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2018 Annual Report – Internet Watch Foundation
Added: 30/04/2019 at 7:30 am Category: Online Safety, Safeguarding
The 2018 IWF Annual Report (published on 25 April 2019) provides the latest data and trends on what’s happening globally to tackle child sexual abuse images and videos online. ‘Once upon a year’ features a true story about a child called Olivia whose rape and sexual torture is seen daily online by our dedicated team of analysts.
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.
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 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.”
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’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
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).
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.
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.
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.
Keeping children safe in education (Sept 19)
Added: 14/11/2019 at 10:02 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.