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National Child Exploitation Awareness Day

Published 23 February 2024.

Date for your diaries: Tuesday 18 March.

The National Child Exploitation Awareness Day (CEADay) takes place on 18 March annually. The National Child Exploitation Awareness Day is a great way to highlight the issues surrounding Child Exploitation; encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse and adopt a zero tolerance to adults developing inappropriate relationships with children or children exploiting and abusing their peers.

Join the conversation on social media at #CEADay. Further information is available on the National Child Exploitation Awareness Day website and resources can be found on the STOPCE website.

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Safer Sleep Week

Published 23 February 2024.

Dates for your diary: Monday 11 March to Sunday 17 March.

Safer Sleep Week is a national campaign which takes place annually in March. Visit the Lullaby Trust website for further information including a resource pack, Safer Sleep leaflets and videos.

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Young Carers Action Day

Published 23 February 2024.

Wednesday 13 March 2024 is Young Carers Action Day (YCAD) which is an annual event organised by Carers Trust.

It's a day of recognition and action for young carers and young adult carers across the UK. To celebrate Young Carers Action Day a wide range of events for Young Carers will be taking place. In the run up to York Carers Action Day, local MP's and schools will be written to across York to raise awareness of children and young people with caring responsibilities and the support that is available to them. You can read more about York Carers Action Day and pledge your support for young carers and young adult carers online.

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Joint Serious Violence Strategy Published for York and North Yorkshire

Published 23 February 2024.

Key partners from across York and North Yorkshire have come together to publish a Serious Violence Response Strategy (SVRS), assessing the current state of serious violence across our region and assigning key priorities to help combat it.

The Serious Violence Duty (SVD) introduced by the Home Office in January 2023 requires the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner to convene key local partners to work in partnership to prevent and reduce serious violence that occurs in the local area.

Read the full SVRS strategy, which contains further detail about the nature of serious violence in North Yorkshire and the steps being taken by key partners to tackle it.

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Commissioner Zoë Metcalfe announces start date for Chief Constable of North Yorkshire

Published 23 February 2024.

Tim Forber will start his role as Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police on Monday 1 April 2024. On 11 January, the Police, Fire & Crime Panel endorsed the Commissioner’s preferred candidate, Tim Forber, to be the next Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police. The Commissioner has confirmed that Tim will take up his role from 1 April 2024 following the retirement of Lisa Winward on 31 March 2024. Elliot Foskett is currently the Acting Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police.

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Managing Allegations - Good Practice Briefing

Published 15 February 2024.

A free good practice session has been arranged by the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) in relation to Managing Allegations.

The session is aimed at Early Years and Childcare Designated Safeguarding Leads and deputies, and any other staff or committee members you feel may benefit from attending.

The session will cover the provision of advice and guidance to employers and voluntary organisations, procedures for identified cases and an opportunity to ask questions.

The session will also cover relevant themes identified, such as low level concerns.

This is a virtual session, delivered by Michelle Turner, LADO.

Date and time of session:

  • Tuesday 14 May, 6.15pm to 7.30pm

To book a place email: [email protected].

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Building Brighter Futures Practice Model Partner Briefing Session

Published 5 February 2024.

Colleagues within Children Social Care are hosting a free briefing session for multi-agency partners. The session is open to all multi-agency partners including Children’s Social Care and Adult Social Care Police, Health, Local Authority, Education, Voluntary Sector etc. The session is applicable to partners from all sectors and all roles from front line workers to senior managers.

This briefing session will cover:

  • overview of the Building Brighter Futures Practice Model
  • Signs of Safety - relationship grounded, safety organised approach to child protection practice
  • Family Seeing - practice approach to engage networks of family members and other important adults to promote the safety, healthy development and healing of children and young people
  • a child’s journey within Children’s Social Care using the new practice model and what that means for partners
  • an opportunity to meet Signs of Safety Practice Leaders and ask any questions about the New Building brighter futures practice model

Dates and times of sessions:

  • Tuesday 19 March 2024, 1.00pm to 2.00pm

Sign up for this Briefing Session on MyLo

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Together WE Can Partner Briefing Sessions

Published 5 February 2024.

City of York Council are getting ready to launch a new residential, outreach, accommodation and support service for children and young people in York called Together, WE Can. This approach is based on the No Wrong Door model that was developed in North Yorkshire.

