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1 Barnet Young Peoples Safeguarding Consultation 2011 Researched by Youth Shield

2 Where we started We spent two days developing the consultation We brainstormed what outcomes we wanted to achieve Then thought of ways that would be most effective to collect feedback Our conclusion… We would roll out an online questionnaire backed up by a series of face to face and online focus group sessions

3 How did we do this?... We explored a range of different topics that we thought needed surveyed by young people This consisted of the following 8 headings: 1.Healthy Relationships 2.Young Carers 3.Drugs & Alcohol 4.Disability 5.Mental Health 6.Faith & Culture 7.Transport 8.Out & about and Hate Crime We compiled a list of questions within the above topics that would explore all aspects of safeguarding, enabling us to gain a true insight into what young people feel about a range of topics and areas that affect their lives

4 How did we reach the young people? We went borough wide. As well as using our database networks to promote the online survey throughout organisations, schools and friends, we attended the following events and groups throughout the summer to do face to face consultations and complete surveys Barnet Play Day IPOP Summer Festival Traveller Horse Fair Rolling Base Youth Bus Supplementary Schools Rainbow Centre Community Paint Day Clive gig @ The Artsdepot Ayesha Islamic School Youth Clubs borough wide Barnet Youth Board Role Model Army Young Carers Group PACE – LGBT Group CAMHS users Northgate School Woodhouse Road Young Peoples Centre user group BLAB – Barnet Libraries Advisory Board New Park House Residential Home SRE sessions

5 How many young people did we reach? All young people either: Live in Barnet Go to school, college or work in Barnet Socialise in Barnet 143 young people were consulted face to face 266 questionnaires were completed

6 We had a broad spread of responses throughout the borough. The highest proportion being from Edgware, Burnt Oak & Finchley areas. 27% of people consulted were from neighbouring boroughs, which included Enfield, Haringey, Harrow & Brent

7 Ratio of male: female 48.1% were male 51.9% were female

8 Ages of young people

9 Ethnicity

10 Cultural Background

11 How young people engage differently and more effectively with other young people? Social Networking and how young people use it Same agegroup so they face similar issues and can relate to each other better

12 The findings…

13 Healthy Relationships Of the young people surveyed: 69.5% = 178 think that domestic violence exists in teenage relationships 15.8% = 40 have been grabbed, pushed or shoved by a boy or girl they are going out with 5.6% = 14 have had a boyfriend/girlfriend that has tried to force them to have sex 13.5% = 34 have been verbally abused by a boy or girl they are going out with 26% = 66 have seen their parents/carers being threatening, violent or abusive towards each other 86% = 214 think that its not ok for a boy or girl theyre going out with to be aggressive or abusive 8.3% = 21 didnt know if it was ok 60.2% = 151 have not been taught in school about building a healthy relationship with a boy or a girl that theyre going out with. 10% = 25 didnt know if they had been 41% = 109 dont feel there is enough help for young people involved or affected by domestic violence. 39.5% didnt know 84.1% = 212 have been taught at school about STIs 37.5% = 94 didnt know where to access free contraception 1.6% = 4 of those surveyed were teenage parents Conclusion: There is significant awareness raising to be done with regards to what a healthy relationship. Its evident that domestic violence exists in teenage relationships, yet there is little awareness of where to go for help. A high proportion of young people are being educated about STIs and keeping themselves healthy whilst in a relationship, but all are not informed about how to access free contraception.

14 Additional comments about healthy relationships: There should be abstinence until marriage! Harsher punishment for domestic violence, but there needs to be support for both sides i.e. restorative justice approach I only think it's ok for someone to be aggressive if it's not done in a negative manner There should be more advertising for STI clinics. When I asked my nurse where to get checked she lectured me on safe sex instead of supporting my decision to get checked There is help for young teens affected by domestic violence but it is not publicised very well I think teenagers would be better off if they were taught that sex was for marriage and not just for flings. This enables them to be more respectful of themselves and others. We have given them the easy way out by saying they can have abortions or contraception and they do not care about the consequences of their actions which has been due to a radical decline in morals and values over the last 20 years There is not enough services out there for young people

15 Young Carers 45 young people surveyed classed themselves as young carers 42.2% feel they dont receive enough 36.4% dont feel safe with all their responsibilities help and support as young carers 35% didnt feel they are able to cope with 38.5% werent aware of any support worker at school the added stress and time pressures put on them or college who could provide support

16 32.5% dont feel listened to by the appropriate 33.3% dont feel they can trust outside people to help professionals them with their responsibilities 31.7% dont know who to go to if they need help 52.6% dont know if being a carer affects their safety

