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15/01/2022: Kits that test for spiked drinks given to Newcastle students

Free kits are being given out to students to check if their drinks have been spiked.
Newcastle University Students’ Union society It Happens Here, Newcastle – which campaigns against sexual violence – . . . is giving out the kits following concerns about spiking across the UK.
When a drop from a drink is put on a patch, the test, which checks for GBH and ketamine, changes colour.

BBC

15/01/2022: Psychiatrists warn of police and crime bill’s impact on young people

Hundreds of clinical psychiatrists and psychologists have warned that the police and crime bill reaching its final stages in parliament “will have a profound negative impact on young people’s mental . . . health”. “We cannot think of better measures to disempower and socially isolate young people,” they say in an open letter signed by more than 350 academics and clinicians and published online.
Guardian

14/01/2022: Breastfeeding: Mothers hope law change will create better experiences

Photographing breastfeeding mothers without consent is to be made a crime. We spoke to mums in Essex about how they think it will change attitudes to breastfeeding going forward. Earlier this month, . . . Justice Secretary Dominic Raab announced that the new law it would be added to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill going through Parliament.
BBC

14/01/2022: Isolation and social media among factors behind surge in eating disorders during pandemic, charities warn

Increased time spent on social media, isolation from friends, and disrupted school routines are among factors behind a surge in young people being treated for eating disorders during the pandemic, . . . charities have warned. The number of people supported by charity Beat, which works with people with eating disorders, has increased by 150 per cent since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, figures show.
Children and Young People Now

14/01/2022: NYAS launches fund to support young care leavers

Young people aged between 16 and 25 who have left local authority care can now access a grant of up to £500. The Knapman Fund was launched by National Youth Advocacy Service (NYAS) and is open to any . . . young people who have previously received support from NYAS.
Children and Young People Now

14/01/2022: ‘Disgraceful’ Covid-19 restrictions on children in prison to end in March

Secondary legislation which allowed children in prison to be locked in cells for up to 22 hours a day at the height of the pandemic will end in March, it has been confirmed.

Children and Young People Now

14/01/2022: The Evolution of Online Safety in Gaming

We see ourselves living in an ‘online’ world, surrounded by devices, constantly interacting, socialising and communicating with ease on a daily basis. It’s quite amazing really, particularly when you . . . look back and see how things used to be. It’s fair to say that gaming has changed and adapted rapidly, across the modern era.
South West Grid for Learning

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26/01/2022: Safeguarding Children in the Digital Age

Safeguarding young people today requires all practitioners to be up to speed with the changing nature of risks that are online, as digital technology. . .
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08/02/2022: Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet Day 2022 will be celebrated on 8th February with the theme ‘All fun and games? Exploring respect and relationships online’.
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Latest Publications

29/12/2021: Out of Harm’s Way: A new care system to protect vulnerable teenagers at risk of exploitation and crime’

Anne Longfield, chair of the Commission on Young Lives, is today (Wednesday 29th December) publishing ‘Out of Harm’s Way: A new care system to protect. . .
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23/12/2021: Child trafficking in the UK 2021: a snapshot

The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner and ECPAT UK (Every Child Protected Against Trafficking) have launched a report providing an outline of. . .
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20/12/2021: Police disruption of child sexual abuse: Findings from a national survey of frontline personnel and strategic leads for safeguarding

This research study was commissioned by the Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse (CSA Centre) to explore the ways in which police forces across. . .
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Links/Organisations

Children’s Society

Children as young as six are being forced to carry and sell drugs far away from their homes. They are made to skip school, sleep in drug dens, keep. . .
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County Lines (Fearless)

County Lines is a very serious issue where criminal gangs set up a drug dealing operation in a place outside their usual operating area. Gangs will. . .
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Abianda

Abianda is a London-based social enterprise that works with young women affected by gangs and county lines, and the professionals who support them.
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