ECVYS News & Updates

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We are really sad to share that our wonderful office admin Sharon Sellens recently lost her fight with cancer. Sharon was a wonderful lady and will always be remembered at ECVYS for her passion, humour and dedication to her role.

Sharon, you are missed greatly and will be remembered fondly.



The National Lottery are excited to announce that the search is on for the first team of Young People in the Lead who will be partnering with them across 2020 to ensure there is a genuine youth voice across the work that they do.  The Role description and Applications form can be downloaded from the CVST website, please encourage any interested 16-25 year olds to apply.

The Essex Map – a community asset map of our county, brought to you by The Essex Alliance.

The Essex Map is a free tool designed to bring our communities closer together by helping you to find the services, groups, and activities available in your area.

The Essex Map isn’t just for anyone though, it was created to promote the organisations and individuals who work hard to make our communities better, rather than those who focus on making a profit.

As an organisation that is beneficial to our local community, we would like to invite you to add a free listing for your organisation. To add your free listing(s), please visit and enter your organisations details.

If you have any questions regarding The Essex Map, including advice on how to make the most of your listing, please do not hesitate to email us at

We hope that you will find The Essex Map to be a useful promotional tool for your organisation, but if you have any suggestions on how we can further improve this service please email

What issues do children in your area face?
The Children’s Society has published a wealth of data about children’s needs according to their geographical area – both at a local authority and a parliamentary constituency level – to help decision-makers understand how best to help the children they seek to represent. For any given area, it includes data and recommendations on issues including:

  • children in care
  • children exploited
  • children living in poverty

spending on children’s services

The Children’s Society report Reaching Out shows that half a million children are not seeking help for mental health issue
The research from the charity’s annual household survey of 10-17 year olds in England, Scotland and Wales estimates that up to 464,000 children, who report being worried about their feelings or behaviour, are not telling anyone about their concerns. The charity warns that without early support, the mental health of these children could be at risk of deteriorating and reaching crisis point.

Recommendations include:

  • Local Public Health officials must prioritise work with parents in their local area to communicate key messages about how to support children’s mental health
  • Clinical Commissioning Groups and GP surgeries should consult with parents and with children and young people to identify the strengths and weaknesses of GP support on offer in their area and respond accordingly
  • More mental health support needs to be made available in local communities. We recommend that open access community services are made available to ensure that all young people can have timely access to low level mental health support
  • Local partners should work together, across the local authority, CCG and with wider organisations to ensure that youth workers, sports coaches, uniformed group leaders, faith and community leaders are all properly trained in mental health first aid for children and young people
  • It is important that children in need of support are identified in an un-stigmatising and unobtrusive way. We recommend national measurement of children’s subjective wellbeing should be introduced

Friends and Places Together have a 17 seat minibus with a tail lift and they want to share the resource. They only use the minibus for school holidays really and not midweek at all.

They also have an excellent space within Victoria Shopping Centre which is not being used Monday to Thursday daytime and they wondered if any community groups would be interested in renting out regular slots. Their charge is £10 an hour or £30 half a day or £50 a day. They are looking at yearly committed regualar slots to bring in to cover the costs.

For more information, please contact Denise by clicking here.

Report published by Action for Children looking at the level of support on offer to children who are affected by domestic abuse
Action for Children have published a report named ‘Patchy, piecemeal and precarious: support for children affected by domestic abuse’. They commissioned the University of Stirling to look at the services available to children and young people impacted by domestic abuse. The research consisted of in-depth interviews with 30 different local authorities across England and Wales, and a desk-based study of 50 local authority websites. Findings show that: children faced barriers to accessing support in at least two-thirds of the local authorities that took part in the in-depth interviews; and in four of the 30 local authorities, there were no support services available for children affected by domestic abuse.

