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The Children’s Commissioner’s Takeover Challenge is the England-wide event where children get to take over in the work place. Bradford District is a flagship hub/area for the Takeover Challenge as up and down the country, organisations hand over the reins of power to children giving organisations access to great ideas and forward thinking initiatives. This provides children with a unique opportunity to learn how the world works and inspire them to think how their future careers. This year’s Challenge is launching on Friday 18th November. This is being supported by a number of Partners including Bradford Council, Young Lives Bradford and NHS Employers.
There are three ways that voluntary sector organisations can support this.
Promote the takeover opportunity to young people Please tell young people that you work with about this opportunity. There are seven posters that you can use to publicise this:
Run an “in house” takeover You may want to plan for the young people you work with to “takeover” your organisation or some of the roles. If you are thinking of doing this drop an email email@example.com with the details of who to contact in your organisation to develop your offer. If this doesn't work for you on 18th November (a schoolday) you can, of course, run this on another date.
The Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson runs a Youth Advisory Group for young people aged between 13 and 21. The group gives the Police and Crime Commissioner direct contact with young people who are able to express their views and comments which will steer all future decisions, policy and engagement.
There is an open rolling recruitment for Youth Advisory Group, meaning new members are welcome all the time.
Meetings take place on a Saturday and run 11:00-14:00 and include lunch and travel expenses. Meetings are held in various venues across West Yorkshire, and go to a different district each time.
How will the Commissioner use the advice given by the group?
The PCC will carefully consider the advice given by young people and will be responsible for any actions he takes arising out of that advice. The PCC will always report back to the group about what advice has or has not been followed and the reasons why.
What are group members expected to do?
Group members are expected to:
•Contribute time, energy and commitment
•Share their personal knowledge, awareness and experience of community issues within the group
•Provide advice to us to help the PCC improve policing and make sure people are safer and feel safer
Do group members need any special skills?
No. We will provide any appropriate training.
Do group members get paid?
No. This is voluntary work.
However, the Police and Crime Commissioner and his team do value the advice that they are given and the time that members dedicate to the group, so reasonable expenses are paid. Membership may also prove to be a useful addition to your CV.
It’s a really great group to be involved in, we offer unique opportunities that provide an close insight into West Yorkshire Police including VIP access to departments like the Oak Room, ANPR, CTU, Contact Centre, Firearms, Public Order, Mounted Section, NPAS and more. There are also opportunities to have intimate question and answer sessions with the Police and Crime Commissioner and members of the Chief Officer Team.
Mark Burns-Williamson, Police and Crime Commissioner really values what the group tell him, the young people have a real opportunity to directly influence the work of the PCC.
Apologies to people trying to contact us or visit us in the last couple of days who were unable to do so. We've had some quite major electrical issues which have disabled the lifts, door entry system, phones and internet. These have now, we hope, been fixed and normal service has been resumed.
Studies of data breaches reported to the Information Commissioners Office show an increasing problem for charities in this area. Interestingly, they also show that nearly two thirds of these breaches were due, not to cyber attacks but to human error, such as sending confidential information to the wrong person.
We often look at information security based on people stealing confidential information, physically or electronically. But clearly there is much to be done thinking about how we handle sensitive information about our users.
The Early Help Board has recognised there is a need for a common message about our current and future Early Help provision [link to Early Help Doc], as well as our Front Door arrangements in Bradford [Link to Front door doc].
In this context the Board has agreed a briefing for all partners working with children in Bradford which:
· Summarises the current position on Early Help, including the large amount of early help that is currently provided
· Recognises that there are assessment processes currently in place: CAF is our current default Early Help assessment tool,
· Describes the current referral routes
· Outlines how and why the Early Help model is being developed and what will change.
The Board is keen that this consistent message and understanding is shared across all partners and is used in relevant circumstances.
Jenny Cryer, Assistant Director for Performance, Commissioning and Partnerships in Children's Services has asked all VCS organisations for their support in making sure that these briefings are circulated widely to all relevant staff, and put on staff notice boards where appropriate. Further briefings to update staff on Early Help progress including a write up of the Pathfinders in Keighley and BD4/5 will be available in due course.
The Government’s response includes three main proposals:
Changes to LSCBs.
