Newham Connect Newsletter Issue 44: Friday 8th December 2017
Newham Connect Newsletter Issue 44: Friday 8th December 2017
National Careers Strategy
The DfE launched the long-awaited National Careers Strategy this week.
“Every school and college in the country will aim to have a dedicated careers leader in place by the start of the new school year – backed by £4million of funding – who can give advice on the best training routes and up-to-date information on the jobs market, helping young people make decisions about their future.
The plan will also boost careers support in the areas of the country most in need, with £5million
funding to create 20 careers hubs across the country that will link schools and colleges with local universities and employers to help broaden pupils’ horizons.
The Strategy – developed in partnership with the Gatsby Charitable Foundation and co-ordinated
through an expanded role for the Careers and Enterprise Company – will help young people choose the
career that is right for them, alongside the £500million investment in new T levels to deliver a world-class technical education system on par with the high-quality academic routes available.
The announcement follows the launch of the government’s Industrial Strategy which sets out a long term plan
to boost the productivity and earning power of people throughout the UK.
The Careers Strategy will include:
Dedicated careers leaders
We will aim for every school and college to have a dedicated careers leader, with £4 million to provide
training and support for at least 500 schools and colleges, so they can give the most up-to-date advice and fully prepare young people for the world of work.
Quality interactions between schools and businesses
Secondary schools will be expected to provide pupils with at least one meaningful interaction with businesses every year, with a particular focus on employers from Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) industries to help deliver the high-skilled workers we need in these industries.
Careers hubs to be set up across the country
To support young people in the most disadvantaged areas, £5million funding will develop 20 careers hubs, led
by the Careers and Enterprise Company. Hubs will link together schools,colleges, universities and local businesses to broaden the aspirations of young people.
Trials of careers activities in primary schools
Backed by £2million, these pilots will test out ways of engaging children from an early age on the wealth
of careers available to them, helping to raise their aspirations. These trials will focus on some of the most disadvantaged areas of the country through the government’s Opportunity Areas programme.
Specialist advice for long-term unemployed and those with additional needs
The National Careers Service
will provide access to specialist support for adults who need it most, ensuring
that we help create opportunities for everyone, no matter where they live or
The Gatsby Charitable Foundation has set out eight clear benchmarks for schools and colleges on good
careers advice. The strategy puts employers at the centre of the careers programme, ensuring young people receive tailored advice about the training routes and work experience needed to secure a successful career in the future.
The Careers and Enterprise Company will support schools and colleges to meet these benchmarks and Ofsted will hold
schools and colleges to account for the careers provision they offer pupils.
Careers information will be brought together on one website, to be launched by the National Careers Service next year, to support people just starting out on a new career path, or those who want to re-skill or upskill. It will feature more than 800 job profiles developed with industry experts and a comprehensive list of training courses available.”
Reporting Children Missing Education and the Lost Pupil Database
To ensure both the local authority and schools are compliant with the new CME guidance issued by the Department for Education in 2016 we have now introduced new forms to report children missing education – one for the public on the home page of the Newham website and the other for schools.
The aim of the school form is to promote best practice, compliance and consistency across all schools as well as:
· Introduction of robust roles and responsibilities – schools and LA
· Simple, clear and transparent single route reporting
· Easy steps to compliant CME reporting
· Defined timelines for permission to off roll
· Clarity for schools in when to upload CTF to the DfE’s Lost Pupil Database
From today the new form www.newham.gov.uk/schoolcmereplaces the existing off rolling form for CME reporting (you must continue to use the off rolling form when removing children from roll or pre admissions register with a known destination).
If a child is being reported as CME you must not remove them from your roll until you have completed and submitted the new form and receive authority from a CME officer who will then take responsibility for the child.
Schools must use the new form www.newham.gov.uk/schoolcme and not the one on the Newham website which is less specific and is for the public /other parties. A free training session: Children Missing Education will be offered to schools in the spring term. In the meantime for further information email email@example.com/
Children and Adult Social Care introduced a new records and case management system 23 October 2017. This was a huge endeavour, we built a bespoke system over several years and it has capacity to be an easy to use
system that enables us to better show the child’s story and to manage our performance and finance with a tighter grip.
As with all new systems it is not without its problems. I know many of you experienced difficulty with the Portal in the first 3 weeks – this has now been resolved. Thank you all for your patience.
Every worker across they service is adapting to new methods of working and this is a challenge for most of us. Triage in particular has experienced the greatest technical difficulties which are being addressed by our system developer at haste. In order to get through the contacts our Triage colleagues have been working over the weekends and well into the night to keep on top of their work. They are a tremendous team and highly motivated to keep
Triage received almost 2000 contacts in November and one third of these were by email rather than through the portal. Email delays help reaching all children as they have to be manually entered into Azeus.
