals working with young people. After a successful launch of workshop delivery across London SCP, Ygam are now bringing this offer to the North of England and the Midlands. 

Join them for these informative sessions around gaming and gambling harms to safeguard the young people you work with. More information and dates of sessions can be found on our website at – NYSCP (safeguardingchildren.co.uk)

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Garden Safety

Over the summer break it’s natural for children to want to play out in the garden, however from poisonous plants to weed killer, trampolines to barbecues, there are a number of potential hazards in the garden that parents should be aware of in order to make them safer places for children to play in.

The Child Accident Prevention Trust have put together some guidance, useful resources and children’s activity sheets to remind us all how we can keep children safe whilst enjoying the summer sun.

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Sun Safety

Sunburn does not just happen on holiday. You can burn in the UK, even when it’s cloudy. The NHS have just helpful tips on how to ensure families are staying safe whilst out enjoying the sun – Sunscreen and sun safety – NHS (www.nhs.uk).

Whilst most of us welcome hot weather, when it’s too hot, there are health risks. During heatwaves, more people than usual get seriously ill or die. If hot weather hits this summer, make sure it does not harm you or anyone you know, by following the guidance – Beat the heat: staying safe in hot weather – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

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NSPCC Early Intervention Loneliness Support Service

NSPCC’s have launched a new and free support service aimed at young people experiencing loneliness. At Building Connections, they connect young people up to the age of 19 with a befriender to help them overcome, manage and build strategies to deal with loneliness as part of targeted and focused early intervention strategies.

Research shows by age 16-18, 73% of young people do not feel equipped to deal with loneliness and the NSPCC want to change that (Vote for Schools survey, 2023).

Any professional working with young people can refer in through – Building Connections | Consent and Referral Form

You will also find more information on the NSPCC website.

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North Yorkshire Police campaign: Euro 2024

International football tournaments like Euro 2024 are fantastic events and we want people to enjoy the England games in the right spirit.

We know that passions can run high on such occasions. Combined with excessive alcohol consumption and the use of illegal drugs such as cocaine, this can spill over into anti-social behaviour, violent disorder and domestic abuse. This is clearly unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

Together with partner agencies, North Yorkshire Police will maintain a highly visible and reassuring presence in our towns and city centres when England are playing to prevent such incidents and quickly deal with any disorder and crime that occurs.

Further information on action been taken and where to go for support can be found on North Yorkshire Police website.

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The Go-To: for healthy minds in North Yorkshire

Don’t forget to regularly check The Go-To website, with resources and useful information for young people, parents and carers and professionals regularly added, it’s the home of wellbeing and mental health for young people in North Yorkshire.

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Better Together

This summer could you make the amazing decision to open your heart and home to a group of brothers and sisters from the North and Humber region who are waiting for adoption?

Across North Yorkshire and the Humber region around 50% of children waiting need to be adopted alongside their brothers and sisters, and whilst sibling groups often wait a lot longer to find their forever family there are actually lots of benefits to adopting brothers and sisters together.

Our brothers and sisters are usually the longest lasting relationships we have.

They are there with us at the beginning and throughout our lives.  Keeping siblings together helps children nurture a sense of identity, develops their self-esteem and helps their long-term mental health.

Our adoption service – One Adoption North & Humber is particularly keen to hear from people who have room in their heart and home to help keep siblings together. Find out more at: Adopting Brothers and Sisters | One Adoption

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FEAST offers loads of different things to do in the school holidays. All children and young people across North Yorkshire can get involved in a range of holiday activities, with free places and a free meal for eligible children and young people.

FEAST partners with leading holiday playschemes, clubs and activity providers from across North Yorkshire to offer a wide range of sessions for kids of all ages from Reception to Year 11. For more information visit – What is FEAST – North Yorkshire Together

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Upcoming Masterclasses

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CSA: Blog on artificially generated child sexual abuse images

Artificial intelligence tools are developing at an astonishing speed, and today anyone with access to the internet can easily produce convincing images of almost anything. Sadly, they are also already being used for harmful and illegal purposes – including in the creation of sexual imagery of children.

To help professionals, the CSA, Assistant Director Lisa McCrindle answers many of the questions you may have about artificially generated child sexual abuse material. This includes what it is, whether it is illegal, and how to respond to concerns involving the children and young people, and adults, you work with. To read the blog visit the CSA website.

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