The West Sussex Children’s Trust Newsletter Autumn Issue 2006
Launch of Pan-Sussex Child Protection and Safeguarding Procedures
The first ever Pan-Sussex Child Protection and Safeguarding Procedures are to go live on the 4 December. They will replace the existing procedures, which were published separately by the 3 Area Child Protection Committees of West Sussex, East Sussex, and Brighton & Hove for many years. The procedures, which are currently being distributed, are the result of years of cross agency work in all three local authority areas. Sussex is one of the first areas in the country to publish their new procedures, following the introduction of the new statutory Local Safeguarding Children Boards and the Government’s associated guidance ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’. In addition, there will be an opportunity for all professionals and those working with children to attend one of 14 events taking place across the county during October and November. These events will provide practitioners with the chance to learn first hand about the changes. You will find further details at www.westsussex.gov.uk/lscb or from your designated member of staff for child protection within your organisation.
Get hooked on fishing
National Fishing Week in August saw the start of a new project for eight young people from Bognor Regis referred by their schools because they could benefit from a project designed to increase their self-respect. Aged between 11 and 16, the young people visited Passies Pond in North Lancing, where they were taught about river keeping, the environment, the country code, fish anatomy, as well as the sport of fishing itself. Volunteers, facilities, equipment and funding were provided by a partnership of statutory agencies and a local fishing tackle shop. The two-day event proved so successful, volunteers are currently being sought to staff further events. For more information about how to refer youngsters to the project or to volunteer please contact Lynn Davies, Community Development Manager, Western Sussex PCT on 01243 770785.
Inside this issue
Youth Opportunities Fund celebrates successful projects
A day in the life Nigel Scott-Dickeson, Manager of the Springboard Project
The West Sussex Children’s Trust is facilitated by West Sussex County Council
West Sussex Children’s Trust brings partners together to improve the Every Child Matters outcomes: be healthy; stay safe; enjoy and achie
YOF – £1.4 million left to spend
The success of the first batch of Youth Opportunities Fund and Youth Capital Fund projects was celebrated on the 23 September with live bands, short films, presentations and posters from the 72 projects which have received funding to date. 24 youth forums around the county are now seeking further applications from young people to spend just under £1.4 million. Applications should:
come from young people themselves (practitioners and adults should only have a supporting role); be for any amount of money (up to what is available to spend within the appropriate forum’s area); address at least one of the five Every Child Matters outcomes; and
not be illegal or involve anything in which the young person can come to harm.
Applications are encouraged from all young people – especially those who would not normally consider getting involved – and can be made in a variety of ways including by video, in person or by form.
Projects that have succeeded in securing funding to date have included: G Cricket club equipment; G Cheerleading camp visit for Sussex Tornadoes; G Divers sent on a rescue skills and First Aid weekend away; G Funding for sea scouts to renovate an old sailing boat. For further information, please contact Francis Sandford on 01243 382198 or e-mail: youthadminoffice@ westsussex.gov.uk, and put ‘Youth Opportunities Fund’ in the subject line.
New online forum
A brand new online forum on the West Sussex Grid for Learning website is to offer the chance for parents and carers of children with learning difficulties and disabilities to share information, raise questions or worries and chat with other parents. To visit the online forum, go to www.westsussex.gov.uk, click on WSGfL and search for ‘Parent Partnership’.
Young people tackle Young People’s Plan
Leigh-Ann Green (18) explains how 10 West Sussex young people set about making the West Sussex Children and Young People’s Plan for 2006/09 more young person-friendly. “First, we shredded the plan into the five different sections, following the ‘Every Child Matters’ format. Then over the next two days, we sliced the entire document, making lists of things that we wanted to see, things we wanted to get rid of and how we wanted the document to look. After splitting up into groups, with a few rolls of tape, glue and scissors, we mashed the document into five different posters, one for each of the five ‘Every Child Matters’ outcomes. Somehow, we managed to get all the relevant information into a little booklet of 8 pages that could also be blown up to poster size and stuck around so people would know what changes were happening and why. This has turned a 40-page document into something that is colourful, easy to understand and can be enjoyed by people of all ages”
Copies of the young people’s version of the plan are available from www.wsgfl.westsussex.gov.uk (search for ‘Young People’s Plan’) or e-mail: email@example.com.
e well-being of children and young people, in relation to the five eve; make a positive contribution; and achieve economic well-being.
Free participation toolkit
The Children’s Fund has produced a free, practical guide to participation for everyone working with children, young people and families. ‘Get involved!’ outlines the benefits of involving children and young people. It offers guidance and suggestions to kickstart the participation process and involve children and young people in a fun, creative, consistent and empowering manner. The pack is available as a free download from www.4Children.org.uk and www.wschildrensfund.org.uk.
Children using mental health services are keen to help others
A report just out shows that the majority of children and young people who have used the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) want to help other young service users in the future. The project, which consulted with 59 young people and ran over 9 months, was funded by West Sussex Children’s Trust, and delivered by MIND in partnership with CAMHS. The report stated that if young people feel informed and have treatment options explained to them, they are more likely to feel they were helped, which in turn can lead to more positive clinical outcomes. It suggested that one of the key ways in which young people can help other young people is with the way information is communicated to them. With this in mind, resources were developed in conjunction with young people for presentation at the CAMHS away day.
