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26/10/2020: ‘Generation Covid’ hit hard by the pandemic, research reveals

Young people, particularly those from deprived backgrounds, have had their earnings and job prospects hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic, adding to fears for the long-term impact on their . . . futures. BBC Panorama found people aged 16-25 were more than twice as likely as older workers to have lost their job, while six in 10 saw their earnings fall, according to new research. It also highlighted the impact of school closures on young people and added to growing evidence that students from poorer backgrounds have fallen behind their more privileged peers.
BBC

26/10/2020: Woman ‘trusted’ online predator who viewed child sexual abuse on her daughter’s computer

A woman discovered her partner was watching online child sexual abuse material on her daughter’s computer, as experts warn 1% of the entire male population could be “interested in sex with . . . prepubescent children”. The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) is urging people who view child sexual abuse material on the internet to seek help to change their behavior, warning about the dire consequences it has, not only on victims, but also on the offenders’ own families.
Internet Watch Foundation

25/10/2020: Legal loophole allows children to get free vape samples

Health campaigners have expressed alarm after it emerged that a loophole in the law means it is legal for marketing companies to hand out vapes to children for free. British American Tobacco (BAT) is . . . investigating after a 17-year-old was offered a free sample of the company’s Vype brand. The minor was not told that the product contained nicotine and was not asked for proof of age.
Guardian

24/10/2020: Porn effects: ‘My expectations of sex and body image were warped’

“My expectation for what sex was supposed to be like was so warped.” For Nicki Briant, 25, pornography left her with negative feelings about sex, a lingering sense of inadequacy and a “tarnished” body . . . image. Children’s charity Plan UK and the Institute of Psychosexual Medicine have called for the dangers of porn to be taught in schools. The Welsh government said it was looking at how porn should be considered in its new curriculum.
BBC

22/10/2020: Children in mental health wards ‘missed-out on support during lockdown’

Children detained in hospital mental health wards during lockdown struggled to access family therapy and advocacy support, the children’s commissioner for England has warned. Children’s commissioner . . . Anne Longfield says visits to children on mental health wards from outside professionals, such as therapy and advocacy, have “dropped alarmingly”.
Children and Young People Now

22/10/2020: One in six children aged 5-16 in England ‘likely to have a mental disorder’

The probable rates of mental disorders among children and young people has increased by almost half since 2017, England’s official survey into child mental health has found, with Covid and lockdown . . . identified as aggravating factors. One in six children aged five to 16 was identified as having a probable mental disorder – five children in a class of 30 students. This was an increase from one in nine children in 2017.
Guardian

21/10/2020: Online tutoring pilot effectively supported disadvantaged pupils amid school closures, study finds
Children and Young People Now
21/10/2020: How structural racism faced by Roma families in the child protection system can be tackled
Community Care
21/10/2020: Figures lay bare toll of pandemic on UK children’s mental health
Children and Young People Now
21/10/2020: Parents struggle to get help for mentally ill children during pandemic
Guardian
19/10/2020: Cafcass reports significant increase in care applications
Children and Young People Now
17/10/2020: Thousands of victims of child trafficking denied right to stay in the UK
Guardian
16/10/2020: Secondary school pupils unable to access school counselling, YoungMinds says
Children and Young People Now
14/10/2020: Covid and mental health: ‘Children are being failed massively’
BBC

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NEWSLETTER: Youth and Online Safety
Coronavirus

26/10/2020: ‘Generation Covid’ hit hard by the pandemic, research reveals

Young people, particularly those from deprived backgrounds, have had their earnings and job prospects hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic, adding to fears for the long-term impact on their . . . futures. BBC Panorama found people aged 16-25 were more than twice as likely as older workers to have lost their job, while six in 10 saw their earnings fall, according to new research. It also highlighted the impact of school closures on young people and added to growing evidence that students from poorer backgrounds have fallen behind their more privileged peers.
BBC

22/10/2020: Children in mental health wards ‘missed-out on support during lockdown’

Children detained in hospital mental health wards during lockdown struggled to access family therapy and advocacy support, the children’s commissioner for England has warned. Children’s commissioner . . . Anne Longfield says visits to children on mental health wards from outside professionals, such as therapy and advocacy, have “dropped alarmingly”.
Children and Young People Now

22/10/2020: One in six children aged 5-16 in England ‘likely to have a mental disorder’

