The Essex Children & Young Peoples Partnership Board: An ECVYS Update

The Essex Safeguarding Children Board (ESCB) has recently published its Annual Report, highlighting its accomplishments in serving one of the largest child populations in the country. The report is summarised in the following pages and can be read in full on the ESCB website. The Board’s work has only been achieved because of the commitment and efforts of the Board’s administrative team, led by Alison Cutler, and by the wide range of professionals who take part in Sub-committees and local ‘Stay Safe’ groups.
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What does being a CSE Champion mean?
  • A champion in your organisation ensures you have a link to the most up to date information about CSE in Essex
  • Keeps your organisation up to date with localised changes and up to date with localised CSE risk assessment / tools etc.
  • The Champions role is to cascade knowledge through their organisations
What support is there from ESCB (Essex Safeguarding Children’s Board)?
  • They will be offering twice yearly themed CSE Champions Forums – ensuring that they are hitting on key subjects that are current within Essex and where possible will be delivered by experts in the field.  2017 -2018 forums are:
  • November – Working with parents (delivered by The Children’s Society); Understanding Perpetrators and multi-agency planning (delivered by NWG CSE Response Unit)
  • Jan/Feb – Working with children & young people (delivered by Children and Young People); Understanding adolescent trauma and risk taking in response to CSE (delivered by NWG CSE Response Unit
What do I have to do?
  • There are new standards set out across the CSE Champion Role rather than delivering it as a one off training event:
    • You need to have completed a basic awareness course in CSE
    • You need to have completed a safeguarding course
    • You must complete the Online CSE Toolbox Training – free and available through us, the link below tells you how to apply
    • You need to have your line management approval
    • You need to have the free Gold Membership – free and available through ESCB, the link below tells you how to apply
  • It is an expectation of all CSE Champions to attend at least 1 of the Forums a year – this ensures they are kept informed and supported in their development in relation to CSE
How do I apply?
To apply for CSE Champion all details are:
It is a fairly straight forward process, so please consider signing up
N.B – Please link direct with ESCB via the link if you need any further information


The CYPPB is a multi agency body invested in the wellbeing of children and young people across Essex. It has produced a strategic partnership plan that each agency is committed to delivering and monitoring against its priorities.

The ECVYS Director sits on the Countywide board as a voice for the voluntary sector. There are updates from these meetings, and each of the local board meetings below. We aim to have an ECVYS rep on each of these boards so that we can speak on behalf of the voluntary sector.

Please take a look at the up and coming issues highlighted from each meeting and let the ECVYS Director know if there is anything that you would like to comment on or make your voice heard about.

Download the Partnership plan here. There is also a short animation to go alongside this plan that helps demonstrate the vision.

There is a new update from the child exploitation project manager on her blog. Read it here 

Countywide CYPPB Update:  2nd March 2017- Rachel Brett- ECVYS Director.

♦  Virgin Care and Barnardo’s have been awarded the 0-19’s contract. This has affected many of our current groups. The new providers will be seeking to engage with the voluntary sector. Let me know if you have any specific comments that you would like me to feed into this conversation

♦ A report was given from the CME (children missing education) sub group. The report shows a concern for those children and young people that are not in Education as they are at higher risk of abuse. There will be a media campaign soon to highlight this issue.

♦ Gangs and youth violence is raising a concern in Essex as figures show that it is on the rise. The Youth Offending Service are tackling this by trying to raise aspirations with young people at local colleges. The youth service are making their youth workers have a more visible presence in the community- especially at local train stations.

♦ Vulnerably housed families are on the rise in Essex. Concerns were raised at families being moved into Essex from other boroughs with little or no support, and into accommodation that is not suitable for families. This is something that the childrens partnership board will be keeping a close eye on and working with housing to identify ways to support families more.
Local CYPPB Updates

West: ECVYS member rep – Luke Lowrie – The Red Balloon Family

Mid: ECVYS member rep – Rachel Brett – ECVYS Director

South: ECVYS member rep – Mark Tiddy – Diocese of Chelmsford


North: ECVYS member rep – Jane Blomeley Colchester Y.E.S.