The yOUTh Service is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and works across all of Kirklees providing support to LGB&T young people, their parents and carers.
- One-to-one support for young people around their sexual orientation and/or gender identity
- Support for parents and families of LGBT young people
- LGBT youth groups (these groups are closed access -see below)
- Schools and partnership work
- Research into the further needs of LGBT young people
The service involves LGBT young people in improving services locally so they better meet their needs. Our team works with organizations locally, regionally and nationally to improve the health and well-being of LGBT young people and to make Kirklees a great place to be LGBT.
Our LGBT youth groups are closed access which means you need to meet with one of our youth workers before attending for the first time. In addition, you can’t bring someone with you who is unknown to the youth workers. To protect the young people who attend our groups we reserve the right to refuse admission.
We take the views of young people seriously and you have the right to be listened to. As a young person you may speak to us at any time and there are lots of ways you can get in touch with us (see here). If you feel we are not listening to you, you may make a complaint.
If you attend our premises or one of our groups you will find feedback cards which you may prefer to complete and return to us. At our community youth groups the ‘spill the T’ book is available for comments too.
During one-to-one sessions you have the opportunity to tell us your thoughts and feelings too.
As a young person you will be involved in the planning of groups and services and we include young people in interview panels when recruiting staff to the yOUTh service.
You can find our more by visiting the website at:
XenZone is a provider of online mental health services for children, young people and adults. Kooth, from XenZone, is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of use.
You can download the newsletter here: Newsletter Kooth info sheet
You can access the website where help is at hand just follow this link:
download flyer here: kooth flyer pdf
The General Data Protection Regulations is a new document, which helps your doctor’s surgery keep the information about you safe.
you can read more about this by downloading our leaflet here and if you want to talk to us about this your doctor or staff are here to help you
Campaign urges local people to `Speak Up’ if they have suspicions about child sexual exploitation
Independent charity Crimestoppers has launched a campaign in West Yorkshire to help the public recognise that the offenders of child sexual exploitation may not fit into any stereotype, but could be anyone. Crimestoppers is highlighting how these perpetrators work, be that individually or as a group. They may also fit into certain ‘categories’ of offender; The Hook, The Predator, The Coordinator. Further details about this campaign can be found here: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/get-involved/our-campaigns/national-campaigns/combatting-child-sexual-exploitation/
Have you been referred to CAMHS or are you interested in finding out about it?
This website features video interviews with real clinicians and young people. You might like to look at this with a friend, trusted adult, or your CAMHS worker.
This website has been created by young people with experience of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).
This site aims to help you make the best choices for you. Knowing “the facts” makes it easier to make choices, but working out what “the facts” are is not always easy.
A website that provides information for teens on bullying, body changes, alcohol, drugs, accidents, moods, sex and not feeling well, including a virtual surgery and quizzes. This resource was developed in conjunction with the RCGP Adolescent Health Group
Is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional well-being and mental health of children and young people. They provide expert knowledge and resources for young people, their parents and professionals through a Parents’ Helpline, online resources, training and development, outreach work and publications.
If you would like any information on the HPV vaccination please ask any member of our Clinical Team.
Leaving School or going to College? download the leaflet here: MenACWY_school_leaver_flyer
Whatever you do next, get your Men A,C,W & Y vaccination – it could save your life. This vaccination helps protect you from four types of meningitis and blood poisoning – Men A,C,W and Y.
Public Health England (PHE) is urging students to make sure they are up to date with their MenACWY and measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccines before the start of the new college or university year to ensure they’re protected against diseases that spread quickly in large gatherings including meningitis and septicaemia, and measles.
PHE encourages students and their parents to call their GP practice if they know they have not received either vaccine, or are unsure if they are up to date. It is important to catch up on vaccinations if they are needed before the start of the university term.
The MenACWY vaccine, introduced in 2015 in response to an increase in Men W cases among young people, is routinely offered to those in school years 9 and 10 to protect them against four meningococcal strains that include the aggressive W strain of the disease. Anyone who has missed out can still get vaccinated free of charge through their GP until their 25th birthday.
The MenACWY vaccine is especially important for students about to enter university who are at increased risk of meningococcal infection. It is also important for students to be aware of signs and symptoms of meningococcal disease as the vaccine does not protect against all forms of this disease and seeking early medical help for themselves or a friend could be live-saving.
