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Safeguarding children in York


12:02am 14th November 2011

The new NSPCC Service Centre in York will be officially launched on Monday 14th November with an event at the Barbican in York.

The event will focus on the new services being provided by the NSPCC to some of the most vulnerable children and families in York.

There will also be key note speech from Chris Cuthbert, the NSPCC'S Head of Strategy and Development for Under Ones, about the services the NSPCC will be providing to help babies, toddlers and new parents in York and across the UK.

Over 80 delegates are expected, including professionals from social care, health, police, education and voluntary organisations from across York.

Chris Cuthbert, said:

 "I am delighted to have been invited to speak at the launch event of the NSPCC's York Service Centre.

"Most children have happy childhoods, but for others' their lives are blighted by abuse and neglect

"The new services that the NSPCC is introducing from the centre will turn around the lives of many of the most vulnerable children in York giving them a far happier future."

The team in York will be concentrating on the following areas, identified as priorities by the NSPCC:

  • children under one
  • children who have been impacted by domestic abuse and sexual abuse.

The NSPCC in York will be providing the following services:

  • Minding The Baby - this service is an intensive home visiting programme that supports young, vulnerable first-time mothers to help them care for and protect their baby in the first two years of life and promote secure and positive relationships. Every mother will have their own nurse practitioner and social worker/therapist assigned to work with them. 
  • Parents Under Pressure - this is an intensive home visiting programme aimed at helping to reduce the risk of harm to babies and toddlers by enhancing and developing parenting skills and coping strategies with parents who are receiving drug or alcohol treatment with children under two. 
  • Domestic Abuse: Recovering Together - this is a group work programme aimed at helping children and their mothers to recover from the impact of domestic abuse and rebuild and strengthen their relationship.
  • Letting the future in - provides a therapeutic service to help children and young people recover from the impact of sexual abuse and works with their parents/carers to support them in enabling their child's recovery. 

Service Manager for the NSPCC in York, Debra Radford said:

"This is a very exciting time for the NSPCC in York.

"The NSPCC makes a huge difference to the lives of children across the UK and this new centre will help us to expand our work and pioneer new approaches to address the significant child protection problems facing local children.

"A wide range of new services will be offered from the centre. These include services that offer help and support to children under the age of two and their parents who may be struggling with a range of issues that might affect their parenting capacity, help for children whose lives have been harmed by sexual abuse, and those affected by domestic abuse."

The newly renovated NSPCC's Service Centre in York offers a wide range of facilities to help children feel at ease.

It provides a safe, colourful and comfortable environment and includes fully equipped and confidential counselling rooms. Along with other NSPCC service centres across the UK it will evaluate and gather evidence to of services that make a difference to safeguarding children and young people with the ultimate aim of ending child cruelty.

The launch of the York Service Centre follows the launch of the NSPCC's 'All Babies Count' campaign. Over 198,000 babies in the UK (one in four) (168,000 in England) are at high risk because they are born into homes with domestic violence, mental health problems, or drink and drug dependency. The 'All Babies Count' campaign, launched on 10 November, is calling on the Government to guarantee the provision of early help for babies in families suffering from these issues. Currently the antenatal and postnatal support available is either patchy, being cut or isn't specialised enough to deal with these issues in the context of the person being a new parent.

Babies are eight times more likely to be killed than any other age group in childhood. And factors such as domestic violence, mental health problems, and drink and drug dependency among parents are known to be important risk factors for abuse and neglect. Two thirds of serious case reviews for infant fatalities or serious cases of abuse involve one or more of these problems. And over half the contacts to the NSPCC Helpline involve concerns about children in families with these issues.

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