This model will see an innovative service supporting children and young people on the ‘edge of care’, in the Local Authority children’s home at Wenlock Terrace, supporting young people from residential care into independence and supporting young people aged between 16 and 18 years in supported accommodation.

A Together, WE Can team has been recruited to support this.

There are 4 main strands to the Together, WE Can model:

  • Outreach/Edge of Care
  • Staying Close
  • Residential
  • Supported Accommodation

Colleagues within Children Social Care are hosting a free briefing session for multi-agency partners to find out more about Together WE Can. The session is open to all multi-agency partners including Children’s Social Care and Adult Social Care Police, Health, Local Authority, Education, Voluntary Sector etc. The session is applicable to partners from all sectors and all roles from front line workers to senior managers.

Dates and times of sessions:

  • Monday 19 February, 10.00am to 11.00am
  • Thursday 22 February, 1.00pm to 2.00pm
  • Thursday 29 February, 4.30pm to 5.30pm

Sign up for this briefing session on MyLO.

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School Attendance is Everyone’s Business

Published 5 February 2024.

Since the pandemic, nationally schools have been seeing lower levels of school attendance.

Within City of York, multi-agency partners have been closely working together to improve this picture and data has improved but there is still further work to do particularly around those children and young people who fall within those vulnerable categories.

There are a multitude of reasons for low attendance. The DfE model considers the following barriers behind attendances:

  • Complex - smallest cohort of children and young people
  • Attendance as a symptom
  • ‘Just Attendance’ - largest cohort of children and young people who may be absent for genuine reasons and for whom there are no great concerns.

Symptoms of schools absence are often around family issues such as Housing, Parental Mental Health, Financial Challenges, Parental employment and other family members with needs within the house.

Work in recovering school attendance post pandemic remains ongoing, and will need to be developed further to reach every child.

What does this have to do with me?

The partnership welcomes the support of all agencies within the city to support increased school attendance as we believe that this makes children safer, increases their chances of success in later life, and offers positive experiences and development opportunities that all children and young people should regularly access.


There are local offers available to help support agencies if you are working with a child or family where school attendance is an issue:

The following articles have also been recently published which you may find useful:

If you have any questions, would like further information or would welcome a discussion around how your agency can be involved and help please contact Dan Bodey on [email protected]

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Parental Mental Health and The Impact on Children (PAMIC) Tool

Published 5 February 2024.

A new training video has been produced explaining about the PAMIC Tool.

The PAMIC Tool is to be used by professionals when considering how likely and with what severity an adult’s mental ill health will impact on a child. It involves the practitioner thinking about the nature of risk and also the protective factors for the child so it includes the practitioner’s professional judgement.

The training video is now available on the CYSCP E-Learning Portal.

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PREVENT Training

Published 5 February 2024.

North Yorkshire Police are delivering some free PREVENT awareness sessions.

The awareness session will cover:

  • strategy and legislation
  • including CONTEST, Counter Terrorism and Security Act and Prevent Duty
  • national counter-terrorism threats
  • North Yorkshire and York context and risks
  • signs and symbols for Far Right
  • make a Prevent referral in NY and Cases Studies

Dates and times of sessions:

  • Monday 18 March 2024, 10.00am to 11.30am
  • Monday 24 June 2024, 10.00am to 11.30am
  • Monday 16 September 2024, 10.00am to 11.30am
  • Monday 9 December 2024, 10.00am to 11.30am

Book online at EventBrite.

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Children’s Society #LookCloser - Programme of learning

Published 5 February 2024.

#LookCloser are providing a programme of free training sessions, which focus on a range of topics and seek to support professionals in their work to protect children and young people from exploitation and abuse.

All their sessions have been designed to be relevant to multiple professional audiences and stakeholders, so please feel free to share with anybody you think may benefit. Two sessions are available in February 2024 as follows:

  • Monday 5 February, 2.00pm to 3.30pm - Digital lives and Online Exploitation
  • Thursday 15 February, 10.00am to 11.30am - Preventing and Disrupting Child Exploitation within the Night Time Economy

For further information and to book on to the course, please visit the Children's Society website. New events for 2024 to 2025 will be added to the programme soon and we encourage you to visit their #LookCloser website for the latest information there.