Meningococcal bacteria can cause meningitis (inflammation of the lining of the brain) and septicaemia (blood poisoning) that are very serious and can kill, especially if not diagnosed early. They are more easily spread when lots of people mix closely for the first time.
Dr Mary Ramsay, Head of Immunisations at PHE, said: “We know that colleges and universities can be hot spots for the spread of measles and meningococcal disease. First year students especially are at increased risk of meningococcal infection if they are unvaccinated – which makes sense when they spend large amounts of time with new people in confined environments such as university halls.
“We therefore encourage students to check with their GP that they are up to date with their MMR and MenACWY vaccinations before term starts – it’s never too late to protect themselves and their friends from these highly infectious and serious diseases.”
Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can have serious consequences. Measles can be more severe in young people and adults, often leading to hospital admissions. Measles starts with cold-like symptoms and sore red eyes followed by a high temperature and a red-brown blotchy rash.
This reminder comes in light of recent measles outbreaks across England and Europe. Between 1 January and 13 August 2018 there have been 828 laboratory confirmed measles cases in England. Cases were reported in most areas with London (291), the South-East (169), South-West (138), West Midlands (85) and Yorkshire and Humberside (80) reporting the most cases (based on provisional figures).
Some students who are now of university/college age may have missed out on their MMR when they were younger, as MMR uptake was as low as 80% in 2003, which means that up to 20 in 100 young adults could be unprotected. The MMR vaccine is available for free to anyone who has not received two doses as a child.
Meningitis and septicaemia can develop suddenly and can kill or leave people with life changing disabilities and long-term health problems. Symptoms include: a blotchy rash that doesn’t fade when a glass is rolled over it, fever, aching muscles and joints and a stiff neck. The W strain can also cause vomiting and diarrhoea. Meningitis and septicaemia are very serious and require urgent attention.
The MenACWY vaccine does not protect against every strain that can cause meningitis and septicaemia, so it’s important to be aware of the symptoms so that young people can seek quick medical help if they become unwell, either themselves or their fellow students.
If you think you’ve got either measles or meningitis, call NHS 111 straight away.
The MenACWY vaccine is given by a single injection into the upper arms and protects against four difference strains of the meningococcal bacteria that causes meningitis and blood poisoning (septicaemia): A, C, W and Y. The MenACWY vaccine is offered to children aged 13 to 14, and young adults up to 25 years of age who didn’t have the vaccine while at school.
For further information about the MenACWY vaccination, see the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/men-acwy-vaccine/
MMR is a safe and effective combined vaccine that protects against measles, mumps and rubella in a single injection. The MMR vaccine is given on the NHS as a single injection to babies on or after their first birthday, as part of their routine vaccination schedule. They are invited to have a second dose at 3 years and 4 months before starting school.
For further information about the MMR vaccination, see the NHS website https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/mmr-vaccine/
If you would like to discuss any aspect of the Men A, C, W & Y vaccination please ask to speak to your GP or Practice Nurse who will be happy to help you.
Check out our new website young people…
Did you know the council has a website specially dedicated to children and young people? Our web pages contain lots of information for families about important things like careers, places to visit, staying safe and leading a healthy and active lifestyle. Don’t miss out!
Rise Above is where you will find interesting and useful stuff from the web and beyond to get us all talking about the things that matter to us. You’ll find inspiring and useful stories, videos, games and advice. https://riseabove.org.uk/
There are lots of ways you can get involved. Sign up and sign in to comment, share your ideas with Team Rise Above or have a say on what we feature on the site.
Kirklees Local Offer for families of children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities
The Kirklees Local Offer is for families of children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities and contains information about services relating to special educational needs, disabilities, education and more for children and young people aged 0-25.
It is part of the Children and Families Act which brought in a number of important changes about support and services. The local offer will continue to develop over the coming months to cover:
- Learning – from early years through schools, colleges to employment.
- Health – from GPs and health visitors to hospitals and specialist care.
- Social Care – from assessments for support, safeguarding, to respite and short breaks.
- Other services – such as leisure and after school activities. Self-help information about a range of conditions and related subjects.
- To help to raise awareness we have included a link to the Kirklees Local Offer website www.kirkleeslocaloffer.org.uk
Are you a young Carer? Do you look after someone who is ill, frail, disabled or mentally ill?
