This is the Expression of Interest questionnaire for the Youth Engagement form it needs to be completed and returned to the relevant person as detailed in the form itself by Noon on Tuesday 7th October 2014.
Website of the National Council for Voluntary Youth Service. National resources for voluntary and community organisations that support young people. Information on strategy and policy and good practice from a national perspective.
Created by young people for young people, the ‘Rise Above’ website aims to build emotional resilience in individuals aged 11 to 16 by equipping them with the skills and knowledge they need to make informed decisions, and help deal with the pressures of growing up. It also encourages conversations about the key health and wellbeing issues that affect teens and young people.
‘Rise Above’ tackles topics young people are most concerned about, such as puberty, relationships, alcohol, self-harm, smoking, contraceptive choices, drugs, body confidence, peer pressure and mental health. To read more, go to:http://riseabove.org.uk/
The Anti-Bullying Alliance website has free Anti-Bullying Week resources available, including the Anti-Bullying Week 2015 campaign pack, top tips for teachers on responding to bullying and lesson plans and assemblies to support activities in the week. Many of these resources will be useful outside Anti-bullying week.
Anti-bullying tool for parents This anti-bullying parent information tool aims to give parents information about bullying in an interactive way.
Tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying for disabled children and young people and those with special educational needs The Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA) and Education Action Challenging Homophobia (EACH) have worked together on a programme to address homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools. This guide for schools is based on discussions with disabled young people and a literature review.
Bradford Council has a duty under Section 11 of the Children Act 2004 to ensure organisations they commission have adequate Safeguarding procedures in place. To do this they will be asking commissioned groups to complete a new provider safeguarding audit tool. It is likely NHS commissioners will also be using the tool for commissioned groups.
If you are (or seeking to be) commissioned by either Bradford Council or the NHS, this sets out what you would be expected to report on. Other organisations may wish to use it to asses therir practices and as part of organisational development.
Eric Pickles and Iain Duncan Smith have announced plans to do more to get some of England’s hardest to help families back to work. The communities and work and pensions secretaries are to more than double the number of specialist employment advisers in the government’s expanded Troubled Families programme. The number of welfare to work specialists seconded from Jobcentre Plus directly into councils’ troubled families teams will go from 150 to over 300 from April this year as part of efforts to turn around the lives of up to 400,000 tough to tackle households.
Source: AngelaBarnes, NAVCA (National Association for Voluntary & Community Action), Date: 20/1/15
The BLAST Project Update: The UK's leading male only sexual exploitation project providing face-to-face support for boys and young men in Leeds and Bradford THINK BOYS – THINK BLAST. When you refer a boy/young man directly to the BLAST Project, this will be shared with the CSE Hub and the BLAST Project will either: Support the boy/young man on a 1-2-1 basis and work in partnership with the Hub and other professionals involved or Provide preventative group work where the boy/young man will access specialist CSE/grooming sessions delivered by the BLAST Project.
This new approach, along with the appointment of a self-financing boys and young men’s worker means our capacity to work with and support boys and young men across Leeds and Bradford has increased. We currently have no waiting list and are able to respond to referrals quickly. We also have a secure email which is highlighted in the ‘make a referral section’ of the BLAST Project website.
It is now time again to plan for this year’s Safeguarding Week which will take place from Monday, 19th October to Friday, 23rd October across various venues across the district. The focus of the week is to provide a range of learning and development opportunities for staff and volunteers working in the sectors of safeguarding children, young people, adults and domestic abuse.
There will be a series of drop-in events, workshops, films, lectures and training opportunities to promote Safeguarding Awareness across the Bradford District. We are looking for a broad range of events and would like to encourage service user involvement. Running an event will be a great opportunity for organisations working with children, young people, adults and families to host events to raise awareness of their own services.
Deadline for applications to run an event isFriday 22nd May.This allows time to prepare the programme and circulate to partners before the school summer term break.
If you would like to get involved and run an event click here: Guidance Notes
Can you offer a venue? We would also like to hear from anyone who could offer a venue to host some of the activities during the week. This could also be an opportunity to promote your own organisation’s services even if you decide not to run an event yourself.
We look forward to hearing from any interested organisations.
