HEALTH and WELLBEING NEWSLETTER
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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:
Anne Sheppard - Anne.j.Sheppard@cumbria.gov.uk
Sue Milner – Sue.email@example.com Leeanne Gilpin (Business Support, North)
Eileen Teasdale - Eileen.Teasdale@cumbria.gov.uk Lisa Worthington (Business Support, West)
Siobhan Bowness - Siobhan.Bowness@cumbria.gov.uk Lisa.Worthington@cumbria.gov.uk
Gill Schwer - Gill.Schwer@cumbria.gov.uk Gill McGregor (Business Support, South)
Lindsey Ormesher – Lindsey.Ormesher@cumbria.gov.uk Gillian.McGregor@cumbria.gov.uk
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 www.education.gov.uk/consultations (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
www.bullyinginterventiongroup.co.uk 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?
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.
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
Child Development, activities to support
Learning & Child Development & Parenting &
Early Learning Family Support
Readiness for School
*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
*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 www.education.gov.uk/publications/RSG/AllPublications/Page1/DFE-RR155
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. www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Publications/Publ
A Cumbria wide calendar of Takeover Day
events will be freely promoted and publicised
on our www.wotson4u.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or Primary schools are above National average at 51.60% uptake,
email@example.com 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 http://www.schoolfoodtrust.org.uk/school-cooks-
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 www.cumbria.gov.uk/childrensservices/educationandlearning/sch
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 www.nwpho.org.uk. 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
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.
Useful Websites E-Learning Opportunities
www.cgfl.gov.uk 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
www.c4life.gov.uk population in Cumbria.
The national campaign website has Please email firstname.lastname@example.org 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
www.foodforlife.org.uk 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 http://www.chimat.org.uk/resource/view.aspx?RID=113718&src=KU
www.activecumbria.org 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 http://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/what-you-can-
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 www.cumbriagfl.org.
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 www.cumbriagfl.org.uk 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