We are interested in identifying carers, especially those people who may be caring without help or support. We know that carers are often “hidden” looking after a family member or helping a friend or neighbour with day to day tasks and may not see themselves as a carer.
Caring for someone is an important and valuable role in the community, which is often a 24-hour job that can be very demanding and isolating for a carer. Carers should receive appropriate support by way of access to accurate information on a range of topics such as entitlement to benefits and respite care and not least, a listening ear when things get too much.
As a carer, you are also entitled to have your needs assessed by Adult Care Services. A Carer’s Assessment is a chance to talk about your needs as a carer and the possible ways help can be given. It also looks at the needs of the person you care for. There is no charge for an assessment.
If you are a carer, please ask to speak to Justin Wood our Senior Receptionist – Reception Services for a Carers identification and referral form which you can complete to let us know about your caring responsibilities.
The Practice is now working closely with if you want more information you can follow this link to the carers count website at http://www.carerscount.org.uk/
their telephone number is 0300 012 0231 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You will find Justin our Carers Champion featured on page 8 of the ‘Carers Count’ newsletter: CarersCount_Newsletter_Spring2016_EMAIL
You can also contact Justin Wood for more information – Justin is our Reception Supervisor here at North Road Suite and also our ‘Patient Champion for Carers’ phone on 01924 351632 and ask for Justin on ext: 1840
North Road Suite at Ravensthorpe Health Centre is now Part of the Kirklees Safe Places Scheme
What is the Kirklees Safe Places scheme?
The Safe Places scheme is to help vulnerable people when they go out. Sometimes when we go out things can happen and you need help but there is no one around to ask. You might have lost your bus pass or someone has been unkind and you feel upset and afraid. A Safe Place is somewhere you can go to for help if this ever happens to you.
Click on this link for more information:
or download their leaflet safe-places-leaflet
Safe Places news letter newsletter-april-2015-pdf
A ‘HATE’ CRIME is when a crime is committed against you because of who you are.
Download our easy read booklet 18a_Hate_crime_factsheet
A ‘MATE’ CRIME Staying safe from people who pretend to be your friend – People should treat you fairly and kindly. If anyone treats you badly you must tell someone you trust.
download our easy read booklet here: 18b_mate_crime_factsheet
ALWAYS REPORT HATE CRIMES TO THE POLICE
What is Human Trafficking?
Human trafficking is modern-day slavery and involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labour or commercial sex act. Millions of men, women, and children are trafficked into forced labour situations and into the sex trade worldwide. Many of these victims are lured from their homes with false promises of well-paying jobs; instead, they are forced or coerced into prostitution, domestic servitude, or other types of forced labour. Victims are found in legitimate and illegitimate labour industries, including sweatshops, massage parlours, agricultural fields, restaurants, hotels, and domestic service. Human trafficking is different from human smuggling. Trafficking is exploitation-based and does not require movement across borders or any type of transportation.
Who are the Victims? Who is at Risk?
Trafficking victims can be any age, race, gender, or nationality. Trafficking victims can be men or women, young or old, American or from abroad, with or without Legal status. Traffickers prey on victims with little or no social safety net. They look for victims who are vulnerable because of their illegal immigration status, limited English proficiency, and those who may be in vulnerable situations due to economic hardship, political instability, natural disasters, or other causes. The indicators listed are just a few that may alert you to a potential human trafficking situation. No single indicator is necessarily proof of human trafficking.
How do I Identify Human Trafficking?
Human trafficking is often “hidden in plain sight.” There are a number of red flags, or indicators, which can help alert you to human trafficking. Recognizing the signs is the first step in identifying victims.
Some Indicators Concerning a Potential Victim Include:
Behaviour or Physical State:
- Does the victim act fearful, anxious, depressed, submissive, tense, or nervous/paranoid?
- Does the victim defer to another person to speak for him or her?
- Does the victim show signs of physical and/or sexual abuse, physical restraint, confinement, or torture?
- Has the victim been harmed or deprived of food, water, sleep, medical care, or other life necessities?
- Does the victim have few or no personal possessions?
- Can the victim freely contact friends or family?
- Is the victim allowed to socialize or attend religious services?
- Does the victim have freedom of movement?
- Has the victim or family been threatened with harm if the victim attempts to escape?
Work Conditions and Immigration Status:
- Does the victim work excessively long and/or unusual hours?