Some of their recommendations include:

  • The new government must introduce legislation to combat domestic abuse, specifically recognising the impact on children and their needs, without delay
  • The new government must recognise and address the current pattern of patchy, piecemeal and precarious provision of services for children and young people impacted by domestic abuse in England, including those who experience abuse in their own romantic relationships
  • Legislation to combat domestic abuse must include a statutory duty on local authorities and their partners in England to provide support for children and young people impacted by domestic abuse
  • We urge the next UK government to undertake a review on how to address abuse in romantic relationships between under-16s, as called for by the Joint Committee on the Draft Domestic Abuse Bill
  • The new government must ensure that frontline practitioners and public authorities recognise children as victims of the domestic abuse that occurs in their household. This should be done through new legislation that makes clear that children are also victims of domestic abuse
  • The new government must strengthen the relevant definition of harm in the Children Act (1989) by explicitly taking account of the impact of the coercive and controlling aspects of domestic abuse
  • Policy frameworks protecting and supporting children impacted by domestic abuse should not be limited to a focus on physical risk only; they should also emphasise the impact of coercion and control on children

The Children’s Commissioner has released a report whoch outlines stark findings around the UK’s homelessness crisisand it’s impact on children.

Bleak Houses explores experiences of children and families who are homeless or living in temporary accomadation as well as view points of fromtline proffessionals working with families in housing crisis. The report uses data analysis to identify the scale of family homelessness.

Are you looking for volunteers?

Did you know that over 20 new volunteers register on the Volunteer Essex website each month? We can promote and advertise your volunteer opportunities to ensure that they are seen by hundreds of potential volunteers – just click here to register your organisation.  There are over 100 active volunteering opportunities on the Volunteer Essex website including the following:

Gardeners, Clacton and other areas in Tendring at Tendring Time Bank:

Admin Support Volunteer Clacton at Open Road

Safeguarding in voluntary and community groups: podcast

Over the summer, the NSPCC’s child protection podcast is focussing on issues relevant to voluntary and community groups. The first episode provides an introduction to safeguarding for voluntary and community groups, including advice, tips and guidance on how to get policies and procedures in place and information about what training is available. These podcasts were produced as part of a partnership led by NCVO,  funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the National Lottery Fund within the Safeguarding Training Fund programme.

Source: NSPCC Learning: Podcast: introduction to safeguarding Date: 22 July 2019

Read more on NSPCC Learning: Voluntary and community sector: keeping children safe

Social Action Fund to benefit disadvantaged young people: A three year social action programme to help build children and young people’s confidence and skills is to receive match-funding through #iwill Fund and BBC Children in Need following an initial £40m funding from Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and The National Lottery Community Fund. The new programme, will be co-produced with young people, and fund projects to specifically support children and young people facing multiple barriers and disadvantages. Read more in Children & Young People Now, article published 7 June here.

Increase in numbers of young women self-harming: The Lancet Psychiatry has published findings from research into the prevalence of self-harm in England. They warn of the risk of self-harming becoming normalised, with one in five young women aged 16 to 24 having reported self-harming.  Whilst the prevalence of self-reported self-harm has increased in both sexes and across age groups, the largest increase is among women and girls aged 16-24 years. Read more from the Guardian report, dated 4 June here.

The Ideas Hub ChelmsfordHello

Tuesday Morning  in Chelmsford Central Library a small group to support parents/carers with children who have experienced mental health issues, depression and self harm . If you have any questions and need any further information please contact Christine Wilson on ,  I would be happy to come and meet yourselves to have a chat and give you some flyers.

Decision-making and young people: Hear by Right is a  tool which has been developed with young people and the National Youth Agency containing resources to help organisations plan, develop and evaluate how they keep young people involved in and at the heart of decision-making. The aim is to transform young people’s lives by developing their voice, influence and place within society. The new and updated version of Hear by Right has been designed to be flexible across all sectors, encouraging organisations of all shapes and sizes that work with young people. Read more here.

