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Children and Young People's Participation


We have a new newsletter written with the help of young people, for young people in Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea with SEND. Read a copy of the All For Youth newsletter here and scroll down the page to find out more, including competitions and prizes to be won!  


Share your voice and get involved in some exciting opportunities. More information below!


Scroll down for some Back to School Resources and Activities. We have included support, games, videos, tips and advice to help make the transition back easier.




All for Youth Newsletter

Hello, 

Welcome to the fourth edition of the All For Youth newsletter, you can read a copy here. This newsletter offers the opportunity for young people in Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea with special educational needs and/or disabilities to get involved with fun activities and to share ideas with other young people.  

Surveys and competitions

  • We have extended the competition to win movie tickets to Ciné Lumière in South Kensington until Friday 6th November. Details on how to win are included on the final page along with more information about their new relaxed cinema screenings.
  • Entries to the photo competition are closing soon! The best three photo submissions for the next edition will receive a £10 amazon voucher each and will feature in the newsletter. Submissions should be emailed to me by 2nd November 2020.
  • We also have a live survey where we would like to hear your thoughts!

Siblings Group
St Quintin Centre have places available for their 14+ Sibling's Group. Sessions are open to children and young people in RBKC and WCC who have a sibling with special needs. More information here or email Caroline.baker@rbkc.gov.uk

Oportunities for young people to get involved
We have two brand new groups open to young people in RBKC and Westminster:

  • The Young Peoples’ Participation Champions group will meet monthly and speak about important issues, plan events for young people, check information is accessible, meet other young people and lots more.
  • The News Crew will help write and contribute to future editions of this newsletter.

Find out more information on both groups by emailing me or through the drop down 'How can I get involved?'

Send us your stories and photos
For this edition, a special thanks goes to Ava Doherty, Ryan from London Futures (The Change Foundation), The Orchard at Barlby Primary School, St Quintin Centre’s Siblings Group and St Augustine’s CE High School. 

Happy reading,
Marianna

How can I get involved?

We want to hear from you!

Want to have your say while also meeting new people and having
fun?

Then join our brand-new Participation Champions group for young people with additional needs or disabilities (SEN). This group will speak about important issues, plan events for young people, check information is accessible, meet other young people and lots more. Download the information and application form here.

Are you interested in being a writer for our newsletter? 

We are looking for a News Crew of young people to contribute to future editions of the All For Youth newsletter. You could write articles or reviews, submit recipes, artwork and photos or recommend apps, movies or places to go! Read more information here.

Please contact me for more information. 

Marianna.Lill@rbkc.gov.uk
Ph. 07967 760095

Creative Collective Westminster

Creative Collective Westminster

Westminster City Council are looking for young artists (up to age 18) to take part in a collection of exhibitions in Westminster, showcasing the creativity of young people and offering a chance to reflect, share and celebrate together. 

At the council, we want to share and celebrate the creativity of Westminster’s brilliant young people by hosting a series of events.

We are looking for original artworks of any kind, this could be audio clips, short films, poems, paintings, drawings, statements or digital work that are related to the following themes: 

  • Lockdown
  • Resilience and hope
  • Community 
  • Black Lives Matter

So everyone can see, hear or experience your artwork, they will be included in our virtual gallery to mark this moment in time. We will also select work to be displayed in four public gallery spaces across Westminster. The public will select their favourite pieces to be displayed in a final celebration at Westminster City Hall’s Community Gallery. Please note: you will first need to submit your artwork in a digital format for our virtual gallery. 

The deadline for submission is 27th November 2020. Artworks will be displayed in our virtual gallery and exhibitions to over spring and summer 2021. Submissions will also be placed in Westminster Archives to be preserved.

More information about how to submit your work can be found here!

Back to School Resources and Activities

Ava's Top 10 Tips: Ava, a member of the Westminster Youth Council has produced some top tips for other young people to think about when returning to school.

Tools for Managing Emotions: These tools are designed to help children understand and manage their emotions and feelings and stay calm and in control in the classroom. This resource is designed to be used with individual pupils and is suitable for children aged 7 and up. 

Knowing your Mental Health: This guide aims to help you find the support and advice for whatever it is you’re going through.

Self-Care Summer Booklet (Secondary): Ideas for self-care that you can apply beyond the Summer holidays

Resilience Activity Ladder: This resource is designed to be used with individual children to help them to highlight a goal and break it down into smaller achievable steps, that they identify themselves.

Resilience Game: This game explores common scenarios that children may encounter in their day-to-day life at home, or at school.

ChildLine’s Calm Zone: Try breathing exercises, activities, games and videos to help let go of stress here.

Safety Net: A guide to going back to school for older children with tips on reducing anxiety and what to expect in the 'new normal' school environment.

Returning to School Life After Lockdown: A hearts and minds guide to support your next steps back to school

Resilience Games for children up to 6yrs can be found here  


Helpful information for young people

Transition - Moving onto secondary school can be an anxious and exciting time, check out Young Minds for some top tips and BBC Bitesize for a collection of videos.

EHC Plans - As part of their work, young people's advisory group EPIC created a factsheet for young people to explain what an Education, Health and Care Plan is and how it works. There is a video explaining what EHC Plans are. Amy, a member of Council for Disabled Children’s youth advisory group FLARE, has created an incredible resource to support children and young people who have an Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP).

The Local Offer - As part of their work, young people's advisory group EPIC created a factsheet for young people to inform them about the local offer and how it works.