- Is the victim a juvenile engaged in commercial sex?
- Was the victim recruited for one purpose and forced to engage in some other job?
- Is the victim’s salary being garnished to pay off a smuggling fee? (Paying off a smuggling fee alone is not considered trafficking.)
- Has the victim been forced to perform sexual acts?
- Has the victim been threatened with deportation or law enforcement action? Is the victim in possession of identification and travel documents; if not, who has control of the documents?
The National Referral Mechanism (NRM)
The National Referral Mechanism (NRM) is a framework for identifying victims of human trafficking and ensuring they receive the appropriate protection and support. The NRM is also the mechanism through which the UKHTC collects data about victims. This information contributes to building a clearer picture about the scope of human trafficking in the UK. The NRM was introduced in 2009 to meet the UK’s obligations under the Council of European Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings. At the core of every country’s NRM is the process of locating and identifying “potential victims of trafficking” (PVoT). The NRM grants a minimum 45-day reflection and recovery period for victims of human trafficking. Trained case owners decide whether individuals referred to them should be considered to be victims of trafficking according to the definition in the Council of Europe Convention.
- 2,340 potential victims were referred in to the National Referral Mechanism in 2014; a 34% increase on 2013
- Potential victims of trafficking were reported to be from 96 different countries of origin
- The most common exploitation type recorded for potential victims exploited as an adult was sexual exploitation
- The most prominent exploitation type recorded for potential victims first exploited as a minor, where known, was labour trafficking
- Potential victims originating from Albania represented 19% of all referrals to the NRM in 2014
(Ref: National Referral Mechanism Statistics – End of Year Summary 2014)
If you suspect an adult has been trafficked please contact your local Police on 101
More information about how to report are contained in these leaflets
Support for Young Asian women and families being possible victims of rape and honour crimes/violence.
Information is also contained in the leaflet attached:
- For males and females aged 16 and over
- Incident happened within past 7 days
- Across West Yorkshire
- Information to assist decision making
- Access to Forensic Medical Examiner
- No Police report required
- Self-Refer or via a friend, relative GP, Social Services or other support organisation.
If you are 16 or over and have been raped or sexually assaulted within the past 7 days you can now self-refer to our new service.
Our Crisis Worker will discuss your options with you and, if you wish, can arrange for you to have a forensic medical examination.
You do not have to report to the police in order to access this service.
Evidence gained from an examination will be stored by the Sexual Assault Referral Centre. If, in future, you do decide to report the incident to the Police, we can help you with this process.
You will still be able to access emotional and practical support and counselling.
Call: 01924 298954
Monday to Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm
To book an appointment.
download the information leaflet: self referral information for rape victims
Specialist support for Male Sexual Abuse Survivors
What we do
- Provide confidential help and advice to young people and anyone worried about a young person
- Help others to prevent young suicide by working with and training professionals
Campaign and influence national policy
Why do I feel suicidal?
When you are thinking about suicide, this can be a very confusing and lonely experience. If you are thinking about suicide, you are not alone in feeling like this. The most important thing to know right now is that there is help available.
The reasons why people think about suicide are individual to them, and there might not even be a specific reason. However some experiences can make someone feel particularly vulnerable to thoughts of suicide. Whatever the reason, what is most important is how you feel about the event, not how other people might see it.
You may be feeling suicidal because you feel trapped and overwhelmed by things happening in your life. When we feel like this, suicide can start to feel like the only escape. There are lots of reasons why people can feel trapped – for example, it may be because you don’t feel able to talk to anyone about how you are struggling, or you might feel hopeless about getting help.
When you feel trapped and overwhelmed by the difficulties in your life, it can be harder to cope if you are struggling with mental health issues such as; depression, anxiety or an eating disorder. Struggling with your mental health can also make it more difficult for you to cope with everyday things too, which can leave you feeling even more trapped or hopeless.
We want to reassure you that help is available and that with the right help and support you can start to feel more hopeful and in control of your life. For more information follow this link or copy and paste into your web browser:
As a young person do local health and social care services meet your needs?
We’re interested in what’s good, what’s not good enough and what needs to change.
Healthwatch Kirklees is here to represent the views of children, young people and adults to the people who deliver and design health and social care services. They need to hear from people from all communities and ages. We want to make sure that all voices are being heard, please tell us about your experience
Follow the link: http://www.healthwatchkirklees.co.uk/