06/11/2021: Early Trauma

This is a hybrid course delivery of both fact to face at Apsley House and online. I was once asked: “How you can help with early trauma when by its very nature it is inaccessible to the client?” This is a great question and holds true for most trauma and in particular early trauma. I was also asked: “Is EMDR the only way to treat trauma and early trauma?”

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16/10/2021: Understanding Addictions

A one-year CPD course, aimed at professionals who come across addictions in their line of work (counsellors, social workers, police, probation, health professionals, etc). The course will take place on Saturday per month for 9 months.

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13/10/2021: Tickets Now Available for Cyber Secure Schools – Preventing Digital Crime

We are bringing together Bitdefender, Phoenix and the University of Kent and others for an informative session around the importance of protecting your school against some of the most common online attacks. Schools are currently facing a range of serious threats that target schools and other education settings. With so many attacks impacting on schools across the UK, now is the time to make sure your systems are well protected, for the sake of your learners and employees.

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12/10/2021: Safer Recruitment Training

This Devon Children & Families Partnership approved awareness raising training has been specifically designed for organisations working in the voluntary and community sector and also private sector, and will cover important issues such as: Who needs DBS Checks? Effective Staff Induction, Supervision and Appraisal, Legislation and Policy, Reporting Concerns Best Practice

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10/10/2021: Facebook unveils new controls it claims will protect kids

Facebook has announced three new controls it says will help children after a whistleblower accused the firm of ignoring the dangers of social media on young kids. Speaking on NBC’s State of the Union Sunday, Facebook’s Vice President of Global Affairs Nick Clegg unveiled the new ‘nudge’ feature, which he claims will dramatically boost the wellbeing of young social media users.

Source: Daily Mail

10/10/2021: Devon teenagers inspire English schools with mental health resources

They are busy studying for GCSEs and A-levels but four teenagers from Devon have also found time to develop lesson plans, newsletters and videos on mental health that are being used by schools across England. The teenagers, aged 14-16, were unable to find resources that they felt addressed the sort of issues they faced in voices that chimed with them and so decided to design their own.

Source: Guardian

09/10/2021: Zahawi: I’ll put wellbeing at heart of schools policy

Education secretary Nadhim Zahawi will tell headteachers today that he will “put wellbeing at the centre of everything we do in schools alongside a drive for rigorous standards”. Mr Zahawi will also tell headteachers at the NAHT school leaders’ union’s annual conference that he has “vowed” to get to the root of what is causing pupils to be persistently absent.

Source: Times Education Supplement

08/10/2021: #HelloYellow

Join thousands of schools, offices and communities on Friday 8 Oct by taking part in #HelloYellow and raising vital funds to support our work. Dig out your neon socks, custard scarf and banana hat – let’s show young people they’re not alone with their mental health!

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08/10/2021: Child Protection Training – Group 5 (Designated Safeguarding Officer)

This Devon Children & Young Families Partnership recognised Group 5 training is for the not for profit children and young people’s workforce who have particular responsibilities in relation to advising and supporting other staff (paid/unpaid) who may have safeguarding concerns, who have the responsibility to receive and refer safeguarding information. This also includes self-employed ‘stand-alone’ practitioners who do not work within an organisation (ie childminders, private tutors, etc). Online or Face to Face (to be confirmed)

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08/10/2021: Campaign to improve mental health support for young black men in prisons

More than a third of UK adults think mental health support offered to young black men in prisons is not effective in preventing reoffending, research by a prisons charity shows. A YouGov survey commissioned by charity Spark Inside found that 37 per cent of adults polled agreed that mental health provision offered to prisoners is “not effective in reducing the likelihood of reoffending on release”.

Source: Children and Young People Now

08/10/2021: World Mental Health Day: Key concerns, best practice and research around young people’s mental health

The World Health Organisation recognises the day on 10 October each year. This year, the theme was set by the World Federation for Mental Health following 18 months in which the pandemic has exacerbated inequality in support for marginalised groups. Experts have warned children and young people face a mental health crisis with services facing a “tipping point”.

Source: Children and Young People Now

08/10/2021: Revealed: anti-vaccine TikTok videos being viewed by children as young as nine

Lies and conspiracy theories about Covid-19, which have amassed millions of views and are accessible to young children, have been available on the social media platform TikTok for months. TikTok accounts with hundreds of thousands of followers that discourage vaccination and peddle myths about Covid survival rates were uncovered by NewsGuard, an organisation that monitors online misinformation.

Source: Guardian

07/10/2021: Number of 10- to 17-year-olds in care proceedings doubles over last decade

The number of older children and teenagers involved in care proceedings in England has more than doubled over the last 10 years, analysis has found. It has emerged that the number of 10- to 17-year-olds subject to proceedings rose by 95 per cent between 2011/12 and 2019/20, from 3,081 to 6,013 children.

Source: Children and Young People Now

07/10/2021: Report Abuse in Education helpline opened until the end of the year after receiving hundreds of contacts

The Report Abuse in Education helpline was launched on 1 April 2021 after thousands of testimonies of sexual abuse and harassment, mostly perpetrated by other young people, were posted on the Everyone’s Invited site. Helpline staff have been on hand to help victims of recent and non-recent abuse make reports, signpost to recovery, advise professionals on how to handle safeguarding incidents and support concerned parents.

Source: NSPCC

06/10/2021: Girls in secure estate facing ‘high levels of trauma and risk of self-harm’

Experts are warning that girls in the youth secure estate are facing high levels of mental health problems and are at an increased risk of self-harm. Challenges they are facing include tackling “prolonged and pervasive experiences of abuse and adversity”, says the report by the Centre for Mental Health.

Source: Children and Young People Now

06/10/2021: Children of modern slavery victims missing out on support, charity warns

Thousands of children of modern slavery victims are not receiving the right support to deal with intergenerational trauma, a charity has warned. Crisis charity Hestia, which supports more than 2,200 adult victims of modern slavery and 1,200 dependent children each year, says that children who were with their parents while they were exploited, or born as a result of exploitation, are not being recognised and often experience profound trauma.

Source: Children and Young People Now

06/10/2021: Surrey teenager died after reading about suicide on school iPad

A 15-year-old autistic girl took her own life after an “enormous and systemic failure” by her special needs school left her with unfiltered access to online materials about suicide, a coroner has concluded. Frances-Rose Thomas, known as Frankie, took steps to end her life at home in Witley, Surrey, in September 2018, after earlier the same day reading a story on an iPad provided by her school in which a character died by suicide.

Source: Guardian

06/10/2021: New figures reveal four in five victims of online grooming crimes are girls

Our latest research has found, for offences where age and gender is recorded, girls aged 12-15 are most likely to be victims of online grooming, and more needs to be done to protect children online.

Source: NSPCC

05/10/2021: Serious case review highlights safeguarding failures in lead up to toddler’s death

A series of safeguarding concerns have been highlighted in a serious case review over the death of a 21-month-old girl. Sean Sadler, 32, from Northfield, Birmingham was convicted of the murder of Lilly Hanrahan after her death in November 2017. At the time of her death, Sadler, the partner of a relative named as her special guardian, was looking after Lilly.

Source: Children and Young People Now

04/10/2021: Child behaviour has got worse, say 1 in 5 parents

Nearly one in five parents think pupils’ behaviour is worse now than before the Covid pandemic, a survey suggests. Almost a fifth of parents said their child’s behaviour had deteriorated since the start of the pandemic and a similar proportion raised concerns about children feeling anxious.

Source: Times Education Supplement