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.
The Care Act 2014 came into force on 1st April 2015. Due to the change in policy framework for safeguarding adults the West Yorkshire Safeguarding Adults Policy and Procedures had been updated to include the changes introduced by the Care Act.
A new local Quick Guide to the Safeguarding Adults Procedures has been developed.
This new guide explains:
What to do if an adult is at risk
How to respond
Views and wishes of the Adult at Risk
How to raise a Safeguarding Concern
The guide also gives information on the key stages of the adult safeguarding process and outlines the roles and responsibilities of individuals.
We want people in the Bradford District to feel confident in the role they play in safeguarding adults and to take appropriate action when they have any safeguarding concerns.
This new quick guide aims to help people understand what they need to do, and what they can expect of one another. We are hopeful that this guide will (in brief) help people understand the safeguarding adult’s process.
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.
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.
The Bradford Safeguarding Adults board are undertaking a scoping activity about in-house safeguarding training. If your organisation provides its own training for staff and volunteers please complete and return the questionnaire. This will help inform the future training strategy. Responses by 30th April 2015
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 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 are seeking to appoint a VCS Representative for the Bradford Safeguarding Children Board and a Chair for the VCS Safeguarding Steering group.
The VCS has played a central role in the business of Bradford Safeguarding Children Board (BSCB) since it was launched in 2006 (and is included as a signatory of the ‘Statement of Intent’). Representatives for the Board are appointed through Young Lives Bradford and the VCS are well represented at all levels of the Board.