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Young Merton Together

A Welcome from Yvette Stanley, Merton's Director of Children's Services

YS new picMerton’s Children’s Trust is committed to ensuring that the views and ambitions of children and young people have informed and improved our service offer; this core ambition is implemented through our ‘User Voice Strategy’.

In this edition of YMT we are very pleased to be able to showcase some of the most impactful ‘user voice’ activity undertaken across Merton’s children’s services over the past year, with a focus on work which has influenced practice, training and service developments:

YMT is a vehicle for services and practitioners to share in the celebration of their successes and this month I am very happy to present the following: Mayor of Merton honours borough school governors; Merton celebrates its foster carers and says thank you; Merton 2nd in London on the Stonewall Equality Index; and Council proud of Merton’s Duke of Edinburgh Success. And this month we include some lovely stories celebrating a number of key achievements and successes in our schools: Merton Special Teaching Alliance goes from strength to strength; Cricket Green teacher is a finalist in Excellence Award; and Raynes Park High School Celebrates 80 years.

Under the theme of ‘safeguarding’ we have: An update from the Chair of the Merton Safeguarding Children Board; Merton one of first London boroughs to join national campaign against domestic violence and sexual assault; and Are you committed to keeping children and young people safe? - lay member recruitment.

Under the ‘health’ theme we have: Merton CAMHS – Networking Events; Stop Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) – NHS Choices; and Public Health campaign to promote a ‘healthy weight’.

Under the theme of enabling young people to achieve better outcomes we have: Merton schools buck national trend with big improvement in GCSE results; Pupils with English as an additional language celebrate their SMARTChoiceInspiring learners into higher education; Merton Mencap – training young people to be independent travellers; and Raynes Park High School supports budding lawyers.

This month we have information on a number of training and volunteering opportunities: Who’s in charge – Jigsaw 4u parenting courses; Catch 22 DISC are looking for volunteers; and Homestart need you!

And, last we include information about positive activities for young people during the upcoming half term: Merton's youth service offers half term fun!; and Merton Active Plus.

As the autumn term is now well underway I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your hard work delivering services to children and young people with so much care and commitment, and to wish you well for the next few months.



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