Young, talented and set to make an impact
Luke Blackwell, 18, from East Preston, has won the Connexions Impact Ringtone Challenge. The competition asked young people to come up with a 30-second ringtone to encapsulate a particular theme. In July, eight finalists aged between 13 and 18 were announced, and prizes included a full day masterclass in polishing their ringtones. The ringtones which resulted from the masterclass were then put to the public vote on the Connexions Sussex website. Luke’s entry, ‘Headrush’ was voted the winner by young people, and he won a day in a recording studio, amongst other prizes. Luke told Connexions, “I entered to see how far I could go in the music industry and see if I could make a half decent ringtone”. When asked if he would recommend the Impact Challenge to any young people looking to take part in the future, Luke said “definitely” .
For further information, please contact Kate Webb on 01903 216430 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Staying safe online
The popular ‘Inspire’ education pack used by Schools Liaison Officers (SLOs) is to be updated to include vital new information on staying safe online. Originally developed by Sussex Police and West Sussex County Council, the pack challenges teenagers’ thinking and behaviour about personal issues through specially designed lesson plans and supporting materials. It has proved so successful since it was introduced two years ago that Milly’s Fund (the charity set up by the parents of murdered child Milly Dowler) stepped in to meet the cost of its national launch last year. In addition to tackling young people’s attitudes towards drugs, alcohol, carrying weapons, and being fit to drive, the pack will address issues such as protecting personal information online. Lessons will continue to be based around DVD clips, C-it cartoon style pictures, role-play, mind maps, word storms and other games and exercises to initiate debate. The Children’s Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) is working on updated pack, which will be available from November.
For further information, contact Mona Walsh on 01273 783593 or e-mail: email@example.com
For further information, please contact PC Caroline Adams, Youth Safety Officer, on 01273 404864.
First Skills Festival attracts huge numbers
Over 5000 young people attended the first Skills Festival in Sussex at Brighton Racecourse in October. Supported by LSC Sussex, SEEDA and Connexions, the event was targeted primarily at year 9 to 11 students from schools across East and West Sussex and Brighton & Hove. Its aim was to encourage a greater understanding of the opportunities available to young people and adults in training, education and in work. Over 500 people attended the master classes on offer which included singing with representatives from Glyndebourne, cooking with Gordon Ramsay’s protégé Momma Cherri and hairdressing with salon group Crowns. The highlight of the evening was two master class sessions with former Olympic champion Sally Gunnell OBE. Sally addressed attendees on how she overcame challenges to strive for success.
For further information contact LSC Sussex on 01273 783529 or -email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A day in the life: Springboard Project
1.30pm Nigel Scott-Dickeson is Project Manager of the Springboard Project, a voluntary sector centre based in Horsham for young Twins Club this afternoon and I help with the parents and people with additional needs or disabilities and families with children. This afternoon it’s T-shirt painting so thank goodness young children. The centre offers opportunities for play and our ‘Pudsey’s Playroom’ has a floor that’s easy to clean. recreation, as well as support, advocacy and information services. 3pm 9am (ish) 8.45am We have a visit by two staff members from a local company Drop into the centre to do some admin bits and pieces. Say who want to adopt Springboard Project as their charity this hello to whoever is in that morning – we have a rota of five year. Opportunities like this are like gold dust and they always part-time project assistants. Check my e-mails and track get a guided tour of the centre. through the post for any important items. 4.30pm Before our centre opens at 10am, I’m on the road to Centenary A phone call from the local District Planning Department about House in Worthing for the bi-monthly Children’s Trust Special our first floor lift construction project, which is going to cost us Needs and Disabilities Forum at which I represent the voluntary about £95,000. They need extra sets of the drawings for their sector. We have about 150 children and young people with next planning meeting. We think we have found a funding additional needs who belong to our various clubs and groups. trust and their UK representative will be paying a visit next Communicating the numerous difficulties and challenges those Monday, so I need to be well prepared for that particular visit. families face in their every day lives is absolutely vital. It’s a 5pm good opportunity to catch up on news with our partners from The centre closes for the day – just an opportunity to look other areas of children’s services. round and check our play areas and equipment to see if there’s 1pm anything to be added to the ‘fix it’ list – good DIY skills are Back at Springboard House after another dash up the A24. also on my job spec. There’s usually a list of phone messages waiting which are picked off during the afternoon. It’s a good opportunity to G For more information about the Springboard Project contact walk around the Centre, do some tidying up and say hello to Nigel Scott-Dickeson on 01403 218888, visit the children and parents who belong to ‘Cheeky Monkeys’ www.springboardproject.com or e-mail: which is our play ‘n’ stay membership scheme. email@example.com. The West Sussex Children’s Trust partner agencies are: West Sussex County Council, the NHS in West Sussex, Police, Probation Service, Learning and Skills Council, District and Borough Councils, Connexions and the Voluntary Sector. ‘Putting Children First’ is a way of communicating with people in different agencies who are involved in providing services for children and young people in West Sussex. This is your newsletter and we want to hear from you about how we can improve it. Please send your comments to: Shella Parkin, Communications Consultant, 31 North Road, Brighton BN1 1YB. Phone: 01273 570656 Mobile: 07921 925766 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org