17 Drugs and alcohol Not all young people answered all the questions on drugs and alcohol, either because they didnt want to disclose the information or because they have never used drugs or alcohol. We asked the following questions: Have you suffered peer pressure to use/abuse recreational drugs and/or alcohol? 23.1% = 57 said YES 76.9% = 190 said NO 19 people skipped the question Do you know a drug dealer? 37.2% = 92 said YES 62.8% = 155 said NO 19 people skipped the question Do recreational drugs and/or alcohol affect your home life? 133 young people answered. 9% said YES 91% said NO Do you think you know how to use recreational drugs safely? Do you think you have a problem with recreational drugs and/or alcohol? 126 young people answered 3.2% said YES 91.3% said NO 5.6% didnt know

18 Does using recreational drugs and/or alcohol put you in unsafe situations? 127 young people answered 19.7% said YES 70.1% said NO 10.2% didnt know Have you ever used recreational drugs or alcohol to fit in with your friends? 126 young people answered 23% said YES 77% said no Have you ever used recreational drugs and/or alcohol because there isn't anything else to do? 127 young people answered 28.3% said YES 71.7% said no Have you been affected by your parents abuse of recreational drugs and/or alcohol? 227 young people answered 9.3% said YES 90.7% said NO Have you ever approached a professional for support/guidance? 223 young people answered 10.3% said YES 89.7% said NO Conclusion: The feedback from young people highlights that there is significant peer pressure to use drugs and alcohol. Over a quarter of young people say they use because of lack of activities for them to be involved in. The results highlight the need to raise awareness about drugs, to educate young people on the effects and outcomes and to have a range of services that young people can access to get advice, socialise together and keep themselves positively engaged.

19 Disability All young people surveyed were asked their view on the safety of disabled young people 68.8% of those surveyed think that disabled young people are at a higher risk of being abused 48.8% thought that disabled young people were well supported by professionals The remaining 51.2% thought they werent or didnt know if they were We then consulted with 55 disabled young people and asked: Have you suffered abuse at home or out and about because of your disability? 17.6% said YES 82.4% said NO Do you ever feel targeted or exploited (mate crime) because of your disability? 28.8% said YES 71.2% said NO Do you know who to contact if something happens to you? 70.4% said YES 29.6% said NO

20 Additional views from disability focus group I only know to contact the police if something happens to me It would be helpful to know of others that we could contact I dont get out that much so Im not sure what to do There are lots of volunteers that help me, not just professionals Bullying is always a problem I dont get to use public transport because I get picked up so I dont know that much Conclusion: Its been highlighted through the focus group sessions that many disabled young people are not experienced in travelling independently or being out and about on their own. However, over a quarter of those surveyed say theyve been victims of mate crime. Some awareness and support around bullying and being vulnerable to exploitation is necessary to develop skills that will be beneficial throughout adulthood.

21 Mental Health

22 Additional views mental health focus group session: Does having mental health issues make you feel more judged by family, friends and or other people in the community? YES. Sometimes its hard to be honest with people because I don't know how they will react or what they will think of me. Do you think people around you might not have a full understanding of your needs? YES. Since all the changes in mental health and changing teams things feel very unsettled. I don't feel I can be so honest with them at times when I need to be because I dont know them. Are there any stereotypes about your condition that are true/ untrue? Or unfair? YES. People say people with my conditions are attention seeking, but I actually find it hard to involve people with my problems as it makes me at times uneasy. Also I dont feel some professionals have taken me seriously due to this stereotype. Do you feel there is enough mental health support in Barnet? Ranging from inpatient to outpatient care. NO. I feel once the mental health people in Barnet know you they always compare you to what you have been before, therefore I didnt always get the support I needed at the time. What would you like to see change to improve the safety of young people with mental health problems? I feel young people need to be taken seriously and the professionals shouldn't now see what is most cost effective as you cant put a price on a young persons life!

23 Transport If not why? Feel that I could get mugged Drivers and the public don't intervene enough Bombings and people starting a confrontation Nothing can be done if someone intends to harm you. Lack of security Anything can happen and there is no immediate help I dont feel safe unless Im with other people Groups of males are intimidating Violence, terrorism & accidents scare me Lack of trust in others travelling Terrorists and gangs scare me Terrorist and bombs Anybody, even criminals can come on to public transport. There could be an accident Because its dangerous at night (Crime). Because there might be a suicide bomber on public transport. There are many dangers out there Because random people are near you Because you cannot trust anyone throughout the world Because people can act abusive if drunk. Because of violent youths I still think people will put bombs and cameras would not help Some people could be carrying knifes on the bus and that can be worrying I was assaulted on the bus I had my hat taken on the bus as it is a Jewish Symbol My mum had her wallet stolen on the bus Bombings on the underground tubes makes me feel paranoid Theres no staff Theres no security on the actual transport, just at the stations Violent people get on the bus, especially from schools Violent drunks get on Its just not safe There are gangs

