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

Calls for DfE advice on lockdowns as more schools adopt the anti-terror measure (30/06/2017)

Teaching unions and security experts demand government guidance on school lockdowns in the event of a terrorist attack
Security experts and teaching unions are calling for the government to give . . . schools information about how or whether they should practise lockdown procedures. Recent terror attacks at home and abroad have prompted a growing number of schools in England to introduce plans to lock teachers and pupils in classrooms to keep them safe in the event of a terrorist incident.
Full story: TES

‘Ban parents from leaving engines on’, says guidance (30/06/2017)

Parents should be banned from leaving the car running while waiting outside school gates, to cut air pollution, according to official health guidance. The guidance also calls for councils to set up . . . clean-air zones that could ban the most polluting vehicles or introduce charges. The authors have called for “clean air” to be given the same importance as “clean water”. Air pollution contributes to 29,000 deaths each year in the UK. The report is by two government bodies – Public Health England (PHE) and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
Full story: BBC

Limiting time online ‘won’t protect children’ (30/06/2017)

Limiting children’s use of the internet will not protect them against the ills of social media, researchers say. UK teenagers have some of the highest rates of internet use in the developed world – . . . something that has a strong link to lower levels of well-being. The Education Policy Institute study said restricting usage can prevent children gaining the digital skills and emotional resilience to keep them safe. The government said it was vital to help children deal with online risks.
Full story: BBC

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

Digital Families 2017

12/10/2017 (Central London)
CEOP and Parent Zone are delighted to be working together to deliver their first national conference. With experts from a range of disciplines, the event will explore new and emerging risks that can . . . affect children and young people in the digital age, the latest research into what works, and effective responses for parents and carers. With digital resilience as a central theme, the conference is an ideal opportunity for teachers, social workers, and anyone working in the field of online safety, to hear about current approaches. More

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

No Knives Better Lives

No Knives Better Lives is a national initiative which works with local organisations to provide information and support. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the consequences of carrying a knife and provides . . . information on local activities and opportunities for young people. More

South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL)

The South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL) Trust is a not-for-profit charitable trust providing schools and other establishments with safe, secure, managed and supported connectivity and associated services, learning . . . technologies to improve outcomes, and the toolkit for being safer online. More

Young Addaction

Addaction helps people change their behaviour to become the very best that they can be. It could be their drug or alcohol use or worries about their mental health – we support people to making lasting change in their . . . lives. You can find us all over the UK – at 120 services from Cornwall to Scotland – helping adults, young people, families and communities to change for the better. We are one of the UK’s leading and largest specialist drug, alcohol and mental health treatment charities. We believe that effective treatment needs to be tailored to the individual. Each person needs committed and caring support as they move forward step by step. More