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Welcome to the YorOK Newsletter for July 2016

In this issue:

    • Championing Successful Care Leavers
    • Graded Care Profile Launch
    • KEEN ... Let's Talk Makaton
    • Parenting Programmes
    • Speak Up and Hear My Voice
    • Holiday Childcare Survey
    • Open Meeting with Ofsted Director
    • Gold Awards for Inclusion
    • YorOK Board Update
    • Are You in the Loop?


Championing Successful Care Leavers

Aspire to More Group   The Aspire To More project introduced young people in
   care to inspirational care leavers, who they interviewed
   about their life journeys – these stories are shared on its
   powerful new website.

   Following this success, a poster series has now been
launched depicting a picture and a key statement chosen by the young people, which explore the challenges and barriers faced by care leavers who are locally, regionally and nationally known, with a focus on their achievements and how they overcame obstacles in their lives. You can download these posters using the link underneath each image.

Graded Care Profile Launch

On 5th Sept 2016 Children’s Social Care in partnership with the 0-19 service in Public Health will launch the Graded Care Profile in York.

This initiative supports the CYSCB key priority in tackling neglect.

The GCP2 is a practical assessment tool which supports practitioners in measuring the quality of care delivered to an individual child from an individual carer or carers over a short window of time, and is designed to give a representative overview of the current level of care. The grades are based on observations and good quality evidence gathered during this window. All practitioners using the GCP2 have attended and passed a licensed training programme.

The Graded Care Profile has been extensively researched evaluated and updated by the NSPCC:


For further information Contact Project lead:

Tony Holmes (CSC): Ext 5624 tony.holmes@york.gov.uk


Or trainers:

Lesley Furnival (CSC): Ext 5145 lesley.furnival@york.gov.uk

Amanda Bunn (PH): Ext 2292 amanda.bunn@york.gov.uk

KEEN ... Let's Talk Makaton

   KEEN York is a voluntary service run by University of York
   students offering FREE weekly interactive sports sessions
   for children who have special educational needs and/or
   disabilities, along with their families.

   In 2016 it became Makaton friendly to ensure that every
   session it provides is inclusive. The Makaton language programme uses signs and symbols to help people to communicate and is designed to support spoken language. Most of KEEN’S active volunteers have completed the Makaton Foundation Workshop and it is hoped that this will make KEEN York more accessible to children with communicative difficulties who may currently feel unable to access this type of service in the York community.

 Parenting Programmes

Family Links Nurturing Programme The Parenting Puzzle is a course for parents and carers of children between the ages of 0 and 15 years and is primarily to look at ways of improving family relationships and managing the behaviour of children of all ages.

Strengthening Families Strengthening Communities is a course for parents and carers of children between the ages of 5 years and 15 years old to help build or re-build relationships in the family and encourage children to work with parents, not against them.

For details of these forthcoming parenting courses running in the Tang Hall, Acomb and Clifton area, please see the YorOK website for details and information on how to refer.

There will be free childcare for some courses in the form of a Crèche. There will be refreshments at all courses and a lunch will be provided for the SFSC course only. All courses will start the week beginning Monday 19th September 2016 and booking is essential.

Speak Up and Hear My Voice

Following the successful launch of ‘Speak Up and Hear
My Voice’
Show Me That I Matter (SMTIM) is offering another
chance for professionals to attend the course, written with
and delivered by care experienced young trainers.

Promoting the voice of looked after children and young
people, Speak Up and Hear My Voice helps services to
design and offer opportunities for involving children and
young people within policy and service development.

Running in September, October and November 2016, the course is bookable via the Workforce Development Unit

For more information contact michelle.howlett@york.gov.uk

Holiday Childcare Survey

Watch out for the Family and Childcare Trust's annual 'Holiday Childcare Survey' due to be published on 21st July, 2016 detailing the average price of holiday clubs and other formal childcare during the school holidays, as well as its availability in England, Scotland and Wales.

Other Family and Childcare Trust resources for professionals are available here.

Open Meeting with Ofsted Director

The Yorkshire and Humber Ofsted Big Conversation Region has arranged an 'Open Meeting with Ofsted Director Nick Hudson and His Senior Early Years HMI Officers'.

FREE to all providers, this event is on 28th September, 2016 at St George’s Centre, from 7 pm to 9 pm and can be booked here.

Gold Awards for Inclusion

Gold Award Group   Well done to Wheldrake, St Barnabas and Headlands Out
   of School Clubs who have all achieved their Gold Award
   for completing the OOSC (Out of School Clubs) Inclusion
   Standards Framework.

   For more information about the framework (a resource to
   support the inclusive practice of out of school clubs across the city), please contact Debbie Adair, Access & Inclusion Support Adviser, Childcare Strategy Service or phone 01904 554376.

YorOK Board Update

The YorOK Board (or Children's Trust Board) meets every 
2 months and its meetings are open to the public. The most recent meeting was held on 4th July 2016.View the Agenda and Papers for the YorOK Board.

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