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19/04/2021: Priti Patel: Facebook encryption plan ‘must not hamper child protection’

Facebook’s plans to roll out encryption across its messaging services could jeopardise ongoing work to combat child abuse, the Home Secretary is to warn. Such encryption means only the sender and . . . recipient can read messages. “We cannot allow a situation where law enforcement’s ability to tackle abhorrent criminal acts and protect victims is severely hampered,” Priti Patel will tell a charity-hosted event. Facebook says its plans for wider encryption protects users’ privacy.
BBC

19/04/2021: Facebook encryption plans will hit fight against child abuse, warns Patel

NSPCC fears end-to-end encryption of messages will make tools that identify grooming and images of abuse useless. Home secretary Priti Patel will call for tech companies including Facebook to “live up . . . to their moral duty” and do more to safeguard children in a roundtable discussion about end-to-end message encryption.
Guardian

18/04/2021: Would universities call parents in a mental health crisis?

“I got a knock on the door at 2.45 in the morning,” says Lee Fryatt. It was the police. His son Daniel, a 19-year-old student at Bath Spa University, had taken his own life. “What you learn once you . . . suffer a loss like suicide is that it’s only other people who have experienced it who have got any comprehension of just how devastating it is. “I’ve described it as grief turned up to the max, up to the point it’s splitting your ears.”
BBC

17/04/2021: How schools can support pupils who have lost a parent

Bereavement can be a difficult subject to discuss in an educational setting and many teachers might feel that they are not adequately equipped to help pupils who are grieving the loss of a parent. Of . . . course, every situation is unique and no child’s situation will benefit from a “one-size-fits-all” approach. However, schools can put a dedicated network of bereavement support in place so that no pupil is left behind during an already incredibly tough time in their life.
Times Education Supplement

15/04/2021: Early intervention investment could save councils £7bn, researchers say

Councils in England with above-average rates of looked-after children could save a total of £7bn over the next decade by focusing on early intervention policies that target vulnerable families, . . . according to researchers. The research focuses on the long-term savings that can be achieved through early intervention strategies across four areas, which have a higher than England’s average rate of looked after children, which is 67 per 10,000 children.
Children and Young People Now

15/04/2021: Centrepoint unveils strategy to end youth homelessness by 2037

Youth homlessness charity Centrepoint has unveiled its new strategy aimed at eradicating youth homelessness by 2037. More than 120,000 young people between the ages of 16 and 25 faced homelessness . . . before the Covid-19 pandemic hit in 2019/20, according to Centrepoint’s Youth Homelessness Databank.
Children and Young People Now

15/04/2021: The Impact Of Parental Conflict And Substance Misuse On Children

Literature review for DWP examines links between parental conflict and substance misuse and the impact on children’s outcomes.

Russell Webster

14/04/2021: LGBT homelessness: ‘I had to pretend to be straight’

For Sara, university was a ticket out of an abusive home. Sara, who identifies as queer, says she was used to hiding her identity from her Muslim family and pretending to be straight when accessing . . . services. But her mental health worsened after spending holidays alone in empty student halls. “I had a roof over my head but no-one else to talk to. My mental health got really bad and I ended up dropping out. I was going to be homeless so I ended up going back to my abusive household,” she says.
BBC

NEWSLETTER: Youth and Online Safety
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Useful Links


The Breck Foundation

The Breck Foundation campaigns for a safer internet for all children and young people – whether they are gaming, communicating on social media, using . . . apps or taking part in any other internet-based activity.
https://www.breckfoundation.org

The Ben Kinsella Trust

We are one of the leading anti-knife crime charities in the UK, set up following the tragic murder of Ben Kinsella in 2008. Our vision is of a society . . . where no family or community suffers the loss of a life to knife crime. We are a young person’s charity and we believe in prevention through education. We adopt a universal and early intervention approach aimed at preventing young people from making the wrong choices and helping them to stay safe.
https://benkinsella.org.uk

Young Carers in Schools Programme

Young Carers in Schools is a free initiative that makes it as easy as possible for schools to support young carers, and awards good practice. Run . . . jointly by Carers Trust and The Children’s Society, the Young Carers in Schools (YCiS) programme works with schools across England to share good practice, provide relevant tools and training, and to celebrate the great outcomes that many schools achieve for young carers. Due to the increased pressures of Covid-19, now is a crucial time to be implementing support for young carers in school.
https://youngcarersinschools.com

The For Baby’s Sake Trust

We campaign and share expertise on improving life-chances. We call on government not to waste the precious time when babies’ brains are developing and . . . parents want help to break cycles of domestic abuse and related traumatic adversities. We empower expectant parents with what they need to break the cycle of domestic abuse and give their baby the best possible start in life, especially by helping them to come to terms with trauma and adversity in their own childhoods.
https://www.forbabyssake.org.uk

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