Young People and Anxiety in Seeking Employment: Research  from UK Youth and Coca-Cola European Partners, based on responses given by 2000 people aged 16 to 60, shows that one in four young people aged 16-25 were still unemployed at least a year after leaving education and anxiety was cited as the main reason for not finding a job. Read more from UK Youth here.

The CARE (Child At Risk of Exploitation) has received funding until March 31st 2022.

CARE will be expanding to support young people on one to one and group work basis around all forms of exploitation.  This includes sexual, criminal and labour exploitation.

The current criteria still applies:

  • Aged 8-24 years
  • Resides in Essex (excluding Southend and Thurrock)
  • Medium to high risk (please note that the YOS Gangs Prevention Service offers early intervention)
  • Unwilling or unable to engage with statutory services

With the support of Barnardo’s CARE will additionally offer parent / carer support for those affected by their young person’s exploitation.  This includes groups and peer support.  We continue to offer telephone support to those parents also through our office number 01245 493311, Monday to Friday 9-5pm.

We will be updating our website with more resources.  Meanwhile please contact CARE if you are a professional looking for support with delivery around exploitation.

If you have any further questions, would like us to explain our service to your team or have any training requests please do not hesitate to contact and speak to a member of the CARE team.

Sarah Simpkin CARE Service Manager The Children’s Society:

EU study opportunities for disadvantaged students
A new report from the House of Lords European Select Committee has warned that the UK’s withdrawal from the EU could have a significant impact on ‘mobility opportunities’ for disadvantaged young people and those with disabilities in the UK to study, train, teach, and gain experience abroad as part of the Erasmus programme. The Committee called on the Government to clarify funding arrangements in lieu of a possible no-deal Brexit and to make provisions for an alternative scheme, although they concede it is not as likely to be as successful as the Erasmus programme.

New case study eBook provides fundraising inspiration

A new free eBook explores key insights from case studies presented at Blackbaud’s major conference, with valuable learnings and fundraising inspiration for charities.

MPs call on government to protect children of alcoholics 
An annual audit has found that budgets for alcohol and drug treatment services are falling nationwide – with further cuts still to come – despite a 13% numbers of A&E admissions due to alcohol misuse in the last year. However, 67% of Local Authorities now say they have some kind of strategy in place to support children of alcoholics. This is up from under 50% last year, and under 25% in 2015. The findings were published by Liam Byrne MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Children of Alcoholics published to mark Children of Alcoholics Week (10 to 16 February 2019). The week is part of an international campaign to raise awareness of the millions of children around the world affected by a parent’s drinking. Liam was joined by other MPs as he called on local and central government to invest in addiction treatment as a means of helping and protecting the whole family.

Nearly half of donors forget the charity they last supported

A report from Charity Checkout shows the importance of branding to online fundraising success, as donors struggle to remember charities they supported when they last sponsored a friend online.

Police Fire and Crime  Commisssioner

As part of our work for the Essex Office of Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner around youth prevention relating to violence and County Lines, we are asking stakeholders and provider organisations to complete a short survey to share their views and knowledge.


If you work for a partner agency with an interest in youth violence, county lines, gangs, drug misuse or exploitation, please complete the following survey and forward this link on to relevant colleagues:

Two-child limit will not apply retrospectively
Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd has announced that the application of the two-child limit in Universal Credit benefits will not be applied retrospectively, meaning third and subsequent children born before April 2017 will be eligible for the benefit. The cap will still apply, however, to third and subsequent children born after April 2017.

Essex Safeguarding Children Board (ESCB)- –

Samaritans –

Papyrus – Prevention of young suicide –

Kooth- Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people –

The Big White Wallis an online mental health and wellbeing service  –

ChildlineOnline, on the phone, anytime. –

GDPR six months on: what have charities learnt?

Philip Anthony, Managing Director, Coopsys talks GDPR and data security and what charities are learning six months in.

