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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.

Source: BBC

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.

Source: Guardian

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.”

Source: BBC

17/04/2021: How schools can support pupils who have lost a parent

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.

Source: Times Education Supplement

15/04/2021: Early intervention investment could save councils £7bn, researchers say

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.

Source: Children and Young People Now

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.

Source: Children and Young People Now

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.

Source: Russell Webster

14/04/2021: LGBT homelessness: ‘I had to pretend to be straight’

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.

Source: BBC

14/04/2021: How the many small differences in looked-after children’s lives shape the inequalities they face as adults

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.

Source: Community Care

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.

Source: Children and Young People Now

08/04/2021: ifth of UK victims of criminal exploitation are children, research reveals

At least one in five victims of criminal exploitation by drugs gangs in the UK are children, analysis of calls to a modern slavery and exploitation helpline shows. Research into calls to the charity Unseen’s modern slavery and exploitation helpline has shown that more than a fifth (22 per cent) of calls from potential victims of drugs gangs are minors.

Source: Children and Young People Now

08/04/2021: Rates of lockdown loneliness highest among young people

Young people have been hit hardest by loneliness during the Covid-19 pandemic, official figures have revealed. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is mapping the prevalence of loneliness during the health crisis and found that lockdowns, social distancing and restrictions on gatherings has had the biggest impact on 16- to 24-year-olds.

Source: Children and Young People Now

07/04/2021: Schools ‘a lifeline to many students’ in past year’

School staff have been giving clothing, food and furnishings to families that have been struggling financially in the coronavirus pandemic, teachers say. Some pupils have gone to school without winter coats, while others have been worried about having enough to eat, a National Education Union poll suggests. The findings come as the NEU begins its annual conference on Wednesday.

Source: BBC

07/04/2021: Gaming paedophile groomed victim with cryptocurrency

A paedophile who groomed an 11-year-old boy through online gaming has been told by a judge he may have to serve all of his eight-year jail sentence. Jay Creed, 53, encouraged the boy to make a video of himself carrying out sexual activity on at least 20 occasions, Truro Crown Court heard. He also gave the boy cryptocurrency to play games, the court was told.

Source: BBC

05/04/2021: LGBT teenagers ‘isolated and lonely’ in pandemic

Schools and families can do more to tackle young LGBT people’s loneliness during the pandemic, a charity says. A survey of more than 1,100 young LGBT people by Just Like Us suggested a higher proportion from Wales felt lonely than anywhere else in the UK. LGBT teenagers who were black, eligible for free school meals and/or have a disability were the worst hit.

Source: BBC

01/04/2021: Our new helpline for people who have experienced sexual harassment or abuse in education

Our new NSPCC helpline, Report Abuse in Education, will launch on 1 April. Working with the Department for Education (DfE), who have commissioned us on this initiative, we will run the bespoke helpline to provide appropriate support and advice to victims of abuse and harassment, and concerned adults, including onward action such as contacting the police if they wish to.

Source: NSPCC

31/03/2021: Young people, unemployment and the economic recovery

Young people are being hit hardest by the economic impact of COVID-19 on the labour market. They are 2.5 times more likely to be working in the sectors most affected by the pandemic, which has led to a rise in youth unemployment, economic inactivity and young people claiming benefits – the latter increasing by 120% compared to pre pandemic levels. Prior to the COVID-19 crisis, there were already 760,000 young people not in education or employment in the UK who are at risk of falling further behind.


30/03/2021: Evidence, Evaluation and Impact: Improving Outcomes for Children

Organisations serving children, young people and families have made great progress in recent years in evidencing the impact of their work. However, the increased constraints on resources and capacity that have been created by the pandemic highlight the importance of ensuring that services are actually making a real difference.


30/03/2021: Equal diversion? Racial disproportionality in youth diversion

In his 2017 review of racial disparity in the criminal justice system, Rt Hon. David Lammy MP highlighted that racial disparity in the youth justice system was his ‘biggest concern’. You are invited to attend the online launch of the Centre for Justice Innovation’s new research report ‘Equal diversion? Racial disproportionality in youth diversion’, which takes an in-depth look at the unequal playing field that exists for young people in the youth justice system, and their participation in diversion schemes.


30/03/2021: LGBTQ+ & Youth Homelessness

How can youth services best support lgbtq+ young people? Coming out, or being outed as LGBTQ+, can lead to young people being made homeless. Once homeless, LGBTQ+ young people are more likely to face violence and discrimination than young people who aren’t LGBTQ+. They’re also more likely to develop substance misuse issues and experience sexual exploitation.


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