A national report has been published giving data on the children and young people’s voluntary sector. Clearly as this is national data, it does not completely reflect the situation in particular areas, such as Bradford. Also due to basing the data on charity Commission data it uses 2012/13 figures. However this is the most authoritative data available on children and young people’s charities and does give a good indication of trends and key statistics. Almost half of organisations have an income of under £100,000. 42% of funding comes from local and national Government (higher than for other types of charities) but 44% comes from individuals (This includes the fundraising and voluntary giving but notably reflects the real efforts and success as children’s charities increase their capacity to sell services, membership, training and much more.) The trend of an overall drop in income continues.
Young Lives have put together a short survey on involvement of young people and supporting young people’s voice. This is to help us demonstrate the work that you undertake and to get a better understanding of how the VCS supports young people’s engagement. There is a keen interest in Council partnerships, structures and groups to have a greater input from children and young people into decision making, so we are also asking whether any existing fourms you facilitate would like to be better linked to develop greater links with partners.
Young Lives Bradford facilitates VCS representation and engagement on the wide range of strategic groups which report back to Bradford Children’s Trust and the Bradford Safeguarding Children Board. We are looking for representatives on behalf of the Young Lives Bradford Network and voluntary sector delivering services to children, young people and families in the District on the following groups:
Our Representatives are expected to attend meetings of the group and we would ask our representatives to provide brief written feedback on any key points from the meeting and on any relevant information which may need to be cascaded to the sector. We offer an allowance of £40 per meeting to your employer, plus travel expenses. Our VCS Representatives should be working or volunteering for a VCS organisation which delivers services to children and young people in the Bradford district.
Bradford Council is raising awareness among parents, carers and professionals of what private fostering means, and what action people who are privately fostering need to take. Private fostering is significantly under reported. Out of the estimated 10,000 children in private fostering arrangements, local authorities know of about 2,000. The Council needs to assess and identify any support these children may need. A new leaflet helps explains what private fostering is and why it is important to report it. Further guidance is in an accompanying press release.
The Children and Young People’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Programme (CYP IAPT) enables all current staff who work with emotional health and wellbeing to work towards a qualification to practice as a therapist at the same time as gaining intensive hands-on experience.
It has been designed to widen access to mental health and emotional support by extending opportunities for existing staff to receive training to become qualified and more confident in providing care and treatment for young people.
The CYP IAPT therapies programme is an intensive one year full-time training programme in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Adolescents (ITP-A), Systemic Practice or Parenting. As this is a one year secondment programme, applicants need the support of employers.
Fees: The course is funded by Health Education England. Moneys to backfill the trainees for the year (£30k per trainee) will be paid via the CCG.
Closing date: Please note closing date for applications is 4th of August 2015.
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, which has been set up to consider whether public bodies (and other non‐state institutions) have taken seriously their duty of care to protect children from sexual abuse has begun its work. As part of this activity the Chair has sent a letter to Bradford Council (and many other bodies) relating to information and records. It outlines documents and records that should not be destroyed: “we must ensure that no line of investigation is curtailed by the premature destruction of files or records that later become required as evidence” at this stage, to ensure that the enquiry’s work is not limited. Bradford Safeguarding Children Board has asked that this letter is shared with VCS organisations and asks that VCS organisations follow the request in the letter.
Young Lives Bradford co-ordinates a Core Strategic Group (CSG) which meets bi-monthly and we are looking to recruit new members to the group.
The primary aim of the CSG is to oversee the strategic engagement of the children and young people’s voluntary and community sector with statutory, voluntary and private sector stakeholder groups and agencies, including the Bradford Council, the Bradford Children’s Trust, the Bradford Safeguarding Children Board, the local NHS Health & Well-Being Board, and the Bradford VCS Assembly among others.
The CSG provides a forum for raising and responding to issues of wider importance relating to children and young people’s services within Bradford District. The purpose is to ensure the voice of the voluntary and community sector is heard wherever appropriate and necessary.
Membership of the group is open to managers and practitioners from organisations registered on the Young Lives Bradford network, conditional on a commitment by each member to attend scheduled meetings of the CSG.
Membership of the CSG gives individuals an opportunity to:
- Become more involved in strategic decision making
- Learn new skills from representing the sector at a strategic level
- Understand how decisions are made locally and nationally and how they impact on the sector.
We are particularly interested to see representation on the group from organisations that are:
- working with people with disabilities;
- working with BME and /or Central and Eastern European groups;
- in the 0 – 11 sector;
- young person led,
- volunteer-led, uniformed or faith based
- based in Keighley or Shipley constituencies.
For detailed information about the group view the terms of reference. To discuss this opportunity please contact Peter Horner on 01274 722772 or 07421 745712 or at the Young Lives Forum on 30th September.