The assessment team have received more than double the usual referrals in November – at any one time I will have 30 social workers in assessment and they received 455 new assessments to carry out last month and as you know they have 45 working days to complete so this new work has quite an impact on their case loads. Every child gets allocated and every child receives an assessment but the teams are exceptionally busy and they are anxious about the just before Christmas break referrals. Obviously urgent child protection is urgent child protection but if you are wondering about whether this needs a statutory assessment but have been working with the child for some time perhaps you can call one of our early help coordinators to talk about your worries or plans for the child over the Christmas break. Claire Bridge and her Early Help Partnership team are always ready to support partners to work with those families whose needs can be met at early help rather than statutory level – they are also very good at saying when a child needs to step up to statutory
In order for us to be able to keep the focus on getting through to children who need Children's Social Care help in a very timely manner please can I make 5 asks of you.
*Please use the portal for all referrals. Do not send referrals by email – this is slowing down the team and there will
be delays for all children.
*If you have difficulties with the portal we can help you resolve this. The AzeusCare Helpdesk can assist 020 33733 383
*All child protections referrals must be sent via the portal but please can you call us to alert us that a CP referral is in
*Please can you review those children who you are worried about now so that there is not a deluge of referrals just as we
break for Christmas.
*DO contact the firstname.lastname@example.org you require any support to decide the right level of intervention for a child.
School children to get Mental Health Support in radical shake up to improve the nation’s mental health
Children in England will be able to access mental health support at school or college under Government proposals
to transform services for young people. The Government has set out ambitious plans in a green paper published 4 December 2017,to increase mental health support and provide earlier access to services.
*New measures signal a fundamental shift in mental health support, with over £300 million funding available
*Training for senior designated mental health leads in schools to improve prevention work
*Earlier access to services through the creation of new Mental Health Support Teams working in and directly with
*New four week waiting time for NHS children and young people’s mental health services to be piloted
click links http://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/transforming-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-provision-a-green-paper for the green paper and https://engage.dh.gov.uk/youngmentalhealth/ consultation document. The consultation will be open for 13 weeks to allow for the Christmas break, and closes at 12 noon on Friday 2 March 2018. DH and DfE will be setting up and taking part in a range of consultation events in the new year, including for children and young people. Further details will be available in due course.
The announcement delivers on the Government’s manifesto commitment to a green paper focused on action to support the mental health of children and young people. As the Prime Minister has set out, this is one of the burning injustices which holds people back from achieving their true potential.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said:
"Around half of all mental illness starts before the age of 14 so it is vital children get support as soon as they need it - in the classroom. If we catch mental ill health early we can treat it and stop it turning into something more serious.
"These ambitious new plans will work with schools to make sure this happens, as well as reducing waiting times for the most severe cases."
Education Secretary Justine Greening said:
“We want every young person to grow up feeling confident about themselves and their future - but too often mental health issues can have a lifelong impact and affect their performance at school, careers and ultimately their life opportunities.
“There are great examples of schools and colleges across the country already playing a vital role in supporting students’ wellbeing and mental health. We want that kind of excellence to become the norm and these proposals will help deliver that by strengthening the links between schools and the experts who can give young people the support they need.”
Under the plans every school and college in England will be incentivised to appoint a designated senior lead for mental health to co-ordinate existing school-based support as well as helping children to access specialist therapies and other NHS treatments if they need them.
Supported by a training package of up to £95 million from 2019, the senior leads will also be responsible for developing a “whole school approach” to mental health and wellbeing – including making sure pastoral support is available for all pupils and that strong policies are in place to reduce bullying and other behaviours that can cause mental distress.
Mental Health Support Teams which will improve join-up between schools and the NHS. The teams will provide a wider range of support and treatments in or near schools and colleges, to improve earlier intervention to so mental health
problems can be addressed before they become too serious. Several thousand people are expected to be recruited over the next five years to form these new teams, which could be trained to offer Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and
other evidence-based treatments in the classroom.
Supervised by clinicians they will also work closely with educational psychologists, school nurses, counsellors, social workers and others to assess and refer children for other specialist treatments if necessary.
Other measures set out in the Green Paper include:
*Ensuring every primary and secondary school in the country is offered mental health awareness training.
* Ensuring teaching all pupils about mental health and wellbeing is a focus of our work to improve the quality of relationships education and PSHE. A new working group to look at mental health support for 16-25 year olds.
*Commissioning further research to fill evidence gaps across children’s mental health, including understanding how better to support vulnerable families.
The consultation on the green paper will run for approximately 12 weeks. The Department of Health and Department for Education will run a number of roundtables and focus groups to ensure maximum engagement.
Sarah Brennan, Chief Executive of YoungMinds, said:
"We're facing a mental health crisis in our classrooms, and right now far too many children are not getting the support that they need. Too often we hear from young people who have started to self-harm, become suicidal, or dropped out of school while waiting for the right help.
"We are very pleased to see the Government recognise the fundamental importance that schools play in building resilience of their pupils and intervening early when problems do emerge. So we welcome the green paper's proposals to introduce mental health leads in every school, as well as mental health support teams to offer support within schools as early as possible.
"The ambition for a four week waiting time is also welcome. Long waits have a devastating impact on young people and their families, and currently only one in four young people with mental health problems get the help they need. Now it is crucial that services are given the resource to match the true scale of need, so that all children and young people in need of mental health support are able to get it."