Please take a look at the Directory for other services that may be able to provide support
The Wakefield Adult Education service have provided some FREE online learning course that you could use to signpost families to help increase their own knowledge including Level 2 Certificate in understanding Young People's Mental Health, Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism, Level 2 Certificate in Understanding behaviour that challenges among many others. Take a look at what courses are on offer and how to access them here.
English as a Second Language courses, suitable for beginners, free and with a supportive and inclusive approach Classes are open to all adults in Wakefield district who are not currently in employment, and in a range of comfortable and accessible venues.
West Yorkshire and Harrogate HCP grief and loss support service
A new support and advice service is being launched to help people across West Yorkshire and Harrogate through grief and loss. The free service, commissioned by West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership, will be delivered by West Yorkshire and Harrogate Independent Hospices Consortium, Bradford Bereavement Services Consortium and Leeds Mind. The practical and emotional support and advice service will be available 7 days a week, from 8am to 8pm. The service is available on a FREE helpline: 0800 1963833 or chat online Full details on the new service can be found here.
' For Baby's Sake' (Formally the Stefanou Foundation) empower expectant parents with what they need to break the cycle of domestic abuse and give their baby the best possible start in life, especially by helping them to come to terms with trauma and adversity in their own childhoods.
For information and resources take a look on the website.
Colin Bland who is the Gambling Support Services Trainer at Citizens Advice Calderdale has produced a series of YouTube videos on the subject – please see the following links, Introduction , The Impact of Gambling In Our Communities, Identify Signs of Gambling Harm , Understand How Gambling Affects People and Specialist Services Offering Gambling Help and Support
ICON : Babies Cry, You Can Cope!
‘ICON: Babies Cry, You Can Cope!’ is a research based programme that aims to help parents and carers to cope with a crying baby. It was developed in response to a number of infant deaths and serious case reviews where a baby has died or been seriously injured as a result of abusive head trauma (AHT). Previously known as 'shaken baby syndrome', AHT causes catastrophic brain injuries, which can lead to death, or significant long term health and learning disabilities. AHT is not restricted to specific socio-economic groups – it can occur in any environment, when a parent or carer is on the edge due to infant crying.
The programme provides key messages and resources to let parents and carers know that infant crying is normal and there are methods which can be taken in order to cope. Resources include leaflets, posters and video clips which can be shared with parents and carers at any contact they have with midwives, health visitors, GPs, social workers, and other professionals working with families.
In collaboration with NHS Wakefield CCG, the Public Health Children and Young People’s team have developed a year long plan to share key messages across with district
For further information, please contact email@example.com
Safer Sleep (Raising Awareness of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)
A number of cases have recently highlighted the dangers of parents co-sleeping with young babies; risks are significantly increased if the parent has taken drugs or even a moderate amount of alcohol. The risk is associated with the possibility that the parents can accidentally suffocate the child by laying over them. As a result, the Children’s Public Health team are working closely with partners to ensure that accurate, consistent and clear messages are shared with new parents and families across the Wakefield district.
The Lullaby Trust are a nationally recognised organisation who have developed a number of resources and online training opportunities for professionals and those working with children and families; these are being used to support the roll out of information locally.
Further information and resources can be found at: https://www.lullabytrust.org.uk/professionals/safer-sleep-week-awareness-campaign/
Healthy Pregnancy Pathway
The Healthy Pregnancy Pathway can be found here.
Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing
HealthWatch Wakefield have introduced a new dedicated mental health tab on their website. This page offers local and national places for support along with other news items and updates. Click here to visit their new page
Psychological First Aid training during COVID-19
On 15 June Public Health England (PHE) launched an updated Psychological First Aid (PFA) training module, aimed at all frontline and essential workers and volunteers. The course teaches the key principles of giving psychological first aid in emergencies and aims to increase awareness and confidence to provide this support to people affected by COVID-19.
The course is free, and no previous qualifications are required. The course takes around 90 minutes to complete and is also available in three sessions for the learner to complete at their own pace.
The Wakefield Resilience Framework
The Resilience Framework’ is an evidence based framework designed to support professionals working in any settings with children and young people aged 0-19. The Framework identifies a set of core skills and protective factors that children and young people need to enable them to do well at school, work and improve health and social outcomes. The framework compliments any assessment process as it provides a toolkit of resources and delivery methods that are child and young person centred. Click here for resources
We’re leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges. We’re here to make sure they get the best possible mental health support and have the resilience to overcome life’s difficulties.
The crisis in children and young people’s mental health is real and it is urgent. More children and young people than ever before are reaching out for help with their mental health. But for those who take that brave step, help is much too hard to find. Click here to visit our Website
The Kooth online offer has continued throughout the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Kooth offers free, safe and confidential information and wellbeing support for young people (between the ages of 11 – 25). Young people can continue to book regular online counselling sessions as needed, and can access the service when studying away from home, by using their Wakefield contact details to register.
