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NEWSLETTER: Youth and Online Safety

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23/01/2020: Two weeks of leave for UK parents who lose a child

Parents who lose a child will receive two weeks’ paid bereavement leave under new government rules. The law will come into force in April, with the UK being the only country to have that right to time . . . off, MPs said. It will be known as Jack’s Law, in memory of Jack Herd, whose mother Lucy has been campaigning for reform since he drowned aged 23 months in 2010. Jack’s father was allowed just three days to grieve, including time to attend his funeral.

23/01/2020: One in four children ‘has too little sleep’

One in four 11 to 15-year-olds in England have too little sleep, a World Health Organization study suggests. The Health Behaviour in School-aged Children report questions 3,398 11, 13 and 15-year-olds . . . every four years. And 27% now say they are too tired to concentrate on their lessons – 17% of 11-year-olds, 28% of 13-year-olds and 42% of 15-year-olds.

23/01/2020: Quarter of young teenagers aren’t getting enough sleep and struggle to concentrate at school because they are so tired

More than a quarter of children are not getting enough sleep which is making it hard for them to focus at school, a study has found. Researchers from the World Health Organisation studied almost 3,400 . . . children in England and found around 27 per cent said they struggle with sleep. And the problem gets worse with age, with about 17 per cent of 11-year-olds admitting having trouble sleeping rising to 42 per cent of 15-year-olds – an age group which often reports feeling ‘low’.
Daily Mail

23/01/2020: Gap between rich and poor university students ‘remains stark’ as little evidence shows interventions work

The gap in access between poorer and more affluent students at university “remains stark” despite significant investment as there is little evidence on which interventions work best, a new report has . . . warned. Research by the Education Policy Institute (EPI) think tank said the sector had failed to establish a programme which clearly boosted the number of disadvantaged students attending universities.

23/01/2020: Knife crime offences hit record high after 7% increase

Offences recorded by the police reached 44,771, according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). However the number of homicides fell by 6%, from 654 to 617. In addition, . . . homicides in which a knife or sharp instrument was used dropped by a fifth to 221 offences, mainly because of a decrease in London.

23/01/2020: Schools ‘failing to meet legal duties for disabled pupils’

A study by the Alliance for Inclusive Education (ALLFIE) and Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning (DRILL) found that parents of disabled children are “largely uninformed” about the . . . existence of accessibility plans, despite schools being legally required to implement and regularly review them. The study reveals that almost two-thirds of 127 local authorities who responded to a Freedom of Information (FoI) request did not know how many of their schools had plans in place.
Children and Young People Now

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30/01/2020 : Young Carers Awareness
Each year Carers Trust organises Young Carers Awareness Day. The purpose of the day is to raise public awareness of the challenges faced by young . . . people because of their caring role, and to campaign for greater support for young carers and their needs.

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11/02/2020 : Safer Internet Day 2020
Safer Internet Day 2020 will be celebrated globally with the theme: Together for a better internet. It is designed to empower young people to take . . . control of their digital lives. For 2020 we are putting the focus on online identity and asking young people to consider whether they and their peers are truly free to be themselves online. To help educators to deliver practical and impactful activities for Safer Internet Day we have created a range of free resources, including films, lesson plans, assemblies and more!

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22/02/2020 : How to have a mentally healthy school, community or organisation: transformational change from unwell to well cultures
Eminent presenters, all experts in the field of transformational organisational change, will speak about how to make that vital paradigm shift to . . . mental health for all, using their own moving examples as illustration. We have presenters from schools, social enterprises and youth offending institutions. The conference will empower delegates with key knowledge, tools and interventions to ensure that their school, community, family group or organisation is a mentally healthy place for all. We now have all the research we need evidencing what makes a culture mentally well or mentally unwell.

London |  £183.00 | Details

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Learning the Lessons: Improving policing policy and practice
Welcome to issue 37 focusing on young people, our first to be guest edited by members of the IOPC youth panel. The youth panel was created in January . . . 2018 to help us gain greater insight into the experiences of young people, helping to inform our work.
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Accessibility Plans as Effective Tools for Inclusion in Schools, Are They Working?

New research project report highlights “shocking impact” on disabled pupils of schools’ failures around Accessibility Plans and equality of access.

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Child arrests in England and Wales 2018 – Research briefing
In 2010, the Howard League launched a programme to reduce the high number of child arrests in England and Wales. We have worked closely with police . . . forces around the country to reduce the number of children coming into the criminal justice system and to prevent children’s lives being blighted by criminal records and unnecessary police contact.
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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.

No Knives Better Lives
NKBL further supports knife crime prevention work via the NKBL Network, which provides opportunities for learning, one-to-one communication between . . . partners and practitioners, and information and good practice sharing. The NKBL Network also operates to maintain a stream of feedback from our partners and others that is used shape the future of No Knives, Better Lives.

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