The CYSCP has supported various national and local safeguarding campaigns.
Stand up to stop hate
Key agencies across North Yorkshire are coming together to call on local communities to stand together against hate, abuse and violence by being an active bystander.
To mark National Hate Crime Awareness Week (9-16 October 2021) the North Yorkshire and York Hate Crime Working Group are raising awareness of the simple steps every one of us can take to call out harmful behaviour when we witness it, making our communities a safer place for all.
The key focus of this campaign is bystander intervention. Would you stand by and watch hate, abuse or harassment? Or would you stand up and make it stop? These video's demonstrate how you can safely take a stand against hate and abuse and keep your community safe
#BeAnActiveBystander by challenging inappropriate behaviour or abusive language. If you feel safe to do so, there are four easy steps you can take
What is Domestic Abuse Practice Week?
With the current focus nationally on Domestic Abuse and the new Domestic Abuse Act 2021; it seemed an ideal time to consider, in York, our approach to how we work with children, young people and their families who have been affected by Domestic Abuse.
During, Monday 4th October 2021 – Friday 8th October 2021 our safeguarding partners will be holding a series of virtual workshops/briefings for professionals, some of those workshops include:
Who can attend the workshops/briefings?
All the workshops/events are open to all our multi-agency partners within the City of York
How do I book onto the workshops?
There are still a number of places available for each of the events and you can book to attend these via MYLO and search for the course title. Click ‘sign up’ next to the session you require. If you don’t already have a MYLO account please register following the instructions on the right hand side of the login screen.
Regional Domestic Abuse Workshops: ‘Domestic Abuse from a Child’s Perspective’
In addition, to the Practice Week workshops, the Yorkshire and Humber Multi-Agency Safeguarding Trainers Group (YHMAST) are also hosting a Regional Domestic Abuse Webinar Series called ‘Domestic Abuse from a Child’s Perspective’ during October 2021.
All of the webinars are open to all our multi-agency partners within the City of York and are free to attend. Please note that there are limited places so we do encourage you to take this opportunity to book on these. Links to the event are below and are also found in our brochure of events.
Monday 27th September – Friday 1 October 2021 is the CYSCP virtual Private Fostering Awareness Week.
Private Fostering is a private arrangement made by a child’s parent (or someone with parental responsibility) for the child to live with someone who is not a close relative (grandparent, sibling, biological uncle or aunt, or step-parent by marriage or civil partnership). Private Fostering only applies to a child under 16 years, or under 18 years if the child is disabled. If the arrangement is expected to last more than 28 days, it becomes a Private Fostering arrangement, and you must notify the Local Authority. Privately Fostered children are not in the care of the Local Authority. Full details can be found in the Private Fostering One Minute Guide.
Monday 27th September – Friday 1 October 2021 will see the virtual Private Fostering Awareness Week to raise awareness and understanding of Private Fostering across the City of York, including the duty of all practitioners to notify the Local Authority of a Private Fostering arrangement, and new Private Fostering resources and training.
One of the priority areas for the City of York Safeguarding Partnership (CYSCP) Private Fostering Steering Group is to raise awareness of Private Fostering arrangements. Therefore, as a result the group has developed a number of resources and key messages which can be shared across the partnerships to raise awareness of Private Fostering arrangements and the requirement to notify York MASH of any such arrangement. They can all be found on the Private Fostering webpages of the CYSCP website for Children and Young People, Parents and public and Professionals, and all these resources can be printed and used by professionals working with families.
In addition, this group has created a short Private Fostering Narrated Powerpoint Presentation which is accessible on demand and has been designed to allow a practitioner to:
We hope that by the end of the week professionals, wider partners and members of the public will have a better understanding of Private Fostering arrangements, and where to find resources and how to make a notification.
We have posted numerous tweets on the CYSCP (@YorkSCP) Twitter account using the hashtags:
Monday 20th September to Friday 24th September 2021 will see the virtual launch of the HSB Procedure. The awareness campaign aims to highlight the new HSB procedure in York.
The City of York Safeguarding Partnership (CYSCP) Child Exploitation Subgroup created a HSB Task Group to rewrite the HSB Procedure and take forward recommendations highlighted during a Multi-Agency NSPCC HSB Audit. The HSB Task Group has worked over the past year to develop a new HSB procedure. Additionally the HSB Task Group has produced a HSB One Minute Guide, rewritten the CYSCP HSB Webpage and developed HSB Multi-Agency Training which has now started to be rolled out to all partners. We think that it is important to highlight this work and therefore have created a series of key messages which can be shared across the partnerships to raise awareness of the HSB procedure.
We hope that by the end of the week professionals, wider partners and members of the public will have a better awareness of the HSB procedure and what they should do when supporting families and how to make a referral if they are concerned about a child or young person.