The probable rates of mental disorders among children and young people has increased by almost half since 2017, England’s official survey into child mental health has found, with Covid and lockdown . . . identified as aggravating factors. One in six children aged five to 16 was identified as having a probable mental disorder – five children in a class of 30 students. This was an increase from one in nine children in 2017.
Guardian

Safeguarding

26/10/2020: Woman ‘trusted’ online predator who viewed child sexual abuse on her daughter’s computer

A woman discovered her partner was watching online child sexual abuse material on her daughter’s computer, as experts warn 1% of the entire male population could be “interested in sex with . . . prepubescent children”. The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) is urging people who view child sexual abuse material on the internet to seek help to change their behavior, warning about the dire consequences it has, not only on victims, but also on the offenders’ own families.
Internet Watch Foundation

19/10/2020: Cafcass reports significant increase in care applications

The number of applications for children to be taken into care rose to the highest level in four years during September, Cafcass has revealed. Cafcass received 1,499 new public law cases in September . . . featuring 2,335 children – an increase of 7.5 per cent (104 cases) and an increase of 5.7 per cent (125 children) on the 1,395 public law cases received and the 2,210 children in those cases in September 2019.
Children and Young People Now

17/10/2020: Thousands of victims of child trafficking denied right to stay in the UK

Kobe was in his final year at primary school when a drug gang recruited him. By then he’d been passed around seven different foster placements and met so many social workers he’d lost track of their . . . names. Aged 17, Kobe was identified by the UK government as a child victim of trafficking. When Theresa May became prime minister she attempted to make tackling modern slavery a legacy of her premiership. The current government has also been keen to flag its credentials. Earlier this year, the Home Office minister Victoria Atkins stated she was committed to “safeguarding victims of this horrific crime”.
Guardian

Youth Justice

24/09/2020: Have your say on impact of virtual family court hearings and child protection conferences on practice

Dramatically overhauling entire working practices in the family justice system was not on the agenda for 2020 and, if it had been, research and evaluations would have been a core part of the design . . . process. But Covid-19 turned the system on its head. Previously inconceivable practices – from remote courtrooms to socially-distanced contact between children and parents – became the new normal overnight. Professionals had to make rapid decisions about the support that could be provided to children and families and, initially at least, these decisions had to be made in the dark.
Community Care

23/09/2020: Dark web drugs raid leads to 179 arrests

Police forces around the world have seized more than $6.5m (£5m) in cash and virtual currencies, as well as drugs and guns in a co-ordinated raid on dark web marketplaces. Some 179 people were . . . arrested across Europe and the US, and 500kg (1,102lb) of drugs and 64 guns confiscated. It ends the “golden age” of these underground marketplaces, Europol said. “The hidden internet is no longer hidden”, said Edvardas Sileris, head of Europol’s cyber-crime centre.
BBC

18/09/2020: Hub gives teens at risk of crime ‘another chance’

A new academy aims to give disadvantaged teens at risk of committing offences “another chance” in education. BIIIG Academy in Bristol will take on 20 students to train for an NVQ3 in construction from . . . October. Youth worker Anton Brown set up the centre using his own money in memory of teenager Tyrone Hayman, who was fatally stabbed in 2019. The academy will also house a music studio, kitchen and a creative hub.
BBC

Education

21/10/2020: Online tutoring pilot effectively supported disadvantaged pupils amid school closures, study finds

Disadvantaged pupils can be effectively supported using one-to-one online tutoring during school closures due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a study has found.

Children and Young People Now

16/10/2020: Secondary school pupils unable to access school counselling, YoungMinds says

Four in 10 secondary school pupils are currently unable to access mental health support at school, new research shows. Children’s mental health charity YoungMinds found that 23 per cent of secondary . . . school pupils asked, said that there was less mental health support in their school than before the pandemic.
Children and Young People Now

04/10/2020: Special needs children ‘shut out’ of school in England due to Covid-19 rules

Almost a fifth of pupils with special education needs are absent from school, according to government figures, as parents find their children shut out by rigid coronavirus rules. According to data . . . published last week, 81% of children in England with Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) at state-funded schools were in attendance on 24 September, compared with 88% of all children.
Guardian

Family

19/10/2020: Cafcass reports significant increase in care applications

The number of applications for children to be taken into care rose to the highest level in four years during September, Cafcass has revealed. Cafcass received 1,499 new public law cases in September . . . featuring 2,335 children – an increase of 7.5 per cent (104 cases) and an increase of 5.7 per cent (125 children) on the 1,395 public law cases received and the 2,210 children in those cases in September 2019.
Children and Young People Now