The ECVYS Conference 2018 – Raising Youth Aspiration in Essex

13th October 2018, 9.30am-3pm, At Anglia Ruskin University, Bishop Hall Ln, Chelmsford CM1 1SQ

There are many factors that cause young people to disengage and have low aspirations but what exactly are they? How can we, as youth workers and volunteers in Essex work with these issues to best support our young people and help them to be the best that they can be? What could we achieve together to improve this support and be an even stronger community of  youth organisations?


  • The Right Revd Roger Morris, The Bishop of Colchester, Chelmsford Diocese 
  • Professor Iain Martin, The Vice Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University.


Mental health, Gangs, Mentoring, Working with the whole family, Rural youth work, Essex Fire & Rescues youth work approach, Homelessness, and Working with ‘hard to reach’ young people.

If you are engaged in youth work in any way at all, then BOOK UP NOW to be a part of this brilliant day!

 ECVYS members (for a discounted price of £10)

  Non members (£20) 

*Ticket price includes a free yummy lunch from the University cafeteria

*The free lunch is only included if you book before the 5th October due to catering reasons.

Parking is available on site and the university parking barriers will be open. If you have any questions about this, or any other details about the day then email

ECVYS Conference Poster 2018

Essex Youth Offending Service
Seeking volunteers from the community to help prevent re-offending by young people aged between 10 and 17 years. Volunteers will talk to young people, their parents and sometimes the victim of the offence to draw up a contract to address the young person’s offending behaviour. The contract is designed to prevent young people from re-offending, but also looks to try to repair the harm caused which can benefit both the victim and the community.
Click here for more information

Fundraising Regulator issues email scam warning

The Fundraising Regulator wants to hear from any charities that have been sent the fraudulent emails.

Less than half of non-profits make full use of the data they collect

A new report from shows the gap between the data charities’ collect and their ability to use it, as the company will explain in its upcoming webinar.

New measures to tackle child abuse: The Home Secretary has announced an investment of £23.6m into ‘cracking down on online child abuse and understanding offender behaviour’. The majority of this extra funding will be used to improve how government agencies reduce the volume of offending, and to pursue the most prolific offenders. £2.6 million will go to child protection organisations to improve understanding of offender behaviour and prevent future offending. Read more, from Children & Young People Now, 3 September, here

6th September

Government urges tech firms to tackle online child abuse
Home Secretary Sajid Javid has demanded big web companies to do more to tackle online child sexual abuse, saying that any new legislation to tackle the issue will be informed by how seriously the industry responds to his call. He announced £21.5 million extra funding to help law enforcement agencies address the most expert and prolific abusers, and £250,000 to support new ideas on how to detect and disrupt live streaming of abuse. Technology companies are expected to:

  • block child sexual abuse material as soon as they detect it being uploaded
  • stop child grooming taking place on their platforms
  • work with government and law enforcement to shut down live-streamed child abuse
  • to be much more forward leaning in helping law enforcement agencies to deal with these types of crimes
  • show a greater level of openness and transparency and a willingness to share best practice and technology between companies

The importance of play and physical activity
The Children’s Commissioner has published a report calling for a joined-up approach to helping children become more physically active, saying “The fact of the matter is that busy lives, busy roads and fewer safe communal spaces have conspired to make what used to be a normal and spontaneous part of everyday life, an activity in itself – something requiring planning, scheduling and adult supervision. It also increasingly needs to be paid for.” It makes recommendations including:

  • Make out of school activity, rather than nutrition, the main focus of the government’s obesity strategy
  • Local areas should focus on making parks and other areas a safe, child-friendly space, including play streets
  • Fund holiday and out of school activities for every looked after child

How to run your own ‘meet and code’ day
With ‘Meet and Code’ grant applications now open, Christina Watson, UK Youth, shares her tips and advice from running one of the UK’s widest-reaching coding programmes for young people. Read the full article here.

Essex Police are sending a letter to all secondary schools to send out to parents and carers to highlight indicators of Child Sexual Exploitation and Criminal Exploitation with a view to informing them that there is a new hotline direct into Essex Police CSE team which they can ring to seek advice or report concerns.