What is new about the HSB Procedure?
Often the thought of Harmful Sexual Behaviour (HSB) in children and young people can be unsettling and professionals can worry about how best to approach the subject or deal with emerging issues demonstrated by the young people they work with. One of the common issues people can have is that they struggle to identify which sexual behaviours are potentially harmful and which might represent healthy sexual development.
The new Harmful Sexual Behaviour policy and procedure aims to provide a clear and consistent approach to deal with incidents of concern. Embedded within the procedure is a guide to responding to an incident including information on
There are key differences since previous policy and procedure. Previously the only available HSB assessment and intervention was for statutory cases via the Courts and this is still available. The Youth Justice Service (YJS) have since launched a HSB Service seeking to provide voluntary assessment and intervention work with young people around identified HSB concerns that have not resulted in ongoing police investigation or prosecution. Government findings indicate that those young people offered early intervention benefit from the child centred approach of youth justice practitioners and their chances of rehabilitation improve. Such intervention can enable young people to adopt a healthy development pathway and proceed to make healthy future relationships.
In addition to the HSB Service, the YJS have also begun providing specialist AIM3 Assessments in instances where following a crime there is an admission by the young person that HSB has occurred and the Police want to provide Crime Prosecution Services (CPS) with additional information to assist them in making a decision to prosecute, refer to the Youth Outcome Panel or take no further action on a case. The YJS can also provide AIM 3 intervention for high risk cases.
Monday 12th April 2021 – Friday 16th April 2021
As multi-agency partners we are challenged to be inclusive and anti-discriminatory within our practice.
This practice week encourages practitioners to learn a little more about what it means to be LGBTQ+ and around the issues impacting LGBTQ+ youth.
During practice week, there are workshops/events taking place which we would encourage partners to sign up and attend. We also have some young people who are LGBTQ+ and parents of young people who are LGBTQ+ talking at some of our events to provide some insight into how it impacts youth on a personal level.
All the workshops/events are free and open to all our multi-agency partners within the City of York. There are a number of places available for each of the events and you can book to attend these via the timetable.
For more information about Gender, Gender Identity and Sexuality Practice Week in the City of York or to discuss in more detail how you and your organisation can get involved, please contact CYSCP: firstname.lastname@example.org
Further information and resources are also available on the Parents and Public section of the CYSCP website.
City of York Council are promoting the importance of wellbeing for staff, week commencing Monday 18th January 2021.
To coincide with this the following sessions will be taking place which are also available and open for partners. Please could you cascade to colleagues who may wish to attend.
Attendees should simply click on the links below at the time shown to join in, there is no need to pre-book for these additional sessions and you are welcome to attend as many as you would like.
Tuesday 19th January 2021 10am -11am
Physiological Wellbeing – The Biology behind too much stress with speaker Sgt & Dr Zoe Billings
Wellbeing, stress and mental health are often talked about, but rarely are they linked to the biological signs and effects of chronic stress. This hour will take you through some of the common biological effects when stress reaches a tipping point so you can learn to listen to what your body tells you, and how to help your body and mind return to a healthier state. Zoe currently works for North Yorkshire Police.
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Tuesday 19th January 2021 12.30 -1pm
Mindfulness with Peter Horsley, CYC Chaplain
Peter will guide us through a mindfulness exercise and encourage us to think about how we can use mindfulness to support our own wellbeing
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Friday 22nd January 11.00 – 12 noon
Thinking about wellbeing when working with families - Speaker Rachel Watson from the Institute of Family Therapy
Rachel has kindly offered to come and share some thoughts and practice wisdom with us relating to wellbeing from her role with the institute of family therapy who are one of the leading training organisations for systemic practice.
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Friday 22nd January 2021 1.00 – 1.30pm
Mindfulness with Peter Horsley, CYC Chaplain
To round off the week Peter will guide us through a mindfulness exercise and encourage us to think about how we can use mindfulness to support our own wellbeing
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Monday 23rd November 2020 – Friday 27th November 2020 is Adolescent Week
Next week will see the launch of Adolescent Week and the newly developed Adolescent Strategy.
In addition, during that week our safeguarding partners will be holding a series of workshops/briefings for professionals working with teenagers including:
We are also delighted to welcome Dez Holmes from Research in Practice to provide a key note speech on Adolescent Safeguarding on Monday 23rd November 2020.
There are still places available and we would encourage you to sign up and attend.
All the workshops/events are free and open to all our multi-agency partners within the City of York. There are still a number of places available for each of the events and you can book and find further details here.
For more information about Adolescent Week in the City of York or to discuss in more detail how you and your organisation can get involved, please contact CYSCP: email@example.com
We would also ask for Partners to help share and promote via social media further details regarding the campaign. Please see the campaign brief for further information.
