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Sefton joins alliance to boost confidence in reporting child abuse

Sefton Council is asking local residents to be vigilant on the signs of child abuse and report instances when they suspect them.

Using the mantra “If you think it, report it”, the council is joining Government and local authorities, police chiefs and charities across the United Kingdom in its support for the latest phase of ‘Together, we can tackle child abuse’, a national campaign led by the Department for Education (DfE), with support from national charity, the NSPCC.

Recent research has found that among parents of under 16s questioned by YouGov, almost a third (31%) had worried about child’s welfare, or about abuse or neglect in their local area, but just over half (57%) went on to take any actions or raise their concerns.

This stage of the campaign will see the local authority and its partners sharing key themes across their communications channels, including the signs of abuse and how to spot them, who you can talk to about child abuse and the four different types of abuse (physical, emotional, sexual and neglect).

Cllr. John Joseph Kelly, Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Families said:

“The safeguarding of children and young people is of paramount importance to Sefton Council and we fully support the critical messages of this campaign.

“I encourage anyone who sees the campaign messages to really think about them, be aware of the signs of child abuse, and of course report them to Sefton Council when you see them.”

To find out more, visit the campaign website.

To report a child or young person at risk, visit the Sefton Council website

 

 

New mental health facility good for business

Businesses in Sefton are being invited to come along to discuss exciting new work opportunities with top buyers who are keen to use local traders for building a new mental health facility in Southport.

MerseyCare NHS and Farran Heron Joint Venture (FHJV) are working in collaboration with Invest Sefton  and Sefton at Work to host the Meet The Buyer event at Bootle Town Hall, February 22, 9.30am – 12nooon.

The new facility will open in 2018 and gives local businesses the potential to pitch for contracts covering a wide range of needs, including:

  • External works
  • Windows, doors and curtain walling
  • Building supplies
  • Building trade
  • Construction and finishing trades
  • Fixtures and fittings

Attendees will learn about joint working and supply chain opportunities, while also gaining useful insight into the timescale of the build. They will also benefit from learning how contractor FHJV chooses its suppliers and free support from Invest Sefton and Sefton at Work, who will provide assistance to those businesses selected for Meet They Buyer to register for the FHJV supplier portal, bidding for public sector contracts and recruitment support.

Meet The Buyer is a ticket only event. In order to secure a ticket for your business, contact Invest Sefton 0151 934 3452 or by email

There is more than meets the eye with local war hero

An heroic centenarian was recently recognised for his exploits during World War Two in a special ceremony at Bootle Town Hall.  

Cyril Askew, 100, late of the King’s Regiment, now the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, holds the very rare distinction of having serving in two theatres of war during the same conflict.

He was hosted by The Mayor of Sefton, Cllr. Dave Robinson in the Council Chambers on December 5 as he was awarded the Legion d’Honneur for serving at Normandy in World War Two.

Cyril, who hails from Litherland, was typically modest in his account of his exploits:

“I returned home in 1944 having served 7 years as a regular soldier in the 1st Battalion of The King’s Regiment in India.

“I was then attached to the 2nd Battalion of The Lincolnshire Regiment. I was in France from 6 June to 22 July 1944, where I took part in the successful capture of the chateau at Lion-sur-Mer and liberating Caen.

“I was then involved in Operation Goodwood until 20 July, where the Battalion suffered 250 casualties.

Mayor of Sefton, Cllr. Dave Robinson said:

“It is very humbling to spend time in the company of Cyril and other members of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment. It was a great privilege to present him with his medal for his selfless role in Normandy.

“While it has rightly been an honour to recognise Cyril for his role in France, it is only one part of the story. He was also a Chindit as part of the 1st Battalion of the King’s Regiment in India. To have done both is a very rare feat in indeed, in what was a remarkable military service.

“We really are proud to say that a man as rare and brave as Cyril is one of our own.”

Cyril is the latest Sefton recipient of the Legion D’Honneur. Former flying ace Len McNamara was honoured with the same accolade at Southport Town Hall earlier this month.

Below: Cyril receives his medal from Cllr. Dave Robinson, Mayor of Sefton 

 

Sefton Council reviews Family Centres proposal after community feedback

Sefton Council has listened to its communities and is recommending not to create three Family Wellbeing Centres at this time following overwhelming public feedback.

The Council had been consulting on proposals to have three integrated family and children centre bases for children and young people from 0 to 19 and their families.

More than 1,600 people gave their views during the consultation and the Council held 15 public engagement events. While the majority were in favour of a more joined up approach for a new service through a whole family approach to cover ages from pre-birth to 19 year olds in order, they were not in favour of having three main centres.

 Cllr John Joseph Kelly, Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Safeguarding, said: “I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to every person who has taken time to respond to this consultation.

 “We have taken great care in listening to our communities and all along we have been clear that we would listen to people’s views. As a result of this valuable feedback, we will consider changing our plans and are recommending that all the existing children and family centres remain open, but will cover support for 0-19 year olds, expand outreach and provide early help services. This will allow us to be more joined up and still make the most of the money that we have available to ensure support for those most in need. It will complement the work we’re doing to transform the way we provide early intervention and prevention services.”

However, due to significant reductions in Government funding over the last few years, the Council has had to make some tough decisions. In order to retain the centres within their current bases and to keep within the available budget, the Council acknowledges it will not be possible to provide the same level of activity within the centres. 

In a report going to Cabinet on December 7, the Council is highlighting this issue and is recommending to change the way it provides funding to the children’s and family centres going forward.

This proposal would mean that the allocated monies will be prioritised on providing services that support parents, carers and all children regardless of age.

If the recommendations are approved, the Council will work closely with schools on the impact of the funding changes, as there would also be likely implications for employees of both the Council and those employed by schools.

Read about Sefton Council’s decision in full at the Agenda for Cabinet on 7 December.

 

Make Christmas special for children with the Mayor of Sefton

The Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Dave Robinson, is asking as many people as possible across the borough to get behind this year’s Christmas gift appeal. 

The annual request asks all residents in Sefton to try and provide presents for some of the borough’s most deserving children and make this Christmas extra special for them.  

Gifts, for children of all ages, can be taken to either Bootle or Southport Town Halls or dropped off at any Sefton Council library or leisure centre by Wednesday, December 20.

Gifts can also be dropped at the Asda store at Central 12 in Southport. Gift tokens are particularly welcome to be given to older children. 

All presents collected will later be distributed to children and young people throughout the borough by volunteers from Sefton Council and Sefton Children’s Trust on behalf of the Mayor. 

Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Dave Robinson, said: “I am urging anyone who lives or works in Sefton to try and donate a present for the annual Mayor’s Christmas Gift Appeal.

“Every year the generosity of people is amazing and I’m hoping 2017 will be no different as we make Christmas that little bit special for those less fortunate. 

“Any donation is welcome and we are looking for gifts for all ages from babies and toddlers to teens. To ensure we can get the right gift to the right child may I please ask that the gifts be new and are left unwrapped.” 

For further information on the Mayor’s Christmas Gift Appeal please call 0151 934 3359. 

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