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19/07/2022: County Lines Conference

Westminster Insight’s established and successful bi-annual County Lines Conference supports this evolving picture, bringing to you the most innovative initiatives, successful collaborations, and impactful multi-agency partnerships to help tackle County Lines. We will spotlight how county lines gangs work and who they prey upon. Learn about effective police and intelligence-led solutions, and how to tackle the changing operating models used by organised crime groups.

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19/07/2022: Tackling Drugs and Substance Misuse Conference 2022

This Conference will provide updates and insights on From Harm to Hope, the Government’s joint-departmental 10-year strategy for tackling drug related crime and reducing related deaths. With £3 billion set to be spent in the next three years on various aspects of the new strategy, following recommendations from the two-part independent review by Professor Dame Carol Black, there has never been a more important time for agencies involved in prevention and treatment services to join together with wider stakeholders, including across the criminal justice system and local authorities, and explore how to implement effective approaches that utilise available funding.

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27/06/2022: Young people must report harmful online content, says UK watchdog

Young people should report harmful online content, the communications watchdog has said, after finding that two-thirds have encountered potential harms on social media but only one in six report it.

Source: Guardian

27/06/2022: Adultification Bias In Child Protection & Safeguarding

The latest (24 June) in the probation inspectorate’s Academic Insights series highlights adultification bias, its links to racialised discrimination, and how it can impact upon child protection and safeguarding practices. The report, authored by Jahnine Davis, Director of Listen Up and a specialist in the safeguarding of Black children shows how the application of adultification bias results in children’s rights being diminished or ignored, with notions of innocence and vulnerability displaced by notions of responsibility and culpability.

Source: Russell Webster

26/06/2022: UK is failing fostered children with mental health problems, warns charity

Foster care in Britain is facing a “mental health crisis” because the government is failing to meet the needs of mentally ill children in care.

Source: Guardian

25/06/2022: Instagram: Video selfies trial to verify age of teens

Instagram is exploring new ways for teenagers to verify their age and comply with platform rules. The Meta-owned app is testing video selfies with facial analysis software as a new age-verification method. Some users on Instagram try to skirt its 13+ age rule by editing their date of birth to make them appear over 18.

Source: BBC

24/06/2022: Cornwall suicide prevention projects win funding

Organisations that focus on suicide prevention in Cornwall have been given up to £25,000 each. The 13 groups include those supporting young men, domestic violence victims, those who identify as LGBTQ+, women with the menopause and the homeless.

Source: BBC

24/06/2022: Praise for DfE’s evaluation of social care innovation fund

The Department for Education’s approach to evaluation of social care innovation projects should be used as an example of good practice by other government departments, a report by the National Audit Office (NAO) has found.

Source: Children and Young People Now

24/06/2022: Young people laud youth work role in tackling trauma

At an event to mark the sixth anniversary of social justice charity Peer Power, the House of Lords heard that “now more than ever, young people need to be heard”. The charity launched its research The Empathy Report at the event which explores the importance of “youth services dealing with trauma being delivered by people with lived experience”.

Source: Children and Young People Now

24/06/2022: Toward a system that heals: Exploring empathy and its application to youth justice and children’s education, health and social care services.

Through the report I will comment on love, kindness and compassion in systems, and I realise as I come to conclude the writing of this report, that actually empathy is an intentional ‘doing’ word, and that in fact empathy is the driver to love, kindness and compassionate action that leads to ‘empathic interactions’, and increases connection between service providers and those who use the services.

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24/06/2022: Primary-age children’s screen time went up by 83 minutes a day during pandemic – study

Screen time during the Covid pandemic increased the most among primary schoolchildren, by an extra hour and 20 minutes a day on average, according to the first global review of research.

Source: Guardian

23/06/2022: Disadvantaged girls ‘feel most pressure’ to share nude pictures

More girls from disadvantaged backgrounds have been asked to send nude images online compared with girls from more affluent backgrounds, a survey has revealed.

Source: Children and Young People Now

23/06/2022: National Deprivation of Liberty Court to deal with child cases

A national Deprivation of Liberty Court will deal with all new cases involving children, it has been announced. The new court, announced by Sir Andrew McFarlane, president of the Family Division, will launch on 4 July in response to an increase in deprivation of liberty applications involving children from 108 to 579 per year since 2018.

Source: Children and Young People Now

23/06/2022: Students show ‘shocking growth in support for censorship’, ministers warn

Ministers have warned that students are showing “shocking growth in support for censorship” after a survey revealed that many favoured safety and avoidance of discrimination over unrestrained free speech.

Source: Guardian

22/06/2022: Mental health: Turning to illegal drugs during support wait

There are concerns young people with mental health problems could be trying to “self-medicate” with illegal drugs rather than seeking help. Some said they had turned to substances like cannabis and diazepam instead of waiting months for counselling. Support services have warned social media apps mean many can access dealers in just minutes.

Source: BBC

22/06/2022: Charity urges creation of national adoption contact centre

Adoption UK is calling for the creation of free national contact services for adopted people looking for their birth families. The call comes as part of a new report which warns that support for adopted children and adults looking to connect with birth relatives is “not fit for purpose”.

Source: Children and Young People Now

22/06/2022: More than 1,000 children in care moved from their placement every week, research warns

Charities are warning that more than 1,000 looked-after children are moved on from their placement every week. Between 2018 and 2021 there were 220,210 changes to care placements, the equivalent of 1,059 changes each week, according to analysis of Department for Education looked-after children figures, by a coalition of charities, including NSPCC, National Children’s Bureau and Barnardo’s.

Source: Children and Young People Now

21/06/2022: Fighting Racial Injustice Training: Joint Enterprise, Evidence of Gang Affiliation, Rap & Drill, the Gangs Matrix, US v UK

How to improve the experience, legal representation & outcomes of Black, Brown and Racialised Children in the criminal justice system

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21/06/2022: Pandemic hit early education of disadvantaged children hardest, research finds

“Considerably more” children from ethnic minority and disadvantaged backgrounds have missed out on formal early learning during the Covid-19 pandemic compared with their peers, new research has found.

Source: Children and Young People Now

20/06/2022: County lines: Inside the complex battle against drug gangs exploiting children

Police waging the relentless battle against dangerous crime gangs often arrest children for drug dealing. The BBC has been given rare access to a new team of prosecutors who have to decide whether these young suspects are criminals or victims. The choices they face are often complex and controversial.

Source: BBC

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