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28/07/2021: Dire poverty in north-east England ‘driving many more children into care’

The 12 directors of children’s services in the north-east of England have warned that “shameful” levels of poverty in the region are driving dramatic rises in child protection intervention and the . . . number of children in care. The north-east has the highest rate of referrals to children’s social care in the UK, significantly higher than the national average, according to a joint report by the directors of children’s services in the region.

28/07/2021: Call for police and crime commissioners to improve diversion among young adults

Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) have been urged to ensure local policing plans include proposals to support young adults away from crime. A 10-point plan published by Revolving Doors Agency . . . alongside the Transition to Adulthood Alliance (T2A), with input from young adults with experience of the criminal justice system, calls for PCCs to “create a distinct approach to engaging and collaborating with young adults”.
Children and Young People Now

28/07/2021: Children’s social workers to receive standards on autism practice

Capability statement for practice with autistic children will add to existing standards for adults’ practitioners, and follows concerns raised by chief social workers about how professionals work with . . . families. Social workers will receive new standards on working with autistic children and their families, as part of the government’s revised autism strategy, published last week.
Community Care

28/07/2021: Campaigners push to stop this being ‘the summer of online sexual abuse’ against children

Campaigners are warning teenagers and their parents about online grooming and sexual exploitation as schools break up for the summer. Campaigners are warning teens about online grooming and sexual . . . abuse during the school summer holidays as a former top police child protection expert says the problem has “escalated” in recent years. The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), with support from tech companies including Microsoft, Twitter, Snapchat, and TikTok, is reaching out to teenagers to empower them to stand up to online grooming and child sexual abuse.
Internet Watch Foundation

27/07/2021: MPs call for national register of home-educated children

A committee of MPs is calling for a national register of home-educated children in England, saying there is an “unacceptable level of opaqueness” surrounding the issue. The Commons Education Committee . . . says it is important to “get a grip” on the number in home education.
Children and Young People Now

27/07/2021: Instagram makes under-16s’ accounts private by default

Instagram has made new under-16s’ accounts private by default so only approved followers can see posts and “like” or comment. Tests showed only one in five opted for a public account when the private . . . setting was the default, it said.

27/07/2021: Crime plan invests in measures to tackle youth violence

Schools and hospitals in violent crime hotspot areas will receive additional funding to prevent youth violence under new measures announced by the government. The Beating Crime Plan, announced by Home . . . Secretary Priti Patel today, includes £45m in specialist support for education settings to prevent violence, and an additional £17m for Violence Reduction Units (VRU) to divert those at greatest risk.
Children and Young People Now

26/07/2021: National Adoption Strategy: £48m to improve services in England

A new £48m National Adoption Strategy seeks to improve adoption services and help place more children with families as it launches in England. Thousands of families will benefit from better support . . . when adopting children – ending a postcode lottery that many face, the government said. Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “There is no substitute for a loving, permanent family.”

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Upcoming Events

18/09/2021: A Psychoanalytic Approach to Understanding and Working with Children & YP

The day will first look at the Emotional and Psychic Development of Children and Adolescents.

Somerset Counselling Centre, Taunton £65.00

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20/09/2021: ‘Get to Grips with Social Media’ training

This course is for Individuals and organisations who are already using social media to promote their enterprise but haven’t yet got to grips with how. . .

£40 members / £50 non-members

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22/09/2021: Early Help: The key to recovery – policy and practice

Early help is crucial for children and families that would benefit from universal support as well as those at the edge of child protection. . .


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29/09/2021: Child Protection Training – Group 2 (Awareness in Safeguarding)

‘Awareness in Safeguarding’ is to increase awareness and confidence building in respect of identification, responding, recording and reporting. . .

£25 for VOYC members

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Latest Publications

27/07/2021: Beating Crime Plan

The Beating Crime Plan sets out our strategic approach to cutting crime: cutting homicide, serious violence and neighbourhood crime; exposing and. . .

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21/07/2021: The Youth Justice System’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Literature Review

The report considers the impacts of the pandemic across each stage of the youth justice system, and brings together available evidence from three main. . .

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14/07/2021: Evidence review: diverting young adults away from the cycle of crisis and crime

Too many young people come into criminal justice system because of multiple unmet needs. Diverting them into support and treatment can help them to. . .

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30/06/2021: Safeguarding and radicalisation: learning from children’s social care Research report

This report presents findings from exploratory research commissioned by the Department for Education (DfE) in order to update their understanding of. . .

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The Holly Project

Not Counsellors • Not Police • Not Solicitors • Not Social Services. We are CSE Survivors! If you are a victim of CSE then please get in touch! We are. . .



EachOther is a UK-focused charity that uses independent journalism, storytelling and filmmaking to put the human into human rights. The digital. . .


Report Remove

It can be scary finding out a nude image or video of you has been shared online. But we can help. Follow the steps below to get your image or video. . .


The Innovate Project

Exploring how services are addressing extra-familial risks experienced by young people outside of the family home. Building new knowledge about the. . .