New plan to help ‘at-risk’ children unveiled

York Press: YorOK YorOK

A NEW strategy for how York's most vulnerable children will be protected and supported has been mapped out.

The document, drawn up by York children's trust YorOK and City of York Safeguarding Children Board, outlines how agencies can help during the first years of a child's life and quickly intervene if they are needed.

The organisations said stepping in swiftly prevented more intrusive and expensive action being taken further down the line.

York's Early Help Strategy 2014-16 is now available online, and a young single mother with severe depression who moved to York with her new baby has explained how seeking help has "changed my life".

The woman, who remained anonymous, said she was advised to contact City of York Council's family information service once her depression was being treated, joined a local baby group and met an outreach worker who suggested family learning courses to meet new people and gain skills.

She was encouraged to enrol in an access course in guidance and social work at York College, leading to a degree in children, young people and families which she is currently undertaking.

She said: "I hope to work with families and parents in the future, to give the support and guidance I have been so lucky to receive.

"The family information service are always on the other end of the phone and constantly have up-to-date information, which was and still is important to me when things are changing on a regular basis.

"Now I am on my way not only to doing the job I love, but being able to support my daughter and enjoy life, all from one phone call. I don't feel I would have pursued my career goals if I hadn't originally called the council, and without their support with finding me childcare, I honestly feel I would have given up with my studies."

Coun Janet Looker, cabinet member for education, children and young people, said: "We need to continue to ensure we are developing a city in which individuals, families, professionals and communities have the skills to support themselves wherever possible, as well as knowing where to go if they need extra help."

Simon Westwood, who chairs the Safeguarding Children Board, said immediate help could make a "significant and long-lasting difference" to children and the strategy would make it clear what has to be done to help families in need. It can be found at yor-ok.org.uk.

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9:22am Fri 21 Mar 14

Digeorge says...

I hope that includes helping disabled children with 'syndromes' and their parents rather than falsely accusing them of factitious illness.. There should be less emphasis on the latter but that of SUPPORT. Nor does it mean that every single person with a syndrome has learning difficulties and their parents require 'support' whether it be emotional or allowing them to move forwards in their lives and enjoy a quality of life.
I hope that includes helping disabled children with 'syndromes' and their parents rather than falsely accusing them of factitious illness.. There should be less emphasis on the latter but that of SUPPORT. Nor does it mean that every single person with a syndrome has learning difficulties and their parents require 'support' whether it be emotional or allowing them to move forwards in their lives and enjoy a quality of life. Digeorge
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2:28pm Fri 21 Mar 14

andyjon12 says...

Looks like this will lead to an even bigger increase in forced adoption which is happening right now thanks to large cash incentives for local authorities and dodgy council employees signed up to the "Common Purpose" way of thinking.
Looks like this will lead to an even bigger increase in forced adoption which is happening right now thanks to large cash incentives for local authorities and dodgy council employees signed up to the "Common Purpose" way of thinking. andyjon12
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4:55pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Digeorge says...

andyjon12 glad you said that looks like you and I been redlined when you and I know the truth of what this 'sham' is all about.

Let's not mention shaken baby syndrome and what they did to that lass in York, a disgrace. Wasn't joined up thinking at all and that child was born with severe and multiple health problems three months early and on 365 days 24/7 oxygen when the child died and yet still went for her. Did they exactly help her or protect the child. Nope. That's City of York Council for you.
andyjon12 glad you said that looks like you and I been redlined when you and I know the truth of what this 'sham' is all about. Let's not mention shaken baby syndrome and what they did to that lass in York, a disgrace. Wasn't joined up thinking at all and that child was born with severe and multiple health problems three months early and on 365 days 24/7 oxygen when the child died and yet still went for her. Did they exactly help her or protect the child. Nope. That's City of York Council for you. Digeorge
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