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North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Partnership E-Bulletin December 2022

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Seasonal greetings and welcome to the NYSCP December 2022 edition of our e-bulletin

As the year comes to an end and I reflect on 2022, it is amazing to see how much change has taken place. We have seen the country return to a new normal as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ukrainian crisis, three Prime Ministers, the massive impact of price rises in fuel and the cost of living, and of course the loss of Queen Elizabeth II, and the beginning of the Coralean era with the start of the reign of King Charles III.

As a partnership we have seen a lot of change in the people we work with, as we said goodbye to our Independent Scrutineer, Maggie Atkinson and our Partnership Manager James Parkes.  We have seen many people change across our partners and welcomed our new Partnership Manager, Hannah Ellingworth, and our new Executive Chair and Independent Scrutineer, Heather Pearson.

As we move forward into 2023 the NYSCP will continue to build on its delivery of Being Young in North Yorkshire and our vision the “all children and young people are safe, happy, healthy and able to achieve in North Yorkshire.”

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Haydn Rees Jones

NYSCP Policy and Development Officer

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Appeal for PARENTS to have early & positive conversations with their TEENS

Leah was 15 when she lost her life in a car park in Northallerton after taking two ‘MDMA bombs’ (a powder form of Ecstasy), whilst with a group of friends. This campaign was inspired by the tragic story of Leah who died after taking drugs in 2019.

Kerry Roberts, Leah’s mother wants to help other parents to have proactive and positive conversations with their children about drugs and alcohol and so has teamed up with Commissioner Zoë to create the “NotMyChild” campaign.

Kerry Roberts said:

“For years we have been telling our children to “just say no” to drugs, and in an ideal world maybe that would be enough, but the world is complicated, growing up is hard, and young people are probably going to take risks, so as parents we need to be having different conversations with them.

On the day Leah died, she wouldn’t have understood that the drugs she took would seriously harm her, let alone end her life. Although I had the ‘drugs talk’ with her, we didn’t talk about all of the things that are in the NotMyChild campaign.

Because we can’t be with our children all the time, I would encourage all parents, guardians and care givers to talk calmly with their own teenagers, before anything goes wrong, and to support them to understand the risks associated with different types of drugs, so that they have the facts that they need, to set their own boundaries and to make their own safe choices”.

Full details are available at www.notmychild.info
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Trust and Confidence in the Police

Commissioner Zoë has launched her online survey to gauge the level of trust and confidence in North Yorkshire Police.

Partners are asked to promote the survey in their newsletters, advice surgeries, community meetings and across social networks.

This is the link to the survey: https://bit.ly/TrustConfidence
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Childline Child Sexual Exploitation Campaign

Childline have launched their Full Story Campaign to connect with more young people who are at risk of, or experiencing, sexual exploitation.

The campaign offers support and guidance around child sexual exploitation in the UK. It includes posters as well as series of short films or five difference scenarios of sexual exploitation taken from real Child line calls.

Further details can be found as follows:

Child sexual exploitation crimes up 10% in the last year | NSPCC
The Full Story | Childline
The Full Story – YouTube

Details have been added to the NYSCP Be Aware Knowledge Hub, where further information about all forms of child exploitation can be found.
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North Yorkshire and City of York Oral Health Promotion Service

From Monday 28 November 2022, Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust (HDFT) will be providing an Oral Health Promotion Service across North Yorkshire and City of York. The Oral Health Promotion team will work with a range of health, educational and social care partners and communities to deliver evidence informed oral health improvement programmes that meet local needs and impact on health improvement.

The Oral Health Promotion Team sits within Community and Children’s Directorate at HDFT.

This wider team are commissioned to deliver oral health promotion throughout Hull, North Yorkshire, Sunderland and York.

Read more on our news page here.
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Free Domestic Abuse Awareness Training

We are pleased to announce the next round of free domestic abuse awareness training for colleagues across the partnership delivered by our commissioned providers IDAS. The attached glossaries provide an overview of the events with dates and links to book onto these on line training sessions. As we have already seen from our last release these events will no doubt be in high demand so please seek agreement from line managers prior to booking so that the time can be accommodated within your agencies. Further future dates and sessions will be advertised as we move forward through 2023.

For more information please visit: North Yorkshire and City of York Training – IDAS Online Training Courses

Please note
If you have booked training and are no longer able to attend you must cancel this at the earliest opportunity in order to allow another colleague to attend. These courses are in high demand.

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NYSCP Masterclass – Ukrainian families as refugees – challenges, vulnerabilities and support on 8 December 2022 – book soon – time is limited

In this Masterclass you will hear from the Anastasyia Dzyakava, founder of #Stop_Texting Educational Project. This is a unique opportunity for partners to hear from a Ukrainian charity, discussing the challenges, vulnerabilities and what support is available to families, including those families living in the UK and other countries.

Anastasiya is the founder of the biggest in Ukraine educational project on child online safety #stop_sexting, author of the first in the region book for parents on children online safety, founder of Harvard Kennedy School women’s network. During the second round of the Russia conflict in the Ukraine (2022) she launched an educational project for teachers, parents, volunteers called “It is time to talk”. The project gives skills and support in leading peer-to-peer social and psychological mini groups.

Anastasiya has worked in the Ukrainian where she led the field of combating child abuse and initiated reforms for child online safety. She has led the successful advocacy campaign on child sexual abuse materials watching/possession and grooming criminalization by the national law.

Time is limited, so book your place on this special Masterclass at:

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Young Person’s Walk-In Clinic

Yorsexual Health are pleased to be able to offer a new Young Person’s Walk In Clinic for people aged 17 and under in Scarborough, Catterick and York with the hope that a Stokesley Clinic will be offered shortly.

This will enable young people to access a range of sexual health services including free, confidential and non-judgemental sexual health advice and treatments, contraception, condoms all without an appointment, we also offer a range of other support services including sexual health counselling and LGBTQ+ groups

All clinic and services information can be found at www.yorsexualhealth.org.uk or by calling the central booking line 01904 721111 or via text message for under 17’s on 07973 775692

Their clinics as of 1st December 2022 are:-

  • Scarborough Mulberry Unit, Northway YO12 7AF – Open Tuesdays from 4 pm to 6.30 pm
  • Catterick Harewood Medical Practice, The Health Centre, 42 Richmond Road DL9 3JD – Open Wednesdays from 4 pm to 6.30 pm
  • York Monkgate Health Centre, 31 Monkgate YO31 7PB – Open Thursdays from 4 pm to 6.30 pm

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