24 Would training up bus drivers as special constables make you feel safer? 59.7% YES 19.3% NO 21% Dont know Would having bus conductors make you feel safer? 49.4% YES 36.1% NO 14.5% Dont know Have you ever suffered any abuse on public transport? 27% YES 73%NO If you use a minicab is it always a registered cab? 60% YES 16.2% NO 23.8% DONT KNOW Would having a female cab driver make you feel safer? 54.1% YES 45.9% NO Should cab companies text you the licence number and car details when you order a cab? 88.4% YES 11.6% NO Conclusion: Travelling on public transport is a concern for over 35% of young people surveyed. Increased security and staffing is a priority for them.

25 Out and about & hate crime 76.7% of young people surveyed said they DO feel safe on the streets in their area 23.3% DONT feel safe 53.3% Feel the police DONT give enough support to young people on the street 23.3% Said YES 23.3% Said NO 29.4% Think there area has a problem with gangs 50.8% Said NO 19.7% Didnt know 18.3% of young people surveyed have been mugged 62.2% Did NOT report it to the police 21.6% Said YES they have experienced hate crime 39.1% Said the police DONT respond effectively when young people report hate crime 66.4% of young people think its difficult to be open about their sexuality 41.5% Feel they are judged badly because of your appearance 63.9% DONT know where to go for support about hate crime e.g. racial and homophobic discrimination

26 Its important to get different cultures involved in breaking down prejudices in communities. Government panders too much to different cultures in an attempt not to offend.. and in the meantime excluding the LGBT community. More government support in schools, home and work is needed More inclusive and open schools and a homophobic teachers report line. Teachers can be openly homophobic Some of the young people in the group had suffered abuse at home and at school because of their sexuality. This was due to ignorance and cultural differences. The point of cultural ignorance was brought up by two individuals who said their parents thought homosexuality was a new phenomenon! However most of the young people had been accepted within their families and cultures despite going against the norm. Support is needed for parents and family members to ensure that they can support people in coming out. Services are available but not widely known. Not being able to be open about their sexuality was the main issue affecting the level of safety for the young people. They would feel safer having a KNOWN LGBT liaison officer. Every borough has one but they are invisible. One young person went to ask for the officer in the police station and the other policemen were clueless. Only 4 of the Y.P knew about the existence of LGBT liaison officers. Besides this the young people have no trust in their police, wouldnt feel comfortable reporting abuse (domestic or otherwise) to the authorities. If help was needed they would talk to friends or to PACE. Conclusions It is obvious that these young people feel that LGBT issues are ignored-proved in the retraction of funding from different boroughs. More support is needed in Schools and in the form of Youth Clubs particularly for over 18s.

27 YOUNG PEOPLE IN CARE FOCUS GROUP How efficient do you think social services are and what changes could be made to improve the service? I dont feel social services have enough time to see their young people anymore, they say its to do with all the paperwork I would like to have easier access to my social worker when I need additional support It would be good if social services understood more about the situations we are in Do you feel the lack of authority/ structure means that you are more exposed to threats of harm? It depends where you live and who is caring for you Some people could be more at risk when they are leaving care and are living independently Things are quite strict when youre in foster care Being a young person in care do you feel you are stereotyped and does this affect your opinion of yourself? YES. I feel people see young people in care as trouble Sometimes you want to live up to the reputation of being trouble I doesnt make you feel good about yourself when youre pretending to be something youre not Do you feel living in a residential care home or foster home could affect your future? I feel living in the residential care home gave me opportunities, but at the time I didn't always see them but once I left I did. If you always try to act tough it can affect the things you choose to do when you get older I wanted to prove that I could succeed like any other young person

28 Do you think being in care affects your schooling, your friendships and other relationships? Being in care affected my family relationships and some friendships, but it gave me a better start in completing my GCSEs as they got me extra tuition I think you have to be determined to get what you want from your education It can be difficult dealing with lots of other family issues but other people have that too Are you less safe because you are in care? I was safe from harm from my family but at risk of other issues because of different people you mix with while youre in care What do you think needs to change to ensure the safety of young people in the care system? More awareness from staff members about the needs and vulnerability of people in care Young people in care have opportunity to mix with older men and drug dealers which can be dangerous There needs to be more curfews and procedures in place to protect young people Workers need to listen more to young people and hear what they are saying rather than just going through the processes without actually having heard what young people are concerned about Conclusion: The young people consulted feel at times they have many different concerns and anxieties that to that of young people not in care. Whilst transitioning into the leaving care team they have many new responsibilities to deal with which can require a lot of support and guidance.

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