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

Government ‘not doing enough to tackle child obesity’ (18/08/2017)

The government is not making enough progress to tackle child obesity, a year after it published its childhood obesity strategy, it has been claimed. The Obesity Health Alliance (OHA), which is made up . . . of more than 40 health charities, medical royal colleges and campaign groups, said that although some headway has been made by the government in the last year, its overall assessment is that more must be done. A one-year on report card for the plan singles out the introduction of the soft drinks industry levy, which has already led many drinks manufacturers to reduce sugar from their drinks, and the sugar reduction programme, led by Public Health England, for praise.
Full story: Children and Young People Now

YJB staff transfer process to begin next month (17/08/2017)

The size of the Youth Justice Board is set to shrink further with staff due to transfer to a new youth custody body next month, it has been confirmed. Writing in the YJB’s fortnightly bulletin to . . . youth offending teams, the organisation’s chief executive Colin Allars said the process of implementing a split in the functions of the YJB, as outlined by former Justice Secretary Liz Truss in February, has begun. He said that staff have been informed whether they will remain with the YJB, move to the newly created Youth Custody Service, which has been established as a “distinct arm” of HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS), or the Ministry of Justice’s commissioning directorate.
Full story: Children and Young People Now

Mental health support to be offered as part of National Citizen Service (17/08/2017)

Young people will be offered mental well-being support as part of the National Citizen Service (NCS) initiative, Prime Minister Theresa May has announced. May said training will be provided for young . . . people taking part in NCS programmes to help them cope with exam stress, struggles at home and other challenges by raising their awareness of mental health and improving their knowledge of where to get help. “Mental health issues can have a devastating effect on young lives and that’s why making sure young people are fully supported both inside and outside of the classroom is a key priority for me,” she said.
Full story: Children and Young People Now

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Useful websites for children aged 7 to 10
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Useful websites for 11 to 13 year olds
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Useful websites for young people aged 14 to 16
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Useful websites for young people aged 16+
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Advice for visiting international students
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Information about how to stay safe online
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Find the latest events and conferences across the UK around children and young people.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Course – 2 day course

12/09/2017 (Taunton Library, Paul Street, Taunton)

Cost includes 2 full days training, light lunch and refreshments and a course manual and attendance certificate on completion of the course.

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Behaviour support & De-escalation

14/09/2017 (Devon Disability Collective, Exeter)
A course designed for professionals working in schools, care services or other settings where they are supporting individuals with behavioural support needs. BIS-net has been delivering specific . . . training packages to several schools and settings in the local area for a number of years now. However, many settings cannot always free up large numbers to attend a training day and so this course has been designed to allow services to send staff who need specific development in this area, or who may be able to cascade and support others in the setting. More

Child Protection Training – Group 2

06/10/2017 (The 100 Club, Exeter)
The course programme has been approved by the Devon Safeguarding Children Board and is constantly being updated to adapt to modern challenges. This forms part of the range of training courses, events . . . and online learning that helps protect children and young people in Devon. This course is for those who work regularly, or have a period of intense but regular contact with children and young people or with staff who may be in a position to identify concerns and who may be expected to contribute to the assessment of the child’s developmental needs or the adult’s parenting capacity. More

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

Harbour (Plymouth)

Working in partnership to help people to recover from the causes and devastating effects of problematic substance use is what we do. Anyone can access our services. We work with individuals, families and young people. . . . Where someone has needs that cannot be met within the agency we will facilitate access to the best available service. The agency’s services extend into many areas of health and social need through collaboration with a wide range of other organisations in Plymouth and the South West. We offer a safe place for people to explore how they can make positive changes in their lives. More

Me Learning – Online courses

E-learning courses for the Adults and Children’s workforce that can be purchased or tailored to meet your staff training needs including safeguarding courses.

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Internet Watch Foundation (IWF)

We work internationally to make the internet a safer place. We help victims of child sexual abuse worldwide by identifying and removing online images and videos of their abuse. We search for child sexual abuse images and . . . videos and offer a place for the public to report them anonymously. We then have them removed. We’re a not-for-profit organisation and are supported by the global internet industry and the European Commission. More