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07/02/2023: Safer Internet Day 2023

Safer Internet Day 2023 will take place on the 7th of February 2023, with celebrations and learning based around the theme ‘Want to talk about it? Making space for conversations about life online’. Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, the celebration sees thousands of organisations get involved to promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.


25/01/2023: Safeguarding Children in the Digital Age

The digital world continues to evolve at a bewildering rate – as do the risks and opportunities presented to children and young people. The 6th annual conference on Safeguarding Children in the Digital Age, which takes place online, will provide essential learning to all professionals who work with children and young people. We have secured some of the country’s leading experts to equip you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to enable children and young people to stay safe online in 2023 and beyond. From deepfakes to the metaverse; and from digital-self-harm to the Online Safety Bill, our speakers will demystify all the latest trends and provide you with key insights and top tips to implement in your work.


02/12/2022: Just 36% Black Young People Trust The Police

Only 36 per cent of Black children and teenagers trust the police compared with 75 per cent of young White people, according to a major new survey for the criminal justice consultancy, Crest Advisory. The trust figure for Black people aged ten to 18 was the lowest of any ethnic group and was even lower among Black Caribbean children.

Source: Russell Webster

01/12/2022: County lines: ‘I was 11 and in a drugs gang – why did nobody save me?

Every week, children criss-cross the UK on buses and trains, ferrying drugs as part of county lines operations. BBC News spent months with one organisation battling to help children who are in danger, hearing young people’s stories of abuse and their families’ heartbreak, and learning what it takes for them to break free. Three people tell us their story of county lines.

Source: BBC

30/11/2022: Working with the Prevention Programme: Transforming systems to protect young people

Since 2019, The Children’s Society’s Prevention Programme has worked to bring about change for young people in England and Wales. Every child has the right to a safe, happy childhood. But all too often that safety, that happiness, is put at risk. Those seeking to exploit and abuse children are always adapting their tactics,
but the systems our society has put in place to respond and protect young people can sometimes struggle to keep pace.


30/11/2022: ‘School talked only about care leavers going to prison’

Rosie Campbell never imagined she would go to university. Fostered from the age of 10, she initially tried to apply at 18 but found the process too overwhelming. “It’s just not something I really imagined for myself at all, I thought it was something that was almost too advanced for me to achieve at the time,” Rosie says.

Source: BBC

30/11/2022: Quarter of 17-19-year-olds have probable mental disorder – study

One in four 17- to 19-year-olds in England had a probable mental disorder in 2022 – up from one in six in 2021, according to an NHS Digital report. Based on an online survey, rates among teenage boys and girls were similar – but twice as high in 17- to 24-year-old women compared with men. And children affected were more likely to live in a household with money issues or using a food bank.

Source: BBC

30/11/2022: Online Safety Bill: Plan to make big tech remove harmful content axed

Controversial measures which would have forced big technology platforms to take down legal but harmful material have been axed from the Online Safety Bill. Critics of the section in the bill claimed it posed a risk to free speech.

Source: BBC

30/11/2022: Can age verification stop children seeing pornography?

The government is insisting its amendments to the Online Safety Bill will keep children safe on the internet. Powers to define legal but harmful content have been dropped – satisfying some free-speech advocates. Safety groups say it’s too easy for children to access pornography online.

Source: BBC

30/11/2022: Care-experienced children miss out on university advice, survey reveals

Three in five children with experience of care receive no guidance on applying for university despite growing numbers wanting to progress to higher education, a survey has revealed.

Source: Children and Young People Now

30/11/2022: Autism charity launches petition to protect rights of children with SEND

Campaigners are calling on the government to protect the legal rights of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) amid parents’ fears that recommendations to reform services could make it harder for children with autism to access support.

Source: Children and Young People Now

30/11/2022: Poorer students over £1,000 worse off this year, warns IFS

Raising maintenance loans in England in line with forecasts, not actual inflation, could cause ‘significant hardship this winter’. England’s poorest students will be more than £1,000 worse off this academic year than the last, according to a new analysis that warns of “significant hardship for many this winter”.

Source: Guardian

30/11/2022: YJLC Legal Guide on Sexting

The Youth Justice Legal Centre and the Children’s Rights Group at Doughty Street Chambers have published a legal guide on Sexting. Sexting, also described as ‘youth-produced sexual imagery’, is the ‘exchange of sexual messages or images’ and the ‘creating, sharing and forwarding of sexually suggestive nude or nearly nude images through mobile phones and the internet’.

Source: Youth Justice Legal Centre

30/11/2022: YJLC: Legal guides #12 Sexting

This guide will provide an overview of ‘sexting’ and will explain how to defend a child who has an allegation of sexting made against them.


28/11/2022: Logan Mwangi: ‘Opportunities missed’ to protect five-year-old, safeguarding review finds

A series of missed opportunities by health and social care professionals to protect a five-year-old boy murdered by his mother, her partner and his stepson have been highlighted in a child practice review into his death.

Source: Children and Young People Now

28/11/2022: Care review response delayed until 2023

DfE had pledged to respond to review and other key reports on children’s social care by end of this year, but children’s minister Claire Coutinho says this will now come ‘early in the new year’.

Source: Community Care

28/11/2022: Public warned as ‘disturbing’ new trend risks exposure to child sexual abuse material online

The public faces an “escalating risk” of accidental exposure to child sexual abuse online as a “disturbing” new trend rewards criminals for spamming social media with links to illegal material. The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) is warning the public not to click on unknown or suspicious links amid a spike in people stumbling across links to sexual imagery of children which have been deliberately spammed on social media sites.

Source: Internet Watch Foundation

27/11/2022: Encouraging self-harm to be criminalised in Online Safety Bill

The encouragement of self-harm will be criminalised in an update to the Online Safety Bill, the government has said. Content that encourages someone to harm themselves will be targeted in a new offence, making it illegal. The government said the changes had been influenced by the case of Molly Russell – the 14-year-old who ended her life in November 2017.

Source: BBC

27/11/2022: Child in mental health crisis lived at police station for two days, chief reveals

A child experiencing a mental health crisis had to live in a police station for two days due to a lack of psychiatric places, a chief constable has revealed, as he condemned austerity for hitting the poorest areas hardest.

Source: Guardian

26/11/2022: ‘Abhorrent trolls’ who encourage self-harm online face criminal prosecution, says minister

Culture secretary Michelle Donelan to amend bill that, after Molly Russell case, will place duty of care on social media firms. People who use social media posts to encourage self-harm face criminal prosecution under government changes to the revived online safety bill.

Source: Guardian

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