26 Mar Library – All categories
A review of what works in multi-agency decision making and the implications for child victims of trafficking
Added: 17/08/2020 at 9:21 am Category: Safeguarding
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.
Accessibility Plans as Effective Tools for Inclusion in Schools, Are They Working?
Added: 24/01/2020 at 10:15 am Category: Diversity, Education, Health/Wellbeing
New research project report highlights “shocking impact” on disabled pupils of schools’ failures around Accessibility Plans and equality of access.
Advice to parents and carers on gangs
Added: 17/08/2018 at 9:30 am Category: Crime/ASB
The vast majority of young people are not involved in gangs and want nothing to do with them. However, the behaviour of the small number of young people who are involved has a significant impact on communities, on their families and associates, as well as themselves.This leaflet sets out some information to help parents identify and respond if their children are affected by gangs.
Approaches to preventing and tackling bullying
Added: 22/06/2018 at 8:44 am Category: Bullying, Health/Wellbeing
Qualitative research to understand anti-bullying practices schools have found effective.
These include approaches to tackling bullying generally and more specific types of bullying, for example:
•special educational needs and disability (SEND) bullying
•lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) bullying
The report contains common themes found throughout the research and 7 case studies. It’s intended to be used as a resource by schools and other stakeholders looking for examples of anti-bullying practices.
Back to School? Breaking the link between school exclusions and knife crime
Added: 28/10/2019 at 8:20 am Category: Crime/ASB, Education
School exclusions have been increasing at an alarming rate. Huge proportions of excluded children have special educational needs and other, often unaddressed, vulnerabilities. In many cases there is literally nowhere for them to go. All children must have access to the high-quality full-time education that gives them the best chances in life, to stay away from harm and go on to achieve their potential. It’s a travesty that so many children are being locked out of education and the opportunities that come with it. Schools have a vital role to play in the effort to prevent and tackle serious youth violence. Excluding a child must be a last resort. But too often we are hearing of schools struggling to find resources to support children and manage their behaviour, or being too hasty to exclude a child for minor misbehaviour.
Becoming Trauma Informed
Added: 06/07/2018 at 12:43 pm Category: Crime/ASB, Safeguarding
Criminal justice professionals have become more aware of the effects of interpersonal violence on the lives of many women and of the impact this has in custodial settings. Jurisdictions need to become “trauma informed” in order to understand and deal with the effects of toxic stress, neglect, and abuse on the physical health, mental health, and management issues of women involved in the criminal justice system. When criminal justice staff members become trauma informed, they develop greater understanding of the typical behaviours that are reactions to authority and confinement, and they gain new skills in responding to these behaviours. Using trauma-informed practices also enhances safety and security in women’s facilities.
Briefing on key updates to statutory guidance for schools in England – Keeping Children Safe in Education (2018)
Added: 04/09/2018 at 8:56 am Category: Safeguarding
The Department for Education (DfE) has published an updated version of the statutory guidance Keeping children safe in education (2018), which revises and replaces the 2016 guidance. This will come into force for schools in September 2018. It sets out what schools and colleges in England must do to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people under the age of 18.
Briefing: Falling through the Gaps in Education
Added: 26/03/2018 at 10:22 am Category: Health/Wellbeing
Measuring and assessing the scale of vulnerability among children in England in order to reduce those vulnerabilities is one of my key priorities. In July 2017, I published a report called ‘Vulnerability in Children’ which brought together a range of information held by government departments, agencies and others to reveal shocking statistics about the number of children living in vulnerable situations. It estimated that half a million children – a number equivalent to the entire population of the city of Manchester – need direct intervention or care from the state because they are living vulnerable lives.
Building a country that works for all children post covid-19 (ADCS Discussion Paper)
Added: 15/07/2020 at 8:41 am Category: Health/Wellbeing, Safeguarding
All communities and every aspect of children’s services have been affected by Covid-19, however, experiences have varied greatly, and for some, this period will have been exceedingly difficult and traumatic. The purpose of this short discussion paper is three-fold: to put children, young people and their lived experiences of Covid-19 front and centre in national recovery planning; to articulate what is needed to restore the public support services they rely on; and, to capture the positives and gains made during a very complex national, and indeed, global emergency.
Care Proceedings in England: The case for clear blue water
Added: 02/11/2018 at 9:18 am Category: Safeguarding
Over the last 10 years in England, there has been a significant increase in the number of families brought into public care proceedings because of concerns about the care and protection of their children. 20% of those children return home on Supervision Orders. This policy briefing argues that families subject to thin, red line decisions, where the decision to remove a child from his or her parents could go either way, should be diverted away from Court. There should be clear blue water between children brought into care proceedings and other children considered to be at risk of significant harm.
