Advice for parents on coping with crying babies
Babies cry to communicate that they need something. It’s normal for babies to cry, but some babies cry a lot and this can be stressful for parents.
Babies cry particularly during the first few weeks after birth. In time, a baby can settle into a routine and parents can start to understand their baby’s normal routine and what their crying means. It’s not unusual for a baby to spend two to three hours in a day crying.
Crying which goes on for hours and hours, over many days, is excessive. Also, if the crying sounds unusual, or is outside the baby’s usual routine, it may be cause for concern. The NSPCC have produced a DVD and leaflets that provide and guidance for parents. For more information, click on this link. To watch the video, click on this link.
Every Baby Matters
Public Health has produced a really useful booklet ‘Every Baby Matters’ for new and prospective parents which provides a range of advice and parenting tips to keep baby safe and where to go for help. The leaflets are available in different languages.
Every Baby Matters – English Version
Child Sexual Exploitation (also known as CSE)
Vulnerable children include those who are at risk of of being forced or manipulated into sexual activity. This is a type of abuse that is called Child Sexual Exploitation. It can happen to any child, anywhere. Recent research (YouGov 2013) suggests that 78% of parents and carers can’t identify all the key signs of child exploitation. Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (Pace) and the Safeguarding Children e-Academy have teamed up to provide a short (20-30mins) online course which is free of charge which will help you to:
- Understand child sexual exploitation
- Find out how to spot the signs
- Know who to report any concerns to
To access this free course, click the link here.
Pace provides parents with one-to-one telephone support and facilitates opportunities to meet other parents at network days and via their online forum. – See more at: PACE website.
Safe Hands Project run by the Children’s Society in Calderdale, works with and supports children and young people – both boys and girls – who are involved in or vulnerable to sexual exploitation in its many forms. They take referrals from anywhere including the young person themselves, from parents or professionals. Call the project on 01422 430495 and speak to a member of staff in confidence. They will take full details of the referral if it is appropriate or if not, they will signpost to other sources of information or help.
If you are concerned about a child or young person who you think is at risk of CSE, please contact Calderdale Multi-Agency Screening Team (MAST) on 01422 393336. If you have any information that may help the Police to detect or apprehend a potential offender, contact the Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
West Yorkshire Police have produced a guide for parents or carers who are buying gadgets such as tablets, mobile phones, games consoles, etc for young people for Christmas to set the privacy settings on the apps that they will be using before they give the gifts. While using these gadgets is second nature for many children and young people, they can seem quite daunting for parents or carers who may not be as technologically savvy.
The guides provide simple step-by-step instructions on how to set the privacy settings on the most popular applications and games consoles used by children and young people.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
CAMHS can provide support when emotional or mental health problems which significantly affect a child’s daily life despite involvement by other services such as the GP.
Tier 2 CAMHS supports children and young people who experience mild to moderate emotional mental health issues which have not responded to universal services, and which are likely to benefit from a short term intervention.
Tier 3 CAMHS works with more severe, complex, and enduring difficulties affecting children & young people. Tier 3 CAMHS can also help where there is a reasonable indication that the child may have complex neurodevelopmental difficulties eg autistic spectrum continuum, ADHD or other difficulties that may require a multi-disciplinary assessment.
You can find out more about Mental Health Services for children and young people in Calderdale by visiting the website.
ABout – Advocacy for Better Outcomes.
The Advocacy project at Calderdale Parents and Carers.
Calderdale Parents and Carers have an Advocacy project specifically designed to support parent carers in Calderdale.
The project is aimed at empowering parents and carers of children with additional needs within Calderdale to speak up when they are faced with additional difficulties as a result of their role, and to ensure that their views are heard and taken into account by those working with them.
They use an issue-based, instructed advocacy model. ‘Issue-based’ means that the support they provide ideally should be around one issue at a time, and the support would end when the issue is resolved. ‘Instructed’ advocacy means that any work they undertake is entirely based on what the parent wants them to do. Any discussions they have with other agencies are based on what the parent has asked them to do and say, and they would always feed back any information from these conversations to the parent they are supporting. (The exceptions to this rule are where they have reason to believe that a child or young person is at risk of being harmed, a person’s life or safety is at risk, or if required by statute or a court order).
They will not attend meetings without the parent they are supporting.
They will not make any judgments about decisions made by parents. Whilst they can support parents to consider their options and possible outcomes, they support parents to communicate their decisions, even when these may appear to professionals to be unwise.
How to refer:
Anyone can refer to the service, but it is preferable to have the parent/carer’s consent to do this. Once they have taken the initial details, they will contact the parent/carer (if referred by a professional) to ensure that they would like support. They will let the professional know when an advocate is allocated.
To refer, please contact Calderdale Parents and Carers on 01422 343 090 and they will either take some details over the phone or send out a copy of the initial contact form.
Contact Lowri Dixon, Advocacy Project Officer, for more information, or to request promotional materials, or to arrange a meeting:
Tel – 01422 343 090 / 07500 594653 or email – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some children and young people are being targeted, via social media sites, to promote and engage them in extremist views and in viewing content that glorifies violence. Research concludes that children and young people can be trusting and not necessarily appreciate bias that can lead to them being drawn into these groups and adopt extremist views, which, in some cases, influences and radicalises the young person so that extreme content is normalised.
If you identify that a child or young person may be vulnerable to being drawn into violent extremist activity, for example as a result of observed behaviour or reports of conversations to suggest the child supports terrorism and/or violent extremism, it is important that you act quickly. The PREVENT team for Calderdale are based at Halifax Police station. Contact details are:
Office telephone: 01422 337266
PC James Elliott: 07525 407882 email@example.com
DC Ian Mcdougall: 07894 601701 firstname.lastname@example.org
DC Cressida Jewell: 07808205146
‘Let’s Talk About It’ is a website that provides a lot of information about radicalisation and the support that is available to prevent someone from becoming involved in terrorism
You may also find this document useful – Advice to Parents and Carers
Click here to be taken to the dedicated PREVENT page on Calderdale MBC website.
A forced marriage is where one or both people do not (or in cases of people with learning disabilities, cannot) consent to the marriage and pressure or abuse is used. It is an appalling and indefensible practice and is recognised in the UK as a form of violence against women and men, domestic/child abuse and a serious abuse of human rights.
The pressure put on people to marry against their will can be physical (including threats, actual physical violence and sexual violence) or emotional and psychological (for example, when someone is made to feel like they’re bringing shame on their family). Financial abuse (taking your wages or not giving you any money) can also be a factor.
Help is available from the Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) via a public helpline which provides advice and support to victims of forced marriage as well as to professionals dealing with cases. The assistance provided ranges from simple safety advice, through to aiding a victim to prevent their unwanted spouse moving to the UK (‘reluctant sponsor’ cases), and, in extreme circumstances, to rescues of victims held against their will overseas.
For help and advice contact
- Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7008 0151
- Email: email@example.com
- Email for outreach work: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Facebook: Forced Marriage page
- Twitter: @FMUnit
Family Information Service
Calderdale Council’s Family Services Directory provides access to information about a wide range of local services for children and young people and their families living in Calderdale. Each entry gives a short description of what each service provides and contact details or a link into their web site.