Support Year 6 children to improve performance in English writing!
Moving year 6 learners from working at the expected standard to greater depth in English writing
Wednesday 13th February 13.00pm to 15.30pm at Old Bexley Primary School, Hurst Road, Bexley, Kent, DA5 3JR
To book a place click here
Improve your individual and organisational responses to Sexual Violence – training opportunities
Rape Crisis London will deliver two training courses for local provider services. Training delivered by Rape Crisis South London is directly informed by their experience providing specialist support to survivors of sexual violence over the past three decades. The two one-day trainings on offer are tailored for youth workers, teachers, social workers, or any professionals working with sexual violence. We cover: the myths and realities of sexual violence; information about the law surrounding rape, sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse and consent; the impacts of trauma caused by rape and childhood sexual abuse; and a model of best practice on how to respond to disclosures of sexual violence sensitively and appropriately
1. Sexual Violence and Young People
‘Sexual Violence and Young People’ training explores the gendered way in which boys and girls experience different forms of abuse, and how this is occurring in a highly sexualised popular culture and media. The focus is on working with young people to prevent sexual violence, including best-practice in engaging young people on the specific issues effecting them.
Date and Time: Thursday 28 February, 9:30am to 4.30pm
Location: Council Chamber, Bexley Civic Offices
Who should attend: Youth Professionals (e.g. teachers, pastoral staff, youth workers, social workers, YOT teams
2. What is Sexual Violence?
Our ‘What is Sexual Violence?’ training explores the myths and realities of sexual violence within a framework of violence against women and girls. It also includes information about the law surrounding rape, childhood sexual abuse and exploitation and consent. Participants will also learn a model of best practice on how to respond to disclosures of sexual violence sensitively and appropriately, whilst taking into consideration the impacts of trauma caused by rape and childhood sexual abuse.
Date and Time: Friday 15 March, 9:30am to 4.30pm
Location: Public Gallery East, Bexley Civic Offices
Who should attend: Any professional wishing to gain a broader understanding of sexual violence
Please circulate this training opportunity to appropriate colleagues and contacts.
Booking forms are attached and must be completed for each course and returned to Deirdre.Love@bexley.gov.uk
For more information please email Deirdre or call 020 3045 4339
Important Public Heath Message for all schools - Oak Processionary Moth found in Bexley
This is the first year Oak Processionary Moth (OPM) caterpillars have been discovered in the Borough. When in great number the caterpillars can cause damage to oak trees, however it is the potential impact on people’s health that is of greatest concern.
The moth is a non-native insect first found in London 12 years ago, its caterpillars live and feed on oak leaves, but they can also be found on the ground around infected oak trees. Caterpillars seen on trees other than oak are unlikely to be OPM.
While the adult moths are harmless, the hairs of their caterpillars contain a strong irritant. Contact with these hairs can cause severe irritation, with skin rashes and less commonly sore throats, breathing difficulties and eye problems.
Both people and animals can be affected by touching the caterpillars, their nests, or windblown hairs that make contact with the skin. The greatest risk period is between May and July, but the hairs from the caterpillar can be present on old nests. Please consult your pharmacist, GP, NHS Direct or vet respectively if you or your animal are exposed and suffer an allergic reaction to the hairs of this caterpillar.
Under guidance from the Forestry Commission the Council has been undertaking a program to identify and treat locations where the insects are found. In recent weeks it has become apparent that the distribution of the insect is wide spread, migrating into the area from Bromley and Greenwich Borough’s. A significant number of nests have been removed from Danson Park and Lesnes Abbey Woods recently, nests of OPM caterpillars are also being found in smaller
numbers across some of the Borough’s other parks and Open spaces, however they could be present on any oak tree.
The Council is employing specialists to remove any nests found in high use areas on its parks and highways. Further information is available on the Council’s website, and a link to the Forestry Commission’sweb-site. www.bexley.gov.uk/opm
I advise schools/nurseries andyouth clubs with Oak trees in or adjacent to their grounds to be aware. Nests of caterpillars at or near ground level should be easy to notice, those higher up in the canopy can be more difficult. If in doubt you should contact your main tree contractor or the Forestry Commission (FC) and all sightings of OPM nests or caterpillars need to be reported to the FC.
Please note: These pests need to be removed by specialists and many smaller tree firms are not trained or equipped to deal with this pest. The Arboricultural Association’s website www.trees.org.uk has
an approved list of contractors.
At present the Council’s Tree Section does have some spare capacity for inspecting oak trees for OPM. This service is
Contact: Trees@Bexley.gov.uk Email Subject : OPM inspections