Child arrests in England and Wales 2018 – Research briefing
Added: 16/12/2019 at 7:58 am Category: Crime/ASB
In 2010, the Howard League launched a programme to reduce the high number of child arrests in England and Wales. We have worked closely with police forces around the country to reduce the number of children coming into the criminal justice system and to prevent children’s lives being blighted by criminal records and unnecessary police contact.
Child Centred Policing – National Strategy for the Policing of Children & Young People
Added: 09/11/2018 at 2:30 pm Category: Safeguarding, Youth Justice
In this strategy we have set out our key principles which we believe are important when policing children and young people. In order to provide focus, we have aligned the strategy with the four priority areas identified within the All Party Parliamentary Group for Children Report “Its all about trust; building good relationships between children and the police.”
Childline Annual Review 2018/19
Added: 21/11/2019 at 7:53 am Category: Safeguarding
The Annual Review shows Childline delivered 4,500 counselling sessions around child sexual exploitation in 2018/19 – a 16% increase on the previous year.1 The youngest child was just 9. In more than a third of counselling sessions about child sexual exploitation young people said they were targeted online – usually through social media or video games, and often by their peers or people they knew.
Children and Young Persons Act 2008
Added: 23/08/2018 at 1:17 pm Category: Safeguarding, Youth Justice
An Act to make provision about the delivery of local authority social work services for children and young persons; to amend Parts 2 and 3 of the Children Act 1989; to make further provision about the functions of local authorities and others in relation to children and young persons; to make provision about the enforcement of care standards in relation to certain establishments or agencies connected with children; to make provision about the independent review of determinations relating to adoption; and for connected purposes
Children in Custody 2018–19
Added: 17/02/2020 at 7:54 am Category: Youth Justice
M Inspectorate of Prisons, as part of our regular inspection process at secure training centres (STCs) and young offender institutions (YOIs) conducts surveys of the children who are detained in those establishments. These surveys contribute to the evidence upon which we judge the treatment and conditions experienced by those being held in custody. They are particularly valuable, not only in providing data about the perceptions at the time of the inspection, but also in giving indications of trends. This is why we consider it essential that we maintain the tempo of our inspection activity in STCs and YOIs.
Children’s Voices: The Wellbeing of Children excluded from Schools and in Alternative Provision
Added: 26/03/2018 at 10:23 am Category: Education, Health/Wellbeing
This report explores findings from an evidence review of the views, perspectives and experiences of children who have been, or are at risk of being, excluded from school and children in alternative provision, on matters related to their subjective wellbeing. The report forms part of a series of studies examining the subjective wellbeing of vulnerable groups of children in England. This series was produced as part of a larger project focused on improving evidence about childhood vulnerability.
Children’s Voices: The Wellbeing of Children in Detention in England
Added: 26/03/2018 at 10:25 am Category: Health/Wellbeing, Youth Justice
This report explores findings from an evidence review of the views, perspectives and experiences of children in detention, on matters related to their subjective wellbeing. This report forms part of a series of studies examining the subjective wellbeing of vulnerable groups of children in England. This series was produced as part of a larger project focused on improving evidence about childhood vulnerability.
Children’s Voices: The Wellbeing of Children involved in Gangs in England
Added: 26/03/2018 at 10:26 am Category: Crime/ASB, Health/Wellbeing
This paper reports the findings from an evidence review of the views, perspectives and experiences of children in involved in gangs, on matters related to their subjective wellbeing. The report forms part of a series of studies examining the subjective wellbeing of vulnerable groups of children in England. This series was produced as part of a larger project focused on improving evidence about childhood vulnerability.
Counter-terrorism strategy (CONTEST) 2018
Added: 06/07/2018 at 7:28 am Category: Education, Prevent, Safeguarding
This updated and strengthened CONTEST strategy reflects the findings of a fundamental review of all aspects of counter-terrorism, to ensure we have the best response to the heightened threat in coming years from all forms of terrorism. Our counter-terrorism strategy will continue to be organised within the tried and tested strategic framework of four ‘P’ work strands, each comprising a number of key objectives:
•prevent: to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism
•pursue: to stop terrorist attacks
•protect: to strengthen our protection against a terrorist attack
•prepare: to mitigate the impact of a terrorist attack
Covid-19 and early intervention: Evidence, challenges and risks relating to virtual and digital delivery
Added: 27/04/2020 at 9:45 am Category: Health/Wellbeing, Online Safety
The Covid-19 pandemic has created a global public health crisis that is having and will continue to have a profound impact on every area of life. Many services for children and families will face significant disruption, as a wide range of services – such as parenting classes, home visiting programmes, youth work, counselling services and school-based services – have traditionally been delivered face-to-face.
Covid-19 and early intervention: Understanding the impact, preparing for recovery
Added: 18/06/2020 at 9:04 am Category: Health/Wellbeing, Safeguarding
This report highlights the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown on local services for children and families, based on the experiences of service leaders and head teachers, and explores their responses to both the immediate challenges and the major challenges on the horizon, as the country moves towards recovery.
