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20/06/2022: County lines: Inside the complex battle against drug gangs exploiting children

Police waging the relentless battle against dangerous crime gangs often arrest children for drug dealing. The BBC has been given rare access to a new team of prosecutors who have to decide whether . . . these young suspects are criminals or victims. The choices they face are often complex and controversial.
BBC

20/06/2022: Care Review does not go far enough to support care leavers, charity claims

The Care Review does not go far enough to support care leavers’ pathway into society or support their mental health, a charity has said. The Care Leavers’ Association (CLA) said that it is . . . “disappointed” with the final recommendations to the government and that it has “missed the opportunity” to dramatically improve the lives of young people in care and care leavers.
Children and Young People Now

20/06/2022: Ofsted proposes grading councils specifically on care leaver support

Ofsted has proposed to introduce a separate inspection grade for councils on the experiences and progress of care leavers, to increase their profile. The inspectorate said it concluded that its . . . current approach of issuing a single judgment for children in care and care leavers “[had] not maximised the profile of care leavers to the extent we had intended”.
Community Care

18/06/2022: Children stressed and self-harming over UK cost of living crisis

The impact of the cost of living crisis on children has led some to start self-harming, a new report by a leading children’s charity has claimed. According to The Childhood Trust, the impact of money . . . worries for British families has caused 47% of children to feel stressed, while 21% of parents said their children smile less because of the financial squeeze.
Guardian

16/06/2022: Demand for Scouts at highest level since WW2

Demand to join the Scouts has reached the highest level since World War Two, according to the organisation behind the movement. The Scout Association said nearly 90,000 young people across the UK are . . . on current waiting lists. They said an “increased zeal” for the outdoors post-pandemic is behind the surge.
BBC

16/06/2022: Increase in children receiving SEN support, DfE figures show

The number of children receiving support in school for special educational needs (SEN) has increased by 77,000 over the last year, new figures from the Department for Education show. The DfE’s report . . . Special educational needs in England looks at the number of children receiving SEN support both with and without education, health and care plans (EHCP) during the 2021/22 academic year.
Children and Young People Now

15/06/2022: Pupils missing school need more help

Children need more support to get them into school full-time, as mental-health problems surge, a report says. Pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are among those currently . . . being let down in England’s schools, the report by children’s commissioner Rachel de Souza says.
BBC

15/06/2022: Latest Research Shows 62% of Schools Have Not Received Cyber-Security Training

We are pleased to announce the launch of a brand new cyber-security report that looks into how well schools are protected throughout England and Wales. In partnership with the Institute of Cyber . . . Security for Society at the University of Kent and supported by Bitdefender, this report provides an up-to-date review around the current state of cyber-security.
South West Grid for Learning

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.

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19/07/2022: Tackling Drugs and Substance Misuse Conference 2022

This Conference will provide updates and insights on From Harm to Hope, the Government’s joint-departmental 10-year strategy for tackling drug related. . .
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Latest Publications

Child Criminal Exploitation

This guide will assist criminal practitioners representing children who have been exploited and are charged with offences arising out of that. . . (09/06/2022)
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Young Justice Advisors 2022

This report has been co-produced by Leaders Unlocked and the Young Justice Advisors, a team of young adults aged 18-30 with lived experience of the. . . (31/05/2022)
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Keeping children safe in education 2022 Statutory guidance for schools and colleges

This is statutory guidance from the Department for Education (‘the Department’) issued under Section 175 of the Education Act 2002 (as amended), the. . . (25/05/2022)
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Experiences shared

These are some of the experiences of child sexual abuse shared with the Truth Project by victims and survivors. All names and identifying details have. . .
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Harmful sexual behaviour

Harmful sexual behaviour (HSB) is developmentally inappropriate sexual behaviour displayed by children and young people which is harmful or abusive.. . .
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SENDIASS

Cornwall’s Information, Advice and Support Service is a statutory service which is run at ‘arm’s length’ from the Local Authority and provides free,. . .
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