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The Children's Society Engage Toolkit: introduction

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Helen Leadbitter from The Children's society Include Project presents an overview of the work and key messages

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The Children's Society Engage Toolkit: introduction

  1. 1. Setting The Scene The Children’s Society Include Project, www.youngcarer.com The Children’s Society Include Project The Engage Toolkit
  2. 2. The Children’s Society Include Project Influencing Policy and Practice for Young Carers and their Families
  3. 3. The Include Project Young Carers Initiative <ul><li>National </li></ul><ul><li>Influencing policy and practice </li></ul><ul><li>Funded by Department for Education </li></ul>Hampshire Working with multi-agency services to promote best practice Funded by Hampshire County Council Family Health Inclusion Project Opportunities for Volunteers Refugee and Asylum Seeking Families Funded by Department of Health Family Carers Working with BME families Funded by Department of Health Families affected by HIV Funded by Elton John AIDS Foundation Youth in Focus Young carers champions Funded by the Lottery
  4. 4. The Include Project <ul><li>Awareness raising with professionals </li></ul><ul><li>Publications and resources </li></ul><ul><li>Training and Development consultancy </li></ul><ul><li>Consultation and empowerment with young carers and their families </li></ul><ul><li>Parliamentary campaigning </li></ul>
  5. 5. Advocating on behalf of young carers and their families in all communities
  6. 6. <ul><li>The Family Carers Inclusion project </li></ul><ul><li>Aim </li></ul><ul><li>To improve engagement and access to health and social care provision for ethnic minority groups, with a specific focus on meeting the needs of family carers . </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>WHY? </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>“ There is ample evidence that people from black and minority ethnic (BME) communities have a poorer experience of health and social services than the population as a whole”. </li></ul><ul><li>Gideon Ben-Tovim </li></ul><ul><li>(Chair of Race for Health and Chair, Liverpool PCT, Leading Action on Race Equality and Health, Spring 2010) </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>“ Cultural Concepts of caring are not universally shared throughout communities in Britain; many people from other countries do not have experience of a welfare state and therefore, among a whole range of concepts, would not understand the concept of a ‘carer’. The National Black Carers and Carers Workers Network have highlighted that they have been unable to find a word in Gujarati, Urdu, Punjabi or Bengali which translates into ‘carer’. </li></ul><ul><li>Carers Strategy 2008 – Carers at the heart of the 21 st Century Families and Communities. </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>The National Family Carers Inclusion Project </li></ul><ul><li>-Work with a range of professionals and organisations – bringing together information, good practice and resources. </li></ul><ul><li>-Consultations to explore the needs of BME Family Carers – what are the gaps? What’s missing? </li></ul><ul><li>develop content for an online resource. </li></ul>
  11. 11. www.youngcarer.com
  12. 12. www.refugeetoolkit.org.uk
  13. 13. www.engagetoolkit.org.uk
  14. 14. <ul><li>Helen Leadbitter </li></ul><ul><li>The Children’s Society Include Project </li></ul><ul><li>Tel: 01962 711511 </li></ul><ul><li>Email: helen.leadbitter@childrenssociety.org.uk </li></ul>Thank You

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