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North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Partnership E-Bulletin June 2022

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Welcome to the NYSCP June 2022 edition of our e-Bulletin 

Welcome to June’s edition of our NYSCP E-Bulletin.

The past couple of weeks have seen ‘Safeguarding Children’ very much in the public spotlight. Following the tragic murders of Star Hobson and Arthur Labinjo-Hughes the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel have published their national review in to their deaths which can be found here: National review into the murders of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes and Star Hobson – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) Frontline professionals and team managers are encouraged to sign up for a webinar on Thursday 30th June, 1pm to 2pm. The focus will be on the lessons for those who work directly with children and their families and will be delivered by the National Panel. Click this link to register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/webinar-for-safeguarding-professionals-tickets-349738807187

Also published was the Independent review of children’s social care lead by Josh MacAlister. In 2019 the government’s manifesto committed to reviewing the children’s social care system to make sure children and young people get the support they need. The final report can be found along with recommendations here: Home – The Independent Review of Children’s Social Care (independent-review.uk)

Those of you within Education will I’m sure be aware of the recently published ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education (2022)’ to be used from 1st September 2022 You can find the updated version here: Keeping children safe in education – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Finally this e-Bulletin arrives in your emails ahead of a long bank holiday weekend, I hope you all manage to get some down time to spend with family/friends. I’m sure many of us will be joining in local celebrations to mark the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen.

James Parkes, Partnership Manager

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Safeguarding Week 20-24 June

NYSCP have come together with partners from Safeguarding Adults Boards, Children’s Safeguarding Partnerships, Community Safety Partnerships across North Yorkshire, the City of York and East Riding and developed an extensive programme of learning events, seminars and interactive sessions which all underpin this year’s Safeguarding Week theme – ‘Safeguarding is everybody’s business’.

The full programme of events is open for booking, and early registration is recommended to avoid disappointment.

Download the programme here and click below to Book.

Booking is via EventBrite

We will be sharing information across our social media channels and website in the run up to Safeguarding week and throughout the week. To follow along look for the hashtag #safeguardingweek2022

You can also visit our news blog here to download Teams Backgrounds and Email Banners.

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NYSCP Partnership Awards

Picture shows: Katie Holland, Beth Pearson and Cat Middleton of Hambleton FAST, Helen Lavender, Jess Ward, PC Antony Kent and Karen Hedgley.

The life-changing work of frontline staff whose goal is to keep children safe in North Yorkshire has been recognised in prestigious safeguarding awards.  

The North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Partnership (NYSCP) is showcasing the multi-agency work between the county council, police and NHS in safeguarding vulnerable children and their families.

The Partnership Achievement Awards are given to individuals or groups working or volunteering with children and young people.

Awards have recently been presented to the following professionals:

  • Jess Ward, the CEO and Founder of Inspire Youth, who supported the Be Aware consultation sessions which aimed to keep young people safe from exploitation.
  • Helen Lavender, Schools Liaison Police Officer across Hambleton and Richmondshire, whose support for young people ensures their risk of entering the Criminal Justice System is reduced by recognising early indicators and introducing a support plan.
  • The Hambleton family assessment support team which uses local networks to support the most vulnerable families and children at risk of harm.
  • Karen Hedgley, Designated Safeguarding Nurse, who has been instrumental in developing the Day or Night, Sleep Right campaign to reduce the number of sudden unexpected deaths in infancy.
  • PC Antony Kent of the Police Community Safety Hub in Richmondshire, who is involved in the Multi-Agency Child Exploitation (MACE) team.

Stuart Carlton, North Yorkshire County Council’s Corporate Director of the Children and Young People’s Service, said: “I would like to say a huge congratulations to the winners who have demonstrated innovative ways to keep our most vulnerable children and families safe from harm. These awards are organised by the partnership to highlight the best safeguarding practices and help to drive up standards across the county.”

Lindsey Butterfield, Temporary Assistant Chief Constable in North Yorkshire Police, said: “It’s fantastic to see the work of North Yorkshire Police officers being recognised by the partnership. I’m incredibly proud of the achievements of Antony and Helen and thank them for their hard work and dedication in safeguarding the most vulnerable in our communities.”

Elaine Wylie, Designated Nurse for Safeguarding Children in North Yorkshire and York, said: “Promoting the welfare and safety of all children is an exceptionally challenging area of professional practice, requiring commitment, resilience, skill and creative thinking. It is great to see all of these competencies demonstrated by the worthy recipients of these awards, and to recognise the difference they have all made to the lives of children and young people, and to multi-agency working across North Yorkshire.”

NYSCP is looking for nominations for future achievement awards and more information about how you can nominate individuals, teams or services can be found at www.safeguardingchildren.co.uk/professionals/partnership-award

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New resources for “Talking to your child about online harm”

New resources for “Talking to your child about online harm” have been produced by the Marie Collins Foundation, supported by the Office of the Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner.

