Neglect Training

There are places still available on the Neglect course taking place on 8th June at 1.30pm – 4.30pm, please see below information:
Neglect is an issue that affects a large number of children in the UK. From research, we know that Neglect accounts for approximately 70% of the 144 reviews from 2012 -2015. We also know that; Neglect can be life threatening and needs to be treated with as much urgency as other categories of maltreatment, and Neglect with the most serious outcomes is not confined to the younger children, but can and does occurs across all ages.
Learning from the own local SCR’s we recognise that a key attribute for practitioner’s working with neglect is to ensure a healthy living environment and healthy relationships for children. Prevention and early access to help and support for children and their families are crucial, but so too is later stage help for older children who live with the consequences of longstanding neglect.
The introduction of this basis awareness course ensures practitioners have insight into signs, symptoms and understanding of the need for early interventions and the importance of capturing the voice of the child.
Who is this course for?
This course is for all staff with responsibility for safeguarding children, including education, health, residential, foster carers, youth workers, and all those engage with children and families in any capacity and from any sector or services across the Borough.  
Learning Outcomes:
This course will provide staff across ALL agencies with a shared understanding of neglect and its impact on the safety, wellbeing and development of children, allowing them to:  
·         Recognise the signs and symptoms of neglect
·         Recognise the importance of recording, including capturing and responding to the voice of the child.
·         To understand your professional role in supporting children who have been or may be neglected
·         To understand the importance of early intervention and referral pathways, including the brief overview of the Graded Care Profile (GCP2) assessment tools that has been agreed at a local level to support practitioners to respond to cases of neglect.  
Please note, this introductory course is not suitable for those who have previously completed Graded Care Profile 2 Training.
Should you wish to book a place on this course please complete the attached application form and email

Job Opportunity @ Switch

Smoking Cessation Worker
£18,070 per annum (Pro Rata)
14 hours per week (Fixed Term until 31st March 2019)
Based at Switch, Dudley
Ref: 800
Cranstoun are proud of our reputation for providing innovative, pragmatic and high quality treatment and recovery services to individuals and communities affected by alcohol and drugs. Cranstoun are seeking a stop smoking practitioner who would be responsible for facilitating the development of a smoking cessation programmes for young people of Dudley borough.
The role will be focusing on the 4 colleges, alternative providers as well as the youth hub at switch. The role will also offer individual support to young people who wish to quit smoking using psychological approaches, behavioural change technics, treatment, advice and support.
The Youth Hub is an integrated young people’s health and wellbeing centre for any children and young people living in the Dudley borough. Included in the Youth Hub are Switch (drug & alcohol service) and Brook (a sexual health service for young people). If you are enthusiastic, motivated and looking to make a difference then this is the role for you.
You should have experience of working with young people and their families and possess a clear understanding of their needs as well as knowledge of smoking cessation, drug and alcohol use.
To download an application pack, visit unfortunately we are
unable to accept CVs.
Closing date: Tuesday 12th June 2018
This post will be subject to an Enhanced DBS Disclosure.
We welcome applications from all sections of the community. Working towards equality.
Registered Charity No. 1061582.

CYPF Network Meeting

Hi everyone,

Just to remind you all the next CYPF network meeting is on Friday 18th May at DY1 Cafe in Dudley, 09:30am start.

Please invite anyone you think would benefit from being there and encourage other local contacts to come along.

Dudley Youth Hub

The youth hub is a safe place to come and talk to someone or access support for all aspects of health and well being.

We are a free and confidential service,  we offer: –

  • Somebody to talk to about health & wellbeing
  • Drug & alcohol signposting & support
  • C-card scheme, pregnancy testing and chlamydia testing (for full sexual health clinics see below)
  • Access to auricular acupuncture and mindfulness
  • Access to group work
  • Weight management support
  • Family and carer support
  • Housing Lists and foodbank vouchers
  • Clinical/GP support
  • Diversionary activities
  • Stop smoking support
  • Sign Posting and referral on

Youth Hub is open, just come along to Switch building—1 Castle Street, Dudley, DY1 1LA. Tel—01384 241440

Monday                       3.00pm – 7.00pm

Tuesday                       3.00pm – 7.00pm   (Brook sexual health clinic)

Wednesday                 3.00pm – 7.00pm

Thursday                     3.00pm – 7.00pm    (Brook sexual health clinic & weight management support)

Friday                          12.00pm— 4.00pm

Saturday                      12.00pm – 4.00pm  (Brook sexual health clinic)