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) https://bit.ly/2NJ5X25
Non members (£20) https://bit.ly/2NguWwu
*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.
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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
The Fundraising Regulator wants to hear from any charities that have been sent the fraudulent emails.
A new report from Salesforce.org 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
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.
25th July 2018
Information Sharing – The new ‘Information Sharing guidance Advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers’ replaces ‘Information sharing: advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services (2015)’ and can be found on gov.uk here
Social enterprise, Sport For Confidence, has teamed up with the Action for Children charity via Essex Short Breaks to offer inclusive sporting opportunities for young people this summer.
Sessions begin week commencing July 23 and run for six weeks at the following venues:
- Basildon Sporting Village, Friday 1.30-3.30pm
- Witham Leisure Centre, Monday 1.30-3.30pm
- Hadleigh Park, Monday 1.30pm – 3.00pm
- Waterside Farm Leisure Centre, Canvey Island Wednesday 1.00pm-3.00pm
- Sessions cost £5 and participants are very welcome to attend all or some at any of the venues hosting the programme.To find out more and to pre-book a place, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org quoting your preferred venue and the date of the sessions you require. Please note, participants that require one to one support will need to attend with a parent or carer
The case for a Disabled Children’s Fund
The Disabled Children’s Partnership has identified a funding gap in support for disabled children, comprising £1.1 million in NHS services and £433.9 million in social care. In its latest paper it calls for government to commit £1.5 million per year to a Disabled Children’s Fund that would:
- ensure disabled children and their families have the support in place when they need it, which will in turn prevent them from reaching breaking point
- enable local authorities and the NHS to meet their statutory duties and improve the availability and quality of services
- support parents and young disabled children to work and succeed at school
Choices Peer Development Programme for Young Women aged 13 – 16 yrs
The next Choice’s Peer Development Programme will be running over three consecutive days starting on Tuesday 14th through to Thursday 16th August, from 10.30am to 3.00pm at Mulberry Tree Family Centre, Lewis Gardens, Colchester, CO11JH. Food and drink are included.
The programme is structured to create a safe and trusting environment enabling young people to express their views without being judged. Young people will be encouraged to participate in a series of per led group activities enabling them to develop their confidence, self-esteem and understanding of healthy relationships and positive decision making.
Blurred Lines workshop for Young Men aged 13 – 16yrs
The Blurred Lines workshop will be taking place on Friday 10th August, at Parkside Youth Centre, Maldon Road, Witham CM8 2Bh, it will also include a Parkour and Freerunning workshop led by Team Kinetix at their Academy, Unit 3E Moss Road, Witham, Essex, CM8 3UW.
Through the workshop, the young people will have the opportunity to explore the blurred lines around relationships, the law, risk and the impact of choices, when they are both in and out of their control. The workshop is structured to build a safe and trusting environment where young people feel they can express views without being judged.
Matt Broekhuizen, Managing Director and Founder of Table 19, looks at some of the issues facing young people in the online world, arguing that more needs to be done to shield children from its dangers.
Loneliness – The NSPCC has released figures which show that thousands of young people are struggling with feelings of loneliness and isolation. Childline counsellors delivered 4,636 counselling sessions in relation to loneliness in the year April 2017 to March 2018 and almost 80% of sessions were with girls. Some young people expressed concerns about the harmful effects of social medial use, mental health issues and bullying. To read the full report, published 3 July, click here
Child Vulnerability – A major study from England’s Children’s Commissioner shows that over 2 million children in England (one in six) are growing up in families where circumstances are so complex and risks are so serious that they need some level of help. The report estimates that over 100,000 children are growing up within a family experiencing the so called ‘toxic trio’ of domestic abuse, mental health issues and alcohol or substance misuse. The report brings together a range of information held by various government departments, agencies and others to reveal the scale of child vulnerability in England. To read a summary of the report, published 4 July, click here.
NHS England is looking for feedback on a new specification for Children and Young People’s Mental Health Services (CAMHS). They are seeking more views from patients, carers, members of the public and clinicians. Find out more and share your views by 14th August.
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.
3rd May 2018
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
15th March 2018
Birth families and adopted children: A review into the role of social workers in adoptions, commissioned by the British Association of Social Workers (BASW), has concluded that Adoption law should be overhauled to ensure children can retain close contact with their birth families. The review, said that severing ties with birth families can have a detrimental effect on children’s emotional wellbeing and can lead to identity issues. The BASW has now said that it will, “call for a review of adoption law in all countries of the UK into whether the assumptions about severance of connection to families of origin is ethical”. Read more, in a report published by Children & Young People now, on 2 March here.
Open Consultation – Domestic Abuse Bill: The Home Office and the Ministry of Justice are consulting on the government’s approach to dealing with domestic abuse and are seeking views on the legislative proposals for the draft Domestic Abuse Bill. The consultation sets out the government’s approach to dealing with domestic abuse including improving support services for victims of domestic abuse and their children. Responses must be made before 31 May, Further information, and links to both the full and the short version of the consultation can be found here.
Reporting and acting on child abuse and neglect: The government has published a summary of responses and government action following the Reporting and acting on child abuse and neglect consultation carried out between July and October 2016. As a result of the consultation the government does not intend to introduce a mandatory reporting duty or duty to act at this time. Read more, from the Department for Education, Home Office, published 5 March 2018, 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.
1st March 2018
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:
The Government should improve accountability by requiring social media companies to publish data about their response to reports of online bullying
Social media companies should prioritise the promotion of children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing across their platforms
The Government should commission additional research into the scale of online bullying, and its impact on children and young people
The Government should put children’s experiences at the heart of internet safety policy development
National Safeguarding Month
UK Youth has produced a set of resources and calls to action for National Safeguarding Month which starts on March 1st. It includes calls for organisations working with young people to review their safeguarding practices and pledge to improve safeguarding policies and standards. It’s using #KeepMeSafe to raise awareness of the campaign.
27th February 2018
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 www.bigwhitewall.co
My Life is an online support built by young people www.mylife.org.uk
Kooth, is a new online counselling service for young people, recently commissioned across Essex. www.kooth.com 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 – http://www.escb.co.uk/en-gb/safeguardingtopics/mentalhealth.aspx
EYPDAS (Choices) – http://www.essexlocaloffer.org.uk/listing/essex-young-peoples-drug-and-alcohol-service-eypdas/
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31st January 2018
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:
Stay focused: If you have a campaign underway, it is unlikely to be covered by the Act
Stay neutral: Don’t be party political, and don’t publicly shame politicians who don’t support you
Stay within the law: Check out the public and purpose tests
Stay clever: There are plenty of campaign tactics not covered by the Act
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 (https://healthwatchessex.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=66177cf00c5d70e380a97e0d4&id=59eab7fa4e&e=42e0baae95) , 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 www.childrenssocietyeast.org.uk 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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