Commissioned Services

There are a number of services in York who are commissioned or set up specifically by services to provide support to children and young people. To find out what these services offer and how you can access support for children and families you are working with scroll down and have a look below.

The Children’s Society Hand in Hand Project 

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The Hand in Hand service, delivered by the Children’s Society, supports children and young people, across City of York and North Yorkshire, who are affected by child sexual and criminal exploitation, or who are vulnerable to grooming. The aim is to reduce the harm and incidence of child sexual and criminal exploitation and provide support and safety for those affected by it.

The service is available to boys and girls 10-18yrs who are affected by sexual/Criminal exploitation in North Yorkshire and the City of York.

  • The service:
  • Raises awareness and develops and implements preventative strategies
  • Provides intensive individual support
  • Provides localised expertise through training and information events
  • Contributes to multi-agency district-wide work (e.g. the Multi-agency Child Exploitation Meetings (MACEM)) to identify and support victims and disrupt the organisation and facilitation of child sexual and criminal exploitation

For more information go to:

https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/hand-in-hand

Referrals should be made direct to the Children’s Society:

Phone: 0113 387 6410/ 07715 122569.

Email: handinhand@childrenssociety.org.uk

For all other queries, please contact:

Zoe.Stephenson-Jones@childrenssociety.org.uk

 

Parents Against Child Exploitation (PACE)

 

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Parents Against Child Exploitation (Pace) offers a Parent Liaison Officer (PLO) support service in North Yorkshire for parents and carers of children who are, or who are at risk of being, exploited by individuals from outside of the family. This includes all the main forms of child exploitation, including child sexual exploitation (CSE) modern slavery, human trafficking and criminalisation (including county lines). The service deals with medium and high risk referrals, which can be referred into Pace by statutory and third sector agencies.

The Pace PLO works holistically with families and partner agencies using Pace’s Relational Safeguarding Model to:

  • safeguard exploited children
  • support the successful prosecution and disruption of perpetrators by providing specialist witness care
  • recognise the impact Child Exploitation has on the whole family
  • build co-productive relationships between parents and statutory agencies
  • empower parents to increase their resilience to provide long-term support for their child.

Parents also have access to additional national Pace support services, including Parent Network Days, a secure online forum and befriending scheme. These additional support services connect and support affected parents who can often feel isolated, judged and blamed for the behaviour of the perpetrators.

Pace also runs the UK’s first Level 4 Accredited Award in Child Sexual Exploitation (ACSEP) training programme and a wider national programme. This national programme covers courses in child exploitation (foundation and advanced) including child criminalisation (including county lines), sexual exploitation, modern slavery and radicalisation.

For more information go to:

www.paceuk.info

Referrals should be made direct to PACE:

Phone: 0113 240 3040 For all other queries, please contact:

leah.taylforth@paceuk.info

MACEM/Exploitation Team

The Missing and Exploitation team is based within City of York Council and works alongside police, health and education colleagues as well as Youth Justice Service. Its remit is to identify those children most at risk of exploitation in the city, co-ordinate mapping activity, share and collate intelligence and develop approaches to the investigation of exploitation and vulnerability such that offenders are identified and young people are effectively helped. Focus is on direct work and engagement with young people and their families.

A Multi Agency Child Exploitation Meeting (MACEM) process was established by Children’s Social Care jointly with North Yorkshire Police and on a multi-agency basis. It is a monthly meeting focusing on all aspects of child exploitation and young people transitioning to adult services. Its membership consists of partners from health, education, drug services, mental health among others and it helps to reduce the chances of agencies working in silos or duplicating work or resources.

 

Independent Domestic Abuse Services (IDAS)

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IDAS offers Support for Victims and Survivors of Domestic Abuse.

Support is available for anyone who is a direct victim or survivor of domestic abuse perpetrated against them – this service cannot support those affected by living in a household where domestic abuse has occurred such as children of victims and/or perpetrators.

Support is available for all genders and regardless of sexual orientation.

Referrals can be made by professionals working with victims and survivors as well as self-referrals, and support is available whether they want to make a formal report to the police or not. 

Making a Referral

Referrals for victims and survivors can be made:      

All referrals will initially be reviewed by specialist domestic abuse staff in a centralised Referral Hub which will be the first point of contact with IDAS for all clients. This will ensure that everyone has access to consistent support; starting with a Hub assessment looking at risk and need, and then, where needed, referral to an appropriate follow-up support service most relevant to meet their needs. The Hub will also provide triage, immediate advice, support and safety planning as required.

For those that require further support, the Hub team will refer the client on to receive appropriate support to meet their needs, either to a locality-based IDAS team of Safe Lives Accredited (IDVA accredited) Domestic Abuse Practitioners to provide specialist 1-2-1 support; a peer support group; or to an external agency.

What help can they offer? 

