09 Apr Type: News (Front Page)
19/04/2021: Priti Patel: Facebook encryption plan ‘must not hamper child protection’
Facebook’s plans to roll out encryption across its messaging services could jeopardise ongoing work to combat child abuse, the Home Secretary is to warn. Such encryption means only the sender and recipient can read messages. “We cannot allow a situation where law enforcement’s ability to tackle abhorrent criminal acts and protect victims is severely hampered,” Priti Patel will tell a charity-hosted event. Facebook says its plans for wider encryption protects users’ privacy.
19/04/2021: Facebook encryption plans will hit fight against child abuse, warns Patel
NSPCC fears end-to-end encryption of messages will make tools that identify grooming and images of abuse useless. Home secretary Priti Patel will call for tech companies including Facebook to “live up to their moral duty” and do more to safeguard children in a roundtable discussion about end-to-end message encryption.
18/04/2021: Would universities call parents in a mental health crisis?
“I got a knock on the door at 2.45 in the morning,” says Lee Fryatt. It was the police. His son Daniel, a 19-year-old student at Bath Spa University, had taken his own life. “What you learn once you suffer a loss like suicide is that it’s only other people who have experienced it who have got any comprehension of just how devastating it is. “I’ve described it as grief turned up to the max, up to the point it’s splitting your ears.”
17/04/2021: How schools can support pupils who have lost a parent
Education, Family, Health
Bereavement can be a difficult subject to discuss in an educational setting and many teachers might feel that they are not adequately equipped to help pupils who are grieving the loss of a parent. Of course, every situation is unique and no child’s situation will benefit from a “one-size-fits-all” approach. However, schools can put a dedicated network of bereavement support in place so that no pupil is left behind during an already incredibly tough time in their life.
15/04/2021: Early intervention investment could save councils £7bn, researchers say
Early Intervention/ACE, Politics
Councils in England with above-average rates of looked-after children could save a total of £7bn over the next decade by focusing on early intervention policies that target vulnerable families, according to researchers. The research focuses on the long-term savings that can be achieved through early intervention strategies across four areas, which have a higher than England’s average rate of looked after children, which is 67 per 10,000 children.
15/04/2021: Centrepoint unveils strategy to end youth homelessness by 2037
Youth homlessness charity Centrepoint has unveiled its new strategy aimed at eradicating youth homelessness by 2037. More than 120,000 young people between the ages of 16 and 25 faced homelessness before the Covid-19 pandemic hit in 2019/20, according to Centrepoint’s Youth Homelessness Databank.
15/04/2021: The Impact Of Parental Conflict And Substance Misuse On Children
Literature review for DWP examines links between parental conflict and substance misuse and the impact on children’s outcomes.
14/04/2021: LGBT homelessness: ‘I had to pretend to be straight’
Diversity, Health, Safeguarding
For Sara, university was a ticket out of an abusive home. Sara, who identifies as queer, says she was used to hiding her identity from her Muslim family and pretending to be straight when accessing services. But her mental health worsened after spending holidays alone in empty student halls. “I had a roof over my head but no-one else to talk to. My mental health got really bad and I ended up dropping out. I was going to be homeless so I ended up going back to my abusive household,” she says.
14/04/2021: How the many small differences in looked-after children’s lives shape the inequalities they face as adults
Looked after children
A care experienced former social worker describes a ‘Sliding Doors’ effect that separates children in care from their peers and leaves them unsupported in adulthood. I was a looked-after child on and off throughout my teenage years. I was also a social worker for over 10 years working in a variety of settings, where at times I felt like a double agent.
12/04/2021: Professionals support calls for Care Review to examine supervision orders
Almost half of professionals working with vulnerable children think the Care Review should recommend improvements to standalone supervision orders, new research shows. More than half (45 per cent) of professionals who took part in a survey by the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory (FJO) said they support calls for a review of such orders, which can be put in place during care proceedings to ensure the child is kept safe where the court decides that a child should remain with, or return to, their parents.