The Harmful Sexual Behaviour procedure has now been rewritten and updated. A launch of this procedure if currently being planned but please visit our updated HSB web page for the new procedure.
CYSCP are pleased to announce the appointment of Maggie Atkinson as The CYSCP Independent Scrutineer.
Former Children’s Commissioner appointed to support work of City of York Safeguarding Children Partnership
A former national Children’s Commissioner has been appointed to scrutinise the work of City of York Safeguarding Partnership (CYSCP).
Maggie Atkinson will take on the new post as Independent Scrutineer to the citywide partnership. Led jointly by City of York Council, North Yorkshire Police and the Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group, the partnership’s role is to ensure that services across the city work together to protect children and young people from harm or abuse.
Dr Atkinson’s role will be to challenge the partnership in all areas of its work, highlighting areas needing improvement, as well as good practice. The aim is to help make services across the city safer for children and young people.
Maggie brings a wealth of experience to the new role, having served as the Children’s Commissioner for England between 2010-2015, after jobs in teaching and local government. Most recently, she has worked with organisations to develop their practice, leadership and management.
Maggie Atkinson, Independent Scrutineer, said: “I am delighted to become the Independent Scrutineer of the many organisations across York whose work contributes to children and young people’s health, safety, wellbeing, education and citizenship. Keeping them all as safe as possible, and recognising that in York as elsewhere they are a quarter of the population with ambitions, needs, views and opinions we must heed, are central concerns.
“At the heart of all that activity are services working directly with all children and young people, and those that work particularly with the most vulnerable who need help, enhanced support or protection. But children and young people also spend in the city’s economy, use its transport, are housed in accommodation that must be safe and secure, care about the environment and much else besides.
“The adults who bring them up, and those who work with them act together to meet their needs, as well as nurturing them so they can do the best they can, growing up to be adults who in turn will work in, further develop, and perhaps even lead the city in the future.
“My work as Independent Scrutineer will highlight where there is already great work being done for York’s children and young people; and will challenge services, and the city’s wider community, when things should be better joined up, more ambitious, or more sharply focused on what needs to improve for children and young people. I look forward immensely to playing my part in this vital role.”
Assistant Chief Constable Annette Anderson, North Yorkshire Police, Chair of City of York Safeguarding Children Partnership, said: “In York we see safeguarding children as everyone’s responsibility and at the heart of this is having strong partnership arrangements that hold us all to account and drive forward service improvement. Maggie’s appointment is fantastic news for our partnership. She is highly regarded and experienced and will provide us with an independent view of how well we are meeting the needs of the children and families we work for.”
Councillor Ian Cuthbertson, City of York Council’s Executive member for Children, Young People and Education, said:
“I’m delighted that Maggie has been appointed Independent Scrutineer for the partnership. Maggie brings years of experience and knowledge to the role of scrutineer and it’s clear that she shares with all three CYSCP partners the firm belief that safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility. I know that she will give an independent and impartial view of the partnership’s effectiveness in addressing the safeguarding needs of our city’s children and families.
For more information about the City of York Safeguarding Children Partnership visit https://www.saferchildrenyork.org.uk/
The Childrens Society are running 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 are supporting this campaign, which aims to raise public awareness, inform the public how to identify exploitation and how to report it. Further information can be found on the Children's Society Look Closer webpage.
Government information for parents and carers about going back to schools, nurseries and colleges in 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:
Since the lockdown in March, work has been taking place to ensure that multi-agency safeguarding training can still be delivered but in a new virtual format rather than face to face. These courses will now be delivered through Zoom sessions which will ensure that courses are interactive and allow multi-agency contact and may also include some self-directed learning.
As this is a new way of delivering training for the Partnership, it has taken some time to develop but we’re pleased to advise that the following courses are now being added to MyLO. Please keep checking back on MyLO over the next few weeks as dates/courses are added. People who have been on a waiting list will be contacted regarding places.
Safeguarding Children – Working Together A
Shared Responsibilities and Procedures for Safeguarding Children – Working Together B
Awareness of Neglect in Children and Young People
Understanding of Domestic Abuse and Children
Full details including individual course learning objectives and pre-requisite learning are detailed on the MyLO website at https://york.learningpool.com/login/index.php
Courses will start running from September 2020 and are free of charge and open to any practitioners or volunteers who work with children and young people and their families in the City of York.
To book login into MyLO and search for the course title and book a place on a date. If you do not already have a MyLO login please select “Create new account” on the link above and complete the form.
PC Nathan Clifton is the newest member of North Yorkshire Police’s Prevent Team.
