Design a Logo Competition

Dudley Exploitation Hub are running a competition for children of all ages to design a logo for the Exploitation Hub, known as DEx. 

Entries should be sent to Neal Balfour at dsppb@dudley.gov.uk by the end of March 2022.  The winner should be notified by Easter and will receive a book token from Dudley Safeguarding People Partnership.

Below is some information on the Exploitation Hub which may help young people with their designs.

Dudley Exploitation Hub is part of Dudley Children’s Services. It is a multi-agency team consisting of 3, but currently, 2 social workers, 3 family support workers, 1 senior practitioner working with 2 intensive family support workers working on aspects of children and young people who go missing providing Return Home Interviews. There are two police officers on the team, 1 supports the team with issues of child criminal exploitation and the other one with child sexual exploitation.

The Social Workers (SWs) and Family Support Workers (FSWs) work directly with young people and their families to work through issues that have been identified. The aim is to help the young people and sometimes, their family members, to understand and appreciate what is going on in terms of the young people being used by adults or peers to undertaken criminal activities on their behalf. In most cases, the parents/carers are already worried about the young people, however, in some cases, the adults are also unaware of the exploitation concerns. The role of the SW and FSW as well as professionals from other agencies is to help the young people work through these issues.

The social worker encourages the young people to be part of the process and Dudley Exploitation Team has created a ‘My Safety Plan’ that they work through with the young people. The ‘My Safety Plan’ allows young people to understand why the adults are worried about them. Through the plan, they can discuss how they can work with the professionals to help reduce the worries. The plan also asks the young person to identify what they can do if they are feeling unsafe, who they can contact and also to identify the professional, among all professionals working with them, that they feel able to contact easily should they feel unsafe. This is usually dependant on the relationships the young people have formed with the different workers involved with them.

Young people are encouraged to attend their meetings, especially the MACE meetings, so that they can hear the worries that professionals have about them. By attending MACE meetings, this also means that they are able to contribute to the recommended actions that can help their situation.

Dudley Exploitation Team also works indirectly with young people who are involved in anti-social behaviour and low level criminal behaviour as part of group. Through this process, a meeting, called Disruption Meeting, takes place. All professionals working with the different young people identified as part of the group come up with a different recommendations on how they can work with the young people to help in interrupting the unwanted behaviour and find alternative activities that are more appropriate for the young people.

Dudley Exploitation Team is seeking to work closely with education professionals so that young people stay in school rather than be excluded as not being in school increases the risk to young people, of being asked to undertake criminal activities on behalf of others or simply getting involved in criminal activity on their own because they have nothing else to do during the day.

Design a we can swim logo

07/04/2022

Design a Logo Competition

DESIGN A LOGO COMPETITION

Active Black Country and partners are developing a Swimming Campaign called We Can Swim which will seek to raise standards of swimming and improve water safety levels amongst Black Country Children.

As part of this, Active Black Country and partners are running an Art competition for school pupils across the Black Country to design the logo for the Campaign which will be launched on the 20th May 2022 at the Black Country Primary PE Conference.

The logo will be used on all resources accompanying the campaign, and used by a range of partners to promote water activities across the region over the next 18 months. A judging panel will decide the winning design which will then be made into the logo for the campaign moving forward.

The school of the winning pupil will receive a £100 Sports equipment voucher whilst the pupil responsible will also receive a £50 One4all Gift Card which can be spent at over 130 different high street brands.

The logo design should seek to incorporate either of the following areas and also MUST also include ‘We Can Swim’ within the logo design.

  1. Being safe in and around Water
  2. Being able to swim/learning to swim/being confident in the water

Available to download here are a couple of templates for children that may be used, however these are not compulsory and children can create there own if they wish.

Please note the competition is open to Primary and Secondary school pupils from across the Black Country with the deadline for submissions 5pm Friday 29th April 2022.

Please make sure that each entry includes:

  • pupil name
  • age
  • teacher/contact
  • school
  • Local Authority

Winners will be announced in May 2022.

We would encourage Schools to run an internal competition nominating and sending in their 3 best designs by post or email if possible. However, given the Easter holidays we would also encourage children to be creative over the break with their family and submit their designs to the below either by email or post.

Leah Goode (Logo Competition)
Active Black Country
Dudley Court South
The Waterfront Business Park
Level Street
Brierley Hill
DY5 1XN

leah_goode@blackcountryconsortium.co.uk 

Should you have any questions please contact Leah at: leah_goode@blackcountryconsortium.co.uk

Ideas Made Real

Dear Friends and Colleagues across the West Midlands,

We’re very excited to announce that our new youth social action campaign ‘Ideas Made Real’ is now live, powered by the Birmingham2022 Commonwealth Games! This is an amazing opportunity for young people to bring their ideas to life with an Ideas Made Real Award of between £5-10K*.

Each successful project will receive a whole package of support and benefits such as; a Youth Social Action Activator assigned to each project, a guaranteed reference, a ticket to the Commonwealth Games, professional mentoring … and so much more!

If you work with 16–24-year-olds across the West Midlands, then we’d love to visit you and hopefully inspire some of the young people you work with to take part. Anyone aged 16-24 can apply, either on their own or as part of a group,  however we are particularly encouraging applications from those who face some kind of social barrier.

We are thrilled to have recently employed 2 Youth Social Action Activators, who are really keen to get out and meet you and your organisations, and young people you work with to get them excited about creating their own social action campaigns in their own communities.

