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19/01/2021: One in four UK young people have felt ‘unable to cope’ in pandemic

Young people are in danger of giving up on their futures and on themselves, with a quarter saying they feel unable to cope with life, one of the UK’s leading charities has said. The Prince’s Trust long-running annual survey of young people’s happiness and confidence returned the worst findings in its 12-year history.

Source: Guardian

18/01/2021: Racism in education: How truth pages helped students fight back (Video)

The killing of George Floyd was a catalyst moment for social justice movements across the world. But after the coronavirus pandemic worsened some of those movements were pushed aside. The result was a wave of call to actions, some more successful than others, enlisting the cooperation of institutions in tackling racism and racial inequality. The BBC’s Lorna Acquah investigates the racism experienced by students in the UK and the US and how the movement snowballed.

Source: BBC

17/01/2021: Rise in suspected child abuse cases after lockdown

The number of reported incidents of children dying or being seriously harmed after suspected abuse or neglect rose by a quarter after England’s first lockdown last year, figures indicate. The Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel received 285 serious incident notifications from April to September.
This is an increase of 27% from 225 in the same period the previous year.

Source: BBC

16/01/2021: Child social care review chair promises ‘radical plan’ (Video)

The new chair of the Independent Review into Children’s Social Care in England has been explaining its remit to the BBC. Josh MacAlister said it was positive the review would have “broad terms of reference”, and that it “was not prompted by a crisis”. He said the review would engage with ministers and civil servants to form a plan that “can be implemented, but is radical”.

Source: BBC

16/01/2021: Review of children’s social care system launched

The government has launched an independent review into the children’s care sector in England. It will be lead by a former teacher, Josh MacAlister, who founded the social work charity Frontline in 2013. It will “raise the bar for vulnerable children across the country”, said the Department for Education (DfE). It will look at every area of the care system, from a child’s first referral to social services to outcomes for children leaving care at 18.

Source: BBC

15/01/2021: Government U-turn exempts children from extended custody time limits

Campaigners are celebrating a government U-turn exempting children from extended custody time limits during the coronavirus crisis. In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Justice implemented new regulations which extended custody time limits by two months, to address delays in the criminal justice system.

Source: Children and Young People Now

15/01/2021: Care Review: Sector responds to long-awaited announcement amid concerns over appointment of chair

Children’s social care leaders have called on the newly appointed chair of the government’s independent Care Review to ensure care experienced people are “at the heart” of the project. The Department for Education has today launched the long-awaited Care Review promised in the 2019 Conservative Party’s manifesto for the general election. Founder of Frontline social care Josh MacAlister has been named as chair of the review and has pledged to launch a “Experts in Experience” group of hand-picked individuals with experience of the care system.

Source: Children and Young People Now

15/01/2021: Nine in ten female young offenders are victims of abuse, research finds

Almost all female young offenders are likely to have been abused by a family member or someone they trust, research has found. According to a research report as many as nine in ten girls in the criminal justice system, under the age of 18, may have experienced abused. Just under a third (63 per cent) of young female offenders, aged between 16 and 24 have been victims of rape and/or domestic abuse. In addition, 15 per cent of young women in the same age group have been involved in sex work.

Source: Children and Young People Now

15/01/2021: Frontline chief appointed to lead children’s social care review

The government has today launched its long-anticipated independent review of the children’s social care system, with Frontline chief executive Josh MacAlister announced to lead it. The review’s launch – and MacAllister’s appointment – has been broadly welcomed by sector leaders and children’s organisations, but concerns have been raised over his independence from the Department of Education (DfE) by some in the sector.

Source: Community Care

15/01/2021: Why judgment in puberty blockers case should not obscure benefits of transition for some children

The voices of those who have benefited from puberty blockers were not apparent in the recent case. It is critical social workers listen to children with gender dysphoria to ensure they get the right support, says Leanne Taylor. On 22 December 2020, the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust (“Tavistock”) lodged its application to the Court of Appeal for permission to appeal the Bell v Tavistock judgment. After a previous refusal of permission by the High Court, this is positive news for those concerned by the judgment.

