TES

Excluding a pupil 'costs taxpayer up to £370k' (10/10/2017)

Excluding a child from school can cost the taxpayer around £370,000 in the long term, a report estimates. The study, by the IPPR think tank, argues that there is a high economic price to exclusion, costing the public purse money in terms of education, benefits, healthcare and criminal justice. The report, published by thinktank IPPR, draws attention to the link between children growing up in poverty – or experiencing mental health problems – and school exclusions.

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CYP Now

Longfield calls for action on 'shockingly poor' children's mental health treatment (10/10/2017)

A generation of children will enter adulthood with mental health problems unless government takes urgent action to address the "shockingly poor" state of children's mental health services, children's commissioner for England Anne Longfield has warned. A report published by Longfield to coincide with World Mental Health day today found that more than half of local areas fail to meet standards on crisis care, and highlighted a lack of information on how many children are referred and accepted for mental health treatment, or the outcomes achieved.

Full story: Children and Young People Now

CEOP

I was an idiot looking back, says excluded boy (10/10/2017)

As the number of pupils being permanently excluded from England's schools has risen by a third over three years, Ben, who was expelled at 13, tells his story in his own words.

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Community Care

Appearing as a witness in court: tips for social workers (10/10/2017)

Appearing in court can be a stressful prospect for social workers, and feeling anxious or fearful is not at all unusual. But it is also an important part of the job, and can be vital in securing the right outcomes for vulnerable service users. In a recent case, Judge Simon Wood publicly praised a social worker’s “thoughtful and reflective” evidence in court. He also included most of the social worker’s oral evidence when setting out his judgement, given how “direct in relevance” it was.

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CYP Now

May vows to tackle disparities affecting children's life chances (10/10/2017)

Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged to tackle race disparities and challenge public services over how they treat people, highlighting a number of injustices facing children and young people. Launching a new website - called Ethnicity Facts and Figures - May said she wanted to bring about a change in attitude across society, including health, education and the criminal justice system so that everyone is treated equally. The website assembles both new and already published official data on racial disparity in one place for the first time.

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CYP Now

Train teachers on exclusion to spread best practice, think tank urges (10/10/2017)

The best teachers need to be encouraged to work in pupil referral units in order to give the most vulnerable children a good education and create new benchmarks for working with children at risk of exclusion, a think tank has said. A report by the Institute for Public Policy Research - called Making the Difference - argues that a career development programme that gives school leaders the skills needed to support pupils who have been or are in danger of exclusion could help thousands of vulnerable young people and save the state billions.

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CEOP

Both sexes 'should be taught about periods together at school' - charity (09/10/2017)

Boys and girls should be taught about periods at school, a charity says. Plan International UK says not talking about it can be damaging and wants it to be discussed in class. The charity has carried out a survey of 1,000 girls aged 14-21, which suggests almost half are embarrassed by periods. "I think there is a stigma and taboo around periods," says Kerry Smith, head of girls' rights at Plan International UK. "Girls and boys aren't being told about periods enough." As well as being embarrassed by them, one in seven of the girls and women interviewed said they did not know what was happening when they first started their period.

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Daily Mail

Social media giants to be forced to reveal scale of cyber bullying on their sites (09/10/2017)

Facebook and Twitter will be told to reveal the true scale of online hate as part of a major crackdown on the Wild West of the internet. Culture Secretary Karen Bradley will tomorrow unveil a new ‘internet safety strategy’ to ensure web firms face up to their responsibilities on trolling and cyberbullying. As part of the strategy, social media companies will for the first time be told to publish how many complaints they get each year about abuse – and what proportion of abusive messages are actually taken down.

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Daily Mail

Online pornography blamed as sex offences by children rise 71% in just four years (09/10/2017)

Reports of child sex abuse committed by other children have rocketed by 71 per cent in four years – with experts blaming the rise of online porn. Data released under the Freedom of Information Act shows the number of ‘peer-on-peer’ offences reported to police among under-18s rose from 4,603 in 2013 to 7,866 last year. Among under-tens, the figure has more than doubled in some areas.

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TES

Less than one in four children received the mental health help they needed last year (09/10/2017)

Around one in four children with mental health problems received help in the last year, a new report by the children’s commissioner reveals. And children’s commissioner Anne Longfield argues that, despite the government’s claims to prioritise mental health, progress has been “unacceptably slow”. The report, published to coincide with World Mental Health Day tomorrow, estimates that only between a quarter and a fifth of children with mental health conditions received help last year.

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