05/10/2020: Joseph Rowntree Report: ‘Bolder ambition’ needed to tackle child poverty

The Scottish government needs to display “bolder ambition” if it is to meet targets for tackling child poverty, a new report has warned. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) said about a million . . . people in Scotland were in poverty “living precarious and insecure lives” even before Covid hit. In many cases the pandemic will “have swept them deeper into poverty, as well as dragging others under”, it added.
BBC

25/09/2020: Quarter of childcare providers at risk of closure due to pandemic, councils warn

Up to a quarter of childcare providers in some areas are at risk of closure without the government providing more financial support during the Covid-19 pandemic, latest research shows. A study of 25 . . . members of the County Councils Network (CCN) found that 80 per cent of respondents said one in 10 childcare providers in their area were at risk of closure over the winter, with the remaining 20 per cent predicting that one in four were at risk.
Children and Young People Now

Early Intervention/ACE

16/06/2020: Early intervention services ‘unable to cope’ as lockdown measures lift

Early intervention services could be left “unable to cope” as lockdown measures lift due to the impact of school closures and social distancing on vulnerable families, new research warns. A new report . . . by the Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) and Action for Children, based on interviews with professionals across the children’s services sector, finds that the “knock-on effect” of the coronavirus pandemic on early help services will have a “profound” impact on families not eligible for local authority support.
Children and Young People Now

01/05/2020: Police need ACE training to better understand impact of child violence, study says

Police officers should be trained in understanding the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on young people in order to tackle an increase in child to parent violence, new research suggests. . . . A report commissioned by Northumbria Police, Policing Childhood Challenging Violent or Aggressive Behaviour: responding to vulnerable families, makes the recommendation as part of a wider strategy to help its police officers better understand the causes of child to parent violence.
Children and Young People Now

10/04/2020: How does a traumatic event impact child behaviour?

“Children do make choices to misbehave,” states professor Essi Viding, “but the tools they bring to make the choices are different. Someone who has very stable developmental history is making a . . . particular choice with a completely different toolkit than a child who has an unpredictable developmental history.”
Times Education Supplement

Technology

26/10/2020: Woman ‘trusted’ online predator who viewed child sexual abuse on her daughter’s computer

A woman discovered her partner was watching online child sexual abuse material on her daughter’s computer, as experts warn 1% of the entire male population could be “interested in sex with . . . prepubescent children”. The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) is urging people who view child sexual abuse material on the internet to seek help to change their behavior, warning about the dire consequences it has, not only on victims, but also on the offenders’ own families.
Internet Watch Foundation

24/10/2020: Porn effects: ‘My expectations of sex and body image were warped’

“My expectation for what sex was supposed to be like was so warped.” For Nicki Briant, 25, pornography left her with negative feelings about sex, a lingering sense of inadequacy and a “tarnished” body . . . image. Children’s charity Plan UK and the Institute of Psychosexual Medicine have called for the dangers of porn to be taught in schools. The Welsh government said it was looking at how porn should be considered in its new curriculum.
BBC

14/10/2020: ‘Game-changing’ chatbot to target people trying to access child sexual abuse online

A “game-changing” new interactive chatbot will interrupt people trying to access online child sexual abuse material to get them to change their ways. Today (October 14) the End Violence Fund will . . . announce the funding grant for the new Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) reThink chatbot which the charity has been developing. The Internet Watch Foundation is the UK charity responsible for finding and removing images and videos of children suffering sexual abuse from the internet.
Internet Watch Foundation

Drugs and Alcohol

14/10/2020: Laughing gas ‘can cause paralysis’, warns Wales’ top doctor

Laughing gas is “not just a bit of harmless fun” and can cause paralysis, Wales’ chief medical officer has warned. Nitrous oxide – as it is also known – is the second most commonly used recreational . . . drug in the UK after cannabis for those aged 16-24. Chief medical officer Dr Frank Atherton said the costs of misuse can be “astronomical”. “We see people who are no longer able to walk or use their arms or legs.”
BBC

05/10/2020: Police issue urgent drugs warning after four young people die over weekend

An urgent drugs warning has been issued by police after the deaths of four young people in the North East over the weekend. Drugs were suspected to have contributed to the deaths of two 18-year-old . . . women and a 21-year-old man in Newcastle, as well as an 18-year-old man in Washington, Northumbria Police said. Post-mortems are due to take place, but the force wants to warn the public about the dangers of taking drugs.
Sky

