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  • Counter Terrorism Policing (CTP) have collaborated with specialists from the PSHE Association and Girlguiding to take terrorism safety advice into the UK’s classrooms and youth organisations for the first time.......

  • In 2015 the NSPCC, in partnership with O2, launched the Net Aware tool to provide parents with useful information about the most popular sites, apps and games used by young......

  • YouGov survey highlights lack of preparedness among school staff to help prevent suicide among children and young people PAPYRUS launches Save The #ClassOf2018 for World Suicide Prevention Day (10 September)......

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Places deadline: Top tips on choosing a school (15/01/2018)

 

Parents of rising-fives in England have until midnight tonight to apply for primary school places for their children. It can be a tense time, with the most popular schools often massively . . . oversubscribed. In some areas, high-performing schools can be thin on the ground, with warnings of a postcode lottery when it comes to access. On top of this, a sharp increase in pupil numbers in recent years has made the primary school admissions process increasingly tense.
Full story: BBC

‘Being a teenage mother is so lonely’ (15/01/2018)

 

Teenage pregnancy rates in the UK have halved in the past eight years, but are still among the highest in Europe. New government guidelines are being released to help councils reduce the numbers . . . further. Shannon was 14 and her boyfriend Ethan 17 when she became pregnant with their son, Harvey, who is now two. “Being a parent is one of the loneliest places I’ve been. You lose a lot of your friends, they don’t want to focus on this little baby,” she says. “You don’t want people to see that you’re struggling and get the impression that you’re a bad mum because you’re struggling. It’s one of those things you keep in.”
Full story: BBC

Getting Serious About Mental Health (12/01/2018)

 

A young man from Southport, who has battled depression and anxiety, is showing that mental health is just as important as physical health. Matthew Bousfield, 17, is concerned that others with similar . . . experiences to his aren’t taken seriously enough, which can make the problem worse. He has now created a powerful film with Fixers, encouraging people to take more notice of mental wellbeing so others can get help sooner.
Full story: Fixers

Bullying as damaging as child abuse – and needs same resources, expert says (12/01/2018)

 

Patrick McGorry has warned bullying can be as damaging for youth mental health as child abuse, while calling for a major expansion of support services following Amy “Dolly” Everett’s death. McGorry, . . . a former Australian of the year and youth mental health expert, said the behavioural and cultural change needed to reduce bullying would require a “large-scale social movement”, similar to those targeting family violence, child abuse, and sexual harassment.
Full story: Guardian

BBC Own It

 

Own It is delivered in partnership with a range of organisations in the field of child internet safety, and is supported by an “engine room” of expert advisers, doctors and academics and covers everything from online privacy and avoiding malware, to dealing with everyday dilemmas children face online.

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Stop, Speak, Support when you see online bullying

 

The Stop, Speak, Support campaign has been created in response to 11-16 year olds saying that while they enjoy social media, games and online forums, that it is the only area of their lives that they feel does not have clear expectations or standards of behaviour they should all adhere to. Stop, Speak, Support aims to help young people spot . . . cyberbullying and know what steps they can take to stop it happening and provide support to the person being bullied. Website

Contact – For Families with Disabled Children

 

We support families with the best possible guidance and information. We bring families together to support each other. And we help families to campaign, volunteer and fundraise to improve life for themselves and others.

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Digital Citizenship: Young Peoples’ Rights on Social Media

 

In today’s increasingly digital world, it’s more important than ever that our young people are able to understand and feel in control of their online rights. But more often than not, they’re not even aware that they even have any. The Children’s Commissioner for England, working with Tes and Schillings, have produced three teaching packs to help . . . young people become more empowered digital citizens. Relevant to citizenship and computing curriculums around the world, these packs include lesson ideas and simplified T&Cs for five major social media sites. So why not take a look and add another dimension to the way you speak to students about the opportunities that the internet, and particularly social media, have to offer? Website