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.
Bradford Council and Barnardo’s have worked closely with young people and services offering short breaks to families with additional needs in the Bradford district to produce a video. The video demonstrates the fantastic work going on in the district to support families and young people with additional needs.
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.
Prevent is one of the four core elements of the Government’s CONTEST strategy for countering terrorism. The other three elements are Prepare, Pursue and Protect. Prevent is a part of the CONTEST Strategy focusing on early intervention through strategies which reduce the likelihood of individuals supporting extremist ideology. It applies to all forms of extremism including far right extremism. It is also recognised as a 'safeguarding' issue and will be treated in the same way as other safeguarding processes designed to protect vulnerable people from harm or abuse by being drawn into radicalisation or travelling abroad to pursue these ideals.
Prevent agenda presentation
This presentation on Prevent was delivered by the Bradford Prevent Co-ordinator for Bradford, Michael Churley at the Young Lives Bradford forum in February. His contact details are:
Michael Churley, Prevent Co-ordinator
Neighbourhood & Customer Service, Department of Environment & Sport
Free E-learning module provides a general overview of the ‘Channel’ programme, which provides support at an early stage to people identified as being vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism.
New Government website on Prevent
This website provides parents, teachers and school leaders practical advice on protecting children from extremism and radicalisation.
‘Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent’ (WRAP) sessions will be available in the district. Young Lives Bradford will circulate details when available.
Bradford Council training team are currently delivering training for early years practitioners/support staff and assistants/teachers working with early years children and their families and will also be planning further training.
Bradford Council webpage on the prevent agenda has useful links.
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
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 programme for Safeguarding Week 2015 has been announced. A full brochure is available to download below. There is a huge range of sessions including those on Child Sexual Exploitation, Implementing the Care Act and Personal Safety Awareness. Booking details for each session can be found in the brochure.
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.