Covid-19: Expectations and Effects on Children Online
Added: 22/06/2020 at 9:06 am Category: Online Safety
Covid-19 has affected the lives of billions of people across the world, with unprecedented peacetime restrictions imposed. The reaction has been an extraordinary digital migration; a migration online to maintain some form of normality in terms of social, economic, entertainment and learning. In this resource, David Wright (Director of UK Safer Internet Centre) looks at the expectations and effects COVID-19 has had towards children online. This report breaks down the key findings:
Creating opportunity for all: our vision for alternative provision
Added: 05/11/2019 at 8:16 am Category: Education
This sets out how government will transform alternative provision to make sure these education settings provide high-quality teaching and an education that meets the individual needs of all children, regardless of their circumstances.
Criminal exploitation of children and vulnerable adults: county lines
Added: 08/11/2018 at 9:00 am Category: Crime/ASB, Safeguarding
This guidance outlines what county lines (and associated criminal exploitation) is, signs to look for in potential victims, and what to do about it. It does not provide information about the entirety of the county lines issue. The document is a supplement to an organisation’s existing safeguarding policies, to help identify and protect those exploited through this criminal activity.
Early education and childcare
Added: 22/06/2018 at 8:40 am Category:
This statutory guidance from the Department for Education is for English local authorities on their duties pursuant to section 2 of the Childcare Act 2016 and sections 6, 7, 7A, 9A, 12 and 13 of the Childcare Act 2006. Local authorities must have regard to this guidance when seeking to discharge those duties. They should not depart from it unless they have good reason to do so.
From 1 September 2018 it will supersede the current statutory guidance (which came into effect from 1 September 2017).
Ending the detention of unsentenced children during the Covid-19 pandemic – A guide for practitioners
Added: 26/05/2020 at 9:17 am Category: Youth Justice
Custody is a damaging environment for children in normal times but it has become even worse since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. Severely restricted prison regimes have led to the majority of children being held in prolonged solitary confinement; no face-to-face visits; virtually no education or therapy; and difficulties in contacting families and professionals making planning for court hearings especially problematic.
Faith in us – Educating young people on Islamophobia
Added: 25/05/2018 at 8:55 am Category: Diversity
This resource has been designed for both primary and secondary teachers for use in the classroom to work with young people and educate about Islamophobia. The resource provides background information outlining the reality and impact of Islamophobia on both young people and wider society; starting points to help educators to ensure that they are creating the right environment for the work to take place; and activities for educators to run with young people. The activities have been developed in partnership with young people and tested in classrooms throughout the UK.
Gangs and Exploitation: A youth work response to COVID-19
Added: 08/06/2020 at 9:55 am Category: Crime/ASB, Drugs, Safeguarding
This report builds on the insights from NYA’s ‘Out of Sight?’ research (April 2020) on the vulnerabilities of young people caused or exacerbated by COVID-19. Here, we take a deeper look at the scale of and response to gang- associated activity, the exploitation of young people through lockdown and the impact of COVID-19.
Global Threat Assessment 2018 – Working together to end the sexual exploitation of children online
Added: 29/10/2019 at 9:56 am Category: Online Safety, Safeguarding
The Global Threat Assessment is the first of its type, both in terms of the broad stakeholder community that it draws from but also in its global vision to strengthen and further develop the international response to this growing and persistent threat.
The report has been commissioned with the following aims:
• raising international awareness of online child sexual exploitation (OCSE);
• greater understanding of the threat and how it is evolving;
• greater understanding of both the impact to victims and the wider societal impact of OCSE;
• creating a baseline which can be used to monitor both the level of the threat and the positive impact that interventions are having on the offender population;
• to provide evidence based examples to support members in making domestic and international decisions or investments.
Government publishes new serious violence strategy
Added: 20/04/2018 at 10:55 am Category: Crime/ASB
The Home Office have published their strategy for responding to the recent increase in serious violence, knife and gun crime and homicide in England and Wales. Given that a high number of perpetrators are children and young people, a significant part of the strategy is directed at them.
Guess how much we love you – Why politicians urgently need to help our children (A Manifesto for Children)
Added: 24/09/2019 at 3:20 pm Category: Safeguarding
Families increasingly receive support only when they and their children hit crisis point. This is not only damaging to children’s life chances, it is expensive and harmful to society. One in six children arrives at school having failed to meet half of their expected physical and emotional developmental milestones; in some areas, this rises to a quarter of children.
Heads Up! a toolkit of sessions to run with young people to promote mental health and emotional well-being
Added: 26/03/2018 at 9:48 am Category: Health/Wellbeing
‘Mental well-being can be described as a combination of how we feel …and how we function… It is something that affects everyone, old and young, and anyone can experience good or poor mental well-being.’ Promoting emotional well-being should be at the heart of all work with young people. These session plans are designed to be used in a variety of settings and are meant as tools for you to use and adapt in a way that suits your own context.