The hotline will be also available to members of the public.

The hotline number is 01245 452058. This hotline can be accessed Monday to Friday 08:00-16:00 and has a voicemail option out of these hours.

EC-Card App

The Essex Sexual Health Service are in the final stages of production of a digital C-card app. This exciting new development will allow young people to take control of condom access and will provide more opportunities for discreet quick and easy access to condoms across Essex. The App will run on both iOS and Android devices.

Increased reporting of Missing Children from Children’s Homes: Government figures released in April show that young people living in children’s homes in England have been reported missing more than 50,000 times in the last three years. The missing rate for individual children is currently averaging nearly five times a year. These figures are ‘experimental’ data – the local authority recording of missing incidents having improved in recent years. However, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Runaway and Missing Children and Adults has previously warned of strong proven links between going missing and child sexual exploitation. Read the Children and Young People Now report on figures, published on 24 April, here.

Children with Alcoholic Parents: It is estimated that approximately 200,000 children in England live with alcoholic parents and the government is to invest £5.5m into efforts to improve the lives of these children. Up to £4.5m will be made available to local authorities over three years to develop new approaches to the issue such as early intervention programmes. The remaining £1m will be offered to voluntary sector organisations. To read more, from Children and Young People Now, published 23 April, click here

Free Impact Assessment Tools
A range of free impact management tools for small and medium-sized UK charities and social enterprises have been launched online. Charities will be find resources to help with planning, data and organisational culture. The online tool also has a ‘data diagnostic’ test that will generate tailored recommendations on what data you could collect to better understand and demonstrate your effectiveness.

The online tools will be hosted by the Impact Management Programme, a joint digital venture delivered by a range of organisations including NCVO, The Young Foundation, Social Enterprise UK, NPC and Social Value UK.

Impact of cyberbullying on children’s mental health
An inquiry by The Children’s Society, YoungMinds and MP Alex Chalk has shown that:

  • In total, 39% of young people reported having personal experience of online bullying in their lifetime, in contrast to 49% who reported experience of off-line bullying.

  • 27% of young people reported personal experience of online bullying within the last year.

  • In total, 60% of young people reported having seen somebody be harassed or bullied online.

  • An overwhelming majority of young people surveyed (83%) said that social media companies should do more to tackle cyberbullying on social media, whilst only 6% of young people disagreed with this.

The inquiry makes several recommendations for government and social media companies including:

  1. The Government should improve accountability by requiring social media companies to publish data about their response to reports of online bullying

  2. Social media companies should prioritise the promotion of children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing across their platforms

  3. The Government should commission additional research into the scale of online bullying, and its impact on children and young people

  4. The Government should put children’s experiences at the heart of internet safety policy development

Free On-line Resources for Essex Young People on Emotional Health & WellbeingWeb based resources are provided for Essex young people to access for free:
  • Big White Wall offers support to 16-18 year olds
  • My Life is an online support built by young people
  • Kooth, is a new online counselling service for young people, recently commissioned across Essex.   is a free, confidential, safe and anonymous way for young people aged 11-26th birthday to ask for help from a team of highly qualified and experienced counsellors and support workers. This is a service that has been commissioned by Southend, Essex & Thurrock CCGs, for all young people who live in Southend, Essex & Thurrock to be able to access.
Through the ESCB website colleagues can access  a range of information and link to other resources  –
Substance Misuse
EYPDAS (Choices) –

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Councils to investigate state of the SEND system
As the April 2018 deadline approaches for the transfer of all children and young people with SEND statements to health, social and education care plans, councils have launched an investigation into the state of SEND system. Having expressed concern that rising demand for support for children and young people has not been mirrored by increased funding, councils are struggling to cope. The Local Government Agency task and finish group are expected to deliver their findings in September 2018.
Child protection concerns for homeless young offenders
HM Inspectorate of Probation has published its annual report finding that one in three homeless young offenders, aged 16 to 17 years, are placed in unsuitable and unsafe temporary accommodation by councils. The report blamed this on a lack of suitable accommodation or joined-up working between support agencies and professional’s tendency to treat this group of children as adults. Calling for an end to this practice, inspectors said greater recognition of this group’s needs as vulnerable children, the majority of whom have experienced trauma and being in care, was required.