There are proposals to change safeguarding boards. Local areas can keep them, but will be allowed to introduce new more flexible arrangements as long as they put something else in place that meets their stipulations / guidance. It will be up to the Council, Health and Police to determine how the arrangements should work and who should be involved and at what way and level. These three “key agencies” will need to establish governance arrangements and decide a range of issues, including the following: • The area or region which should be covered under the joint arrangements; • How they will involve and work with other agencies who have a key role in protecting children; • A plan setting out details of the arrangements, which they will publish; • Resourcing for the arrangements; • How they will ensure a strong degree of independent scrutiny of the arrangements.
Serious case reviews SCRs will be abolished and replaced with local learning inquiries (LLIs) and national serious case inquiries (NSCIs), and establishing a new national learning framework
Child death overview panels National oversight of CDOPs will move from the Department for Education to the Department of Health
Young Lives Bradford will keep you informed as these proposals develop and as local responses to these proposals develop.
As part of Small Charities Week 13th -18th June, a social media campaign #Ilovesmallcharities has been launched to promote giving to small charities. An excellent chance to demonstrate the importance of money coming to small local charities not just the big nationals
Youth Voice is now growing at a real pace, and it’s really exciting that there are so many active young people getting involved in this.
However, we wanted to create a space where young people could come along and share their progress, tell us about what you have done in your area, share your story about how you have influenced and made things better. We also thought the space would allow you to get support to continue to drive forward your influence and take up new actions.
This event is for any young people who are getting involved in youth voice, whether you have participated in our previous events or not you are welcome to come along and share:
What you have been doing so far, what’s working and what difference you have made
What you would like to do next
Get help or support to help you progress your interest and take it to the next level
Get hints and tips on how to go about raising your issue or actions
Get information about who else is out there in the District who would be able to help your cause
If you have want to be active in driving forward change there is an opportunity to come together on
Thursday June 2nd 2-4pm at The Information Shop for Young People on Thornton Road, Bradford.
We will also be looking for young people who may be prepared to advocate and speak on behalf of a wider group of young people or who may wish to become part of a new district wide Youth Voice Challenge Group, looking at how Partnerships, Boards and Trusts are responding to what Young People have said.
Please can you confirm attendance to Heather Wilson (Commissioner – Youth Provisions)
People Can is an initiative by a range of partners who are concerned about a range of challenges faced by the Bradford District and who want to do something positive about them. The start point of People Can Make a Difference is a recognition of the fantastic voluntary work already being carried out in the Bradford District. People Can is an open invitation to everyone to take part, help others and make a difference.
People can make the difference in a number of ways:
Be Neighbourly – carry out small, informal, everyday acts of kindness.
Community action – create a new group, activity or event with like minded people .
Volunteer – devote some of their time to helping others.
Raise money – use their skills to raise funds for a community project.
People Can has a a theme for every month in 2016. April's theme is Safer Communities and in May it will be the turn of recreation.
Talent Match in Bradford. targets young people who are furthest away from the job market including those who are outside the benefits, work or training system and facing severe barriers to gain the skills they need to get into work. Several local groups are providing this support. A leaflet has been produced which explains a bit more about this and has relevant contact details.
If you are aware of young people who are 18-25, live in west Yorkshire and have been unemployed for 12 months, you could tell them about the programme and refer them to one of the organisations.
Through Talent Match, funding is available for supportive employers (including voluntary sector organisations) willing to create opportunities for young people who have been unemployed for an extended period of time. The scheme is fully funded and provides employers with over £5300 of funding to enable them to pay a young person £6.70 per hour, 30 hours per week for 6 months, with a view to sustaining the role at the end of the Job Creation. In doing so, employers involved in the scheme are helping to develop the skills of local young people and give them the confidence to move forward in their career.
After running successfully for an initial two years in Leeds, Wakefield, Kirklees and Calderdale, Talent Match Job Creations have now been extended to the Bradford area. The Job Creation Partner, Ahead Partnership, is seeking businesses and VCS organisations in Bradford who can offer opportunities in a variety of entry level roles including administration, warehousing, retail. All roles will be considered providing they are a suitable level.
The Ahead Partnership is hosting a matching event in central Bradford on 17th May. Matching events are an opportunity for employers with Job Creations to promote their business and role to young people seeking opportunities from the local area. This is an ideal time for you to get involved in Talent Match Job Creation.