This guide has been specially created for Ukrainian families to help facilitate a conversation with their child about Technology-Assisted Child Sexual Abuse (TACSA). This aims to give parents and carers some additional skills in talking to their children if they have concerns that someone is trying to groom them or is being inpatriate online.

This guide will facilitate easier communication between Ukrainian parents/carers and their children.

For more information visit Meeting the needs of children abused online | Marie Collins Foundation

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Mental health and wellbeing plan: discussion paper and call for evidence

The government is committed to improving mental health and wellbeing outcomes, particularly for people who experience worse outcomes than the general population. This is a key part of our commitment to ‘level up’, and address unequal outcomes and life chances across the country.

The government has committed to develop a new cross-government, 10-year plan for mental health and wellbeing for England to support this objective.

They want to ensure the new plan responds to the public’s priorities and set out what we can all do as a whole society to drive better outcomes. We all have mental health, and all have a part to play in changing things for the better.

Therefore, a discussion paper and call for evidence has been launched to ask the public a range of questions to help develop the new plan.

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The Go-To Mini Marketplace

The Go To has recently updated their website to include a Mini Marketplace resource to support children and young people with their mental health. The marketplace resource offer ‘single points of information’ for professionals, parents & carers and young people on the wide range of mental health support services available to children and young people across North Yorkshire.

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Courses for Professionals

NYCC Children and Families Service along with partner agencies, are again offering free, virtual courses for professionals, on a range of topics related to early help and safeguarding. These courses start w/c 23 May and run throughout the Summer term. They are open to anyone in North Yorkshire who works with children, young people and families.

Please see the programme for course details and the booking procedure via NY Education Services. Programme-of-Professionals-courses-Summer-2022.pdf (safeguardingchildren.co.uk)

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Launch of a New Youth-Led Survey

A new youth-led survey has been launched, which aims to gather the views of thousands of young people on policing and police complaints.

The survey has been designed and developed by members of the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) Youth Panel.

The survey aims to:

· Understand young people’s lived experiences of policing

· Examine trust in policing and police complaints

· Look into local differences across England and Wales

· Involve young people in developing future solutions

The survey is open to young people aged 13-25 years across England and Wales. Young people can take the survey by >clicking on this link here<

The survey deadline is 17 June. The survey’s results will be published later this year. They will be used to create national recommendations for change and will be shared with policing stakeholders, locally and nationally.

We would be grateful for your support in sharing this survey with young people and amongst your network. Young people’s views are really important to us, and we especially want to hear from those who might not otherwise have their voices heard.

Please feel free to use the flyer that can be downloaded here for your own social media.

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Child Safety Week

What is Child Safety Week?

Child Safety Week is an annual community education campaign run by the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT), acting as a catalyst for thousands of safety conversations and activities UK-wide.

This year, Child Safety Week runs from Monday 6th to Sunday 12th June, with the theme Safety in mind.

Why Are We Supporting Child Safety Week?

Unintentional injuries, particularly those in and around the home, are a leading cause of preventable death for children under five years old and are a major cause of ill health and serious disability.

Although rates of hospital admission in North Yorkshire caused by unintentional injuries in children are relatively stable, they are significantly worse that the England average and our closet statistical neighbours.

Injuries are preventable and we can do something about it – supporting Child Safety Week by sharing campaign messages with families and communities across the County is one of the actions we are taking to help address the issue locally.

Why Is Your Support Needed?

Family life today is more complex than it’s ever been and often the very things that help make life more convenient bring new risks. Button batteries, child-appealing washing capsules, nappy sacks, coffee culture trends where hot drinks are served in busy coffee shops, and distraction from devices when driving or walking near busy roads can place children at risk.

If your role or your organisation’s work involves caring for families and children, either directly or indirectly, then please consider supporting Child Safety Week. Big or small, taking part in Child Safety Week will help you and the families you support to feel confident about keeping children safe.

What Can You and Your Organisation Do?

Share Resources :

Promote through your Social Media channels:

  • Follow the Child Accident Prevention Trust on Facebook and Twitter to share Child Safety Week posts on your Social Media accounts and get the messages out across your networks
  • Use the campaign hashtags on your posts #childsafetyweek #Safetyinmind
  • use the “We support Child Safety Week” logodownload

Thank you in anticipation of your support for the 2022 Child Safety Week Campaign.

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The Dark Web Explained

What is it?

