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Strategic Information

The following information is a summary of the key documents and relationships for the voluntary sector in their work with children, young people and families in Manchester.

Young Carers Strategy 2017/19

Manchester City Council have recently launched their Young Carers Strategy setting out how they intend to work with and support young carers as well as detailing the resources that are available to them.

The definition of a young carer is: ‘A person under 18 who provides, or intends to provide, care for another person (of any age), except where that care is provided for payment pursuant to a contract of voluntary work.’ The Children and Families Act 2014

In Manchester the definition has been extended to ‘a person under 18 who provides, or intends to provide, care for another person (of any age), except where that care is provided for payment pursuant to a contract of voluntary work. This relates to care or additional duties related to having a family member who has a physical disability, mental health need or learning disability, or who is affected by drug, alcohol or substance misuse.’

Currently over 1,000 young carers have been identified in the city although this is thought to be a low figure as this kind of activity often remains hidden. If you identify someone who is a young carer, this must be reported to the Early Help Hubs. A copy of the strategy is attached below. 

Our City, Our Say – Manchester Youth Council

Manchester Youth Council, in partnership with Manchester City Council, have written Our City Our Say, a youth engagement strategy which aims to strengthen the voice of children and young people from 2 – 19 years old (up to 25 for young disabled people and care leavers). The document sets out the priorities and action plan that young people want to focus on and the way in which they want us all to work with them on the set priorities in 2017 /18. A copy of the strategy is attached below.

Manchester Youth Council website - http://www.manchesteryouthcouncil.co.uk/about

Manchester City Council
On 21 September 2016, the Manchester City Council Children's Board formally signed off the Our Manchester, Our Children: Manchester's Children and Young People's Plan 2016-2020. The Children's Board had developed a refreshed Children and Young People's Plan, which sets out the strategic direction and priorities for the city, and all services working with children and young people, over the next four years. The plan sets out four vision priorities of Safe, Healthy, Happy and Successful - chosen to try to encapsulate the broad range of outcomes that the city is looking to achieve. It also highlights particular areas that Manchester is 'passionate' about achieving: ensuring children and young people live in safe, stable and loving homes; reducing the number of children and young people in care; ensuring children and young people have the best start in the first years of life; and ensuring children and young people fulfil their potential, attend a good school and take advantage of the opportunities in the city. A copy of the plan is available as part of the October 2016 Children and Young People Scrutiny Committee minutes attached below.

"The Children and Young People's Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) for Manchester has been produced in recognition of the fact that improving the health outcomes of children and young people in Manchester requires a multi-agency approach to the collation, analysis, presentation and publication of data, research and intelligence relating to the health and wellbeing of children, young people and families across the city."

The evidence used for this assessment can then inform strategies to address poor health and care outcomes in Manchester. Links to the main documents are listed below:

MCC Children and Young People's Joint Strategic Needs Assessment - this includes a summary of key data on health needs of children and young people in Manchester, 2015/16
Help & Support Manchester website - https://hsm.manchester.gov.uk/kb5/manchester/directory/home.page

Safeguarding

Everyone who works with children, young people and families has a responsibility to safeguard children and young people as set out in the Children’s Act and in the 2006 document Working Together. Listed below are a selection of documents and weblinks in order to keep professionals working with children, young people and families up to date with current practices, models and thinking. It is important that groups working with children, young people and families increase their knowledge and skills in order to carry out their duty to safeguard children.

Manchester Safeguarding Children Executive - the voluntary sector is represented by Ruth Welford from Barnado's.
Manchester Safeguarding Children Board - http://www.manchesterscb.org.uk/index.asp. The voluntary sector is represented by Mike Wild, Chief Executive of Macc.

Greater Manchester Safeguarding Children Procedures Manual - http://greatermanchesterscb.proceduresonline.com/

The first issue of the new Safeguarding Updates for Youth and Play Providers newsletter was sent out in November 2017 and a copy can be found below.

For further information, please contact Pauline Clark at pauline@macc.org.uk.

Representation
The voluntary sector is represented on several Manchester children, young people and families boards and groups. More details of these can be found in the Representation section