Children and Young People’s Partnership March 2015

Public Health: New staffing arrangements – Gill Farrington, Consultant of Public Health leaving authority, Caron Walker Consultant for Public Health taking over from her.

Mental Health Report: 81 week waiting time for referrals into specialist services – Discussion taking place between all providers SWFT/Lds Counselling. Issues raised by GP’s Schools CCG, H&WB (19 March) and Council Scrutiny – Meeting taking place in June with all providers. CAMHS Tier 3 – new assistant director interim service improvement – CCG & CMBC funded a new post to make improvements.

Early Years Strategy: Refresh of Strategy – CCG have provided additional funding for Speech & Language Therapy. 79% of eligible 2 year olds taking up places national average is 65% Target is 80% (4 children) Integrated review of Health & Education sharing info with a steering group including Jan McGhee.

Early Intervention Strategy: Positive comments were given by the Ofsted team around the EI panels. Ofsted definition of EI is Early Help at any point in a child’s life. Meetings held x 2 per month. Upper Valley: Alternate Thurs 9.30-11.30 Todmorden Community College. Lower Valley (details to follow). North Hfx: alternate Thurs Karen.Mattinson@calderdale.gov.uk. Central: Lauren.Lobley@calderdale.gov.uk usually Mon’s pm at the Library. Some of the meetings are on Tues, contact Lauren for more info – encourage more referrals into EI panels rather than front door service. Dates of early intervention panels circulated to VCS.

Youth Strategy Group: Opportunity to bring together partners to discuss issues facing young people – Meeting to be held Thurs 26 March at Orangebox. JL to attend an feedback to wider VCS.

OFSTED Report: Ofsted visited Calderdale recently – Report is due out in the next couple of weeks. Generally very fair reflection of where the authority thought it is. JL to circulate Ofsted report to wider VCS.

Making Friends & Take Part in Activities: Description of how during the new contract 2015/16 SSC can support his priority. Themed C&YP Meetings, C&YP Consortia Development, Events, Development/support for reps, Improve Feedback mechanisms, Continue VCS Safeguarding Forum, Partnership Working with VAC – Health Vanguard Status. JL & Judith Whylie to meet up, JL to link-up with VAC.

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