Home Office Guidance: Criminal Exploitation of children and vulnerable adults: County Lines
Added: 20/09/2018 at 9:07 am Category: Crime/ASB
Criminal exploitation of children and vulnerable adults is a geographically widespread form of harm that is a typical feature of county lines activity. It is a harm which is relatively little known about or recognised by those best placed to spot its potential victims. This guidance is intended to explain the nature of this harm to enable practitioners to recognise its signs and respond appropriately so that potential victims get the support and help they need.
How safe are our children?
Added: 03/09/2020 at 10:00 am Category: Safeguarding
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.
Howard League Toolkit for sentencing children
Added: 26/03/2018 at 9:43 am Category: Crime/ASB, Youth Justice
Following workshops with 80 children who have been through the criminal courts, the Howard League for Penal Reform have published a toolkit for adults working with or supporting children through the sentencing process.
Impact of shared decision-making family meetings on children’s out-of-home care, family empowerment and satisfaction: A systematic review
Added: 17/02/2020 at 7:50 am Category: Health/Wellbeing
This review comprehensively identified and assessed the evidence of the effect of shared decision-making family meetings in reducing the need for placing children in out-of-home care, and increasing family reunification, family empowerment and satisfaction, as well as reviewing the published literature on the cost- effectiveness of shared decision-making family meetings.
Keeping children safe in education – Statutory guidance for schools and colleges
Added: 21/01/2020 at 8:41 am Category: Education, Safeguarding
This is statutory guidance from the Department for Education (the department) issued under Section 175 of the Education Act 2002, the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014, and the Non-Maintained Special Schools (England) Regulations 2015. Schools and colleges in England must have regard to it when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. For the purposes of this guidance children includes everyone under the age of 18.
Language that cares – Changing the way professionals talk about Children in Care
Added: 25/03/2019 at 8:12 am Category: Diversity
Language That Cares is a collaborative effort led by TACT that aims to change the language of the care system. Language is a powerful tool for communication but sometimes the way that it is used in social care creates stigma and barriers for understanding. Language is power, and we want children and young people to feel empowered in their care experience.
Leaders Unlocked: Policing the Pandemic
Added: 20/07/2020 at 3:43 pm Category: Health/Wellbeing
Policing the Pandemic is youth-led study that seeks to provide a snapshot of young people’s views and experiences of policing during lockdown. Between May and June 2020, the project gathered views from over 3900 young people across England and Wales.
Learning about online sexual harm
Added: 02/12/2019 at 7:58 am Category: Online Safety, Safeguarding
This research was commissioned by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (the Inquiry),1 as part of its investigation into institutional responses to child sexual abuse and exploitation facilitated by the internet.
Learning Disabilities, Autism and Internet Safety
Added: 28/03/2018 at 10:42 am Category: Diversity, Health/Wellbeing, Online Safety
Families of children with disabilities often use the Internet as a key tool to keep them informed about their legal rights, appropriate treatments and services that might be available for their families. Parents often seek advice and support from online networking groups and forums and these can help us shape our plans for ensuring our children get the support they need.
This guide outlines some suggestions to help parents limit the risk of their child having negative experiences online and understand what action can be taken if they do. This guide also suggests some resources that will help children get the most out of the Internet at home and in the community. The guide will present some case studies of actual experiences people with learning disabilities and autism have had online and learning points that can be taken from these experiences.
Learning the Lessons: Improving policing policy and practice
Added: 23/01/2020 at 11:29 am Category: CCP, Youth Justice
Welcome to issue 37 focusing on young people, our first to be guest edited by members of the IOPC youth panel. The youth panel was created in January 2018 to help us gain greater insight into the experiences of young people, helping to inform our work.
Life in Likes
Added: 26/03/2018 at 10:21 am Category: Online Safety
This Children’s Commissioner’s report on the effects of social media on 8-to-12-year-olds examines the way children use social media and its effects on their wellbeing. ‘Life in Likes’ fills a gap in research showing how younger children use platforms which social media companies say are not designed for them. Whilst most social media sites have an official age limit of 13 years, some research has suggested ¾ of 10-to-12 year olds have a social media account.
Lives, not Knives: Young People’s perspectives on knife crime
Added: 02/03/2020 at 7:24 am Category: Crime/ASB
New report from Nacro calls for action on youth knife crime crisis as cautions and convictions for carrying knives in England and Wales reach record highs. A new report from social justice charity, Nacro, reveals that young people believe fear is the main reason behind carrying knives, and that tougher penalties and longer prison sentences do not deter young people from carrying knives.
Looked after Minds – Prioritising the Mental Health of Care-Experienced Children and Young People
Added: 21/11/2019 at 7:30 am Category: Health/Wellbeing
Mental health matters to care-experienced children and young people. It is consistently raised as one of the key priorities from young people themselves, but their calls for action are not being taken seriously enough and they are often left waiting for the support they need.