  • Community engagement and Champions training       
  • Early intervention and prevention        
  • 1 to 1 emotional and practical support, including support through any police investigation and/or court proceedings·       
  • Target Hardening where necessary to help victims remain safely within their own homes       
  • Supported group work and peer support networks        
  • Onward referrals and/or liaison with other support services as appropriate.

Support Services for young people displaying abusive behaviour 

Support is available for young people aged 10 to 16 years who are demonstrating abusive behaviour towards their family members and/or within intimate relationships with other young people.

Support will also be offered to their parent/guardians.

Support is available for all genders and regardless of sexual orientation.

Referrals can be made by police officers and professionals working with young people and their families (with consent) as well as self/parent-referrals. 

Making a Referral

Referrals for young people and/or their families can continue to be made:

All referrals will initially be reviewed by specialist domestic abuse staff in a centralised Referral Hub which will be the first point of contact with IDAS for all clients. This will ensure that everyone has access to consistent support; starting with a Hub assessment looking at risk and need, and then, where needed, referral to an appropriate follow-up support service most relevant to meet their needs. The Hub will also provide triage, immediate advice, support and safety planning as required.

For those that require further support, the Hub team will refer the young person and/or their parent/guardians on to the most appropriate support package to meet their needs delivered by specially trained Young People’s Domestic Abuse Practitioners:       

  • Short-term telephone support for parents with a supporting information pack;       
  • The Respect Young People’s Programme for suitable cases of Adolescent to Parent Violence & Abuse which offers a whole family approach;· 
  • Specialist 1-2-1 programme for young perpetrators of abusive in intimate relationships with other young people; or ·     
  • Referral to an external agency.

What help can they offer?        

  • Training for partner agencies with young people and their families on domestic abuse generally, adolescent to parent violence & abuse and safety planning
  • Short-term telephone support for parent/guardians
  • Parent Information Packs providing advice on safety planning, boundary setting and behaviour management 
  • Supported group work and peer support networks for Parents
  • Respect Young People’s Programme – addressing adolescent to parent violence & abuse
  • Specialist Young Perpetrators Programme – addressing abuse within intimate relationships
  • Support for primary victims, whether family members or other young people, through onward referral into the Victims Community-based Services
  • Onward referrals and/or liaison with other support services as appropriate.

Further Information:

https://www.saferchildrenyork.org.uk/child-sexual-abuse-and-exploitation.htm 

 

The York Young Persons Drug and Alcohol Service – Changing Lives

 

It is important not to make assumptions about the impact on a child of parental drug and/or alcohol misuse. However, a parent's practical caring skills may be diminished by misuse of drugs and/or alcohol. Some substance misuse may give rise to mental states or behaviour that put children at risk of injury, psychological distress or neglect. Some substance misusing parents may find it difficult to give priority to the needs of their children. Finding money for drugs and/or alcohol may reduce the money available to the household to meet basic needs or may draw families into criminal activities. 

York Young Person’s Drug and Alcohol Team offer support for young people in the community or a school, at a mutually convenient place and time. Approach is flexible and based upon reducing the harm drugs & alcohol can cause. Referrals can be made by the Young People themselves, by family, friends and other professionals. The only requirement is that the young person is aware the referral is being made and they are willing to meet. All aspects of our service is free to access. 

Support may include: 

  • 1:1 support for under 18s using substances or for under 18s affected by someone else’s substance use
  • 1:1 support for those 18-21 using substances to support the transition to adult services
  • Drug & Alcohol Education to Schools, Colleges & University
  • Free Professionals drug & Alcohol awareness training 

Making a Referral

Please complete the Young People’s Substance Misuse Referral Form and email completed forms to york@changing-lives.org.uk  or the secure email  blossomstreet.admin@changinglives.cjsm.net

Changing Lives also offer a drug and alcohol dependency service for adults: 

https://www.changing-lives.org.uk/services/drug-alcohol/

 

Child Sexual Abuse Assessment Centre (CSAAC)

 

CSAAC provides a service for children and young people from 0-16 years of age who have disclosed sexual assault or abuse or where it is suspected that it may have happened provide services for children and young people who have been sexually assaulted. 

When a child/young person attends the service, they will come with either a social worker or police officer and one or both of their parents/carers.

The child/young person can talk to the nurse or doctor about what has happened and they can have a check-up (an examination) to check they are ok.

The service covers York and North Yorkshire. 

There is hold a weekly clinic every Friday at Mountain Healthcare, Bridge House in York for children aged 12 years and under. Any acute cases which need to be examined before the next Friday clinic can be seen at the West Yorkshire CSAAS (0330 223 3617), including weekends and bank holidays.

Young people aged 13 years & upwards can be seen by the Mountain Healthcare Team 7-days a week at Bridge House in York. 

Making a Referral

Referrals can only be taken from Police or Children's Social Care. 

Phone: 0330 223 0099

Email: North.Yorkshire@mountainhealthcare.co.uk

Website: https://www.bridgehousesarc.org/