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Latest News

05/12/2022: Online safety bill returns to parliament after five-month delay

The online safety bill, the government’s flagship internet regulation, returns to parliament on Monday, after a five-month delay prompted by Conservative party factional warfare threatened to kill it . . . off.
Guardian

05/12/2022: Children growing up in households with domestic abuse to be recognised as victims

Children who grow up amid domestic abuse will be treated as victims and given specialist support even if they were not present during violent attacks. Changes to Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) . . . guidance mean they will get automatic access to mental health treatment, other support services and protective measures in court.
Independent

05/12/2022: A New Framework For Drug Possession

Last week (30 November 2022), the Centre for Justice Innovation launched a new framework for the use of pre-court disposals for possession of drug cases. The framework, which is based on existing best . . . practice was written in anticipation of significant changes that police forces are making to their use of pre-court disposals more generally, due to the changes to the adult formal, statutory out of court disposal framework as outlined in the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022.
Russell Webster

05/12/2022: Girl, 7, who eats so little ‘you can see her ribcage’ among children needing help in cost crisis

The cost of living crisis is having a deeply damaging impact on children’s play, with parents living on the breadline electing to cut back on children’s leisure activities, according to a west London . . . community group.
Independent

05/12/2022: Calls for domestic abuse register to stop ‘chilling’ numbers of women killed by partners

A domestic abuse register must be introduced to stop the “chilling” numbers of women killed by their partners, a shadow justice minister has warned.

Independent

05/12/2022: Risky online behaviour ‘almost normalised’ among young people, says study

Risky and criminal online behaviour is in danger of becoming normalised among a generation of young people across Europe, according to EU-funded research that found one in four 16- to 19-year-olds . . . have trolled someone online and one in three have engaged in digital piracy.
Guardian

School incidents:
When to report to the police

When incidents happen in schools, it can sometimes be difficult to know whether to involve the police or deal with it using the school behaviour management system.The information on these pages provide a guide for school staff to determine the best course of action.

Upcoming Events

25/01/2023: Safeguarding Children in the Digital Age

The digital world continues to evolve at a bewildering rate – as do the risks and opportunities presented to children and young people. The 6th annual. . .
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07/02/2023: Safer Internet Day 2023

Safer Internet Day 2023 will take place on the 7th of February 2023, with celebrations and learning based around the theme ‘Want to talk about it?. . .
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Latest Publications

Working with the Prevention Programme: Transforming systems to protect young people

Since 2019, The Children’s Society’s Prevention Programme has worked to bring about change for young people in England and Wales. Every child has the. . . (30/11/2022)
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YJLC: Legal guides #12 Sexting

This guide will provide an overview of ‘sexting’ and will explain how to defend a child who has an allegation of sexting made against them. (30/11/2022)
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Briefing No. 4 – Mental Health and Wellbeing (Sutton Trust)

Over 2 in 5 (44%) 16/17 year olds in England report elevated psychological distress, 9%pts higher than the 35% reporting distress at age 17-18 in the. . . (23/11/2022)
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Links/Organisations

Reducing the risk: Child on parent violence

Child on Parent Violence (CPV) or Adolescent to Parent Violence and Abuse (APVA) is any behaviour used by a young person to control, dominate, or. . .
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Parental Education Growth Support (PEGS)

Child to Parent Abuse is complex and misunderstood – partly because it has historically been largely ignored in favour of a focus on intimate partner. . .
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Knowledge Exchange: Youth Justice

Curated by the Butler Trust, the Knowledge Exchange is a place for people working in criminal justice settings to find and share resources, research,. . .
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