Post 16 - As part of their work, young people's advisory group EPIC created a factsheet for young people to inform them what support is available to young people once they reach 16. 

Personal Budgets - KIDS have created a young person’s guide to Personal Budgets. Watch the video here

Advocacy - Youth-led advocacy is about supporting young people to speak up and helping them actively take part in the decisions that affect them. This UNICEF toolkit will give you the skills and information you need to stand up for what is important to you. It also includes advice for engaging politicians and the local media.

Autism - A quick guide from ‘NICE’ for young people and their families about assessment and diagnosis.  Top Tips and practical resources for autistic young people from ‘Ambitious About Autism’. Molehill Mountain is an app to help autistic people understand and self-manage anxiety. You can use Molehill Mountain to explore the causes and symptoms of anxiety.

The CDC has also put together some useful guides about a range of topics. 

Where to go for Advice and Support?

Advice and Support

Information, Advice and Support Services (sometimes called IASS) can help you with questions about school, college, training, healthcare and getting the right support and home, school or in the workplace. Watch the video which explains what IASS is. There are IASS services in both and Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea

Mental Health Support and Counselling

KOOTH counselling is on online counselling service for young people aged 11-25 years.

Young Minds can offer tips, advice and guidance on how to support your mental health.

Childline provides help, advice, support and counselling services to young people.

Mental health is just like physical health, everybody has it, and it’s important to take care of it. Growing up isn’t always easy. Children and young people face a lot of challenges and it can be difficult to cope with everything life throws at you.
Feeling down some of the time is normal, but if you want to talk to someone about your thoughts or feelings, there are plenty of routes you can take. This guide aims to help you find the support and advice for whatever it is you’re going through.

Deaf support

The Buzz website provides support to deaf young people and includes information about corona virus discussing top tips for staying positive, corona virus and depression, managing change and also ways to work from home.

Healthcare

You have rights when making decision and choices about your healthcare. This amazing website has lots of videos of young people talking about their experiences and great information on how to use the NHS and take control of the decisions that affect you.

Legal

The Youth Legal and Resource Centre in Wandsworth has resources about your rights, including fact sheets about various situations.

Jargon

Jargon busters can help when the words you are reading don’t quite make sense or contain a lot of abbreviations. They are like mini dictionaries and explain diffuclt language in a way which is easier to understand.

Health Jargon buster looks at language around healthcare and related services.
Policy Jargon buster looks at language around policy, the SEND reforms and strategic decision-making.

Participation

For more information on the Participation Works Project run by KIDS.

Online resources, games and apps for home learning

Apps and Games:

Brain Parade http://www.brainparade.com/products/see-touch-learn-free/
Description: a visual instruction app, including flash cards and picture-choosing games, for children with autism and special needs.

HelpKidzLearn https://www.helpkidzlearn.com/
Description: a collection of games and resources designed for a range of educational needs and stages. It includes provision for school closure.

Sensory App House Ltd https://www.sensoryapphouse.com/
Description: a range of apps are available for pupils with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD) or Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD). All are interactive and many do not require significant coordination abilities.

Visuals2Go https://www.visuals2go.com/
Description: an all-in-one app created to support people with communication and learning difficulties. For verbal and non-verbal learners.

You can find more online resources for home learning from the Department for Education (DfE) here.

What is participation?

“Participation is having opportunities to be part of decisions that are important to you and may lead to changes”.

Definition created by young people at the SEND Young People’s National Conference, 2019.

 

Why is participation important?

  • You have the right to be involved in things that matter to you.
  • The law says you must have your say.

  • It will help us understand the needs and wants of young people in the local area.  
  • It will help us improve services and understand what changes need to be made. 
  • It will help your communication, confidence and social skills

  • You can meet other young people and create a new and supportive friendship network. 
  • You can be involved in the council’s decision-making process.

  • You can help raise awareness and understanding in the community.

Who can get involved?

Any child or young person:

  • aged up to 25 years that wants to share their thoughts and views with us
  • living or going to school in Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster
  • who wants to help drive change for children and young people with SEND
  • who wants to learn new skills, meet new people and share their opinions with others

Our strategy for participation

Here at the council, we want to make sure our strategy for participation is clear. It will follow these five principles:

 

1.      RIGHTS

All children and young people have the right to have a say about things that affect them, receive information they understand and have the support they need to learn, have fun and be safe, healthy and happy.

2.      INFORMATION

Children and young people have the right to information that is accessible, easy to understand and SEND and child friendly. 

3.      CONSULTATION AND FEEDBACK

Children and young people should be able to give their feedback and communicate their feelings in ways which are appropriate to them. We will use various communication methods including through face to face meetings, group and 1 on 1 meetings, emails, phone calls and text messages and through social media.

4.      DECISION MAKING AND PLANNING:

Young people will have opportunities to be involved in decision making processes through engagement, inclusion, consultation and co-production.

5.      EMBEDDING

We will ensure all participation is embedded and overseen through members of the Participation Champions Network, termly reference groups, Child Families Act Executive Board, and anywhere there are other opportunities for young people to be involved.

Our Vision and Aims for young people with SEND

Vision:

We want to hear from you, act on what you say and then let you know what we have done based on your feedback. We want to make changes to things that are important to you ensuring your time is valued.

Aims:

  1. We want to provide services to young people by listening to young people.
  2. We want you to tell us what you want and then share this with other people in the council.
  3. We will hear what you say and then act upon it making sure we keep you updated on what is happening.
Last Updated 28/10/2020

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