Munro review of child protection: final report
Added: 26/03/2018 at 12:36 pm Category: Safeguarding
When the Secretary of State for Education commissioned this review of child protection in June 2010, a central question was ‘what helps professionals make the best judgments they can to protect a vulnerable child?’. This final report sets out proposals for reform which, taken together, are intended to create the conditions that enable professionals to make the best judgments about the help to give to children, young people and families. This involves moving from a system that has become over-bureaucratised and focused on compliance to one that values and develops professional expertise and is focused on the safety and welfare of children and young people.
New Psychoactive Substances (NPS): Resource pack for informal educators and practitioners (2015)
Added: 06/01/2020 at 8:08 am Category: Drugs
The availability of New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) has posed a significant challenge over the last few years. The Government is determined to clamp down on the trade in NPS, or so called “legal highs”, as they are unhelpfully known and has introduced the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 to restrict the open retail of psychoactive substances by banning the sale, supply and importation of these drugs. The scale of use of different NPS can change very quickly but our knowledge and understanding of this is improving, as is our understanding of the wide range of harms these drugs can cause.
Online Child Sexual Exploitation: Examining the Distribution of Captures of Live-streamed Child Sexual Abuse
Added: 18/05/2018 at 7:08 am Category: Online Safety, Safeguarding
A new study by the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) has revealed shocking statistics on children being groomed, coerced and blackmailed into live-streaming their own sexual abuse over webcams, tablets and mobile phones.
Online Gaming: A guide for Parents and Carers (Childnet)
Added: 28/03/2018 at 10:43 am Category: Online Safety
Internet safety advice is directly applicable to the gaming environment. It is essential that children are aware of the potential issues and are given the skills and knowledge to help manage and reduce these risks, with the help of those around them. A PDF fact sheet is available to download here that covers how games are played, what the risks are, how to keep children safe, etc.
Online Harms White Paper
Added: 05/08/2019 at 2:46 pm Category: Online Safety
The Online Harms White Paper sets out the government’s plans for a world-leading package of online safety measures that also supports innovation and a thriving digital economy. This package comprises legislative and non-legislative measures and will make companies more responsible for their users’ safety online, especially children and other vulnerable groups.
Our Generation’s Epidemic: Knife Crime
Added: 17/02/2020 at 7:47 am Category: Crime/ASB, Youth Justice
Knife crime affects people of all ages and backgrounds across the country, and all too often both perpetrator and victim are young people. However, throughout our inquiry we heard evidence that a young person’s risk of getting involved in knife crime is dramatically different between different groups of young people. Young people who for example experience mental health issues, adverse childhood experiences, have learning difficulties, live in poverty or are excluded from school are more likely to be vulnerable to involvement in knife crime.
Pass the parcel: Children posted around the care system
Added: 30/12/2019 at 7:21 pm Category: Safeguarding
There are over 30,000 looked after children living ‘out of area’1 in England. This is 41% of all children in care2 and has risen by 13% since 2014. Over 11,000 of these children are more than 20 miles from what they would call home, with over 2,000 further than a hundred miles away.
Police in the Classroom (NPCC|PSHE Association)
Added: 16/01/2019 at 8:15 am Category: Education
Police officers have been working in schools for many years to support teachers in delivering a range of topics in personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education lessons, such as drug education, road safety and raising awareness of online safety. The National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) and the PSHE Association are delighted to be working together to explore current practice and ensure that police contributions to PSHE education are of maximum benefit to teachers and pupils.
Prevention Briefing (YJB)
Added: 01/11/2018 at 1:18 pm Category: Youth Justice
The Prevention briefing from the Youth Justice Board (YJB) looks at what the research evidence tell us about working with young people at risk of offending. This is work carried out with young people on the cusp of offending, or who have committed a low-level offence and been diverted from the formal justice system. Prevention aims to keep young people away from crime and out of the criminal justice system. The briefing includes a series practice examples which explore different ways YOTs are approaching prevention in England and Wales. The examples are based on interviews with YOTs following up a recent survey about prevention activity. A summary of the survey responses is available on the Resource Hub alongside this briefing.
Report Harmful Content Launch Annual Report
Added: 18/05/2020 at 3:07 pm Category: Online Safety
Report Harmful Content has just released its annual report into the findings surrounding harmful content online. This report presents results of mixed-methods research carried out on all cases dealt within the first year of operation (January 2019-December 2019). In the year analysed, the RHC website received 9,282 visitors and practitioners dealt with 164 unique cases. The service’s popularity rapidly increased in September, following the official service launch, and continued to grow until the end of the year.
