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Latest News

02/12/2022: Just 36% Black Young People Trust The Police

Only 36 per cent of Black children and teenagers trust the police compared with 75 per cent of young White people, according to a major new survey for the criminal justice consultancy, Crest Advisory. . . . The trust figure for Black people aged ten to 18 was the lowest of any ethnic group and was even lower among Black Caribbean children.
Russell Webster

01/12/2022: County lines: ‘I was 11 and in a drugs gang – why did nobody save me?

Every week, children criss-cross the UK on buses and trains, ferrying drugs as part of county lines operations. BBC News spent months with one organisation battling to help children who are in danger, . . . hearing young people’s stories of abuse and their families’ heartbreak, and learning what it takes for them to break free. Three people tell us their story of county lines.

30/11/2022: ‘School talked only about care leavers going to prison’

Rosie Campbell never imagined she would go to university. Fostered from the age of 10, she initially tried to apply at 18 but found the process too overwhelming. “It’s just not something I really . . . imagined for myself at all, I thought it was something that was almost too advanced for me to achieve at the time,” Rosie says.

30/11/2022: Quarter of 17-19-year-olds have probable mental disorder – study

One in four 17- to 19-year-olds in England had a probable mental disorder in 2022 – up from one in six in 2021, according to an NHS Digital report. Based on an online survey, rates among teenage boys . . . and girls were similar – but twice as high in 17- to 24-year-old women compared with men. And children affected were more likely to live in a household with money issues or using a food bank.

30/11/2022: Online Safety Bill: Plan to make big tech remove harmful content axed

Controversial measures which would have forced big technology platforms to take down legal but harmful material have been axed from the Online Safety Bill. Critics of the section in the bill claimed . . . it posed a risk to free speech.

30/11/2022: Can age verification stop children seeing pornography?

The government is insisting its amendments to the Online Safety Bill will keep children safe on the internet. Powers to define legal but harmful content have been dropped – satisfying some free-speech . . . advocates. Safety groups say it’s too easy for children to access pornography online.

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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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. . .

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. . .

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,. . .