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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. 

Manchester Youth Council
Launched in November 2012, Manchester Youth Council (MYC) is a forum that represents the views of young people. MYC is run by young people for young people and provides opportunities for young people in Manchester to have a voice and make a difference. MYC has over 70 affiliated organisations which include schools, colleges and youth organisations. They campaign on issues that affect young people in Manchester including health, mental health, youth employment and voting.

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

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. 

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/

For further information, please email policy@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