Representing looked-after children at the police station: a step-by-step guide for lawyers
Added: 10/10/2019 at 9:04 am Category: Crime/ASB, Youth Justice
The guide, jointly published by Just for Kids Law and the Howard League for Penal Reform, aims to reduce the overcriminalisation of children in care. The Howard League for Penal Reform and the Youth Justice Legal Centre at Just for Kids Law have worked together to produce the document, which offers guidance on practical steps that lawyers should take to ensure that looked-after children receive the support and assistance they need and are entitled to. Looked-after children, and particularly those living in residential care, are disproportionately criminalised, compared to other children. They are less likely to receive support from family members or another trusted adult at the police station, and they should be entitled to additional protections set out in law, policy and guidance.
Added: 03/03/2020 at 7:35 am Category: Online Safety
Roblox is an online multiplayer game creation platform. Play online or create your own games and virtual worlds using Roblox Studio. There are a wide variety of games hosted on the site, from racing and role-playing games to simulations and obstacle courses. Roblox has a community made up of players and developers of many ages. There are a number of reporting and parental controls.
Searching, screening and confiscation – Advice for headteachers, school staff and governing bodies
Added: 13/06/2018 at 2:47 pm Category: Education
This advice is intended to explain schools’ powers of screening and searching pupils so that school staff have the confidence to use them. In particular, it explains the use of the power to search pupils without consent. It also explains the powers schools have to seize and then confiscate items found during a search. It includes statutory guidance which schools must have regard to.
Secure settings for young people: a national scoping exercise
Added: 09/10/2018 at 10:17 am Category: Youth Justice
A new NHS England report summarises the findings of the first (scoping) stage of a service evaluation, evaluating the provision of secure services for detained young people, under 18 years of age, from England, between February and September 2016. This involved identifying every secure unit in Great Britain that could detain young people from England and establishing the basic characteristics of each unit, in order to identify similarities and differences between them, prior to further exploration in the later stages of the study.
Securing a brighter future: The role of youth services in tackling knife crime
Added: 12/03/2020 at 7:30 am Category: Crime/ASB
Serious violence has doubled, and too many young people are dying on our streets. While enforcement will always be a key part of our response to this epidemic, there is clear evidence that Government investment can achieve better outcomes if it prioritises preventing violence at its roots – such as investment in youth services – than dealing with its consequences.
Shut Out: The experiences of LGBT young people not in education, training or work
Added: 27/02/2020 at 8:10 am Category: Diversity
Despite the progress we’ve made in recent years, growing up can still be incredibly tough for many young people who are lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT). In 2017, School Report, Cambridge University research for Stonewall, found that nearly half of LGBT young people are still bullied at school simply for being who they are. If we want every single young person to grow up free to be themselves, we need to work harder to remove the barriers that hold young people back from reaching their full potential.
Skin gambling: teenage Britain’s secret habit (Parentzone)
Added: 23/07/2018 at 8:45 am Category: Health/Wellbeing, Online Safety
This research began because one young person told us he thought skin gambling was a problem. It turned out he was not alone. Two in five young people who know about it agree. We share their concern. Our investigation has uncovered a complicated ecosystem of games, sites and services that knowingly and unknowingly facilitate gambling with virtual currencies. With the help of young gamers, we have learnt that in-game purchases and rewards can easily be used to gamble, and that young people have enterprising ways to fund gambling activity.
Snapchat: Privacy & Safety Checklist (Updated November 2019)
Added: 25/11/2019 at 4:21 pm Category: Online Safety
The checklist holds information on how to keep your Snapchat profile under your control. The Snapchat Checklist quickly answers those common questions about your profile such as how can I stay in control, how do I find all my friends, how do I block and delete and ow do I report a problem?
So You Got Naked Online
Added: 28/03/2018 at 10:31 am Category: Online Safety
A resource that offers children, young people and parents advice and strategies to support the issues resulting from sexting incidents. With help and advice for young people who may find themselves in a situation where they or a friend have put a sexting image or video online and have lost control over who it’s being shared with.
So You Got Naked Online
Added: 19/11/2019 at 12:34 pm Category: Online Safety
‘So you got naked online’ is a leaflet that helps and advises young people who may find themselves in a situation where they (or a friend) have put a sexting image or video online and have lost control over that content and who it’s being shared with. It is available as a 15-page booklet or handout flyer. There is a cost to purchase these, but more information can be found on the suppliers website.
Staying safe online (National Autistic Society)
Added: 16/10/2018 at 2:55 pm Category: Online Safety, Safeguarding
Online article covering some of the benefits and risks of being online:
• Not understanding what other people mean
• Becoming obsessive
• Being vulnerable to bullying or abuse
• Misuse of money
Staying Well at Home: Coping With Anxiety: A FREE Workbook for Young People Aged 11-19 Years Old
Added: 09/06/2020 at 4:39 pm Category: Health/Wellbeing
Mental health, like physical and social health, is something we all have and need to take care of. But whilst it’s easy to smile on a sunny day, surrounded by friends with everything going our way, we have all had to adapt very quickly to a whole set of unexpected changes as we isolate at home. Looking after your emotional wellbeing now will help you cope better with feelings of anxiety and stress during lockdown and prepare you for the challenges ahead as we slowly return to normal.
