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  Meet the Team!

  There are 6 Health and Wellbeing Officers across the County to support the work around children and young
  people aged 0 – 19 years. You can contact your local officer by email:

  Team Manager
  Anne Sheppard -

  Sue Milner –                        Leeanne Gilpin (Business Support, North)

  Eileen Teasdale -              Lisa Worthington (Business Support, West)
  Siobhan Bowness -    

  Gill Schwer -                      Gill McGregor (Business Support, South)
  Lindsey Ormesher –  

                      BIG Award                                                 PSHE Consultation
  The first national award for outstanding Anti-bullying
                           practice.                          You may be aware of the PSHEE curriculum consultation
Bullying Intervention Group (BIG) has set up a national       launched by the Government at the start of the Summer
anti-bullying award scheme that helps schools achieve         holidays(!). If you have not already done so, please use this
award status. A school develops a portfolio of evidence       opportunity to highlight to the importance of PSHE. We know
over time. They get online support and resources to           that it is unlikely for anything to be added to the PSHE
work towards excellence, with updates on policy and           curriculum, however it could be cut. The more responses
research. When they are judged to have achieved all           they get showing the need for PSHE, the better as this will
the criteria, they are given the BIG Award. Parents who       also feed into the OFSTED process. Any evidence that you
see the BIG Award logo can feel confident that this           may have of the impact of PSHE would be great as well. If
school has key elements in place. If bullying occurs it       you are aware of other organisations that would be interested
will be dealt with effectively. BIG works with our            in responding, please encourage them as well. The link is
partners to ensure that every child’s right to be safe is (7th consultation down)
upheld in schools and services for children. Awards are                                               th
                                                              closing date for responses is the 30 November.
renewed annually. Bullying Intervention Group is a not
for profit social enterprise. It will award schools and
Services and sits alongside the Diana Anti-Bullying                        Life after Healthy Schools!
Award for Children and Young People.
For more information visit                                    The National Healthy Schools Programme came to an end in                           March 2011, however, if you are working on Health and
                                                              Wellbeing issues in school you can still use the Healthy
                                                              Schools toolkit which contains a whole school approach
Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)                       framework, school examples, information and useful
                                                              templates. You can access the toolkit at
Between August 2011 and March 2012 Cumbria is
‘refreshing’ it’s Joint Strategic Needs Assessment, first
completed in 2009. The JSNA, is designed to provide
                                                              We are also aware that there are lots of companies that are
a comprehensive tool for Local Authorities, their NHS
                                                              offering their services around Health and Wellbeing - PSHE,
partners, community and voluntary sectors, District
                                                              Healthy Eating, Physical Activity etc. If you are considering
Councils and service users to agree a comprehensive
                                                              using an external organisation to deliver in your school
picture of health and wellbeing needs.
                                                              please consider the following;
Government proposals (Health and Social Care Bill
2011) identify the JSNA as underpinning the new ‘Joint         If it’s free, what’s the catch?
Health and Wellbeing Strategy’ the development of              What’s in it for them?
which will be led by Cumbria’s Health and Wellbeing            Why do they want access to your pupils?
Board.                                                         What is it that you can’t do yourself?
We will keep you informed on developments.                     What’s in it for the pupils?
                                                               How does it fit into the rest of your curriculum?
                                                               How are they regulated?
                                                  Children’s Centres

  Cumbria Children’s Centre’s have a new core purpose as of September 2011. Contact your local
  children’s centre for more information on what support they offer children and young people (age 0-
  19years) and their families.
                                                                                                        Core Principles:
         Cumbria                                                                                         Co-location of services
        Sure Start                                                                                       Effective engagement
        Children's                           Child & Family                                                 including outreach
       Centre Core                         Health & Well Being                                           Effective partnerships
         Purpose                                                                                           Equality & Diversity
        2011 - 14                     *Ante Natal and Postnatal Support                                     EYFS Principles &
                                         *Oral Health Improvement &                                            commitments
                                                 Surveillance                                                Identification of &
                                          *Healthy Child Programme                                         responding to need
                                           *Other specialist support                                              Inclusion
                                                                                                       Information & Signposting
                                                            *Child & Family Safety Promotion               Information sharing
                               * Speech & Language
                                                                *Accident & Injury Prevention         Leadership & Management
                                                                    *Substance Misuse                           Participation
                                             * Promoting positive *Smoking Cessation                           Play Principles
                                             Mental Health &            *Supporting Healthy                    Safeguarding
                                             Emotional Well-Being          Lifestyles                   Workforce Development
                                             *Promotion &
             Child Development,              activities to support
             Learning &                      Child Development &                 Parenting &
                                             Early Learning                    Family Support
             Readiness for School
                                             *Domestic Violence
             *Childcare for working                                       *Child and Family Support
             parents/carers                       *Employment Advice      Services
              *Support for Childminders           *Adult and Family       *Intensive Family Support
                                                  Learning                *Evidenced Based
               *Childcare for Specific
             Groups                                                       Parenting
                                                                          *Provision of an
                                                                          that supports and
                                                                          enhances contact between
                                                                          children & parents