Here, in the first of a series of blogs, he talks about his journey towards becoming a Prevent Officer and explains this key local role as part of the national counter-terrorism programme…
“I joined North Yorkshire Police in August 2019 after transferring from the Metropolitan Police. I don’t need to explain that it’s a completely different world moving from the relatively small, compact patch of Wandsworth borough compared to the vast, rural district of Selby.
I’ve always held a keen interest in counter-terrorism since I became a police officer. From the initial training we received it was always a career path I wanted to explore. Before any of that, though, the plan was to get my head down and get my grounding on the streets before putting in any applications.
Having been working down south when PC Keith Palmer was killed and at the time of the Borough Market attack, these events really firmed-up that I wanted to be playing my part in the prevention of terrorism.
I arrived in Selby and a short while later the vacancy for the Prevent Officer appeared and, with that ambition I’d carried with me from the Met, I now find myself where I am today.
In the Met I knew we had a Prevent Officer who covered the borough. We had our CT (counter- terrorism) input during training and a brief section on Prevent…and that was it!
My understanding at the time was the literal prevention of terrorism - recognise the signs and submit intel and the powers that be might do something with it.
This low-level of understanding continued through to my transfer to North Yorkshire. I was not fully aware of the scope of work that Prevent actually covers, particularly the multi-agency side of things and liaising with our partners.
I can already see that this is a significant part of the role and it’s the information we receive from them that forms an important part of our ongoing assessment.
In the role in North Yorkshire I also naively assumed that there would be a Prevent Officer covering each district. Having myself and my colleague Ben for the entire force was a bit of a shock to the system, as most things were from changing forces!
Prevent plays a vital role in the identification of people who may be vulnerable to radicalisation, for example, be it through their age, their mental health or their views and beliefs. The introduction of the Counter Terrorism Security Act in 2015 places a duty on specified authorities, including the police, to show due regard to preventing people from being drawn in to terrorism.
Referrals can come in from anyone, be it a teacher at school who has recognised a change in a pupil’s behaviour, a colleague within the police who has attended a job and has their own worries for an individual, or a parent who is concerned that their child is spending a lot of time at home online and there has been a noticeable change in their mannerisms.
It’s our job then to assess these referrals and in some cases see if they are happy to take part in the Channel process which I’ll touch on in another blog.
Initially I have focussed on introducing myself to our various partners and agencies who I will be working with, as well as familiarising myself with the process of receiving a referral and the different paths it takes, such as from assessment to Channel to closure.
It’s already so interesting and different from anything I’ve done before. There’s lot of different terminology and acronyms to get to grips with but I’m really looking forward to the additional training and developing the skills that come with the role.”
For more information about Prevent, please go to the “Let’s Talk About It” website www.ltai.info and follow @NypPrevent on Twitter.
It has recently been highlighted that there has been an increase in the use of 'Nitrous Oxide' and also 'Cannabis oil disguised as confectionery'. Please raise awareness and share amongst your colleagues and other professionals. The attached leaflets show more information regarding these.
City of York Children's Safeguarding Partnership (CYSCP) would like to highlight the importance to parent and carers of not using face coverings on children, particularly babies which has been highlighted in recent media platforms. The Lullaby Trust who raise awareness of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and provides expert advice on safer sleep for babies are urged parents to avoid using face masks on babies and state “We are not aware of any advice for babies to wear masks, whether they are infected or not. There is a potential risk of suffocation and other hazards with doing this”.
From Friday 24th July compulsory face covering in shops will be enforced. The Government guidance states that ‘children under the age of 11 are exempt from wearing a face covering’.
For more information on the Government Guidance click here
New dates are available for this training which will now take place virtually. Further details including how to book can be found here.
We now have 2 new online training courses:
See the Online Training page for more information
Over the last few weeks we have been reviewing and updating our website. In order to make the website as informative as possible for our users, we have created the following new pages:
To keep the information on our website as up to date as possible, we have refreshed the following pages:
We are carrying on with this work over the next few weeks, and while we have tried to make this a 'seamless' experience for our users, we may have missed a few connections. If you find any links to pages or documents that no longer work, please email us at CYSCP@york.gov.uk.
The CYSCP, alongside North Yorkshire Police, North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Partnership, North Yorkshire Community Safety Partnership and Safer York Partnership are running a campaign between 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.
Safeguarding Week Monday 22nd to Friday 26th June 2020
This will be a virtual campaign across the City of York and North Yorkshire which will remind 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 will promote and raise awareness on how to report abuse of children, young people and adults, in North Yorkshire and the City of York.
The campaign will also raise awareness in regard to other safeguarding themes:
Podcasts produced by York Anti-Trafficking Society on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking:
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.
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