Stonewall School Report (2017)
Added: 12/10/2018 at 10:45 am Category: Diversity, Education
School Report 2017 is Stonewall’s new research with the Centre for Family Research at the University of Cambridge into the experiences of over 3,700 lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) pupils in Britain’s schools. The study shows that while progress has been made over the last decade, many LGBT young people continue to face significant challenges in Britain’s schools.
Strengthening youth diversion
Added: 28/01/2020 at 8:18 am Category: Crime/ASB
Point-of-arrest youth diversion can reduce crime, keep communities safer, cut costs, and create better outcomes for children.1 Point-of-arrest youth diversion gives young people the chance to avoid both formal processing (either through an out of court disposal or a prosecution in court) and a criminal record, in return for the completion of community-based interventions.
Study of Early Education and Development (SEED)
Added: 25/02/2020 at 7:38 am Category: Education, Health/Wellbeing
Several decades of research indicated that early childhood education and care (ECEC) can have a positive effect on children’s educational, cognitive, behavioural and social outcomes, in both the short and long term, particularly if it is of good quality.
Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation
Added: 23/08/2018 at 12:53 pm Category: Safeguarding
The Government deplores the sexual exploitation of children, and will not tolerate failure at any level to prevent harm, support victims and bring offenders to justice. In August last year Professor Alexis Jay published a review of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham. It showed that organised child sexual exploitation had been happening on a massive scale over many years. Local agencies had dismissed concerns or put in place an inadequate response. Shockingly, Louise Casey’s report of 4 February this year showed that even since the Jay report, many in the council and its local partners had continued to deny the scale of the problem, and not enough action had been taken to stop the abuse.
The Annual Bullying Survey 2018
Added: 25/10/2018 at 10:06 am Category: Bullying
This year, we are celebrating our sixth annual edition of this crucial body of evidence; documenting the true extent and nature of bullying behaviours from the real and often unheard voices of the young people who experience it. As always, 50% of the report benchmarks bullying behaviours, with the remainder of the survey this year exploring the bystanders to bullying. We wanted to measure the impact that bullying has on those who witness it, along with tracking if, how and why people intervene, along with a measurement of what happened as a result of intervention. This research enables us to bridge the gap when it comes to empowering bystanders to intervene in safe and impactful ways.
The Annual Bullying Survey 2019
Added: 11/11/2019 at 7:19 am Category: Bullying
This year, we are celebrating our seventh annual edition of this crucial body of evidence; documenting the true extent and nature of bullying behaviours from the real and often unheard voices of the young people who experience it. Our research continues to influence policy and innovation within the anti-bullying sector; whilst empowering educators and various other stakeholders to make more informed decisions in the prevention of bullying.
The detention of young people with learning disabilities and/or autism
Added: 04/11/2019 at 7:33 am Category: Diversity, Health/Wellbeing
We regard ourselves as a civilised society with a respect for human rights. Most people would say we should take extra care to support young people and those who are disabled. But the brutal truth is that we are failing to protect some of the most vulnerable young people – those with learning disabilities and/or autism. And indeed, we are inflicting terrible suffering on those detained in mental health hospitals and causing anguish to their distraught families. The recent BBC Panorama programme showing taunting and abuse of patients at Whorlton Hall exposed the horrific reality for some.
The Positives of Autism
Added: 25/02/2019 at 12:46 pm Category: Diversity, Health/Wellbeing
An info-graphic produced by Leeds University which raises awareness of the positive features of autism is now also available. The aim of this is to encourage academic staff and those working with autistic students to think how best to harness the positives of autism.
The Rip-Off Games – How the new business model of online gaming exploits children
Added: 14/10/2019 at 8:41 am Category: Online Safety
Gaming is very big business. Millions of children play online games every day – and parents are involved, whether they like it or not, and whether they know it or not: they are usually the ones paying, sometimes without realising exactly what they are paying for. As this report shows, some gaming companies appear to have deliberately designed their games to extract the maximum amount of money from players and, by default, their parents and the wider family.
The state of children’s mental health services
Added: 30/01/2020 at 8:36 am Category: Health/Wellbeing
“Across my work as Children’s Commissioner, mental health remains the issue children raise with me most often. Children are now more aware of their own mental health, and much more prepared to discuss it. This is very welcome. But children are also aware of how hard it is to get help, for them or for their friends. Access to support remains the biggest issue for children’s mental health services.”
Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision: a Green Paper
Added: 26/07/2018 at 7:39 am Category: Health/Wellbeing
People with mental health problems have too often in the past experienced unfair discrimination and poor treatment. In recent years however, we have seen a welcome shift in attitudes to mental health. The Prime Minister and this Government have provided the leadership needed to correct this historic injustice and are committed to delivering and building upon the vision set out in Future in Mind.1 We are a major funder of anti stigma initiatives. And we were among the first to legislate for ‘parity of esteem’ between mental and physical health. This means that in delivering health services, the two should be considered equally important.
Truth Project Experiences Shared: Victims and Survivors Speak Out
Added: 22/10/2018 at 9:11 am Category: Safeguarding
The Truth Project was set up for victims and survivors of child sexual abuse to share their experiences in a supportive and confidential setting. It’s part of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) which was set up in 2015 to investigate organisations and institutions that have failed to protect children from sexual abuse. We need to understand the past to help protect children now and in the future.
This is a set of personal experiences that have been shared with the Inquiry. These represent a range of the experiences shared. All names and identifying details have been changed. Victims and survivors can share as little or as much as they want on any aspect of their experience.
UK Poverty 2019/20
Added: 11/02/2020 at 8:07 am Category: Health/Wellbeing
This is the 2019/20 edition of JRF’s annual report on the nature and scale of poverty across the UK and how it affects people who are caught in its grip. For a decent standard of living, we all need security and stability in our lives – secure housing, a reliable income, and support when things get difficult. For too many of us, there is no such security. Millions of people in the UK are struggling to get by, leading insecure and precarious lives, held back from improving their living standards. It’s time to take action on poverty and put this right. In this report we set out what we need to do to turn the tide on poverty.
Voices from the Inside – The experiences of girls in Secure Training Centres
Added: 26/03/2018 at 10:20 am Category: Youth Justice
At any given time, the number of young women under the age of 18 held in Secure Training Centres in this country is very small. The numbers are fluid from month to month but over the last few years there have usually been around 20 to 30 girls in the units at any one time. Girls are no longer placed in custody in Young Offender Institutes but in Secure Training Centres, along with some boys up age 17.
Vulnerable Young People: COVID-19 Response (April 2020)
Added: 04/05/2020 at 9:30 am Category: Education, Health/Wellbeing
This report highlights the scale and prevalence of young people’s needs that are amplified by the pandemic.
It draws on the latest data and vulnerability framework by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England, with valuable insights from partners and young people from across the youth sector.
We’re all in this together?
Added: 27/04/2020 at 10:01 am Category: Drugs, Safeguarding
The Children’s Commissioner’s local area profiles of child vulnerability provide a way for councils to understand which groups of children are likely to be at risk under lockdown, and how many children in their area fall into those groups. It also provides a framework for central government to target additional resources at the areas most in need.
What can I do – Every childhood is worth fighting for
Added: 26/03/2018 at 12:32 pm Category: Safeguarding
As a parent, knowing or suspecting that your child is being sexually abused can be incredibly traumatic. It can be difficult to know how to begin to do something about it. We understand that reporting your concerns is not easy, particularly when the abuser is someone that you know and trust. However, to protect your child, it is vital that you do speak out.
When to call the police: Guidance for schools & colleges (NPCC)
Added: 10/08/2020 at 3:06 pm Category: Crime/ASB, Drugs, Education, Online Safety, Safeguarding
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.
Young Carers in School: Guidance for Schools (Covid-19)
Added: 24/09/2020 at 8:46 am Category: Education, Health/Wellbeing
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.
Young people’s voices on youth court
Added: 20/05/2020 at 9:36 am Category: Crime/ASB, Youth Justice
This briefing paper highlights the experiences of young people in youth courts in their own words. and draws from research conducted for our forthcoming research report, co-authored with the Institute for Crime & Justice Policy Research (ICPR), Time to get it right: Enhancing problem-solving practice in the Youth Court, which is due to be published in early July.
Youth custody data report
Added: 22/06/2018 at 8:42 am Category: Youth Justice
Monthly statistics on the population in custody of children and young people within secure children’s homes (SCHs), secure training centres (STCs) and young offender institutions (YOIs). This includes those aged under 18 and 18 year olds. Some 18 year olds remain in the secure estate for children and young people if they only have a short period of their sentence to serve, to avoid disrupting their regimes.
Youth Justice Statistics 2018/19
Added: 03/02/2020 at 1:06 pm Category: Crime/ASB, Youth Justice
The Youth Justice System (YJS) in England and Wales works to prevent offending and reoffending by children. The YJS is different to the adult system and is structured to address the needs of children. This publication looks at the YJS in England and Wales for the year ending March 2019. It considers the number of children (those aged 10-17) in the system, the offences they committed, the outcomes they received, their demographics and the trends over time.
Youth Violence Commission Final Report
Added: 20/07/2020 at 9:47 am Category: Crime/ASB
Since the production of this report in March 2020, the world has faced the unprecedented threat of COVID-19. In light of this unique situation, we felt it was important to add an addendum to our original report addressing the impact of COVID-19 and implications for our findings and recommendations.