ARE YOU SAFE ONLINE?

mediaThe internet plays a big part in how people access information and communicate with others and it should be seen as a positive thing, but, as with ‘offline’ life, there can be risks to those who use it.

the Community Safety team want to make sure people make informed choices when they’re online to keep themselves, their family and friends safe. Dudley’s safeguarding boards and community safety partnership are asking adults in the borough to share their online experiences to help them better understand how people spend their time online and any problems they face.

The survey will be open until the end of January 2019 and responses will be used to inform the 2019 / 2020 online safety action plan.

To take part in the survey click here

 

Help for young people to Get Money Confident!

Citizen Advice Dudley Borough are developing a new service for young people that will start in January 2019. Get Money Confident will help young people develop and improve their money skills and tackle topics such as budgeting, saving and spending and providing practical help when things go wrong. There is also a similar programme for parents.

If you know of any young people or parents that would be interested and would benefit from attending contact Steph.Smart@dudleycabx.org.

get money confident

Early Help Support & Documents

Hi everyone,
Please see the information below:
Dear Colleagues,
 
In order to support the development of Early Help Assessments the Centre for Professional Practice have developed some guidance documents to support Dudley practitioners and partner agencies completing these type of assessments
 
These documents are now live at www.dudleycpp.org.uk or can be accessed at the links below:
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Regards
 
Darren Shaw
Principal Social Worker and Lead for Professional Practice
Centre for Professional Practice
Dudley MBC

CSE Update

The very lovely Nicki Burrows managed to sneak her way back into the network meeting to provide a really useful update on CSE in Dudley borough.

CSE

Nicki shared an Infographic which shows what CSE in Dudley Borough looks like at this moment in time. We currently have 85 children known to us that are affected by CSE within the borough. Two of these are females who are at serious risk and who have been placed out of borough for their own benefit, these are young people who are entrenched in CSE and are unable to recognise they are at risk of CSE and cannot see any way to get out of it. We have 12 children at significant risk which is children and young people who are at risk through online safety issues or sharing photos.

CSE is spread right across the borough, we currently have no hotspots within Dudley borough. Work around CSE is being done within schools. Out of 22 secondary schools CSE has been identified in 17 of these, so again spread right across the borough.
The perception of CSE is young girls being picked up by older men and being provided with new expensive gifts, in Dudley this isn’t the picture. We have peer on peer party scene where the exploitation exists. We have children being exploited to have their basic needs met such as food, warmth, clothing, or a place to stay.

We also have young people entrenched that have now turned groomer – obviously children with ACEs are at a vulnerable starting position but this is not always the case.

Screening tool – if you have a concern have a look at the indicators on the screening tool. If you could go through the screening tool with the young person you are concerned about that would be brilliant! you can find the tool here

The CSE team constantly need more intelligence – we have no hotspots in the borough, our young people are often taken out of borough, if you have any intelligence at all complete a FIB partnership form, they are not looking for war and peace just brief details. Once complete type in brackets (no more information available)

If you have any questions you can always contact the team on CSE.team@dudley.gov.uk Or the direct telephone number is: 01384 817777

 

Self Leadership

On Friday 7 September Dudley CVS hosted the Children’s, young peoples and families network which was attended by Amblecote Christian Centre, Kids Orchard Centre, YMCA, The What Centre, Brook, Dudley Counselling Centre, Healthwatch Dudley, Phase Trust, Early Health Enablers and Dudley CSE officer. It is really great to have such a wide range of voluntary sector partners coming together to share and grow.

It had been decided that this session would predominantly focus on the Leadership Training that Jayne Sargent from Phase Trust had been through.

The session was thought provoking, deep, inspiring and really encouraged you to consider what type of leader you are and what could help you become a better leader.

Jayne has been developing her leadership skills through training with the Kings Fund Think Tank based in London over the last 18 months / two years, during this time she has become more and more passionate about being a good leader and focusing more on her emotional health & wellbeing.

The Taster session that Jayne brought to the group was based on self-leadership. She explained that the session was all about you, the best thing you can bring to your job is you! Give yourself permission to think about you!

“Most people live with the subtle dread that one day they will be discovered for who they really are and the world will be appalled” – John Eldridge

Jayne asked the group top consider two questions…

questions

Jayne explained that it’s often easy to measure growth as a child, but do we still measure it as adults? As a leader it’s not about crossing the finishing line first it’s about taking others with you across the line. It’s about trying new things and pushing beyond your comfort zone.

Jayne shared a self-learning tool thejohari window
Johari window, which looks at how
Well you know yourself and how
Open you are to others knowing you.

We need to learn more about ourselves
to grow. You are the only one in control
of you! Self-leadership is caring, managing and nurturing our personal lives.

 

We talked about what the triggers are that identify you are not doing so well, and looked at how we replenish ourselves. The best gift you can give is a happy energised, healthy you!

Jayne also got us to think about who our peers are, our teachers, the first person you would call for advice. Lone leaders are at risk of burnout. We need to surround ourselves with people who will tell you the answers to tough questions. It is really important to have accountable friends, who you can trust and have honest conversations with.

Jayne also shared the Top 7 tips for self-leadership
1 Define Success
2 Don’t worry about the execution, but worry about the direction – don’t measure direction on a bad day! You can’t go on a day’s feeling
3 Take of the old man before putting on the new – you can’t transform what you don’t engage in
4 Play the long game – don’t give up what you want most for what you want now
5 Ask for help
6 Spend time outside your comfort zone
7 Don’t hold on to tight – the tighter you squeeze the less we hold.

The smallest crowd you will ever lead is you – but it’s the most important.

CYPF Network Meeting – Friday 7th September

Hi all,

Just a reminder that we have our quarterly network meeting this Friday!

We have Jayne from PHASE Trust who will giving us a taster session of the Leadership Training that PHASE delivered recently.  We will also have the Early Help Enablers from the Local Authority joining us, so this will be a great chance for you to meet them and get to understand their roles a bit more as well helping them to understand your respective organisations.

Please share this around.

Thanks,

Luke

Celebrate your volunteer stars!

child-volunteerThere are thousands of volunteers right across our wonderful borough, giving their time to support children, young people and their families!

Each year Dudley CVS search for inspirational volunteers and invite nominations for Dudley Volunteer Awards, an annual celebration that sees some of the borough’s most amazing volunteers receive special thanks and recognition.

We need you to send us your nominations for amazing local people that give their time to volunteer with your organisations to celebrate the difference they make.

It may be that they put on events or activities for young people, help local families in the area they live, develop young peoples skills or build their confidence, help them get involved in new things and have adventures!

It could be someone who volunteers for a uniform group like scouts or brownies, someone who runs or helps out at a youth club, someone offering one to one support to a young person in crises, a reading volunteer within a school or anyone who encourages health and wellbeing for local children, young people and their families across the borough.

Its really easy and quick to nominate your amazing volunteers simply visit https://dva2018.wordpress.com/nominate/ but be quick! the closing day for nominations has been extended to Friday 07 September at 12 noon, so get your nominations in today!!!!!

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