Contact The Children’s Society’s Prevention team at [email protected] with any questions.

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New CYSCP Documents

Published 5 February 2024.

Child Protection Procedure

There has been a minor update to the Multi-Agency Child Protection Procedure. Please can you ensure you and your colleagues have the latest version.

NEW 7 Point Briefings

The CYSCP regularly publish 7 point briefings to disseminate learning from cases or learning from audits. Two brand new 7 point briefings have been published as follows:

7 Point Briefing - Harmful Sexual Behaviour (HSB) Audit

The City of York Safeguarding Children Partnership (CYSCP) commissioned an audit undertaken by NSPCC to establish improvements and good practice, but also to identify potential gaps in multi-agency working when working with young people who display harmful sexual behaviour (HSB) within the City of York.

A multi-agency task group was subsequently established to consider the framework of HSB and significantly improve the offer available from April 2020. In June 2023, a multi-agency audit was undertaken to identify the impact upon practice.

Areas of good practice and learning points were identified within the audit and these have been shared within the 7 Point Briefing. The briefing also contains details of where to find resources in relation to HSB.

7 Point Briefing - Multi-agency audit of partnership responses to non-verbal babies and infants

Following the National Panel report regarding safeguarding children under one-year-old from non-accidental injury, the CYSCP Case Review sub-group undertook work regarding engaging with fathers and requested a multi-agency audit of practice with babies and infants who are non-verbal.

The remit of this audit was to consider: 'As a safeguarding partnership; how well do we understand and articulate the lived experience of children who are pre-verbal or have limited verbal skill’. ‘How well is this understanding reflected in assessment and planning for the child’?

All of the multi-agency 7 Point Briefings are available within the professionals section on the CYSCP website. Please take the time to familiarise yourself with these as a way to improve your practice.

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Working Together to Safeguard Children 2023 Statutory Guidance

Published 8 December 2023.

On the 1 December 2023, the government published ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children (2023)’. This is statutory guidance on multi-agency working to help, protect and promote the welfare of all children. The new guidance and a summary of changes implemented are available on the government website.

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Early Help Assessments

Published 8 December 2023.

All children deserve the best possible start in life - ‘right help at the right time’.

Everyone in the city of York who works with children, young people and families, has a responsibility to support the delivery of Early Help and support them in accessing appropriate services.

When a family has additional or emerging needs, which may require support, an early help assessment form can help determine the level of support needed, whether this be through a single agency or multi-agency response.

Where a multi-agency response is needed a team around the family meeting can help create a plan and co-ordinate the support a family is receiving. Supporting Families maintain a central record of the support a family has received, so that they can help understand a family’s journey.

If you have completed an Early Help Assessment it would be really helpful to let the Supporting Families team know.

This means they can link together agencies who might be working with the same family. It also means that if the family is referred to the Targeted Intervention Service or Children’s Services, it is clear what support has already been in place and when.

They also need to know if there have been any changes, details of reviews (including a copy of any 'Team Around the Child and Family' documents, and when it closes (and the reason for closure).

Send all documents and updates by email: [email protected].

Request Targeted Intervention Support via email: [email protected].

Get further information and guidance in relation to Early Help.

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Sharing information with North Yorkshire Police

Published 8 December 2023.

North Yorkshire Police (NYP) can now accept online reports from partners via their website. These will be directed to the Force Control Room (FCR) and dealt with just like a 101 call. In the case of partner intelligence, this will route directly to the Intelligence Unit from their website.

This service offers partners the opportunity to submit forms through a standardised format, used by a growing number of Police forces across England and Wales. There is no need to wait on the phone. Accessible on computers, tablets and mobile the forms make it easier to share details from agencies systems. They are structured around the details they need to act quickly and keep people safe.

These services are for agencies and partners of the police, they are not for public use.

In an emergency you should still use 999.

The NYP forms available for wider partners include:

  1. Missing Persons (including returned persons and further information)
  2. Request police help with a Mental Health Act Assessment
  3. Request police help with a Welfare Check
  4. Community Partner Intelligence (goes directly to the intelligence unit)

On submission partners will receive an immediate email receipt and reference number.

Get partner access to the Community Partnership Intelligence form.

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