The Dark Web Explained, created by the National Crime Agency in collaboration with the Children’s Society and the Marie Collins Foundation, contains a short informational film and accompanying factsheets for professionals, parents and carers. This resource has been developed in response to recommendations from professionals and from research which found that many professionals and parents and carers do not understand the Dark Web and feel unequipped to talk to a young person about it should the need arise. It aims to support professionals, parents and carers to understand the Dark Web, young people’s use of it and how to discuss issues around it with young people who are using it. The resource features a short film which provides key information on:

  • what the Dark Web is;
  • why young people might want to go on it;
  • what to do if a young person has accessed it

To supplement the film, there are two factsheets, one for parents and carers and the other for professionals, to provide further information and guidance.

How should it be used?

The Dark Web Explained resource has been created to help equip professionals, parents and carers with the tools to be able to have effective conversations with young people should an issue arise. It is not appropriate to share with children and young people. We do not want to encourage conversations with young people around the Dark Web unless it is known that the young person has been on the Dark Web or has an interest in accessing it.

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National Survey

This is a national survey, being run by the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, to help inform police forces, the Home Office and local Commissioners on any challenges around reporting to the police and assist in forming plans for the future. Please encourage members of your organisation to complete it.

Have Your Say: Tell us what you think of 101 and 999 services – Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner North Yorkshire (northyorkshire-pfcc.gov.uk)

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Beat’s Beyond the Symptoms

Beat’s Beyond the Symptoms will take place virtually and is aimed at clinicians not specialising in eating disorder treatment, but who may encounter patients with a suspected eating disorder.  We have a limited number of spaces available which will be allocated fairly across the Yorkshire and Humber region.

Learning outcomes:​

  • The significance and prevalence of eating disorders​
  • How to spot and respond to the early warning signs​
  • Signposting to ED services​
  • Why someone might be resistant to treatment

For further details please see the Beat website Eating Disorders Training for Healthcare Professionals (beateatingdisorders.org.uk)

Course details:​

  • 2 half day sessions delivered on Zoom,
  • 6th and 13th June 9.30-13.30 on both days

Beat’s Raising Resilience course for Parents/Carers. The course will run via zoom every Wednesday 1st – 29th June 6:45 – 9:15pm (attendance is required for all 5 sessions). The first four workshops will cover:

  • Motivational techniques to help with recovery.
  • Setting boundaries.
  • Supporting your loved one during mealtimes and handling mealtime stress.
  • The cycle of change and how to support your loved one at each stage of their recovery.

With an additional workshop giving the chance to meet again with the group, discuss any progress and a chance for Q&A.

For queries or to register interest in either course please contact natalie.fox2@nhs.net

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“Working with Men” Learning Available

North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Partnership (NYSCP) held an online conference to explore how across the multi-agency workforce can build on the good practice, identify ways to improve the engagement and voice of men and provide information and resources to enhance this area of work.

Speakers included:

Brid Featherstone, University of Huddersfield – Brid Featherstone is a Professor of Social Work at the University of Huddersfield.  She has a long standing interest in social care, social work and the engagement of men and has researched this area in a variety of settings.  She is currently working with Research in Practice on updating their research and practice tools on engaging men.

Owen Thomas, is Operational Manager at Working with Men supervising Working with Men’s team of Fathers development workers across London. Owen has over ten years direct experience as a father development worker working closely with professionals, agencies, fathers and male carer’s at crucial stages of their lives.

Key findings, Recommendations and the Challenges to us as local safeguarding
partners were explored from the “The Myth of invisible Men’ Thematic review from the National Child Safeguarding Practice Review.

The webinar is aimed at anyone who works or volunteers with children, young people and families in North Yorkshire.

North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Partnership hosted a virtual conference focusing upon ‘Working with Men’

Click below to access the slides used in the above presentations.

PowerPoint Slides “Working with Men”

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Breaking County Lines Train the Trainer- Secular Organisations

Breaking County Lines Train the Trainer- Secular Organisations

County lines is becoming one of the most prevalent forms of modern slavery in our country. Breaking County Lines is designed as a resource to enable communities to understand and raise awareness of the scale of the problem and to spot the signs of its presence. It also looks at ways of building resilience in our communities with an emphasis on the protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

This Train the Trainer course is particularly aimed at those from statutory organisations looking to deliver their own Breaking County Lines Training within their communities. Participants will be encouraged to adapt the material to their own context and to initiate the formation of an action group undertaking practical initiatives to help raise awareness and build community resilience. All materials including course handbooks and powerpoints will be provided free of charge to participants so that they use the materials when running their own courses.

It will take place over three sessions on the following dates:

Session 1: Friday 10th June 10:00-12:00

Session 2: Friday 17th June 10:00-12:00

Session 3: Friday 1st July 10:00-12:00

If you would like to sign up, you can do so via the Eventbrite link here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/306464221737

You can find more information about Breaking County Lines on The Clewer Initiative website: https://www.theclewerinitiative.org/breaking-county-lines-online

Please get in touch with us at clewerinitiative@churchofengland.org if you would like to find out more about this training course.

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