No Wrong Door 2011

This annual conference is for all practitioners working with children and young people in York, looking at how we can work together to ensure the best possible outcomes for the children across the city, celebrating the work undertaken in York to provide early preventative services and build resilience for children and young people, as well as sharing the lessons and how to bring those lessons into everyday practice.

This year included:

An extensive marketplace showcasing services in York and workshops covering a variety of city wide subjects:

  1. The Emotional Learning Supports Assistant Project (ELSA) - Claire Elsdon & Tina Hardman, Educational Psychologists & ELSAs from Lakeside Primary & Clifton With Rawcliffe. ELSA is a high-quality 5-day training program for Teaching Assistants, introduced as part of the York 'Targeted Mental Health in Schools' (TaMHS) Project. Evaluations have been very positive and OFSTED has highlighted it as good practice. It is now being 'rolled out' across the LA in order to build capacity and enable schools to offer preventative approaches to the emotional health and wellbeing of pupils.
  2. Respecting Children’s Rights. Children's rights are everyone’s business - Ann Spetch, Early Years. Raising awareness of good practice to support the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
  3. The Role of the ‘New Front Door’ - Jeannie Freeman, Assessment, Advice & Early Intervention Team. Building on the success of local integrated working arrangements to date, and reflecting the latest thinking in national social policy, the new front door service aims to promote and support the early intervention agenda. Learn about the role and remit of this new service and find out how it aims to ensure that the right help gets to the right child at the right time.
  4. Relationship Based Youth Work - Alison Cammiss, Hayley Evans & Tammi Sunley, Connexions & Network 2. Building positive relationship is key to engaging young people - Learn about projects within Network 2 and why commitment and continuity gains positive engagement
  5. Children & Young Adults Issues Around Money & Contracts - Kevin Butler, Citizens Advice Bureau. A debt caseworkers perspective about the financial facts of life for children and the possible pitfalls. We will look at "when does a child stop being a child", "improving financial capability", "financial Contracts for young people" and "when credit becomes debt".
  6. Youth Homelessness - Alex Hunt, SASH & Becky Ward Housing, This workshop will look at the issues which cause youth homelessness and how working in partnership contributes to the reduction of youth homelessness in York.
  7. Listen to me - Mary Griffiths, Specialist Teacher, Physical Disabilities and Medical Needs. Using person centered approaches to support children and young people to take an active part in meetings and reviews
  8. Supporting Children through Domestic Abuse - Carol Dunk IDAS. The workshop will be a bitesize introduction to recognising risk for children living with Domestic Abuse. This will include a brief introduction to safety planning and routes of support.
  9. Young Inspectors Setting the Standard - Dee Fitzgerald, Young People Service & the Young Inspectors. The workshop will be led by young people who have been part of the Young Inspectors programme for the past year. They will be giving a personal account of what it has been like being a young inspector for the past year and how inspections are carried out on services throughout York!
  10. Community Cohesion - Jackie Jackson, Safer York Partnership & Carolyn Hardman North Yorkshire Police) – Background and context around community cohesion and young people, Role of youth service providers in building cohesion and tackling violent extremism, Key skills for twenty-first century, global citizens
  11. CAMHS Risk & Resilience Factors - Angela Casterton, Primary Mental Health Worker. Mental Health - Risk and Resilience Factors - 'Explore the Concept of Mental Health and the related Risk and Resilience Factors, also update on the role of the PMHW (Primary Mental Health Workers) within CAMHS'
  12. Integrated Youth services - Simon Page, Integrated Youth Services. Bringing together youth work, careers guidance, targeted youth support and youth justice services: hear how we're making sense of it and have your say too.
  13. Who’s Missing Out? Benefits - Heather Theobold, Welfare Benefits Unit. A look at general Welfare Benefits and Tax Credits for families with an emphasis on Disability Living Allowance for children and the knock on effects of an award.
  14. Families and Neighbourhoods - Kay Bailey, Communities & Neighbourhoods. Learn how families can influence their neighbourhoods and how we use neighbourhood profiling to inform this process.
  15. Working with Dads & Granddads - Sam Smart. The important role Dads play in their children's development
  16. Risky Behaviour – Sexual Exploitation - Dee Cooley, Safeguarding & Amanda Gaines. An interactive workshop looking at contemporary knowledge about the models of sexual exploitation, related risk factors associated with young people who are exploited and signs and indicators. Participants will be invited to explore sustainable local possibilities in relation to strategies for intervention.
  17. CAF & Confused - Chris Shipley & Kate Helme, Workforce Development Unit. A basic information session about CAF, Child Index & integrated working 
  18. Using Symbols to Communicate with Children and Families - Susan Coulter – Specialist Teaching team. Making information accessible unlocks learning for everyone. An opportunity to find out how symbols can be used with all ages.

Presentations and handouts from the 2011 conference are available to download:

  • 'The New Front Door' - From Monday 16 May 2011, the new Advice, Assessment & Early Intervention Service will provide a new route for both professionals and members of the public to obtain advice and information about services for children and young people who are vulnerable and at risk, and to access services at tiers 2 and 3 of the Preventative Strategy. It will help practitioners to deliver the right help to the right children and young people at the right time and maintain the development and implementation of integrated working arrangements across YorOK partner agencies. For the safeguarding route map please refer to the Safeguarding section.
  • Young People, Sexual Exploitation and Risky Behaviours - Contemporary knowledge about the models of sexual exploitation, related risk factors associated with young people who are exploited and signs and indicators. For resources and web links you can download the files below:
  • How Families Can Influence Their Neighbourhoods - In the context of the area based working pilot. Learn how families can influence their neighbourhoods and how we use neighbourhood profiling to inform this process. For a list of current York ward priorities you can download the file below:
  • TaMHS Project - York 'Targeted Mental Health in Schools introduces ELSA, a high-quality 5-day training program for Teaching Assistants. It is now being 'rolled out' across the LA in order to build capacity and enable schools to offer preventative approaches to the emotional health and wellbeing of pupils.
  • Key Speakers from this years conference are also available to download.

No Wrong Door - 2010 Summary

Building on the successful ‘No Wrong Door’ series of events, this conference was for all practitioners working with children and young people in York. The day:

  • Celebrated the work undertaken in York to provide early preventative services and build resilience for children and young people.
  • Shared the lessons and how to bring those lessons into your everyday practice.
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