23/09/2020: Dark web drugs raid leads to 179 arrests

Police forces around the world have seized more than $6.5m (£5m) in cash and virtual currencies, as well as drugs and guns in a co-ordinated raid on dark web marketplaces. Some 179 people were . . . arrested across Europe and the US, and 500kg (1,102lb) of drugs and 64 guns confiscated. It ends the “golden age” of these underground marketplaces, Europol said. “The hidden internet is no longer hidden”, said Edvardas Sileris, head of Europol’s cyber-crime centre.
BBC

Events

13/01/2021 : Safeguarding Children in the Digital Age
Digital technology continues to evolve at an extraordinary rate, providing children and young people with countless opportunities for learning, . . . development and socialisation. It also presents ever increasing threats to their wellbeing and safety. This one day conference will provide essential learning for the entire children’s workforce. We are bringing together leading online safety experts and safeguarding professionals to equip you with the understanding, skills and confidence to ensure children and young people stay safe in the digital age, in a series of high quality CPD-certified keynote talks and seminars.

London |  From £299.00 | Details

Publications

Young Carers in School: Guidance for Schools (Covid-19)
As the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic continues, it is critical that all professionals working with children and young people are aware of the needs . . . and risks of young carers. The Young Carers in Schools Programme has consulted young carers, schools and carers services and created a succinct PDF guide and an all-staff briefing PowerPoint presentation for all schools to use, to inform their response to the needs of young carers at this time.
View document (PDF)

How safe are our children?
An overview of data on abuse of adolescents – Since 2013, our annual How safe are our children? report has compiled and analysed data from across the . . . UK to show the current child protection landscape. In 2020, for the first time, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) took on this task. We took this opportunity to refocus our annual report. This year we’ve looked in more detail at statistics relating to abuse perpetrated against adolescents. We’ve also included an overview of emerging data on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the safety of children and young people in the UK.
View document (PDF)

Tips for when you come into contact with young people
The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has worked with their youth panel to develop a guide for officers coming into contact with young . . . people.
View document (Word)

A review of what works in multi-agency decision making and the implications for child victims of trafficking
ECPAT UK and the Office of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner have produced a review into models of multi-agency decision making in the UK. A . . . review of what works in multi-agency decision making and the implications for child victims of trafficking makes recommendations for best practice in multi-agency decision making for child victims of trafficking, including potential future devolved decision-making in the National Referral Mechanism.
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When to call the police: Guidance for schools & colleges (NPCC)
This advice is for school and college staff with responsibility for behaviour management, including designated safeguarding leads (DSLs), their . . . deputies, head teachers and senior leadership teams in schools and colleges in England. This advice covers incidents on school and college premises where students have potentially committed a crime. It provides guidance on what schools and colleges should bear in mind when considering contacting the police.
View document (PDF)

Links/Organisations

Young Carers in Schools Programme
Young Carers in Schools is a free initiative that makes it as easy as possible for schools to support young carers, and awards good practice. Run . . . jointly by Carers Trust and The Children’s Society, the Young Carers in Schools (YCiS) programme works with schools across England to share good practice, provide relevant tools and training, and to celebrate the great outcomes that many schools achieve for young carers. Due to the increased pressures of Covid-19, now is a crucial time to be implementing support for young carers in school.
https://youngcarersinschools.com

The For Baby’s Sake Trust
We campaign and share expertise on improving life-chances. We call on government not to waste the precious time when babies’ brains are developing and . . . parents want help to break cycles of domestic abuse and related traumatic adversities. We empower expectant parents with what they need to break the cycle of domestic abuse and give their baby the best possible start in life, especially by helping them to come to terms with trauma and adversity in their own childhoods.
https://www.forbabyssake.org.uk

Teen Talk South West
National Lottery funded chatline for teens aged 12-19 in the South West. Call us from 4pm-8pm, Monday-Friday on 01752 270024. During this uncertain . . . time, you can call us for a simple chat or for some revision guidance, no concern is ever too small!

Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse
We want children to be able to live free from the threat and harm of sexual abuse. Our aim is to reduce the impact of CSA through improved prevention . . . and better response.
https://www.csacentre.org.uk

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Knife Crime & Violence Reduction
The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Knife Crime & Violence Reduction is a group of over 70 MPs and Peers, set up in response to the . . . alarming rise in knife crime across the country. The group aims to develop cross-party consensus from parliamentarians around new approaches to tackling knife crime, with particular focus on prevention and early intervention.
http://www.preventknifecrime.co.uk

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