21/01/2022: London violence: Children as young as 10 fear being stabbed
London set an unwelcome new record of 30 teenage stabbing homicides in 2021, while a third of all of England’s stabbing deaths are reported by the Metropolitan Police. The picture in the capital is bleak: fearful for their safety, more children are carrying knives, community workers say. Some pupils are so afraid of being attacked they are being shuttled to school by taxi.
18/01/2022: Universities pledge to stop silencing sex-assault victims
Victims of sexual harassment at some UK universities will no longer be silenced by “gagging” clauses, as part of a pledge backed by the government. A 2020 BBC News investigation found nearly a third of universities had used non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) to silence student complaints about sexual misconduct, bullying and harassment. Now, the government is asking the more than 150 universities in the UK not to use NDAs for such “shabby practice”.
18/01/2022: Sutton-in-Ashfield safety app trial for women and girls
Six apps aimed at making women and girls feel safer on the streets are being trialled in a Nottinghamshire town. Ashfield District Council is testing the effectiveness of a series of smartphone apps in Sutton-in-Ashfield. The pilot will see six female volunteers trial each app, which will allow them to use features such as making touch-activated SOS calls.
11/01/2022: Young people lead research into impact of knife images on social media
The impact of social media images of knives on young Londoners will be examined in new research conducted by a group of young people. Young People’s Action Group is working with London’s Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) to examine the perception of knife carrying in London, and young people’s response to knife imagery, working specifically with Londoners aged between 16 and 25.
10/01/2022: ‘Lives being wasted’ to knife crime after cuts to hundreds of youth centres, says Ian Wright
Former England footballer Ian Wright has linked funding cuts to youth centres to “lives being wasted” at an anti-knife crime initiative launched by Arsenal Football Club. The No More Red initiative aims to keep young people safe from knife crime and youth violence, and is being supported by former Arsenal striker Wright as well as Gunners fan, actor and DJ Idris Elba.
07/01/2022: Violence reduction scheme sees youth workers chaperone walk to school
Professionals have been placed in busy areas across Birmingham, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull and Wolverhampton as part of a pilot scheme to reduce youth crime before and after school. The scheme, called Step Together, will see youth workers placed along 18 routes to schools across the West Midlands as part of the £1.2m project funded by the Home Office and the Youth Endowment Fund.
03/01/2022: Glorification of Plymouth shooter by ‘incels’ prompts calls for action
The man who gunned down seven people, killing five, in a rampage in Plymouth is being lionised by an online “incel” community, with some ironically venerating him as a “saint” and celebrating the attack as an aid to their recruitment drive.
15/12/2021: Ministers urged to triple early intervention funding after child deaths
Charity Save the Children is calling on ministers to introduce an urgent boost in early intervention funding to prevent further child deaths following the murders of Star Hobson and Arthur Labinjo-Hughes. Dan Paskins, Save the Children’s director of UK impact, says the government needs to “immediately triple early intervention funding to ensure children and families get help when they need it”.
12/12/2021: The technology helping keep women safe on the streets
Half of all women have felt unsafe at some point walking alone in the dark, according to recent figures from the Office for National Statistics. They might call a friend, share their location on WhatsApp, or have their keys to hand – all strategies to stay secure. Sexual harassment against females has been under the spotlight for most of this year, with women across the UK turning to their own methods to feel better when they are out at night.
12/12/2021: Instagram influencer received ‘hundreds’ of obscene photos
A social media influencer said she had been the victim of cyber-flashing for the past 10 years. Podcaster Jess Davies, from Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, said she had received hundreds of unsolicited obscene images. Calls are growing for cyber-flashing to become a crime as part of measures to toughen laws on online safety.
10/12/2021: Student stalked at university calls for change
A woman who was stalked and threatened with kidnap by a fellow student has told the BBC her university’s failure to act swiftly left her terrified. Katie, which is not her real name, now wants universities to overhaul policies on how to deal with sexual misconduct. Sahil Bhavnani admitted stalking, and was given a four-month suspended sentence this week.
09/12/2021: Concern over increase in county lines grooming during pandemic
Almost half of parents and carers say the risk of children being exploited by drug gangs in their local area has increased during the pandemic, according to The Children’s Society. Some 46 per cent of parents, foster parents and legal guardians surveyed by the charity said they think the risk of children being criminally exploited has increased in their locality since March last year when Covid-19 restrictions were first introduced.
08/12/2021: Sex and consent: How parents can talk to their children
Talking about sex, relationships and consent may be the last topic some parents would like to broach with their child. However, there’s growing evidence they are probably already talking about sex. More worryingly, they may have already seen pornography on social media or possibly seen some form of sexual harassment, been victim to it, or perhaps were responsible for it – either online, in school or elsewhere.
08/12/2021: Pupils pressured regularly for nude photos, Estyn report finds
Pupils are pressured regularly to send nude photos and girls harassed over the length of their skirts, a school inspection report has found. About half of secondary pupils said they had experienced sexual harassment from fellow students. Estyn’s study found many pupils would not tell their teachers, as incidents had become “normalised” and teachers often dismissed them as “trivial”.
06/12/2021: County lines: Government pledges to dismantle 2,000 gangs in drug policy overhaul
The government is pledging to dismantle 2,000 county lines gangs as part of a drugs policy overhaul. The £300m commitment is one proposal in the new 10-year drug strategy for England and Wales. Policing minister Kit Malthouse said the total funding would be £900m over three years, including major investments in treatment.