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12/04/2021: Professionals support calls for Care Review to examine supervision orders

Almost half of professionals working with vulnerable children think the Care Review should recommend improvements to standalone supervision orders, new research shows. More than half (45 per cent) of . . . professionals who took part in a survey by the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory (FJO) said they support calls for a review of such orders, which can be put in place during care proceedings to ensure the child is kept safe where the court decides that a child should remain with, or return to, their parents.
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08/04/2021: ifth of UK victims of criminal exploitation are children, research reveals

At least one in five victims of criminal exploitation by drugs gangs in the UK are children, analysis of calls to a modern slavery and exploitation helpline shows. Research into calls to the charity . . . Unseen’s modern slavery and exploitation helpline has shown that more than a fifth (22 per cent) of calls from potential victims of drugs gangs are minors.
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08/04/2021: Rates of lockdown loneliness highest among young people

Young people have been hit hardest by loneliness during the Covid-19 pandemic, official figures have revealed. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is mapping the prevalence of loneliness during . . . the health crisis and found that lockdowns, social distancing and restrictions on gatherings has had the biggest impact on 16- to 24-year-olds.
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07/04/2021: Schools ‘a lifeline to many students’ in past year’

School staff have been giving clothing, food and furnishings to families that have been struggling financially in the coronavirus pandemic, teachers say. Some pupils have gone to school without winter . . . coats, while others have been worried about having enough to eat, a National Education Union poll suggests. The findings come as the NEU begins its annual conference on Wednesday.

07/04/2021: Gaming paedophile groomed victim with cryptocurrency

A paedophile who groomed an 11-year-old boy through online gaming has been told by a judge he may have to serve all of his eight-year jail sentence. Jay Creed, 53, encouraged the boy to make a video . . . of himself carrying out sexual activity on at least 20 occasions, Truro Crown Court heard. He also gave the boy cryptocurrency to play games, the court was told.

05/04/2021: LGBT teenagers ‘isolated and lonely’ in pandemic

Schools and families can do more to tackle young LGBT people’s loneliness during the pandemic, a charity says. A survey of more than 1,100 young LGBT people by Just Like Us suggested a higher . . . proportion from Wales felt lonely than anywhere else in the UK. LGBT teenagers who were black, eligible for free school meals and/or have a disability were the worst hit.

30/03/2021: A shrinking world: How a year of lockdown has hit young people’s mental health

A year ago, we were told to stay at home and only leave if absolutely necessary. A walk became the most exciting part of the day as our worlds shrank dramatically and, despite video calls connecting . . . us, face-to-face meetings – the basis of human interaction – suddenly reduced. That didn’t just hit the high street, the airline industry, pubs and restaurants. It also affected our minds.

30/03/2021: Everyone’s Invited: The website revealing UK schools’ ‘rape culture’

Thousands of reports of sexual harassment, abuse and assault of pupils have prompted an outcry over the “rape culture” within UK schools. Sky News looks at how these reports have come about and what . . . is being done. More than 10,000 reports had been posted on the Everyone’s Invited website by Tuesday morning – twice the amount two days before.

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Useful Links

The Breck Foundation

The Breck Foundation campaigns for a safer internet for all children and young people – whether they are gaming, communicating on social media, using . . . apps or taking part in any other internet-based activity.

The Ben Kinsella Trust

We are one of the leading anti-knife crime charities in the UK, set up following the tragic murder of Ben Kinsella in 2008. Our vision is of a society . . . where no family or community suffers the loss of a life to knife crime. We are a young person’s charity and we believe in prevention through education. We adopt a universal and early intervention approach aimed at preventing young people from making the wrong choices and helping them to stay safe.

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.

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.

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