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06/12/2021: County lines: Government pledges to dismantle 2,000 gangs in drug policy overhaul

The government is pledging to dismantle 2,000 county lines gangs as part of a drugs policy overhaul. The £300m commitment is one proposal in the new 10-year drug strategy for England and Wales. . . . Policing minister Kit Malthouse said the total funding would be £900m over three years, including major investments in treatment.

06/12/2021: Three in four girls have been sent sexual images via apps, report finds

Schools and parents should do more to support students who are being sexually harassed through platforms such as Snapchat and Instagram, while the tech companies need to clamp down on non-consensual . . . sexual images being sent to young people, according to new research released on Monday.

06/12/2021: ‘They see it in corridors, in bathrooms, on the bus’: UK schools’ porn crisis

Frontline workers warn how children as young as seven are being bombarded with harmful online sexual material.


06/12/2021: Boris Johnson’s new 10-year drugs plan promises to close down 2,000 ‘county lines’ supplies

As part of a 10-year plan for tackling drugs crime and taking on the “kingpins” behind supplies, the PM is warning criminals they will have “nowhere to hide”. And he is also pledging the largest-ever . . . increase in investment in treatment and recovery for addicts.

05/12/2021: Arthur Labinjo-Hughes: National inquiry into boy’s death

The killing of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes will be the subject of a national review to protect other children from such evil crimes, the government says. The six-year-old was tortured and killed by his . . . father and stepmother after social workers found “no safeguarding concerns”. Emma Tustin was jailed for 29 years for murder and child cruelty and Thomas Hughes got 21 years for manslaughter.

05/12/2021: Arthur Labinjo-Hughes: national review launched

The government has launched a national review into the circumstances behind Arthur Labinjo-Hughes’s murder and commissioned an urgent safeguarding inspection into agencies in his area. The national . . . inquiry – led by the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel – replaces the local practice review that had been commissioned by Solihull Safeguarding Children Partnership.
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05/12/2021: Don’t be fooled by deceitful parents, top child expert warns social workers

Social workers need to be more sceptical and decisive when confronted by “manipulative and deceitful” parents, one of the UK’s leading child protection experts has urged following the torture and . . . killing of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes at the hands of his stepmother and father.

05/12/2021: ‘Neglected’ fostering services face crisis in morale and funding, warns UK charity

Ministers are facing demands for a comprehensive overhaul of foster care after Britain’s most comprehensive assessment of the service revealed low morale, funding shortfalls and poor support has . . . fuelled a critical shortage of carers.

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Upcoming Events

08/12/2021: Exploring Media Literacy

“We are pleased to announce that we are hosting a free online event with TikTok taking place on 8th December 1 – 3pm, exclusively for professionals. . .
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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

19/11/2021: The role of public services in addressing child vulnerability

“Our second major inquiry, ‘The role of public services in addressing child vulnerability’ will ask whether reforming public services can address the. . .
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11/11/2021: Online Harms Experienced by Children and Young People: ‘Acceptable use’ and regulation

In light of the increased amount of time children and young people (CYP) have been spending online during the COVID-19 lockdowns, the Catch22 Online. . .
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05/11/2021: Out of sight: Girls in the Children and Young People’s Secure Estate

Evidence suggests that girls in the Children and Young People Secure Estate (CYPSE) are a highly vulnerable group. Like boys, their pathways into. . .
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Not In Our Community

Developed with young people, Not In Our Community means working together to protect against grooming and exploitation. Not In Our Community is. . .

Winston’s Wish

Winston’s Wish is a childhood bereavement charity in the UK. The charity offers a wide range of practical support and guidance to bereaved children,. . .

Lonely not alone

Take a step into the Lonely Not Alone universe, a safe place for young people to share stories, find our tribe and discover the one small step that. . .