Monday 2nd November 2020 – Friday 6th November will see the virtual launch of the Practice Framework Document. The awareness campaign aims to highlight Systemic Practice and the newly develop practice framework guidance.
Although this is a Children’s Social Care document it has been developed with Multi-Agency Partners and it is envisaged that partners will adopt the framework and embed the principles to ensure the best outcomes for children and young people in the City.
We are asking for partners to help promote this campaign via their networks and cascade through your organisations. Please see the attached campaign brief for further information.
Hate Crime Awareness Week is a national week (10th October – 17th October 2020) of action to encourage local authorities, key partners and communities affected by hate crime to work together to tackle local hate crime issues. CYSCP will be supporting this campaign in conjunction NYCSP and other Partnership's.
The countywide Hate Crime Working Group (HCWG) will utilise this week, Monday 12th October – Friday 16th October, to promote and raise awareness on how to report Hate Crime/Mate Crime incidents, along with supporting projects and services available to those who may suffer incidents of Hate Crime/Mate Crime in North Yorkshire and the City of York. This is supported by the Safeguarding Adults Boards, Safeguarding Children Partnerships and Community Safety Partnerships.
Representatives from a number of organisations/partnership have met to develop proposals and plans for a coordinated social media campaign that makes use of and signposts to, existing resources. As part of this #helpnothate2020 has been developed for use during Hate Crime Awareness Week 2020.
For further information please see the you tube link.
Please also see below links to resources which may be helpful:
The NSPCC launched their Look, Say, Sing, Play Campaign on Thursday 15 October 2020, online via Zoom, 10.00 – 10.45am.
The campaign is aimed at parents to help them build their baby’s brain and promote positive attachment. They are wanting to reach all professionals working with babies, young children and families to share the campaign resources, to talk more about the brain science behind this initiative and to inform you as to how the campaign will be rolled out across the city.
The campaign is being supported by City of York Council and a host of partner agencies.
Anti-Slavery Day, 18th October 2020, provides an opportunity to raise awareness of human trafficking and modern slavery, and encourage government, local authorities, companies, charities and individuals to do what they can to address the problem.
The North Yorkshire and City of York Modern Slavery Partnership will be running a campaign between Wednesday 14th and Wednesday 20th October 2020 to raise awareness regarding human trafficking and modern slavery.
The Childrens Society ran the #LookCloser campaign during the week 14th – 20th September to raise public awareness of child exploitation and abuse, with a particular focus on public spaces. The CYSCP supported this campaign, which raised public awareness, informed the public how to identify exploitation and how to report it. Further information can be found on the Children's Society Look Closer webpage.
They CYSCP continues to support this campaign by publicising Government information for parents and carers about going back to schools, nurseries and colleges for the autumn term.
CYC know that parents, carers and pupils will have lots of questions about the new term, so they’ve prepared some advice which will help to answer some of them. Find it here or check with your school’s website:
The CYSCP, alongside North Yorkshire Police, North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Partnership, North Yorkshire Community Safety Partnership and Safer York Partnership ran a campaign from Monday 6th – Friday 10th July 2020 to raise the profile and awareness of the Partnership Information Sharing Form alongside supporting guidance to support frontline professionals in using the form more widely as part of their practice.
The Partnership Information Sharing Form gives professionals a safe and direct way to share information with North Yorkshire Police.
This was a virtual campaign which ran across the City of York and North Yorkshire from 22nd - 26th June 2020. It reminded the public and professionals that “Safeguarding is everybody’s business” and that concerns about abuse or neglect should continue to be reported to the local authority as normal during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Using the hashtag #TellUsYourConcerns, Safeguarding Week 2020 promoted and raised awareness on how to report abuse of children, young people and adults, in North Yorkshire and the City of York.
The campaign also raised awareness in regard to other safeguarding themes:
What is the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) in York?
The Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) in York replaced the Children’s Front Door Service in July 2019. The MASH is a multi-agency team made up of representatives from a range of services, including Social Care, Early Help, Police and local Health Professionals. It is a single point of contact for all concerns about children. This new partnership approach will make it easier to support children, young people and their families to get the right level of support as quickly as possible.
What is MASH Awareness Week?
Monday 1st June – Friday 5th June will see the virtual launch of the MASH. The awareness campaign aims to highlight the work of the MASH in York, the new multi-agency level of needs document (threshold document), the multi-agency referral form and the multi-agency response form.
The City of York Safeguarding Partnership (CYSCP) has worked very hard over the past year to develop the MASH and its processes. We think that it is important to highlight this work and therefore have created a series of key messages which can be shared across the partnerships to raise awareness of the MASH and its work.
We hope that by the end of the week professionals, wider partners and members of the public will have a better understanding of the role of the MASH, that professionals know which multi-agency guidance can be used when supporting families and how to make a referral if they are concerned about a child or young person.