Source: Community Care

15/01/2021: Children’s social care: ‘wide-ranging’ review launched in England

The government has launched a review of children’s social care in England, calling it a “once-in-a-generation opportunity” to overhaul a system it says is failing vulnerable young people and creaking under the strain of rising numbers of children entering care. The review, promised in the Conservative party’s 2019 general election manifesto, will examine early years help, child protection, fostering and kinship care, and care homes, as well as the family support measures needed to prevent children having to enter care.

Source: Guardian

14/01/2021: Top tips for online safeguarding during the pandemic

Speaking at the CYP Now Safeguarding Children in the Digital Age 2021 conference), Sarah Gensmantel from safeguarding software company MyConcern shared five top tips for educators who are currently updating school policy to reflect remote learning.

Source: Children and Young People Now

13/01/2021: ‘Discriminatory’ mental health system overhauled

Plans have been announced to overhaul the mental health system – with the aim of making it less discriminatory towards black people. Ministers say changes to how people are sectioned in England and Wales will see them treated “as individuals, with rights, preferences, and expertise”. Black people are over four times more likely to be detained under the Mental Health Act, relative to population.

Source: BBC

13/01/2021: Smacking children may have lasting impact, research suggests

Smacking children and harsh parenting could have a long-lasting impact on a child’s mental health and behaviour, research suggests. The use of smacking has generated much debate, with Scotland last year the first nation in the UK to ban the practice. The removal of “justifiable assault” from the law means children now have the same protection from violence as adults.

Source: Guardian

13/01/2021: ‘Child spies’ bill could face Lords defeat as Tory peers rebel

Tory peers, bishops and crossbenchers could inflict defeat on the government after an outcry over new guidance which allows state agencies to use children as undercover spies as part of the government’s covert intelligence bill. Church of England bishops are among those who are expected to back an amendment led by the crossbench peer and children’s rights activist Beeban Kidron, the former Tory cabinet minister George Young, Labour’s Roy Kennedy and the Lib Dems’ Sally Hamwee.

Source: Guardian

13/01/2021: Safeguarding in the Digital Age: Empower young people to talk about online grooming, conference told

More needs to be done to educate and empower young people to talk about the threat of online grooming, CYP Now’s Safeguarding Children in the Digital Age 2021 conference has heard. Traci Good, founder and chief of the i-vengers online safety project, told attendees of the need to “keep talking” to children to make them aware of the dangers of grooming. According to the NSPCC, “grooming is when someone builds a relationship, trust and emotional connection with a child or young person so they can manipulate, exploit and abuse them”.

Source: Children and Young People Now

13/01/2021: More than 100,000 children left homeless during lockdown, LGA warns

Local authority leaders are calling for urgent action to reduce the number of children “stuck in temporary accommodation during lockdown”. The Local Government Association said action is needed as latest government figures show that 127,240 children are living in temporary accommodation.

Source: Children and Young People Now

13/01/2021: How the government proposes to reform the Mental Health Act

In 2017, the government asked Professor Sir Simon Wessely to lead the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act 1983 (MHA), to propose recommendations for modernisation and reform. The final report was published in December 2018 and made over 150 recommendations. The government has now published its response in the form of a White Paper, published today. This will be followed by a 12-week public consultation.

Source: Community Care

13/01/2021: Long-awaited Mental Health Act overhaul bids to empower patients and tackle racial disparities

The government today unveils its long-awaited plan to replace the Mental Health Act 1983 (MHA), which pledges to empower individuals to control their care and treatment and tackle racial disparities. The MHA White Paper, published today, sets out proposals to implement much of Sir Simon Wessely’s Independent Review of the Mental Health Act, though comes more than two years after its publication.

Source: Community Care

13/01/2021: TikTok to tackle grooming with safeguards for young users

Children on TikTok will face “groundbreaking” new restrictions in an attempt to prevent grooming on the platform, the video-sharing company has announced, with particularly strict new rules for users under 16. The platform, which has a lower age limit of 13, said users under 16 would no longer be able to receive comments from strangers, have their videos used for “duets” or mark their posts as available to be downloaded. Their accounts will default to “private”, which prevents anyone other than friends from viewing their videos.

Source: Guardian

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