If you would like an Activator to visit your organisation we can:

  • Host a workshop to teach young people about social action and how they can get involved
  • Set up an information stand in Student Unions or communal spaces
  • Hold a lesson or assembly about social action and Ideas Made Real
  • Join celebration days/STEM and career advice fairs
  • Offer a more bespoke offer (depending on availability)

If you would like to get involved, or would like more information, please do either get in touch with me directly, or email the team and we will would be happy to help – gen22@birmingham2022.com

To find out more about the project, and apply, visit: https://www.birmingham2022.com/gen22/ideas-made-real

Dudley SEND Improvement Programme

Joint Local Area SEND Revisit – letter publishedOfsted and the Care Quality Commission carried out a revisit Area SEND inspection between 31 January and 3 February 2022. Today (23 March) they have published their letter.Ofsted and CQC
Progress made but more still to be doneThe recent visit by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission has found improvements in Dudley’s SEND services but concludes that more needs to be done. Inspectors visited Dudley Council to assess its children’s services and what progress had been made within SEND (Special educational needs and disabilities) services since its last visit in 2019.Following this 2019 visit the council and the Black Country and West Birmingham CCG had to submit a written statement of action (WSOA) which was declared fit purpose in December of that year.In the most recent visit, inspectors recognised there had been “sufficient progress” in eight areas, previously identified as areas of weakness.This included an improvement in embedding strategies, better co-production and engagement with parents and carers, improved understanding about inclusion in schools in Dudley and increasing the number of young people with SEND progressing into training and employment opportunities.Inspectors, however, found that more needs to be done to be make progress in six areas including improving parent satisfaction and the management and sharing of information within EHC plans andThe report also recognised that throughout the pandemic we continued to prioritise the needs of children and young people with SEND. Next StepsWe are now required to submit a SEND Accelerated Action Plan (SAAP) to address the six areas of concern where we have made insufficient progress.Over the next few weeks, we will be working with stakeholders including the Parent Carer Forum to develop this plan which will set out how we are going to address the issues, the outcomes that we want to achieve and how we are going to measure success against them.We will submit the plan to the Department for Education (DfE) within 5 weeks. This plan, together with our overall SEND Improvement Plan will be published onto the LocaLOffer and Health and Wellbeing Board website and the SAAP will be monitored at least six monthly by the DfE.We would like to assure parents and carers that we will continue our journey of improvement and are determined to make significant progress across all 14 areas in the coming months.There is further work to do as we build on the progress made. Dudley is in a different place to where we were three years ago, and we are committed to working with parents, families, children and young people to secure continued and sustainable improvements for the future.Read the Ofsted/CQC Letter in fullRead news release issued 23 March 2022
More information:Visit the SEND Local Offer website to learn more about the services available in the borough. To find out more about the SEND Improvement Programme, please visit Dudley’s Health and Wellbeing Board. Useful contacts:Service Director for Early Help/Schools and SEND: Helen Ellis – Helen.Ellis@dudley.gov.ukInterim Head of SEND: Toni Dawodu –  Toni.Dawodu@dudley.gov.ukSEND Manager: Sue Powell – Susan.Powell@dudley.gov.ukSEND Team Manager North: Rob Bennett –  Robert.X.Bennett@dudley.gov.ukSEND Team Manager South: Kelly Warne –  Kelly.Warne@dudley.gov.ukSEND Programme Manager: Simon Hickman –  Simon.Hickman@dudley.gov.ukSEND Programme Manager: Paul Klein –  Paul.Klein@dudley.gov.uk
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Invitation to co create a Dudley Borough Inclusion Toolkit

Please share across your networks 

Are you passionate about equalities and inclusion for all?  Do you have ideas about how Dudley can become more inclusive?  

In response to the call to action and recommendations in the ‘Dudley for everyone’ report, the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi) invites you to join us to talk about what we mean by inclusion for all in Dudley and to co-create a new inclusion tool that will help us all think about how to make inclusion something we do and feel every day in Dudley.    

There a range of ways to get involved, online, in person or by completing a survey. 

Online booking link:  https://www.trybooking.co.uk/BNRO

In person booking link:  https://www.trybooking.co.uk/BNRR

Can’t make the dates, but want to share your views

If you cannot attend the workshop dates but are interested in being part of this exciting development, please share your ideas by filling out this short https://forms.office.com/r/89zycL0Ara

we are aiming to make the development of this tool as inclusive as possible so would be great if you, your teams or your partners are able to contribute. 

Level 3 Youth Work Qualification

We still have 2 places available for the Level 3 Youth work Certificate Training starting in Dudley tonight. I know thisis very shortnotice – but the training will support you in your youth work and is free!

If there is anyone currently working or volunteering with young people in the Borough on a regular basis, then they should contact me about participating in the course. You must already have achieved a Level 2 in Youth Work Award to be eligible for the course.

Training will be in person at DYI on a Tuesday evening from 6.45-9pm.

Full details of the course are attached – if you would like to be considered for a place, please give me a call on the number below – or email and come to the session this evening.

I look forward to hearing from you

Louise

Tel 07538 271495

Be part of the creation of a Dudley Borough Inclusion Tool

Dear Colleagues 

Please share across your networks 

Are you passionate about equalities and inclusion for all?  Do you have ideas about how Dudley can become more inclusive? 

In response to the call to action and recommendations in the ‘Dudley for everyone’ report, the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi) invites you to join us to talk about what we mean by inclusion for all in Dudley and to co-create a new inclusion tool that will help us all think about how to make inclusion something we do and feel every day in Dudley.   

There a range of ways to get involved, online, in person or by completing a survey. 

Online booking link:  https://www.trybooking.co.uk/BNRO

In person booking link:  https://www.trybooking.co.uk/BNRR

we are aiming to make the development of this tool as inclusive as possible so would be great if you, your teams or your partners are able to contribute.