In response, Alison Michalska, president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services, said: “We take our duties to look after vulnerable young people seriously but finding suitable accommodation in the midst of a deepening housing crisis against a backdrop of falling budgets is the reality we face.”

Free campaigning guidebook published for charities
Freedom to Campaign, a free guidebook to campaigning within the Lobbying Act, has been published for charities by Campaign Collective. The 12-page guide explains what charities can and can’t do. It includes five quick tips, which are:
  1. Stay focused: If you have a campaign underway, it is unlikely to be covered by the Act
  2. Stay neutral: Don’t be party political, and don’t publicly shame politicians who don’t support you
  3. Stay within the law: Check out the public and purpose tests
  4. Stay clever: There are plenty of campaign tactics not covered by the Act
  5. Stay on top of time: Keep records of time and expenses spent on regulator
Child poverty: The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) has published a report looking at poverty rates, including poverty among children in the UK, and how figures have changed over the past 20 years. Findings reveal that poverty levels are starting to rise again, and reached 30% in 2015/16. Almost 400,000 more children are now living in poverty than in 2012/13.
Homelessness: Shelter has published a report on the experiences of homeless children in emergency accommodation.  In this year, which has seen the highest number of children in a decade, they spoke to both parents and children living in emergency accommodation. Two thirds of parents found that accommodation was inadequate for their needs, with some parents struggling to keep their children warm and clean. Children reported an impact on school work, and friendships.
Times will be tough for charities in 2018. A solid strategy is more vital than ever
Charity leaders are fighting hard to save their organisations. But they also need to think about the future – and how best to deploy the scarce resources they have. The end of one year and the start of the next is a time for reflection, resolutions and a chance to do things better.
Read the full story here
Jeremy Hunt is drawing up a strategy to support children being raised by alcoholic parents ( , following Labour MP’s story.
The government has just published its Green Paper on transforming children and young people’s mental health provision , which may be of interest to you. A link to this is below:
Safer Essex are supporting the development of a hate crime strategy for Essex which will contain  actions for partner agencies to take forward from 2018-2021 to tackle hate crime.
There is a consultation period for community members, service users, and agencies around what the strategy should contain running until 02/02/18.

The press release accompanying the strategy is here.

CHHAT (Community Hidden Harm Awareness Team)
The Community Hidden Harm Awareness Team (CHHAT) is a project of The Children’s Society East, working with young carers across Essex aged 8-19 years who are affected by parental substance use (also known as Hidden Harm).
The Children’s Society East are really pleased to announce CHHAT recently re-secured a further three years of funding, meaning the project can continue to provide valuable support for this group of vulnerable young carers.
Prior to working with CHHAT many of these young carers are hidden within society not accessing the support they need and deserve.  Our work involves supporting these young carers in a variety of ways, to help them understand Hidden Harm, and begin to notice and express their feelings surrounding their individual experiences, building resilience and improving emotional wellbeing and safety. .

With young people’s consent professionals can refer individual young people into CHHAT for support via or by calling 01245 493311. Under 13 year olds also need parental consent.  The type of support we offer is determined following our assessment including:One to one support, Group work, Activity days, and Liaising with professionals

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A big thank you to everyone who came to our AGM on the 14th June. We were very excited to welcome over 50 people to the meeting and supper. It means a lot to us that we are able to represent the voluntary youth sector in Essex and we were humbled and honoured by your support at our AGM.

An especially big thank you goes out to our guest speaker Councillor Dick Madden for his funny and thought provoking speech, and to Eileen, Carol and their team of guiding volunteers for an absolutely smashing supper!

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