The Children's Services Provider Newsletter Autumn 2011
This newsletter provides information on local and national issues and brings together all childcare sectors sharing
information and good practice.
To view the latest electronic edition please click on the link below

Extended Services Report
The Department for Education has released a report evidencing the advantages extended services can make to the life
chances of disadvantaged pupils and their families. Amongst other findings are –
 One key finding has been that offering activities and services on school premises or nearby proves most effective;
   disadvantaged families show less interest in services that are spread too widely across a community or too far from
   the schools their children attend.
 Extended services & extra-curricular activities can help improve pupils' grades.
 Parents' career prospects can be improved through some services.
 Extended services can keep children at school.
 Extended services and activities can help young people engage, or re-engage with formal learning.
 Young people can be helped, through extra-curricular activities, onto 'productive pathways after school'.
 They can help families deal with crises.
 Parenting skills can be improved.
 Multi-agency approaches - with links between health services, youth services and youth justice system are important.
For the full report go to
          Dates for your Diary                                     Physical Activity Guidelines

Anti Bullying Week                                 Earlier in the year guidelines were formalised by the Chief
14-18 November 2011 - With the slogan ‘Stop        Medical Officer on what the recommendations should be for Early
and think – words can hurt’ this year’s            Years, children and young people.
campaign is focused on tackling verbal             EARLY YEARS (under 5s)
bullying.                                          1. Physical activity should be encouraged from birth, particularly
                                                       through floor-based play and water-based activities in safe
Alcohol Awareness Week                                 environments.
14th-20th November 2011 - The focus of the         2.   Children of pre-school age who are capable of walking
week for this year will be alcohol and childhood        unaided should be physically active daily for at least 180
which encompasses both the impact of alcohol            minutes (3 hours), spread throughout the day.
use by young people, and the impact on young
people of alcohol misuse in the home               3.    All under 5s should minimise the amount of time spent being
environment.                                            sedentary (being restrained or sitting) for extended periods
                                                        (except time spent sleeping).
Take Over Day – 11 Nov 2011
                                                    CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE (5-18 years)
Giving children and young people the chance
                                                   1. All children and young people should engage in moderate to
to work withadults for the day and be involved
in decision-making. This year's event coincides       vigorous intensity physical activity for at least 60 minutes and
                                                      up to several hours every day.
with Remembrance Day and will focus on
encouraging inter-generational and community       2.   Vigorous intensity activities, including those that strengthen
relationships. In Cumbria there are many                muscle and bone, should be incorporated at least three days
examples of exciting and inspirational                  a week.
community activities involving children, young
people and adults, and I would like to use this    3.   All children and young people should minimise the amount of
opportunity to encourage us all to get involved         time spent being sedentary (sitting) for extended periods.
by building on what's already taking place and     For full report please go to:
creating new and innovative opportunities.   
A Cumbria wide calendar of Takeover Day
events will be freely promoted and publicised
on our children and young
people's website.                                                            Food Update
 If you would like to take part in this
year's Takeover Day events; require support,       School Food Trust Uptake Report – a report has been
information, advice or inspiration; then please    published with the results of school food uptake. Cumbria
contact: or          Primary schools are above National average at 51.60% uptake, for a                 as are our secondary’s at 46.60%, however this has dropped
registration form and inclusion on the website.    slightly. The data that the County and SFT collects is vital to help
                                                   us support school meals and to be able to compare the number
Healthy Weight Workshops                           of those that are eligible for a Free School Meal to those that
 Workshops are taking place across the county      actually take a meal. To view the full report and statistical graphs
to find out what the issues are locally across     go to
Cumbria regarding Healthy Weight. They are         caterers/reports/sixth-annual-survey-of-take-up-of-school-meals-
practical half day workshops to look at:           in-england
   Overview of the Cumbria Healthy Weight
Strategy                                           FSM - Families can now complete their FSM application online.
   Overview of the prevalence of obesity in        Once registered they will not have to do it again as the system
local areas                                        will update itself if they are no longer in receipt of benefits. For
   Celebrating Good Practice in localities         the link to the application form please go to:
   Exploring what partners are already   
contributing and what delivery mechanisms are      ools/financialhelp/fsm.asp
already in place
   Challenging ourselves to think about what       National Child Measurement Programme - Child height and
more we could be doing and ways forward            weight in the North West: analysis of the National Child
Dates are:                   (lunch provided)      Measurement Programme 2009/10 report is now available online
 South Lakes – 18 Oct, Kendal Town Hall,
                       th                          at It has highlighted some important areas to
    12.30-4.30pm                                   work on such as Early Years, as well as geographical hot spots.
 Barrow – 1 Nov, Barrow Town Hall, 9am –

