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The latest news about children and young people from a range of news sources.

Mum, put your mobile away! A third of children say they have to tell their parents to stop looking at their phone (24/04/2017)

One in three children have had to ask their parents to stop constantly checking their mobile phones. A poll revealed that a third of youngsters thought their parents were bad role models who kept . . . looking at phones and tablets – even if their children asked them not to. Experts say they are ‘shocked’ by the poll, commissioned by Digital Awareness UK and the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC), which represents leading private schools.
Full story: Daily Mail

Horrified mother gives up her own son, 22, to police after finding sexually explicit messages he sent to five underage girls on HER phone (23/04/2017)

A horrified mother gave up her own son to the police after finding sexually explicit messages he had sent to underage girls on her phone. Elaine Kingston’s son Stephen Trinder, 22, had been talking to . . . five girls – the youngest of whom was 13 – while staying with her over Christmas. Ms Kingston, of Oxford, only found out after a message popped up on her screen from one of the victims that read ‘I’ll f***** kill you, leave her alone, she’s only 14’.
Full story: Daily Mail

Parents’ mobile use harms family life, say secondary pupils (23/04/2017)

An overuse of mobile phones by parents disrupts family life, according to a survey of secondary pupils. More than a third of 2,000 11 to 18-year-olds who responded to a poll said they had asked their . . . parents to stop checking their devices. And 14% said their parents were online at meal times, although 95% of 3,000 parents, polled separately, denied it. The research was carried out by Digital Awareness UK and the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference.
Full story: BBC

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Find the latest events and conferences across the UK around children and young people.

Safeguarding Children Conference

25/04/2017 (Central London)
Capita Conferences’ Safeguarding Children Conference is ideally timed to review your safeguarding policies and practices. Big changes are expected with the Children and Social Work Bill making its way . . . through parliament and recommendations from the Wood Report beginning to be implemented. There has never been a better time to explore new ways of working and to promote innovation and whole system transformation of local safeguarding children services. The National Audit Office 2016 Review into Child Protection shone a spotlight on the effectiveness and efficiency of child protection services, calling for a rapid improvement in service provision. More

Improving Outcomes for Children Looked After Conference

18/05/2017 (Central London)
Following the publication of the Children and Social Work Bill 2016-17, our Improving Outcomes for Children Looked After Conference comes at the perfect time to enable you to drive improvement and . . . support for children looked after (CLA). Hear from the Department for Education about the Keep On Caring: Supporting Young People from Care to Independence Strategy, as well as an update on the Children’s Social Care Innovation programme and Fostering Stocktake. More

Special Educational Needs Conference

22/05/2017 (Central London)
As the Department for Education announces an additional £4.8million of funding to support the special educational needs (SEN) reforms and the CQC and Ofsted undertake joint local area inspections, our . . . Special Educational Needs Conference comes at a critical time for education, health and local authorities. This conference provides you with strategic guidance on how you can ensure excellent provision for children and young people with SEN in the context of restricted budgets. With the Standards and Testing Agency consulting on the recommendations made in the Rochford Review, and the second High Needs Funding Consultation closing in May, this event marks the perfect opportunity to hear from expert speakers on how SEN reforms will affect your organisation. More


Find the latest websites and resources about and for young people.


Fearless is a site where young people can get non-judgemental advice and information about crime. Fearless is part of the UK charity, Crimestoppers. Includes schools resources.


Tales of the Road

The campaign is aimed at 6-11 year olds, the key message is ‘you need to use good road safety behaviour or you could come to real harm’. The campaign also demonstrates the correct road safety behaviours. There are also . . . downloadable resources in the ‘grown-ups’ section. More

The Hideout

Women’s Aid have created this space to help children and young people to understand domestic abuse, and how to take positive action if it’s happening to you.