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Protecting children’s rights in the workplace

Sefton Council is reminding businesses that employ children aged between 13 and 16 years old that they need permits to comply with employment laws. These permits are free of charge from the Local Council that the place of employment resides.

No child aged below 13 is allowed to work in England unless they are taking part in a performance and have a performance licence.

There is a National Awareness Campaign which takes place across the country this April, where councils will be reminding employers that children aged between 13 and 16 years old require Work Permits to enable them to undertake part-time work.

The welfare of children is paramount and if they are taking part in part-time work opportunities, we need to ensure that their needs are being met by employers and that children who do work are doing so safely.

During next month’s Child Employment fortnight, County Council officers will be visiting places of businesses across the borough during the fortnight to make sure that young people in part-time jobs are safe and working legally.

Under byelaws regulating the Employment of Children and Street Trading by persons aged under 18 years old, which was introduced over 50 years ago, teenagers aged between 13 and 16 years old can take part in light work in a number of different areas including: shop work, office work and working in cafes, restaurants, car washing and riding stables.

No child may be employed before 7.00 am or after 7.00 pm on any day.  No child may work for more than 4 hours without a break of at least 1 hour and no child can work for more than 2 hours on a Sunday between the hours of 7.00 am and 7.00 pm.

During term time, no child can be employed for more than 12 hours per week and there are also other guidelines for the number of weekends and hours during holiday times that children can work.

For more details on Child Employment fortnight, please visit; https://www.sefton.gov.uk/schools-learning/child-employment.aspx

http://www.nncee.org.uk/legislation-employment-a-entertainment/uk-child-employment-legislation/national-child-employment-month

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Liverpool City Region residents back new walking and cycling network plans

New research released by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority reveals that new walking and cycling plans for the region could help convince more people to leave their cars at home.

More than three quarters (75%) of those surveyed indicated that ‘safe, well-lit and well maintained footways and cycle routes’ would help encourage them to travel by bike or on foot.

The survey was undertaken by the Liverpool City Region Transport Partnership as part of the Arrive Happy campaign, which aims to encourage more people to take local journeys by bike or foot.

The researchers spoke with people across the city region about their cycling and walking habits and asked how they thought local infrastructure should be improved, ahead of work beginning on new and improved bike and footpaths.

The survey found that whilst people do already travel by cycle or on foot, that they can be put off by a lack of safe and properly linked routes.

Whilst over three-quarters of respondents (76%) said they owned or had access to a bike, only 35% said they felt safe cycling on roads. And although more than 70% of those surveyed said they walked most days for at least 20 minutes, but only a quarter (25%) felt very safe walking at night.

Two thirds of all journeys in the city region are less than five kilometres but half of those are made by car. Encouraging more of these journeys to be taken either by bike or on foot would help to improve public health and have a positive impact on air quality by reducing congestion, as well as helping to boost the local economy by increasing footfall at key retail and leisure sites.

In December of last year, Liverpool City region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram announced the first tranche of funding for a 600km network of new and upgraded walking and cycling routes across Haltion, Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton and Wirral.

The initial £8.3m of funding will be used across the city region, to create safe and improved links between residential areas, employment, education and training and leisure and retail sites.

Work is now ongoing with designers to explore how the new infrastructure will look and how it will operate, with more detailed proposals due later this year.

The full survey report on Walking and Cycling in the Liverpool City Region can be accessed here

Would you benefit from a ‘Bootle Buddy’?

Throughout the Year of Friendship, Sefton Council are celebrating specialist groups who are tackling loneliness by promoting friendship throughout the borough.

The Orrell Trust is a small grass roots charity based in Orrell, Bootle and has been running since 2002. It is committed to supporting people who may be isolated or vulnerable living in our community. Several activities and projects are run from St John & St James Church and Community Centre as well as outreach work thus bringing the community together.

Their aim is to provide encourage community cohesion and bring benefits to individuals and the wider community.

Three main areas of focus are:

  • Developing work with Older people
  • Community cohesion
  • Developing work with children and families

The Orrell Trust is currently managed by a team of 8 Trustees who volunteer their time, skills and knowledge to support the charity. The trust also employs 5 members of staff who manage, develop and deliver projects with the vital support of team of 20 volunteers.