Kooth also offers young people the opportunity to have a “drop-in” text-based conversation with a qualified counsellor. Kooth is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, although counsellors are only online between 12pm-10pm during the week and 6pm-10pm weekends. Outside of counselling hours, young people can message the team and get support by the next day. Support is provided by Kooth not only through counselling but from articles, forums and discussion boards. All content is age appropriate, clinically approved and fully moderated. Watch this short video to find out more about or visit www.Kooth.com to access support and information.
Download a poster here.
Online resource for children of all ages, supporting with bullying, emotional wellbeing, health eating and much more. You can talk to our youth workers about anything, good things as well as things that are worrying you. Take a look at our website.
Baby Buddy App
Baby Buddy App is our free multi-award winning, interactive pregnancy and parenting guide. Baby Buddy is also designed as an intervention to support the communication and work of front line practitioners. Further information available here.
Me, You and Baby Too – new guide for practitioners
We recently launched a new practitioner guide for the Me, You and Baby Too programme, enabling frontline practitioners to provide remote relationship support to first-time parents using the programme.
Coping with stress and drinking - a guide for supporting parents
Our online resource, Coping with stress and drinking, offers support for couples who want to drink less alcohol and get on better with each other. This new guide helps frontline practitioners introduce parents to the resource and support them as they work through it.
Available to use alongside the digital courses at no cost until January 2021. It's the first time we have produced digital practitioner guides of this kind so we would love to hear your thoughts on them. There is an option to give feedback at the end of the guide.
Wakefield Relationship Matters
Wakefield Council is part of the ‘Relationship Matters’ programme across Yorkshire and Humberside, in collaboration with other neighbouring Councils we are working together to reduce parental conflict. More information can be found here: www.relationshipmatters.org.uk.
We are committed in Wakefield to ensure that we are in a position to respond early with support to families, providing early intervention and prevention before relationship issues escalate and have a detrimental impact on children and families.
For more information and access to practitioner resources please access the Safeguarding Partnership website , For access to the E-Learning course please register here. Additionally there is a 2-day train the trainer session planned for Wakefield 2nd and 3rd November 2020.
Please display and share this poster with your service users
Please see the Relationship Matters dedicated page here.
Getting on better Cards
A useful card resource from Brighton & Hove City Council for discussions around relationships.
Safeguarding information and resources
Wakefield Safeguarding Children Partnership WSCP is a partnership of all of the relevant statutory, voluntary and community agencies involved in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and young people living in Wakefield. This is a link to the safeguarding information page for schools in Wakefield. Click here for resources
UPDATED Continuum of Need
Please note that section 5. Children with Special education needs and disabilities (SEND) has been updated on the Continuum of Need. Please destroy your old copies and replace with the updated version found here.
Autistic Spectrum disorder - Referral Update
The new 0-18 diagnosis pathway for children and young people suspected as having Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is now open through The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust. From 17 August 2020 onwards, all children and young people’s referrals for diagnosis of ASD should be made to The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust. A referral form has been designed in collaboration with parents and professionals from schools, community health services and Wakefield Council, and has been shared with schools. Ideally the referral should be completed by someone who knows the child or young person well - in most cases referrals are made by schools, as schools have a more direct observation of the child and their behaviours which enables cases to be triaged appropriately.
Please click here for a copy of the form
Branching Out is now broader than the activity week, it now includes a four week lead in period of mentoring, on-line groups, work in school and street-based interventions working with peer groups before the activity week. Following this there is a six week exit period of support/mentoring and signposting while the team and young people devise, plan and deliver a social action project
Do you work with young people? Would you like to offer the young people accessing your service free condoms and testing kits for STI’s? C-card is a free and confidential scheme which allows young people, over the age of 13 to access condoms from venues around the area. After initial training you will receive a supply of condoms, cards and testing kits and be able to register young people on the database.
We are holding various online training events to equip you with the knowledge and resources to be able to offer this scheme within your service. Training is via Microsoft Teams and is free to download to any device. If the sessions are not convenient to your work pattern, we can facilitate additional sessions.
If you would like to book a place, or have any questions, please email Kendal or Elaine Kendal.firstname.lastname@example.org or Elaine.email@example.com
Bitesize Contraception Methods
Please join the Spectrum Outreach team for a bitesize session for 30 minutes over lunch time via Microsoft Teams, on contraception methods, this is a basic awareness session for any professionals working with young people, the general public or any who would like more knowledge around this area.
This session will provide basic knowledge around the most common contraceptive methods, how they are fitted/given and potential side effects.
To book a space on one of these sessions please email:
Kendal.firstname.lastname@example.org or Elaine.email@example.com.