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NEWSLETTER: Youth and Online Safety

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17/02/2020: Young carers ‘average £12,000 of unpaid work a year’

Young carers spend an average of 25 hours a week looking after loved ones, new research suggests. Their unpaid work is the equivalent of £12,000 a year on a part-time carer’s wage, says Action for . . . Children. Describing it as a “hidden child workforce”, the charity says the amount of responsibility being placed upon children is “appalling”.

15/02/2020: Facebook boss urges tighter regulation

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has called for more regulation of harmful online content, saying it was not for companies like his to decide what counts as legitimate free speech. Citing China, Mr . . . Zuckerberg also warned excessive control risked stifling individual expression. He was speaking at the Munich Security Conference in Germany. Social media giants like Facebook are under increasing pressure to stop the spread of false information.

15/02/2020: How being brave boosts children’s mental health

When you think about being brave – which was the theme of Children’s Mental Health Week this year – it’s important to strip it back and think about what this can mean for pupils. Being brave isn’t . . . about being some sort of superhero, it’s about little steps that you take each day. It may be about being able to answer a question in class; opening up to an adult about something that’s on your mind; plucking up the courage to go to assembly – an environment which can be overwhelming; or going into water for the first time.
Times Education Supplement

13/02/2020: County lines drugs gangs threat prompts university to act

The possibility of county lines gangs infiltrating universities has become a “genuine consideration”, according to one head of student services. It comes after three incidents in Bangor, where . . . suspected dealers claimed to be students when challenged, despite no connections to Bangor University.

13/02/2020: Family conferences ‘not run well enough’ to stop children entering care

Family group conferences (FGCs) may not be run “consistently well enough” to reduce the number of children coming into care, states a social care practice report. The What Works for Children’s Social . . . Care report states there is a “lack of high-quality” evidence that involving families and social workers together in such meetings can reduce the risk of children entering, or being re-entered into, the care system.
Children and Young People Now

13/02/2020: Government praises Safer Internet Day and pledges to work with Safer Internet Centre

The Government has praised Safer Internet Day, and pledged to work with all the organisations that helped make it a success. Speaking in the Commons, Digital Minister Matt Warman paid tribute to the . . . event which took place on Tuesday. The event, coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre (UK SIC), is celebrated in over a hundred countries and helps promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. UK SIC is a partnership of Childnet, The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), and South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL).
Internet Watch Foundation

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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

24/02/2020 : Understanding Childhood Acquired Brain Injury
One day interactive Workshop for up to 16 delegates, exploring the issues facing children, young people and their families, following childhood . . . acquired brain injury.Children spend approximately 30 hours per week in school- a huge portion of their lives. Therefore school is probably one of the most influential elements of a child’s rehabilitation following an acquired brain injury.

Exeter |  £50.00 | Details

05/03/2020 : Tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying and language (Secondary)
This course gives pastoral, anti-bullying and curriculum leads the knowledge, tools and confidence to train colleagues on tackling homophobic, . . . biphobic and transphobic bullying and celebrating difference, as well as meeting the requirements of the inspection frameworks in England, Scotland and Wales. Participating schools become members of our School & College Champions programme.

London |  £240.00 | Details

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Our Generation’s Epidemic: Knife Crime
Knife crime affects people of all ages and backgrounds across the country, and all too often both perpetrator and victim are young people. However, . . . throughout our inquiry we heard evidence that a young person’s risk of getting involved in knife crime is dramatically different between different groups of young people. Young people who for example experience mental health issues, adverse childhood experiences, have learning difficulties, live in poverty or are excluded from school are more likely to be vulnerable to involvement in knife crime.
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Impact of shared decision-making family meetings on children’s out-of-home care, family empowerment and satisfaction: A systematic review
This review comprehensively identified and assessed the evidence of the effect of shared decision-making family meetings in reducing the need for . . . placing children in out-of-home care, and increasing family reunification, family empowerment and satisfaction, as well as reviewing the published literature on the cost- effectiveness of shared decision-making family meetings.
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Children in Custody 2018–19
M Inspectorate of Prisons, as part of our regular inspection process at secure training centres (STCs) and young offender institutions (YOIs) conducts . . . surveys of the children who are detained in those establishments. These surveys contribute to the evidence upon which we judge the treatment and conditions experienced by those being held in custody. They are particularly valuable, not only in providing data about the perceptions at the time of the inspection, but also in giving indications of trends. This is why we consider it essential that we maintain the tempo of our inspection activity in STCs and YOIs.
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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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