Bootle Buddies is one of The Orrell Trusts newest projects. It is a free befriending service that provides support to local people in their own homes, offering a friendly face and ear. The project where possible encourages participants to attend social activities, working to reduce barriers such as mobility, lack of family or friend support and lack of confidence or motivation. The project aims to improve physical and mental well-being and reduce loneliness and social isolation for some of our most vulnerable community members.

If you would like to know more about Bootle Buddies or any other projects at the Orrell Trust please get in touch with Tanya McGibbon – 0151 933 2116

Bootle Buddies are also looking for local people to become a volunteer befriender to socially isolated people living in the community. You don’t need any previous experience as full training will be provided. For more information please call Mary – 0151 933 2116

Lets put a stop to child sexual exploitation

Merseyside Police and Sefton Council are showing their support as part of National Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Awareness Day.

The purpose of the day is to raise awareness of CSE by gathering information, working alongside our partner agencies and talking to children and vulnerable people about standing up and speaking out against CSE.

On Tuesday, March 19, officers and staff from the local policing teams in Sefton are carrying out a day of action at St Michael’s Secondary School in Crosby. Here they’ll be accompanied by charity ‘Catch 22’ where they’ll deliver a series of CSE workshops where children can learn about supporting their friends, ways of reporting abuse and inappropriate relationships as well as speaking out against abuse.

Cllr John Joseph Kelly, Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Safeguarding said; “The Council are committed to preventing young people from being sexually abused. We are working with the Merseyside Police and partner agencies to help tackle this problem.

“It is everyone’s responsibility to protect children from this devastating crime and so it’s important to understand what child exploitation is, be aware of the warning signs, and have the confidence to discuss any concerns with the Council’s safeguarding team.”

Detective Superintendent Sue Coombs from the Protecting Vulnerable People Unit said: “Sexual exploitation exists in lots of different forms and it is not always obvious to the victim when it first starts happening. It’s a dreadful crime which can have a devastating impact on the lives of victims and their families, which is exactly why having something like National CSE Day to highlight the issue is so important.

“We all have a duty of care to young people living, working and visiting Merseyside and we should all continue to try and help in any way we can to put a stop to the sexual exploitation of children.

“We must talk openly and encourage parents, grandparents, teachers, health professionals, social services and any other adults alike to take some time to better educate themselves about CSE and its devastating consequences. That way, each of us can spot the signs, protect young people and reduce the number of offences being committed.”

Sefton Council receives accreditation for excelling in customer service delivery

Sefton Council is delighted to have been awarded the Customer Service Excellence (CSE) Quality Mark.

The accreditation is a unique tool designed to promote and encourage continual improvement and maintaining standards when dealing with customers.

Gaining this award demonstrates the Council’s commitment to maintain a first-class customer experience, ensuring that residents are at the heart of everything the Council does.

Since 2013, revenues and benefits services and front-line customer services such as ‘One Stop Shops’ and Contact Centres, have successfully achieved the CSE accreditation following an annual independent assessment.

The council received the accreditation based on 5 key categories; Customer Insight, The Culture of the Organisation, Information & Access, Delivery & Timeliness and Quality of Service.

A dedicated team coordinated the accreditation process over the period of six-months leading up to the award in December 2018. The team are now working towards repeating this success in 2019.

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services, said: “We are very proud to have received such a highly recognised accreditation. During the assessment, the Council stood up to rigorous scrutiny in order to achieve it. This involved gathering evidence and examples of how we have excelled in service delivery and customer service, a visit to the site from an independent assessor and interviews with staff and partner organisations.

“We are extremely pleased that several areas were highlighted to have shown a real commitment to customer service delivery, based on a good understanding of our residents needs and preferences. Staff politeness, friendliness, professionalism and knowledge were commended as being a core strength of the culture of the organisation. The assessor also emphasised the high levels of customer satisfaction with the quality information and accessibility across our front-line services.”

Recognition and thanks goes to the team of CSE champions: Mike Mooney, Kim Leggett, Steve Woods, Helen Pritchard and Alex Blundell.

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