09/03/2022: Online Safety Live – England (Morning session)

The UK Safer Internet Centre are delivering a FREE 90-minute virtual Online Safety briefing via Microsoft Teams. Open to all professionals who work with children and young people, this event will give you the latest in online safety research, legislation, technology, tools and resources along with exclusive access to the presentation and resource materials.

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09/03/2022: Online Safety Live – England (Afternoon session)

The UK Safer Internet Centre are delivering a FREE 90-minute virtual Online Safety briefing via Microsoft Teams. Open to all professionals who work with children and young people, this event will give you the latest in online safety research, legislation, technology, tools and resources along with exclusive access to the presentation and resource materials.

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08/02/2022: Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet Day 2022 will be celebrated on 8th February with the theme ‘All fun and games? Exploring respect and relationships online’.
From gaming and chat, to streaming and video, young people are shaping the interactive entertainment spaces they are a part of. Safer Internet Day 2022 celebrates young people’s role in creating a safer internet, whether that is whilst gaming and creating content, or interacting with their friends and peers.

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26/01/2022: Safeguarding Children in the Digital Age

Safeguarding young people today requires all practitioners to be up to speed with the changing nature of risks that are online, as digital technology continues to evolve at an extraordinary rate. The 5th 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.

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25/01/2022: One in eight pupils out of school as Covid worsens

About a million children in England – one out of every eight pupils – were off school last Thursday, as Covid-related absences rose. The official figures also show staffing problems worsening, with a quarter of schools seeing teachers and leaders’ absence rates above 15%. Across England as a whole, about 9% of teachers were absent.

Source: BBC

24/01/2022: Sex trafficking: Children groomed in Romania sent to UK

The BBC has found that children as young as 10 are being groomed in Romania, to be trafficked to the UK. Once they arrive as teenagers, they’re kept captive and pimped out for sex. With police struggling to stop this brutal trade, BBC correspondent Jean Mackenzie has spent two years travelling between Romania and the UK. She uncovers why this industry is thriving, as she meets the girls being bought and sold.

Source: BBC

24/01/2022: Online Safety Bill: Harmful and illegal content could evade new laws, MPs warn

The draft online safety bill would not stop the sharing of “insidious” images of child abuse and violence against women and girls, MPs have said. The Commons culture committee warned the government its proposed legislation is not clear or robust enough. Content which is currently technically legal, such as deepfake pornography, still needs addressing, they said.

Source: BBC

24/01/2022: Online harms bill ‘fails to prevent sharing of abuse images’, warn MPs

Proposed government legislation to tackle online harms would fail to prevent the sharing of some of the most “insidious” images of child abuse and violence against women and girls, according to an influential group of MPs.

Source: Children and Young People Now

22/01/2022: NCA says end-to-end encryption poses challenge for law enforcers on child abuse

The National Crime Agency has said that end-to-end encryption risks “turning the lights out” for law enforcers trying to prevent child abuse, after the UK data watchdog said failure to introduce strongly encrypted messaging poses a risk to children. The NCA said referrals from social media companies led to 500 arrests and safeguarded 650 children every month in the UK, but that will become “much more challenging” to achieve under widespread use of end-to-end encryption.

Source: Guardian

21/01/2022: Stop caging people with autism and learning disabilities, says Robert Buckland

Ex-Justice Secretary Sir Robert Buckland is calling for changes to mental health laws to stop people with autism or learning disabilities being detained in hospitals for long periods. Last year, the BBC found that 100 people with learning disabilities and autism had been held in hospitals for at least 20 years. Sir Robert said the “effective caging of human beings” was “out of date”.

Source: BBC

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.

Source: BBC

21/01/2022: One in three care leavers feel they left care prematurely, finds Ofsted

One in three care leavers felt they left care too early, an Ofsted survey has found. Respondents reported feeling rushed into leaving care, were told they would be leaving with little warning and said they felt like they had no choice. The findings comes despite statutory guidance on care leaver provision – which councils must follow other than in exceptional circumstances – saying that no young person should feel they must leave care before they are ready.

Source: Community Care

21/01/2022: Peers vote against government to allow councils to run ‘secure schools’

Children’s rights charities have welcomed a vote by peers to amend proposed legislation and allow local authorities to run secure academies for 16- to 19-year-olds.

Source: Children and Young People Now

20/01/2022: Youth organisations rally to support young rough sleepers

Youth organisations have rallied to support young homeless people as temperatures drop amid an increase in rough sleepers aged under 25. Charity data shows that, since the first Covid-19 lockdown in March 2020, 11 per cent of rough sleepers in London have been under the age of 25.

Source: Children and Young People Now

20/01/2022: Trauma-informed care ‘failing to meet expectations’

Methods used by social workers that focus on supporting children in care who have experienced trauma are failing to meet expectations, a new study suggests. Trauma-informed care (TIC), which considers the abuse and neglect experienced by looked-after children, is widely used in social work and is expected to lead to effective support.

Source: Children and Young People Now

20/01/2022: Expanding Out-Of-Court Disposals And Diversion Schemes

Crest Advisory has just (19 January 2022) published a major new report on the front-end of the criminal justice system, specifically Out-of-Court Disposals (OOCDs) and diversion schemes. The research included analysis of the latest evidence and trends across England and Wales, an in-depth study in the Thames Valley Police force area and a nationally representative survey.

Source: Russell Webster

20/01/2022: MoJ Has Under Invested In Its Female Offender Strategy

The Ministry of Justice has made limited progress on its Female Offender Strategy to improve outcomes for women in the criminal justice system because it has not prioritised investment in this work, according to a report published yesterday by the National Audit Office (NAO). As readers know, women in the justice system have distinct needs and worse outcomes than men.

Source: Russell Webster

20/01/2022: Appropriate Language in Relation to Child Exploitation

This document seeks to provide guidance to professionals on the appropriate use of language when discussing children and their experience of exploitation in a range of contexts.
These include when speaking directly with or discussing children, within recording and case management systems and when delivering relevant training or other learning interventions.

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20/01/2022: UK pupils taught about alcohol with ‘misleading’ industry-funded resources

Schools are using “misleading and biased” information materials funded by the alcohol industry to educate pupils as young as nine about drinking, according to a study. Teachers in thousands of UK schools employ lesson plans, factsheets and films produced by bodies with close ties to the drinks trade even though they “portray alcohol as a normal consumer product to impressionable young minds”, the researchers found.

Source: Guardian

19/01/2022: Covid in schools: Inquiry launched to find 100,000 pupils absent in England

An inquiry is being launched into children who are not attending school in the wake of national lockdowns, the children’s commissioner for England has said. Dame Rachel de Souza said between 80,000 and 100,000 children were not on any school rolls at all. “Literally, I am going to go out and find them,” she told BBC News.

Source: BBC