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NEWSLETTER: Youth and Online Safety

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06/04/2020: Coronavirus: Domestic abuse calls up 25% since lockdown, charity says

The National Domestic Abuse helpline has seen a 25% increase in calls and online requests for help since the lockdown, the charity Refuge says. It received hundreds more calls last week compared to . . . two weeks earlier, the charity which runs the helpline said. Campaigners have warned the restrictions could heighten domestic tensions and cut off escape routes.

06/04/2020: Surge in child exploitation cases

The number of suspected cases of child exploitation in the UK rose by nearly half last year, latest figures show. Annual data from the National Crime Agency on the number of people referred into the . . . National Referral Mechanism (NRM) – the system used to identify UK trafficking cases – shows there has been a 45 per cent increase in the number of children identified as potential victims over the past year.
Children and Young People Now

06/04/2020: Care leavers share experiences of isolation

Care leavers have shared their experiences of isolation as part of a charity project to reach out to vulnerable young people during the coronavirus pandemic. Care-experienced young people have shared . . . videos of their persepectives on the UK-wide lockdown from their homes and university halls through charity Leicestershire Cares.
Children and Young People Now

03/04/2020: NCA predicts rise in online child sexual abuse during coronavirus pandemic

National Crime Agency says offenders are discussing opportunities on chat forums to abuse children during crisis. The National Crime Agency (NCA) has warned there could be a rise in online child . . . sexual abuse offences during the Covid-19 pandemic as it reveals its most recent intelligence shows there are at least 300,000 people in the UK who pose a sexual threat to children.

03/04/2020: ‘Terrifying escalation’ in battle to keep children safe online as new figures reveal 300,000 people in the UK could pose sexual threat to children

The IWF says new figures claiming at least 300,000 people in the UK pose a sexual threat to children is a “terrifying escalation” in the battle to keep children safe online. The National Crime Agency . . . (NCA) has today (3 March) revealed it believes there are a minimum of 300,000 individuals in the UK posing a sexual threat to children, either through physical “contact” abuse or online. The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) is the UK charity responsible for finding and removing images and videos of children being sexually abused from the internet.
Internet Watch Foundation

02/04/2020: Three ways social workers can support children in care

Every year, our Bright Spots research programme works with local authorities across the country to understand the experience of their children in care and care leavers and explore ways in which their . . . experiences can be improved. In one of our surveys a child reported: “I hate that when the register comes up on the screen and others in the class can see that I am CLA [child looked after]. It winds me up even though everyone knows. I don’t like to be different”. This alerted the local authority who cared for the child about how they felt about the school register. With this knowledge, their virtual school could contact schools to ask them to stop this practice.
Community Care

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18/04/2020 : Building the bonds of attachment: awakening love in deeply traumatised children
Dan Hughes is world-leading practitioner in healing troubled children. On this day he will inspire delegates, by demonstrating his breathtaking way of . . . relating to children. He will speak about how he makes profound connection, not over months and years but from the very first meeting. He will explore how to connect with children who suffer from developmental trauma after years of abuse and neglect. He will demonstrate how to ensure that the child feels psychologically safe in the relationship before addressing painful life events.

London |  £183.00 | Details

19/04/2020 : What teenagers need to know about life in order to live it well
Margot Sunderland will provide a wealth of vital tools, techniques and knowledge (from neuroscience and psychology) for professionals to help . . . teenagers to live life well, to ‘suffer well’ and rise again if they hit rock bottom. The training is intended to empower teenagers to be able to make informed decisions, instead of living their lives blighted by painful unresolved emotions, living dangerously, failed relationships and body harming.

London |  £165.00 | Details

28/04/2020 : Early Intervention Foundation National Conference 2020 – Putting early intervention at the heart of a children’s agenda
EIF’s major national conference brings together people and voices from across the early intervention sector and all levels of government, . . . commissioning and delivery for a day of learning and knowledge sharing. High-profile keynote speakers will reflect on important changes and trends in the political and policy environment we all work in, while curated panel sessions will tackle a series of challenging questions around the theory, evidence and effective implementation of early intervention.

London |  TBC | Details

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Securing a brighter future: The role of youth services in tackling knife crime
Serious violence has doubled, and too many young people are dying on our streets. While enforcement will always be a key part of our response to this . . . epidemic, there is clear evidence that Government investment can achieve better outcomes if it prioritises preventing violence at its roots – such as investment in youth services – than dealing with its consequences.
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Roblox checklist
Roblox is an online multiplayer game creation platform. Play online or create your own games and virtual worlds using Roblox Studio. There are a wide . . . variety of games hosted on the site, from racing and role-playing games to simulations and obstacle courses. Roblox has a community made up of players and developers of many ages. There are a number of reporting and parental controls.
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TikTok Checklist

The TikTok Checklist provides all the information about the app and how to stay safe

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The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Knife Crime & Violence Reduction
The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Knife Crime & Violence Reduction is a group of over 70 MPs and Peers, set up in response to the . . . alarming rise in knife crime across the country. The group aims to develop cross-party consensus from parliamentarians around new approaches to tackling knife crime, with particular focus on prevention and early intervention.

Leaders Unlocked
Leaders Unlocked enables young people and underrepresented groups to have a stronger voice on the issues that affect their lives. In education, . . . policing, health, justice and elsewhere, we help organisations to involve the people who matter and shape decision-making for the better.

Disrespect Nobody (Home Office)
The Disrespect Nobody campaign from the Home Office focuses on healthy relationships. There is a website with information about sexting, relationship . . . abuse, consent, rape, pornography, and where to get help. There are also videos about sexting, relationship abuse and consent. The videos are animated but suitable for young people and try to be practical and humorous. The videos come with closed captions and can be accessed here.

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