Workshops 2012

Morning

Young People and Disadvantage

Child Poverty is a major issue. Statistics predict it will rise even further. Poverty though is not about statistics it is about the lives of children and young people. This workshop uses the views of children involved in the Children’s Society Good Childhood Report and the local child poverty strategy, to support practitioners to combat the effects of child poverty.

The Future of Youth Support Services in York

Outlining the radical new approach to the way in which youth work and careers information, advice & guidance will work in York.

Children’s Advice & Assessment Service: Making the best use of the Front Door

An opportunity to learn more about the kind of information, advice and support the Children’s Advice & Assessment Service – Children’s Front Door - can offer to professionals; when and how to share your concerns with families; when it is appropriate to seek consent and when not; the kind of information the Front Door Advice Workers need from you to help us to help you; and the nature of the information we can share with you.

The Neighbourhood Working Approach: What does it mean for children and young people, those who support them and the wider community?

This workshop will bring the council’s new neighbourhood working approach to life in a fun and interactive way and introduce you to the new Community Contracts (bringing service providers, wards and residents together to address local issues), and asking how children and young people can be involved.

Supporting Young Carers in York

Led by young people this workshop will look at how best to support Young Carers in York.

Refocusing services for families with multiple and complex needs: A whole family approach

This workshop will outline a new service which will work intensively with the families of children and young people on the edge of statutory intervention or care. The Integrated Family Service will provide intensive prevention work to families with multiple and complex needs including those families who meet the criteria for the government’s Troubled Families initiative.  The workshop will focus on methods and interventions, building on the good practice established by the Family Intervention Project, the parent support advisers and the social care family support service all of incorporated into the new service.

Early Intervention for very young children

Based on the Frank Field report and early brain research, looking at the various levels and methods of support that children’s centres in conjunction with other partners in the city can offer e.g. baby massage, bump start, home learning, parenting support and the universal offer.

Influencing access to friendship for disabled young people

The workshop will feature a short film highlighting the barriers young people face in making and maintaining friendships and possible solutions. It will provide a taster of the friendship workshop delivered to young people.  Share the findings of our national survey on friendship and young people's reviews focusing on the inclusion of friendship in reviews. We will also challenge participants to reflect on their own practice whilst facilitating a solution focused discussion.

'We are better without bullying'

This session will focus on how schools and settings promote pupils’ behaviour towards, and respect for, other young people and adults, including, for example, freedom from bullying and harassment. There will also be an opportunity to hear about the collaborative anti bullying work with St John’s University and share the data from the survey ‘Stand Up for Me 2012’.

Afternoon

York '4' Families Raising Disabled Children; Family Led Holistic Support Services

Families and professionals work together to improve services for disabled children. In 2011 two services were launched to meet local needs; the Parent Mentoring Service and the Family Intervention Rapid Support Team (FIRST). This workshop will describe the nature of support provided by both services; time limited, holistic support, aiming to empower families. It will also include how the services have been embedded into wider systems of local provision to maximise the benefits of existing expertise. The workshop will demonstrate (through case studies and outcome data) how the approaches have been used in practice, across a range of need; from referral at a stage of early intervention to families accessing in times of ‘crisis’.

Teenage Pregnancy

A workshop looking at the risk factors and wider determinants associated with teenage pregnancy. This workshop draws on local case studies, promoting local processes and the need for early intervention, information sharing and partnership working to support those young people, in particular young women, at risk of becoming teenage parents.

Children’s Advice & Assessment Service: Using the tools of integrated working

An opportunity to hear about the integrated working support available from the Children’s Advice & Assessment Service (Children’s Front Door) for professionals concerned about children and families. This workshop offers a chance for experienced workers to refresh their awareness of the tools available, or for newer workers to find out what is available. The workshop will cover assessment, including common assessment processes and whole family assessment, information-sharing and action-planning.

Show Me That I Matter

Following recommendations from Care Matter 2007 for each local authority to establish a Children in Care Council the” Show Me That I Matter” workshop will look at how York’s Children in Council works and its role in improving services for Looked After Children in York. The workshop will cover various aspects including:

  • Legislation behind Children in Care Council;
  • Giving looked after children a voice;
  • Monitoring of “The Pledge”;
  • “The Pledge” in practice.

Welfare Reforms

A summary of the Welfare Reform Act 2012 and subsequent legislation that has created a significant number of changes to the welfare benefits system. It will look at how these changes have and will affect families’ current and new claims.  The session will include changes in:

  • Employment & Support Allowance and Migration;
  • Tax Credits;
  • Housing Benefit and Local Housing Allowance;
  • Disability Living Allowance and Personal Independent Payments (brief outline);
  • Universal Credit (brief outline).

Young People and Mental Health

The Youth Council will be working with professionals to look at how a healthy school, community and city would best support young people’s emotional health and well-being. 

Working with hard to reach families: How to make communication more effective

This workshop will consider some of the barriers to effective communication, and introduce some strategies to help practitioners overcome them.