 Allerdale – 10 Nov, The Wave, Maryport,
                                                                Domestic Violence (DV) Network
    9am- 1pm
 Eden – 15 Nov – Penrith Leisure Centre,

    9am – 1pm                                      Across the County a Network is being established of Domestic
                                                   Violence Champions. Within each organisation there will be lead
 Copeland – Date to be confirmed
                                                   people who will be raising awareness, training and signposting
                                                   around DV. The Health and Wellbeing Officers are part of the
To confirm a place contact Katherine Taylor on
                                                   network and will be working across Children’s Services.
01539 797686
              Useful Websites                                             E-Learning Opportunities                                    The following E-learning courses are free to complete and give
    Cumbria Grid for Learning has lots of              you a certification at the end.
    useful resources, information, policies
    and links for Health and Wellbeing. Click          Risk Taking Behaviour
    on the Healthy Schools tab for access.             This e-learning course is about teenage pregnancy, drug and alcohol
                                                       use and wellbeing in sexual health, as relevant to the teenage                                  population in Cumbria.
    The national campaign website has                  Please email to access the course.
    downloadable resources, leaflets, etc
    that can be used with children and                 Parental mental health and families
    families. You can also order resources             This training package is designed to help social workers better
    such as stickers, games etc for use in             understand the needs of parents with mental health problems and
    your school and community.                         focuses on ensuring support across healthcare, social care and
                                                       education is well co-ordinated. It also aims to encourage social                             workers to empathise more with parents with mental health problems
    This website has lots of information for           and understand the difficulties they face as carers. It is also aimed at
    Primary and Secondary of the food for              adult mental health workers, children's centre staff, teachers and
    life awards as well as resources,                  GPs.
    contacts in your area, events etc                                      Young Carers
    This website has a directory of clubs,             The aim of the module is to increase understanding in schools of
    activities and opportunities on physical           particular issues and challenges facing young carers and their
    activity of every kind including sports,           families. It is designed to help all school staff identify and support
    walking, and dance – something for                 young carers throughout their education. Based on a set of questions,
    everyone. You can identify local                   it provides insight into young carers and practical ideas about how to
    provision based on a variety of criteria. It       support them directly and within the wider school setting.
    also has some really good links          

                                                   Signposting Special
Sexual Health - DASH

The DASH team has now been going strong for a while now and have been involved with hundreds of young people
discussing a whole range of issues including alcohol, drugs, contraception, sexual health, relationships and building self
confidence and emotional resilience.

The DASH team can work on a 1-1 basis with young people as well as working alongside PSHEe teachers in schools to
help to effectively deliver elements of the PSHEe curriculum in small targeted groups or in classroom settings. They will
also work in outreach settings, such as youth clubs. The referral form with further information about the service can be
found in the Cumbria Healthy Schools section of

If you would like to contact the DASH teams directly, their free phone number is 0800 435 709.

             Health Related Behaviour Questionnaire – Young People in Cumbria 2010

The Health Related Behaviour Questionnaire has taken place in Cumbria every 2 or 3 years since 1988. It is a survey
completed anonymously by almost 2000 young people from 30 primary and secondary schools in all parts of the county.
In the survey pupils from Years 6, 8 and 10 answer questions about all aspects of health including exercise, diet, self-
esteem, leisure time, drugs and alcohol, bullying, money and many other topics.

The statistics from the survey show patterns of behaviour and knowledge in the county. They highlight to schools and
partner organisations the areas in which we are succeeding and the areas we need to develop further in order to ensure
best provision. The statistics are often used to inform planning and to develop targets and strategies in schools and other

The statistics from the 2010 survey reveal that young people in Cumbria have much to celebrate. They do care about
themselves and their health a great deal and are starting to think far more about healthy choices, although there is still
much to work on. To read the full results log onto then click Cumbria Healthy Schools in the left
hand column, then click HRBQ. The HRBQ will take place again in 2012 jointly funded by Children’s Services and NHS
Cumbria Public Health Team

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